Westin Hotels Expands Footprint in Latin America with New Resort in Costa Rica
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Accelerating growth in Latin America, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT – News) today announced its return to Costa Rica with the opening of The Westin Playa Conchal Resort & Spa in May 2011. Marking a milestone in Starwood’s history, The Westin Playa Conchal Resort & Spa will also be the first all-inclusive resort in Starwood’s global portfolio. Starwood and Desarrollos Hoteleros Guanagaste, a fully owned subsidiary of Reserva Conchal signed a management agreement to re-flag the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort in Guanacaste as a Westin. The property will undergo extensive renovations to its 406 spacious suites and all public areas. read more

This October Not So Wet

October 14, 2010

by: insidecostarica.com

Although October is traditionally the wettest month of the rainy season, this year the water levels have yet to reach those of September and with only two weeks to go it is doubtful that it will.

The forecast of a dry October are by the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional – national weather service – though it rules out that the transition to the dry season has begun, although it may feel like it.

This past week there has been little rain in most parts of the country, certainly nothing like that of past Octobers and less like the past month that caused the road infrastructure to collapse.

IMN’s José Joaquín Agüero explains that the transition to dry season, when it begins, will be first in Guanacaste and then the Central Valley and the rest of the country.

But, having said that, there is a forecast for rain in December in the provinces of San José and Alajuela.

by: thecostaricanews.com

Over the last decade, Costa Rica has become ever more popular with Canadians. More and more flights from many countries have increased dramatically.

For Canadians, Air Canada ‘s subsidiary company, Air Canada Vacations, is adding charter flights direct to Costa Rica and especially the Liberia, Guanacaste area. This is good news for Canadians who’ve desired an easy, more affordable means to travel to Costa Rica, and as well, flying directly into Liberia cuts several hours in travel time to Northern Costa Rica. These charters are exceptionally lower fares than average.

Liberia has rapidly become the hotspot in Costa Rica for business travelers and tourists, especially with the rise in medical travel, as Clinica Biblica, Costa Rica’s largest private hospital, has announced their plans for a new hospital development worth approximately $40 million, in Guanacaste, only a few minutes drive from the Liberia airport.Many Canadians have either invested or are currently considering investment opportunities in Costa Rica. There are 200,000+ expats in Costa Rica, and a large percentage of them are Canadians and the number continues to rise yearly.