The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Day and weekend trips are preferred by Costa Ricans for the holidays for two main reasons: economy and simplicity.

According to the Costa Rican Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) locations in the Central Pacific such as the Paseo de los Turistas in the center of Jacó, Caldera and Beaches Doña Ana sites are most sought by tourists. “These destinations are comfortable because they are only an hour or two from San José, which means the whole trip can be made in one day,” they said.

Gabriela Rena of the Chamber of Puntarenas Tourism, said there are several tours that visitors can hire from 20,000 colones per person: “There are tours to the island San Lucas, Tortuga Island or the mangroves where you can see herons and crocodiles. Likewise, to seek a better price you can hire a boat for a certain amount of people or pay for tours per head.”

Something for everyone

Meanwhile Pablo Rodriguez of the Chamber of Tourism of the Northern Zone, said mountain destinations and adventure tourism have their headquarters in San Carlos. “We have several day trips to the area of San Carlos, with activities ranging from kayaking tours, canopy tours, nature walks or ride across Lake Arenal and visit the hot springs or visit the Cataract River.”

“One of these day trips to any of these tours, plus a visit to the springs comes out costing an estimated 25 to 30 thousand colones per person with fuel. What many domestic tourists do is buy the tour with transportation included and the bus picks them up from downtown San Jose,” said Rodriguez.

Canatur said another option that tourists can take into account are the national parks located in the central plateau and the surrounding areas near volcanoes like Poas, Irazu and Turrialba, or the Braulio Carrillo National Park or Monument Guayabo.

All these destinations are located less than two hours from the capital and the cost of them is quite accessible.  This is just another reason why Costa Rica is a great destination to live, travel, and invest in.

Viviana Rudin, Director of Promotion of Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) indicated that the total average expenditure of resident families of three is between 150,000 and 235,000 colones, depending on the way they organize their holiday.

“Families will rationalize their decision of location and type of holiday depending on their budget, the time available and on their tastes and preferences,” she said.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica