Monthly Archives: January 2021

Bloomberg says Costa Rica among top 2021 vacation destinations

Aerial view of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. (Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times)

Planning your 2021 travel? Consider Costa Rica, Bloomberg says.

The U.S.-based media company published its “Where to Go in 2021,” recommending destinations “that will be especially profound” for travelers this year. Among the list of 24 is Costa Rica, a place where visitors can immerse themselves in nature and “leave no trace.”

As Bloomberg writes:

When Costa Rica began its Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program in 1998, it was a world’s first. Today its Earth-friendly hotels have rippled into something of a global standard. And now they’re raising the bar higher. A massive overhaul of CST criteria planned for 2021 will inspire hoteliers to raise the bar higher and acknowledge those who already have.

Meanwhile, the government released a carbon footprint calculator last November to encourage tourism offsets. It’s also moving to protect 30% of its land under official conservation programs and encouraging other countries to do the same. 

The publication recommends Origins Lodge (Bijagua), Nayara Tented Camp (La Fortuna), and Kasiiya Papagayo (Matapalo) as luxury accommodations for high-end travelers.

Other destinations on the list include Sweden, Australia, Antarctica, the British Virgin Islands, Senegal, the Maldives and Ecuador.

“The global economy needs a travel rebound. You could use one, too,” the story reads. “As soon as it’s safe, make your plans count with two dozen ideas to help heal the world one small step at a time.”

KLM resumes direct flights to Liberia, Costa Rica

A KLM Boeing 787. Amsterdam, anyone? (Courtesy of KLM)

KLM has resumed direct flights from Amsterdam to Liberia, Costa Rica.

President Carlos Alvarado shared an image of the Dutch flight after it arrived to the Guanacaste-area airport on Tuesday night:  “This is the first in a series of returning flights and new connections to be announced this weekend,” President Alvarado said.

“We celebrate it because it contributes on the road to the recovery of tourism employment in our regions, for the benefit of many families.”

KLM, the world’s oldest operating airline, has also retaken flights from the Netherlands to Juan Santamaría International Airport near San José. That route resumed in November 2020.

The Dutch airline has served Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) since October 2019. The nonstop flight is blocked at more than 14 hours.

“Guanacaste is the second-largest region of Costa Rica,” Pieter Elbers, KLM’s CEO, said at the time. “The region is known for its beautiful nature, which makes it a unique holiday destination in combination with San José. All this makes Guanacaste Liberia a valuable addition to our KLM network.”

Passengers can purchase tickets via KLM.