LIBERIA, Costa Rica–In January 2012, CORIPORT S.A., the company that manages Liberia International Airport (LIR) in the northern province of Guanacaste, inagurated a new state-of-the-art airport terminal. Months after the opening of the terminal, several airlines from the United States and Canada decided to start operations to the airport, well-known as the “gateway” to the Golden Coast of Costa Rica, or often called the Costa Rican Riviera. “We hope new airlines will start services to AIDO (Aeropuerto Internacional Daniel Oduber) in 2015” declared Francisco Cordero, the Commercial Director of CORIPORT S.A. to La Republica newspaper. “We were able to attract British carrier Thomson Airways. The airline will connect London with Liberia in November 2015. Some airlines opperate to Liberia and not to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport, like WestJet and Sun Country”. Liberia International Airport is just 30 minutes away from the high end resorts in Papagayo Bay like Foru Seasons, Hilton and Hyatt Andaz and an hour away from Matapalo Beach, Mansita Beach and Conchal Beach where RIU, JW Marriott and Westin are located respectively. “On 2012, when we opened the new terminal, we grew 20% in reference to the years before and we grow 14% each month. Our goal is to close 2014 with 700 thousand passengers using Liberia International Airport as their gateway to Costa Rica”, concluded Cordero. CORIPORT S.A. has been already in talks with three airlines and once they reach an agreement they will be disclosed. JetBlue Airways started flights in November from Boston to Guanacaste every Saturday. At the moment the airport has seven positions, 4 with jetways and 3 remote ones. The expansion plans after 2016 include more jetways and ramps. The airport terminal also has been declared by U.S. travel and leisure magazines as one of the most user-friendly terminals in Latin America.
PAPAGAYO GULF, Guanacaste–The Costa Rican Minister of Tourism, Wilhem von Breymann and Claudia Pina from Wyndham Resorts participated yesterday in the breaking ground of the future Wyndham Papagayo Yu Resort of Panama Beach at the Papagayo Bay in Guanacaste. The hotel will be the first resort in Costa Rica. The resort will be opened by the end of 2015 and will feature 151 rooms. Just 20 minutes away from Liberia’s Daniel Oduber International Airport, the Wyndham Papagayo Yu Resort will blend with nature and also represent the rich Chorotega culture of Guanacaste. “This new hotel in Costa Rica will allow us to keep showing the excellence of the Wyndham Resorts brand and also Costa Rica, one of the most popular leisure destinations in the world” said Paulo Pena, President and Director of Wyndham Hotels and Resort Group in Latin America. Wyndham Papagayo Yu Resort is the latest international resort that will open in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica. By the end of 2014 AM Resorts will open the super deluxe Dreams Las Mareas and in 2015 Melia Paradisus Papagayo Bay and Fen Esplendido Tamarindo Beach will also open its doors in the Golden Coast of Costa Rica.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PAPAGAYO GULF, Costa Rica–On December 20th the Andaz Papagayo Resort, part of Hyatt Hotels and Resorts opened its doors. It is the only Andaz Resort in Latin America, (the other ten Andaz Hotels are in New York, San Diego, Hollywood, Napa, England, Holland, China and Hawaii. “We are sure that the beauty of the area, our capable staff and the products that we offer are the perfect combination for our guests to come back again to our resort” commented Michael Schmidt, General Manager of the Andaz Papagayo Resort. The hotel has 153 rooms, 21 of those are suites, two swimminmg pools, nine SPA rooms, a complete gym and three theme restaurants. The resort is only 45 minutes away from Liberia International Airport. The Andaz Papagayo Resort is the latest five start hotel property to open in the lush Papagayo Gulf in Guanacaste, part of the Costa Rican Golden Coast.
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.
LIBERIA, Costa Rica. — The Daniel Oduber International Airport, better known as Liberia International is expected to grow in the next three years to become Central America’s #1 “Leisure Airport”. The growth of this airport will be triggered by the future opening of five hotels and resorts in the Costa Rican Golden Coast. Alvaro Conejo, President of the Guanacastean Chamber of Tourism informed today that starting in December 2013 the group of new hotels will include: Enjoy Hotel in Panama Beach (96 rooms), in July 2014 the Courtyard Marriott at Papagayo Bay, and by the end of that year Hyatt Andaz Resort (153 rooms), Melia Paradisus Papagayo (379 rooms) and Dreams Las Mareas in Salinas Beach (447 rooms). The opening of these resorts will create up to 4000 new jobs in the Northern province of Costa Rica, well known for its breathtaking beaches and a great adventure destination. Francisco Cordero, Commercial Director for Liberia International Airport coincided that more airlines from the U.S., Europe and South America are expected to operate flights to the aiport (the new terminal was opened in January 2012), known as the “gateway to the Costa Rican Riviera”. As of today American Airlines operates flights from Miami and Dallas/Ft. Worth; DELTA from Atlanta and Minneapolis; Jetblue from New York-JFK; Frontier Airlines from Denver; United Airlines from Houston, Newark and Chicago; USAirways from Charlotte; Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal; WestJet from Toronto and COPA Airlines from Panama City.