Guanacaste

JetBlue’s new Route to Guanacaste

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LIBERIA, Costa Rica–JetBlue Airways has announced new services between Boston and Liberia, Guanacaste effective November 1st 2014. This will be the fourth route of the U.S. carrier into Costa Rica (the airline already operates Orlando-San Jose, Fort Lauderdale-San Jose and New York-Liberia). The high season of the Golden Coast of Costa Rica starts in November and finishes in May. The region is considered one of the most popular destinations of “Sun, beaches and adventure” featuring five star resorts like Four Seasons, Hyatt Andaz, Hilton, Westin, JW Marriott and by 2014 new resorts like AM Resorts The Dreams and Melia Paradisus will open its doors. The new flight will offer tourists from Massachusetts and beyond the perfect sunny destination in Central America. Guanacaste is also one of the favorite places for Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and lately Beyonce that attended the wedding of her friend Kelly Rowland with Tim Witherspoon.

JetBlue Airways is Boston's main airline. By November the airline will connect the city with Liberia International Airport.
JetBlue Airways is Boston’s main airline. By November the airline will connect the city with Liberia International Airport.

Guanacaste. Hottest Destination in Latin America.

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MIAMI, Florida–A group of American Leisure travel agents have declared the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica as the hottest destination in 2014. The opening of Liberia’s International Airport (official name: Daniel Oduber International Airport) has triggered a development of new hotel and resort properties. Last December Hyatt opened its first Central American resort, the Andaz Papagayo Bay. This hotel has already been named one of the best resorts in 2014: http://www.cntraveler.com/hot-list/2014/best-new-hotels-world-photos_slideshow_Andaz-Peninsula-Papagayo-_17. In February Preferred Boutique Resorts opened El Mangroove at Panama Beach, also in the Papagayo Bay. For November 2014 AM Resorts will opened The Dreams Las Mareas at the beautiful Salinas Bay: http://www.dreamsresorts.com/las-mareas. For 2015 two new additional resorts will open: Melia Paradisus Papagayo Bay and the FEN Resort at Tamarindo Beach. Future projects include: a Marriott, a Wyndham, a Mandarin Oriental and a super deluxe Rosewood Resort in Monte del Barco. Guanacaste is often called “The Golden Coast” or the Costa Rican Riviera. The growth and development of new high end resorts has places the region as the hottest destination for Honeymoons and Weddings, Golfing and Meetings & Incentives. Liberia International Airport is serviced by American Airlines, Jetblue, United, USAirways, Frontier Airlines, DELTA Airlines, Sun Country, Air Canada, West Jet, Sun Wing Airlines and Air Transat from North American cities, plus COPA and Avianca from Panama City and San Salvador respectively. Domestic airlines SANSA and Nature Air operate flights from San Jose.

Guanacaste is the Golden Coast of Costa Rica.
Guanacaste is the Golden Coast of Costa Rica.

 

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica

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BAHIA SALINAS, Guanacaste–They dreamt it, and now it’s finally a reality. Dreams Resorts & Spas is proud to announce that we it is venturing into a brand new tropical destination, Costa Rica! Coming November 1st, 2014, “Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica” will be a vibrant beach getaway for couples, families and singles to enjoy all the inclusions of an Unlimited-Luxuury escape in a privileged location. The resort will be located on sugar-white sand and surrounded by lush green mountains and jungles in the pristine Salinas Bay in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica. Guests of all ages will enjoy an action–packed vacation featuring watersports, land activities, and swimming pools while sunbathing or laying under a thatched palapa. They will also continue the fun into the evenings with live nightly entertainment, outdoor bars and lounges and so much more. Just an hour away from Liberia’s modern international airport, Bahia Salinas will become a small part of paradise. The dream will be a wonderful reality in Guanacaste.

Rendition of Dreams Las Mareas at Salinas Bay, Guanacaste.
Rendition of Dreams Las Mareas at Salinas Bay, Guanacaste.

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The New Eastern Airlines. The Wings of Man

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MIAMI, Florida–In 2009, a professional group of airline managers acquired the intellectual property of Eastern Airlines to develop a new business plan and financing plan to re-launch the airline. The team put together a plan to re-launch Eastern to be based at Miami International Airport. It quickly established working relationships with strategic partners including the Miami Airport Authority, Amadeus and Airbus. Eastern’s relationship with Amadeus dates back to Eastern’s reservation system, called System One. This system was eventually sold by Eastern Airlines and later became the core of the Amadeus system. Eastern Airlines also has a special and unique relationship with Airbus dating to 1972, when Eastern Airlines became the launch airline customer for the Airbus A-300. The team developed a multi-level business and financing plan that is being used to raise the capital required for Eastern Airlines to certify under FAA Regulation Part 121. That work has commenced, led by one of the industry’s leading certification consultants, Locked On. Today, the new Eastern Airlines is working with various industry-leading aircraft leasing companies to assemble a fleet of A-319s and A-320s aircraft. In addition, Eastern Airlines has moved into its headquarters office space at Building 5A at Miami International Airport, which was the former “Eastern Operations Center”, a four story building at the corner of Le Jeune Road and 36th Street, and which once housed all of Eastern’s system control and maintenance control centers, and other operating units. The new Eastern Airlines is expected to operate flights from Miami International Airport to the Caribbean and Central and South America. 

The new Eastern Airlines will operate a fleet of Airbus A-319s and A-320s from Miami International Airport to the Caribbean and Latin America.
The new Eastern Airlines will operate a fleet of Airbus A-319s and A-320s from Miami International Airport to the Caribbean and Latin America.

El Mangroove Resort

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PAPAGAYO GULF, Guanacaste–On February 1st  Enjoy Group Hotels will open the doors of its deluxe resort in Guanacaste, El Mangroove. Located in pristine Playa Panama (Panama Beach) only 45 minutes away from Liberia International Airport, the resort will be the first Preferred Boutique hotel in Guanacaste and the second in Costa Rica (the other is the world-known Gaia Hotel & Reserve in Manuel Antonio). It will feature the longest swiming pool in Costa Rica. Completely surrounded by lush tropical forest, El Mangroove perfectly mixes wood and water elements with contemporary architecture and natural furnishings to pay homage to its unparalleled location. The 85 bohemian-chic suites, property-wide complimentary WiFi, and access to numerous indoor and outdoor activities will ensure guests to enjoy this corner of paradise. This will be the latest deluxe five star resort in Guanacaste (Hyatt Andaz opened in December). The Guanacaste Golden Coast is considered the best “sun, beaches and fun” area in Central America and features top-of-the-line resort chains, also very popular for honeymoons and “Destination Weddings” . In addition the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (also known as Liberia International Airport) is serviced by the main U.S. carriers from the most important cities in North America.

El Mangroove Resort is the latest deluxe hotel to open in the Guanacaste Golden Coast. The resort will open on February 1st.
El Mangroove Resort is the latest deluxe hotel to open in the Guanacaste Golden Coast. The resort will open on February 1st.

Costa Rica: One of the ten Destinations for 2014

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ATLANTA, Georgia–CNN (Cable News Network) has given out the list of the top ten destinations for 2014, being Costa Rica number seven. CNN advises the whole country is a “must” to visit, but specifically praises on Guanacaste Province and the Nosara Beach. “Its pristine beaches are the ones that are introducing new activities for families, that includes programs for babies to education and voluntourism for older children”, reported the expert in tourism Alvin Rosenbaum. Brazil (because of the World Cup) Panama (because of the celebration of 100 years of the Panama Canal) and Myanmar (former Burma) occupied the first three positions. Guanacaste is Costa Rica’s Riviera, often called “The Golden Coast” that features from ultra deluxe five star resorts to cozy B&Bs. Nosara Beach has an airstrip but the best way to reach Guanacaste is flying directly into Liberia International Airport.

Nosara Beach is one of the recommended destinations for 2014 by CNN.
Nosara Beach is one of the recommended destinations for 2014 by CNN.

Central American Airport Competition

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica–The year 2014 will be the year of airport competition in Central America. As Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport attracts more airlines (the latest are Air France and TAP Portugal), the rest of the Central American airports will gear up to compete for the “second position”. San Jose’s  Juan Santamaria International Airport (probably the most modern of the region) suffered in May the unfortunate dismantling of old LACSA’s  hub. Juan Santamaria International Airport (JSIA) is just another point-to-point station in the Avianca route system, as practically all U.S. non-stop operations were transferred to El Salvador’s Comalapa International Airport. But AERIS, the private company that manages JSIA is focusing in 2014 to attract new airlines from South America, Europe, Russia and even Asia. AERIS will start the second phase of its expansion that includes several more gates that can handle wide-body aircraft like Airbus A-340-600 and B-747. The gate area will grow double in space by 2017. JSIA will become the hub for Costa Rican start-up Ticos Air.  CORIPORT S.A., the company that manages the other Costa Rican international terminal, Liberia’s Daniel Oduber International Airport  in the Guanacaste province hopes to also attract new customers like Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines. The Honduran government is hoping to jump start the project for Tegucigalpa’s new international airport in Palmerola, in order to finally shut down the second most dangerous airport in the world: Toncontin. The government in Tegucigalpa hopes  also to upgrade the infraestructure of San Pedro-Sula, Roatan Island and La Ceiba Airports. Managua’s Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport and Belize City International Airport at the moment have no expansion projects. In 2014 El Salvador’s Comalapa International Airport will see the start of  construction. CEPA (the government agency that manages the airport) hopes to turn the air terminal in the most modern airport in Central America. The new Salvadorian low cost carrier VECA Airlines has chosen Comalapa International Airport to be its main hub.

Guatemala City's La Aurora International Airport is one of the most under used terminals of the region.
Guatemala City’s La Aurora International Airport is one of the most under used terminals of the region.

 Finally the Guatemalan government hopes to bring more airline clients to the modern La Aurora International Airport that after its remodeling is totally under used. The growth of tourism in the area will be the trigger for the international airports to modernize and expand.

Back to Basics

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica–Back in 1979 the Costa Rican Flag Carrier LACSA decided to create a spin-off airline that would take over the domestic operation in the country. SANSA (Servicios Aereos Nacionales S.A.) was born operating two Douglas DC-3s. As LACSA’s “side-kick” domestic airline, SANSA adopted a very Costa Rican livery sporting the flag on the tail of the old DC-3s. After several years SANSA’s management decided to change the DC-3s for the Spanish C-212 Aviocars and the airline even adopted a special livery and a indigenous inspired logo. When parent company LACSA received the first Airbus A-320s in 1990 to replace the Boeing 727-200s, SANSA again adopted a “Costa Rican livery” for its C-212s and later for the Grand Cessna Caravans. In 1991 LACSA and SANSA were purchased by TACA International Airlines and merged into the TACA Group. SANSA adopted several liveries all influenced by the GRUPO TACA new image. In 2012 SANSA was renamed as SANSA Regional as a full member of the TACA Regional group of domestic airlines. In 2013  SANSA Regional’s management decided to go back to basics, to return to the original 100% Costa Rican image and drop the name “Regional”. The new logo was launched on December 17th through the social media sites and in January 2014 the airline will present the new livery on one of its Grand Cessna Caravans. SANSA is trying to recoup the perception that it is not only a Costa Rican carrier, but also the new Flag Carrier of the country after the full absortion of LACSA into the Avianca structure.

SANSA's new logo inspired in Costa Rica's flag and national blue.
SANSA’s new logo inspired in Costa Rica’s flag and national blue.

A New Melia Paradisus Deluxe Resort For Guanacaste

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PAPAGAYO GULF, Costa Rica–SunVesta Swiss Holding Group began construction of a luxury resort in the Papagayo Gulf, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, which plans to begin operations in late 2014. The new project, called Paradisus Papagayo Bay Resort & Luxury Villas, will have 382 deluxe rooms, nine restaurants, eight bars and a beach club. It also will have facilities for business meetings. The project replaces the Paradisus Playa Conchal hotel and is being built in cooperation with Paradisus Resorts, the flagship brand of Meliá Hotels International. Total construction of Paradisus Papagayo Bay will cover 21 hectares and “meets all required specifications to qualify as five-star hotel,” the company stated in a press release.

The new project, displayed here in a scale model, will have nine restaurants, eight bars and a beach club.
The new project, displayed here in a scale model, will have nine restaurants, eight bars and a beach club.

More Five Star Resorts To Guanacaste

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The three new brands will open resorts in Guanacaste in 2014.
The three new brands will open resorts in Guanacaste in 2014.

LIBERIA, Costa Rica — For 2014 three well known brand names of International Resorts will open its doors in the Costa Rican Golden Coast, the province of Guanacaste. First Hyatt’s Andaz will open in the spectacular Papagayo Bay, just 25 minutes away from Liberia International Airport. The second will be the AMResort Dreams that will be located in Costa Santa Elena near Salinas Bay, and finally the Melia Paradisus Papagayo, at the bay with the same name. Melia Hotels relinquished the management of the ultra-luxurious Playa Conchal Resort to Westin two years ago. Know as the Golden Coast, Guanacaste is pulling back again world know hotel chains. The opening of these three resorts and three other smaller hotels will create up to 4000 new jobs in the province.

Dreams Las Mareas: http://costasantaelena.com/en/dreams-las-mareas/