Safe Travels to San Jose, Costa Rica

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November 4, 2020

Safe Travels to San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica received the World Travel & Tourism Council Safe Travels stamp – the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp for travel and tourism! As our borders open up, Costa Rica is committed to providing fun and safe experiences for visitors.

Costa Rica is located in the heart of Central America, bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.    It is estimated that 600 beaches surround the entire national territory, providing recreation opportunities and relaxing with relatively few tourists. San José’s temperature is pleasant year-round because of its relatively high elevation—3,839 feet.  The rainy season runs from May to November.

Arenal Volcano National Park

Costa Rica’s capital, San José, is in the Central Valley. It has world-class museums, parks, hotels, theaters, and historic buildings. It’s an extensive plain, guarded by majestic volcanoes and green hills, honoring the natural richness that exists throughout the national territory.

Once in the city, visitors may choose among dozens of one-day tours to the most outstanding natural places, inside and outside of the Central Valley, as well as having access to a great variety of sports adventures and activities for exploring.

Costa Rica is a land of volcanoes, rainforests and cloud forests, huge waterfalls and mighty rivers. The country’s mountain ranges and vast lowlands bordering the Atlantic and Pacific oceans create many different habitats and ecosystems.  An estimated 5 million birds migrate through Costa Rica every year. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise. You will also see massive sea turtles, colorful frogs, and crocodiles. In its deep blue womb, Costa Rica shelters more than 6,700 marine species, 90 of which are unique on the planet.

The Pacific coast contains major tourism centers and beaches that are favorites among surfers, including Esterillos, Jacó, Hermosa, Boca Barranca, as well as the Pavones Sector and the surroundings of the Marino Ballena National Park, with its famous long left wave.

Near the beach areas you will find a wide variety of options to stay and taste Costa Rican cuisine. Among the variety of hotels you can enjoy are: all-inclusive option, honeymoon hotels, eco resort, family hotels, 5 star hotels, Spa & Wellness, etc. In addition to the typical food you can also enjoy restaurants that specialize in international dishes.

Costa Rica will welcome all U.S. citizens beginning Nov. 1. Costa Rica no longer requires visitors to submit a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 72 hours before their visit. However, visitors are required to purchase medical insurance to cover any possible coronavirus-related costs they may incur and complete health pass forms, according to the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica website. Additional details are available on Costa Rica’s tourism board website as well.

Beginning Dec. 19, you can fly United from Wichita with one stop in Houston.  United has a nifty interactive map where you can search for destinations and fares by interest. You can also fly American Airlines with one stop in Dallas. American has launched a new travel tool, powered by Sherpa, to help customers quickly see the current coronavirus (COVID-19) travel guidelines for domestic and international destinations.  Customers can access the Sherpa travel guide here.

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