Costa Rica is a very popular incentive destination, and for good reason. It has an abundance of stunning natural beauty, a diversity of wildlife and it is rich in culture. Situated between the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west this Central American country is renowned for its biodiversity and eco-tourism, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking a luxurious, immersive experience.
One of the most popular incentive destinations within Costa Rica is the Papagayo Peninsula, located in the northwestern part of the country, on the Pacific coast. This area has beautiful beaches, gorgeous natural landscapes, and luxurious resorts. The peninsula is a rugged and isolated area that extends into the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by miles of unspoiled coastline and pristine waters. The region is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including monkeys, sloths, toucans, parrots and other birds, as well as a range of marine life, including dolphins, whales, and sea turtles.
The Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo and the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo are located on the peninsula, both less than 45 minutes from the Liberia airport, while El Mangroove, an Autograph Collection, is a bit closer at just 20 minutes. For those interested in an all-inclusive hotel, there is the Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica, also just a short drive from LIR. Hotels range in size from 85 to 292 rooms.
For those that want to explore the lush landscapes of the area, zip-lining, ATV tours, white-water rafting, and horseback riding are perfect activities for those looking for an adrenaline rush. World-class golf can be enjoyed on the peninsula and of course, spa treatments offer relaxation after a day of exploring.
South of the Papagayo Peninsula and about an hour’s drive from the same airport is Reserva Conchal. This beach resort is set on 2300 acres of tropical forest and features a pristine white sand beach, a Robert Trent Jones II golf course, and an array of amenities and dining. The W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal and the Westin Resreva Conchal are located here, with 151 and 406 guest rooms, respectively. The drive time to these properties is between 1:15 and 1:30.
Activities that can be arranged for groups include snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, kayaking and deep-sea fishing. The consistent waves, warm water temperatures, and friendly teachers also make this a great place for those who want to learn to surf. What a great opportunity for those who have always wanted to give the sport a try!
In either destination, the food will be an important part of the experience. Costa Rican cuisine is a fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and African influences, with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Seafood, especially ceviche and grilled fish, are the most popular. Also widely available are a variety of tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple, and papaya and freshly squeezed juices and batidos (smoothies). Some of the best coffee in the world is grown here and should be enjoyed as the locals do, with a traditional sweet pastry such as a bizcocho or tres leches cake.
Costa Rica has a tropical climate, with two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season runs from mid-December to April and is considered the best time to visit for beach activities, hiking, and wildlife viewing, as the weather is generally sunny and dry. However, it is also the busiest season, with higher prices and more crowds. The rainy season runs from May to late fall, and although it can rain heavily at times, it also brings lush vegetation and fewer crowds. It is the best time for white-water rafting and surfing. Temperatures are in the 70s and 80s year round.
Quite a few cities from the US have direct flights into Liberia, with the flight time from Miami being about 3 hours.
One cannot beat the allure of Costa Rica with its unique blend of natural beauty, culture, and adventure. Whether seeking relaxation on pristine beaches, exploration of lush rainforests, or immersion in the country’s rich culture, groups will find plenty to discover in this Central American gem.
Thanks to our DMC partner in Costa Rica: TAM