NEWS: May 14, 2020 

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Flights to Costa Rica

For intrepid travelers, flight deals abound.  Unfortunately, it’s still unclear exactly when borders will open and unrestricted, safe travel can begin again.  But if you’re looking at travel dates in September and onward, odds are good that you can find airfare for under $400.  This was near impossible pre-crisis.

FAIR WARNING -- while these deals are tempting, you should verify terms & conditions with the airline to ensure that you CAN cancel or rebook if borders do not permit travel.  We also strongly recommend purchasing trip insurance.

We looked up some flights for early September, 2020 from some major North American airports.  Here were the deals that caught our attention: 

  • Atlanta: $244 with Spirit
  • Chicago: $269 with Spirit
  • Denver: $342 with Iberia
  • Houston: $199 with Avianca
  • Los Angeles, $177 with Avianca
HOORAY! Costa Rica Quarantine Ending

Costa Rica is taking baby steps towards opening for tourism again. As it stands today, May 14th, the borders remain closed to foreign visitors until June 15.

On a brighter note, for locals... things are slowly returning to normal.

Costa Rica continues to impress the world in its COVID-19 response. As of May 14, we stand at a little over 800 total cases, over 500 recoveries, 277 active cases, and seven fatalities. These positive numbers prompted the Costa Rican government to begin lifting quarantine measures in place since March 16.

Since March 16, Costa Rica’s beaches and national parks have been closed, along with a host of different businesses.  On May 1, a limited opening up of businesses began with a promise to review every two weeks. This week, beaches and national parks were declared open, but with caveats.

Beaches will open from 5AM to 8AM Monday-Friday. They plan to open the beaches outside these early hours from July 16 onward. 

On May 16, the following national parks will open at 50% capacity, with entrance tickets bought in advance:

Crisis Heroes: Pam Lewis

Here on the ground in Costa Rica, we are all-too-aware of the impact that Covid-19 is having on a tourism-driven economy.  Costa Rica’s hotels are closed, their staff laid off.  Communities that rely 100% on tourism are feeling the pinch. 

Our sister publication, Centralamerica.com, is running a series of uplifting stories that document “Crisis Heroes”.  These are the wonderful humans that we see stepping up to help others in this tough time.  This week, we highlight a story about a former work colleague, Pamela Lewis.  She’s helping Feed People in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica.

We are promoting  charities throughout Costa Rica who are raising funds to feed people most impacted by the crisis. Check out our Tourism Is My Foundation Campaign and learn more.

Irazú Volcano

Poás Volcano

Guayabo

Braulio Carrillo

Carara

Corcovado

Manuel Antonio

Cahuita

Arenal Volcano

Rincón de la Vieja

Los Quetzales

Tapantí

SECRET DEALS
Our May Special: SECRET DEALS!

Who doesn’t like a good secret?


We have been working with our favorite hotels in Costa Rica to secure amazing specials for our customers.  Some of these deals are so good, we aren’t allowed to publish them!  Don’t wait, deals like these will not last.  If you like once-in-a-lifetime deals, visit our Secret Deals page. 

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (a private park rather than a national park) will also open on May 16 under the same 50% capacity restrictions.  If things go well with these initial openings, the rest of Costa Rica’s national parks will open on June 1 under the same restrictions.  Small hotels with 20 rooms or less also have permission to open from May 16 if they stay at 50% capacity. All other hotels will follow on June 1.  

My first trip to Costa Rica was in 2004. This was the first time I had ever traveled outside the U.S. and was immediately hooked on this amazing country. Being from Florida, fishing was one of my favorite activities and that was what led me here to start. After closing my business during the 2008 crisis, I decided to spend a year in Costa Rica and learn spanish. 

Here we are 11 years later, married, full time resident of Costa Rica and now call the local beach town of Jaco my home. The best part is now my full time job is helping people plan trips to the very country that changed my life in 2004 as well as fish in arguably the most fertile offshore fishing grounds in the world.

Favorite CR Destination: This is tough as it has changed a few times over the years and there are truly so many unique destinations that are personal favs. But if I have to pick, right now it is Tortuguero. Something about this area screams Costa Rica and is so unique, that I find myself always wanting to go back even when I was just there. No cars, no trucks, just boats, water, wildlife and few crowds. Not to mention getting there alone is part of the adventure. 

Magic Costa Rica Moment: Ugh, like picking a favorite destination, there are so many. Most recently, I would say having my niece and nephew down for the first time. Like my first trip in 2004, this was their first trip ever leaving the U.S. and watching their reaction to everything I consider normal, was a quick reminder about how special this tiny country really is. 

Top Vacation Spot OUTSIDE Costa Rica: Panama City, Panama. Sounds crazy, but with all the nature and wildlife that surrounds my wife and I every day, a little city life is a welcome treat. By no means, do I enjoy the city, traffic or crowds. However, Panama City is unique in my eyes. A true Urban environment with a Southbeach feel, but you have some of the most incredible natural and man made wonders within a short drive. Plus an amazing food and social scene, that cannot be found in Costa Rica. 


Covid-Proof Trip Insurance?

When the crisis hit, “covid-proof” trip insurance became tough to find.  Unfortunately, many trip insurance companies declared their policies void due to an “act of God”.  So we scoured the internet and our industry contacts for an insurance provider who delivered for travelers when it mattered.  The name Travel Insured International was mentioned repeatedly.  This 25 year old insurance company was acquired by Crum & Forster, an insurer whose history dates back to 1822.

When you plan a trip with us, we will first verify whether your vacation qualifies and for which types of coverage plans. Check here for answers on what Coronavirus related coverage is available.  Pricing and qualification for coverage vary by traveler. When we identify the protection plans available for your trip, we will work with you to offset these costs as part of your vacation package price.


PLANS VARY, BUT MAY COVER:

Before The Trip:  Last minute cancellations due to...

  • Sickness
  • Weather
  • Even terrorist attacks


During The Trip:  

  • Emergency and accident care
  • Medical evacuations
  • Lost or stolen baggage

Contact us to discuss the various ways we can reduce risk for your future travel plans.

Instagram Pic o’ the Week

Just about anybody who travels to Costa Rica is likely to snap a few amazing photos.  The country is incredibly photogenic.  While we think our Instagram Feed is pretty great, one of our travel experts, Shay Tippie has an equally impressive collection of photos from her travels around Costa Rica.


Do YOU have a great Costa Rica travel pic or short video you’d like to share?  Just add the hashtag #CRVrocks and we’ll share it with our audience.  We will select a few lucky winners in July to receive a super-duper vacation deal.

Ask Us Questions on Facebook


Have a burning travel question?  Join our Costa Rica Travel Advice group and our travel consultants and fellow members of the Costa Rica travel community will do their best to answer.


Featured Teammate: Justin DeBoom

Hometown: Wauchula, Florida
Years in Costa Rica: 11

NEWS:
 May 14, 2020 


  • Miami: $122 with Avianca
  • New York: $224 with Avianca
  • San Francisco: $195 with Avianca
  • Toronto: $251 with Air Canada
  • Washington: $248 with Spirit