Costa Rica Achieves Two New Records in Sustainability Effort

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – July 26, 2017 – In just the first half of 2017, Costa Rica has reached a new record in clean energy production and received their latest Biosphere Reserve declaration by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)—solidifying their unshakeable commitment to sustainability.

During the first six months of the year, 99 percent of Costa Rica’s electricity came from renewable sources, according to data from the National Energy Control Center (CENCE). In the last 30 years, renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, solar and hydroelectric have been responsible for production of nearly 93 percent of Costa Rica’s energy, but this July they broke their own record. With a goal to be the first carbon neutral country in the world by 2021, sustainable practices can be observed in every region of the country, across all industries, adopted by all citizens and embraced by visitors. With almost all of its energy being produced by renewable resources, it’s clear that sustainability is embedded deeply in the culture and traditions of Costa Rica. 

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Costa Rica Launches New Campaign in North America

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – June 06, 2017 – For the first time in its history, the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has established a partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and CNN International to launch a new campaign: “essential Costa Rica. My Choice, Naturally.”

This new advertising campaign will go beyond promoting traditional products, which has been the predominant approach of the past. Mauricio Ventura, Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism, explains that while the responsibility of promoting the image of the country as a tourist destination rests on the marketing and advertising actions carried out by the ICT, it was time to expand their strategies beyond the norm. 

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Sample the Pura Vida in Costa Rica

A guide to balancing the mind, body and soul in 48 hours

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – May 30, 2017 – For travelers looking to recharge their batteries with a quick getaway, a 48-hour Costa Rica itinerary that indulges in the best things a Pura Vida has to offer is just the ticket. Costa Rica’s diverse natural landscape and inimitable culture provides visitors with a variety of options to nurture the mind, body and soul. The close proximity of activities near San Jose means visitors can make a long weekend of it. In as little as two days, visitors can experience the peace and tranquility that is the cornerstone of most lodging options in the Central Valley region, invigorate the body with a visit to Irazú National Park and revel in the culinary delights of the local Tico cuisine. 

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It's Always Pura VIda in Costa Rica

 

The best time to take your dream vacation is any time of the year

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – June 26, 2017 – Costa Rica’s diverse and varied climate makes it easy for travelers to embark on a fantasy escape all year-round. Whether you’re a nature buff, thrill seeker or culture enthusiast, Costa Rica’s biodiverse terrain and magical wonders are waiting to be explored 365 days of the year. Classified as a tropical country because of its proximity to the equator, Costa Rica has no real winter, and it always feels like the sun is shining for a full twelve hours each day. There’s no excuse for leaving unused vacation days behind when Costa Rica is open 24/7.

Every day is a holiday in Central Valley. Travelers interested in enjoying cultural and natural attractions find it easy to experience both in the Central Valley region—home to the capital city of San Jose. Nestled between highlands, Central Valley buzzes with constant activity. Attractions like national parks and museums are open yearlong and a flurry of events provide visitors with many options to pack an itinerary. Also found here are large coffee plantations, sugar mills and dairy farms, where visitors can participate in agritourism. 

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Costa Rica is Livin' La Vida Pura

 

 

 

Easily balance the mind, body and soul with a Tico escape

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – May 8, 2017 – If the purpose of life is “to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences” (Eleanor Roosevelt), then choosing the Pura Vida in Costa Rica is the way to get there.

Pura Vida is a Costa Rican colloquial phrase that translates to “pure life,” but means so much more. It’s a lifestyle in which you choose to live to the fullest, while nurturing the mind, body and soul. The phrase “Pura Vida” can be heard echoing throughout Costa Rica — used as a greeting or expression of happiness, it accurately describes the tranquility, wonder and adventure that await visitors. Costa Rica provides an idyllic sanctuary for an energizing getaway, where visitors can enjoy the latest practices in relaxation and personal care, participate in exciting activities set in a lush natural environment and delight on healthy and nourishing gastronomy. According to Expedia’s 2016 Vacation Deprivation Study, Americans leave over 500 million vacation days unused each year. For the few who do take vacation, many admit to obsessively checking emails, responding to requests and getting work done between parasailing and tasting local fare. For the over-worked and under-vacationed, Pura Vida can be the catalyst to finding long-term balance. 

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How a Town in Costa Rica is Leading the Way to Carbon Neutrality

In an effort to solidify its commitment to the environment, Costa Rica, home to five percent of the world’s biodiversity, has developed a National Climate Strategy that aims to make the country completely carbon-neutral by 2100. However, despite the country’s popular eco-friendly approach, many are unaware of the efforts taking place at one of its most-visited tourist destinations: the town of Monteverde.

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Get to Know Your Costa Rican Spirit Animal: The Sloth

The sloth, which inhabits trees across Costa Rica, may be the slowest mammal on Earth, but its adorable appearance, relaxed personality, and enviable sedentary lifestyle have won the affection of thousands of people in Costa Rica and around the world - in other words, sloths have become the Internet’s new spirit animal. For this reason, the Costa Rica Tourism Board has called on the sloth to save overworked and under-vacationed Americans by inviting them to Costa Rica, the perfect human sanctuary for those suffering from vacation deprivation. 

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