Inside the Incentive. A Focus on Costa Rica
Go inside the incentive with a focus on Costa Rica to learn how this location can be a great fit for your next incentive trip.
Costa Rica extends a warm welcome to all meeting and event visitors!
This exquisite nation is renowned for its breathtaking coastlines, vibrant rainforests teeming with life, and an abundance of extraordinary wildlife.
Whether you seek thrilling escapades or tranquil moments of serenity, Costa Rica offers a diverse range of experiences to cater to every individual’s desires.
Why We Love It
Costa Rica, a land of lush rainforests, majestic beaches, and towering volcanoes, is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, connecting both North and South America.
It ranks among the top 10 most popular countries in Latin America for meetings and events.
It is renowned for its unparalleled biodiversity and the unofficial motto of the country, “pura vida”, which translates to “pure life” and reflects the locals’ relaxed and content attitude towards life.
Costa Rica is the perfect destination for nature lovers and beachgoers, as well as those who wish to take in the country’s breathtaking landscapes while unwinding and enjoying life to the fullest.
For a stress-free journey, the easiest way to get to this paradisal destination is by hopping on a direct flight from major cities like Los Angeles, Miami, and Orlando.
Depending on your departure city, the journey can take anywhere from 3 to 7 hours. Several airlines, like American Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines, offer direct flights to the two major airports in Costa Rica.
If you’re traveling to the Caribbean, Central Pacific, or the southern region of Costa Rica then flying into the Juan Santa Maria Airport (SJO) in San Jose is your best option.
If you’re visiting Guanacaste, the surrounding beaches, or the Peninsula Papagayo then the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Liberia is the way to go.
When To Go
Enjoy the warm climate in Costa Rica all year round with temperatures ranging from 74 to 80°F during the day and 59 to 63°F at night.
While it is a tropical country, you may experience rain at any time, particularly during September and October.
The period between December and April is typically the driest and sunniest time of year, however, this is also the peak season.
To avoid crowds and higher prices for accommodation and airfare, plan your trip during the “green season” from May to June when you can expect mostly sunny days with a few, short rain showers.
Selecting a Hotel (overwhelmed with Site Selection and Negotiation? We can help.)
Costa Rica offers a plethora of hotels to fit any traveler’s budget and preferred style of travel, from upscale all-inclusive resorts to more affordable lodging.
With a range of different regions to explore, it is important to decide what activities you would like to enjoy, and which area would suit your needs best. Are you looking for an action-packed adventure or a chance to relax?
Depending on your answer, consider visiting the three most popular regions: Guanacaste, San Jose, or the Puntarenas Province.
Guanacaste is becoming increasingly popular for both tourism and business, boasting the greatest number of luxury accommodations, like the Four Seasons, of any region in Costa Rica. The selection of all-inclusive resorts is abundant here too. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or simply in search of luxurious pampering, you’ll undoubtedly find something to your taste in this beautiful area.
San Jose, the capital, has an extensive array of hotels, from boutique hotels to international chains, and is home to Central America’s largest conference center, the Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center. This vibrant city has plenty to offer, from its many museums, historic attractions, and exciting nightlife.
Meanwhile, Puntarenas Province is a great destination for weddings and other small meetings or events, with its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and abundant wildlife. Here you can find some of Costa Rica’s most popular beach resorts, as well as numerous national parks and reserves, making it the perfect place for those seeking a peaceful, serene atmosphere.
No matter your preferences, Costa Rica has something for you, from luxury resorts to nature retreats and everything in between.
Short List of Large Properties (Hotels of 300+ rooms)
From exploring the majestic outdoors to simply basking in the beauty of the landscape, there’s an array of activities to keep you entertained. (If you need help finding local and exclusive options, let us know!)
Whether you’re looking for a thrilling experience or a peaceful retreat, there is something for everyone in this tropical paradise. Here are some of the exciting activities you can find in Costa Rica:
- Zip-lining: Enjoy the thrill of soaring through the treetops and take in the spectacular views.
- Hiking/Exploring National Parks: Explore the lush rainforests of Costa Rica and discover the exotic wildlife and plants.
- Surfing: Catch the waves and enjoy the perfect conditions for surfing in Costa Rica.
- Rafting: Take on the rapids of Costa Rica’s rivers and enjoy the adventure and adrenaline rush.
- Horseback Riding: Explore the countryside in style on horseback and take in the beautiful scenery.
- Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: Dive into the crystal-clear waters and discover the vibrant colors of the marine life.
- Whale Watching: Spot majestic humpback whales as they migrate along the Costa Rican coastline.
- Hot Springs: Relax in the soothing waters of the hot springs and enjoy a natural spa day.
- Volcano Tours: Take a hike around an active volcano and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
- Bioluminescence Boat Rides: Explore the glowing blue waters and nocturnal life of the ocean.
- Sport Fishing: Costa Rica offers some of the best fishing, offering both onshore and offshore experiences.
- Museums: Learn about the Costa Rican history and culture in one of the many remarkable cultural institutions in San Juan.
And much more!
Festivals and Annual Events
To make sure your trip to Costa Rica runs smoothly, it is best to plan ahead and check the dates of the numerous festivals and celebrations that occur year-round. This way, you can avoid the hassle of overbooked hotels and overcrowded areas.
- Palmares Fiestas
- Santa Cruz Fiestas
- Copa Del Cafe
- Alajuelita Fiestas
- Fiesta De Los Diablitos
- Puntarenas Carnival
- Dia Del Boyero
- National Orchid Show
- Dia De Juan Santamaria
- Fiesta De La Virgen Del Mar
- Dia De Guanacaste
- Virgen De Los Angelas
- Dia De La Independencia
- Limon & Puerto Viejo Carnival
- El Tope Parade
- San Jose Carnival
- Fiesta De Los Diablitos
- Festival De La Luz