Areas of interest

Areas of interest

TE Incentives presents three different destinations recommended to the Incentive Houses and clients, in terms of specific interests: city and central valley – the beach – jungle and the countryside. All of them can be combined in a program or offered as single exclusive regions to be visited, based on the target, theme and various motivations of the trip.

City and Central Valley

City and Central Valley

The city is full of lively, dynamic, stylish and refined services. Fine art, music, and dance are enjoyed in a nation that is not stranger to the high standards of quality, friendliness and excellence.

The central valley and city locations of Costa Rica are ideal to discover the past and present lifestyles of the locals, as well as numerous natural, cultural and historical sites, going from tranquil to adventurous options.

A region that can be combined with beach and countryside, or offered as a single setting, depending on the specific interests of clients and the duration of the program.

Central Valley

Costa Rica receives you in its newly refurbished Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and welcomes you to the capital city of San José, the main entryway to the country located in the Central Valley. The country is proud to present a selection of art exhibitions in several museums such as the Gold, Jade, National, Costa Rican Art, La Salle Natural Science, University of Costa Rica Insect and Children’s Contemporary Art and Design Museums, as well as musical performances. In addition, this region is home to the jewel of Costa Rica: the National Theater and San José rich architectural styles invite you to discover their beauty on entertaining cultural walks. And our chefs will delight you with the best in new Costa Rican cuisine.   San José, is the seat of most government services; however, the provincial capitals—Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago—offer a variety of quality commercial and tourism services. The rural towns, for their part, are highly picturesque, and offer a glimpse of old Costa Rica, with their houses of bahareque, large coffee plantations, sugar mills and dairies.  Adventure can be a therapy for stress and the Central Valley also provides this. Feel the power of nature as you enjoy the rapids in our rivers or glide past the treetops in a cable car through the rainforest

Attractions

  • Poas Volcano National Park
  • Irazu Volcano National Park
  • Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Doka Estate Coffee Plantation

A wide variety of boutique and luxury hotels awaits you to provide comfort and amenities that meet international standards and to assist you with the logistics for your meetings, incentive groups or large conventions, with exhibition area options for trade shows.

Central Valley

The Beach

The Beach

Whatever the preference for accommodations and services related to Incentive programs is, the beaches of Costa Rica will satisfy the most specific needs, with quality hotels, golf courses, outdoor activities, claming spas, unique gastronomic options and breathtaking settings.

If the Incentive house or client looks for a beach program, this little country has much to offer. Impressive sceneries and the best available services are taken by our program designers to design special trips supported by the best service and warmest Costa Rican hospitality.

The beach can also be combined with city-central valley and jungle countryside if desired, but this will also depend on the program duration and the interests of the client.

North Caribbean

Under Afro-Caribbean influence, the Caribbean region is like another country unto itself. The characteristic culture and unique rhythm of life mean that this area offers an extraordinary experience for your visitors. Its coastline extends for 124 miles (200 km) and it is one of the most diverse regions of Costa Rica.  In the northern region, the lodges can only access the jungle by boat on the canals of Tortuguero, which feature endemic species. This coastal area is considered a prime destination for Caribbean cruise ship travelers who enjoy shore excursions such as canal boat tours, macadamia plantation tours, river rafting trips or even a classic train ride.  This área is known for sportfishing of sea bass, shad and other species, and also has one of the most important green turtle nesting sites and is home to 50 species of fish, countless species of birds and 160 species of mammals.>

Attractions

  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge
North Caribbean

South Caribbean

The southern coastal caribbean area contains the most diverse and colorful marine life, submerged on the country's largest living coral reefs, multi-colored sand beaches (black, yellow, and grey), costal vegetation, and medium-high forests. You can walk along a flat path between the beach and the jungle where howler monkeys and white-faced capuchins frolic in the trees, and blue-metallic butterflies flutter along the way. The area exhibits a unique mix of beach, natural resources and Afro-Caribbean culture in the surrounding areas like Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, and Gandoca-Manzanillo. Here there are high-quality beaches where you can find a mix of activities involving adventure and natural history, which uniquely complement the local culture, gastronomy, and music.

Attractions

  • Cahuita National Park
  • Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
  • Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve

Most hotels, lodges and cabins are small, intimate and situated in lush tropical gardens or in the jungle. It is a perfect alternative for activities related to meeting programs, since the area offers great adventure and incentive travel options with a cultural orientation.

South Caribbean

Guanacaste

Sunny and breezy for most of the year and with a total of 5,921 sq. miles and more than 400 miles of coast line, the Guanacaste tourism area is home to a very important section of Costa Rica’s cultural and natural heritage, and is a land of volcanic peaks, wooded valleys, beautiful waterfalls, hot springs, national parks and wildlife refuges rich in flora and fauna, where you can enjoy spectaculars beaches, bird watching, horseback riding and admire the Guanacaste and Tilarán mountain ranges.  It is the largest and least populated province, with the driest climate year-round, and also conserves one of the few tropical dry forests remaining in Central America. The incomparable beauty of its landscapes, which ranges from tropical dry forests to lowland mountain forests, its warm climate, as well as its flourishing nature have made Guanacaste one of the most heavily visited areas by locals as well as international tourists and is one of the most developed areas because of its high level of investment in the hotel industry that is in high demand.

Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) provides convenient air service to a large a number of charter and commercial flights  arriving from the United States.

You can also enjoy the best hotels and five-star beach resorts with luxury golf courses designed by golf celebrities such as Robert Trent-Jones II and Arnold Palmer. Whether you visit during the dry or the rainy season, both provide great advantages.

Attractions

  • Santa Rosa National Park
  • Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
  • Guanacaste National Park
  • Tenorio Volcano National Park
Guanacaste

South Guanacaste

Nicoya, a city to the south, was a vibrant pre-Columbian cultural center for the Chorotegas, a people who were descended from the Olmecs of Mexico. The coastline is irregular with bays, peninsulas and miles of sandy beaches that are the most beautiful in the country. You will also find fascinating natural history, historic sites and picturesque villages. The beaches are lapped by the warm, crystalline waters of the Pacific and several offer protection to marvelous nesting sea turtles. Ostional Beach is a nesting aggregation site for olive ridley sea turtles from July to December each year.>

Attractions

  • Palo Verde National Park
  • Barra Honda National Park
  • Guaitil (a community where they make pottery using Chorotegan techniques)
  • Las Baulas National Marine Park
  • Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge
South Guanacaste

Central Pacific

In the Central Pacific region, the ocean rules!  The coast is made up of numerous beautiful beaches, several of which are less than two hours from San José, allowing for quick access. Marvel at the clear blue waters while snorkeling, windsurfing and sea kayaking. Come swim at some of the most beautiful and pristine palm tree-lined beaches o just relax in a hammock enjoying the ocean breeze. Set your sail for a tropical island or take a sunset cruise, and let your adrenaline surge while whitewater rafting a swollen river or ziplining in the tropical woods, or feel the intense energy of catching a blue marlin on a deep sea fishing expedition. A wet and rainy climate allows for greater biodiversity in the beaches and hills next to the coast; thus, there is a transition from tropical wet forest to tropical dry forest. These ecosystems provide habitat for numerous plants and animal species that are protected in several wilderness areas such as wildlife refuges, national parks and biologial preserves.

The Central Pacific, with its internationally acclaimed resorts and specialty hotels, gourmet restaurants and world-class golf courses, offers ideal entertainment opportunities in any kind of event for the most select group.>

Attractions

  • Crocodile Safari
  • Carara National Park
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
Central Pacific

Puntarenas

Puntarenas is one of the most important tourism regions in Costa Rica. This spectacular area is very close to the Central Valley, around two hours. Its coastline is full of islands, inlets, beaches, and very beautiful natural treasures, all which make it an excellent tourist destination. There is a multitude of attractions based around the beaches, as well as protected areas, both land based and around its islands. The area’s center is located at Puntarenas which acts as a place for lodging, distribution, port of call, and excursions.

You can find a variety of hotels and traditional cabins close to the ocean as well as all-inclusive lodging facilities.

The Monteverde area, located north of Puntarenas, has both national and international significance because of its conservation efforts and life style centered around nature. Santa Elena is the hub for commercial services and tourism-based businesses. The primary attraction is the Monteverde Biological Reserve, however there are many other nature sites, picturesque trails, hanging bridges, as well as butterfly and frog exhibits.
Accommodation here consists of cozy mountain lodges nestled in the cloud forest.>

Attractions

  • Isla Guayabo, Islas Negritas & Isla Pájaros Biological Reserves
  • Islta Tortuga Biological Reserve
  • Isla Cedros
  • Isla Jesusita
Puntarenas

Southern Pacific

The Osa Peninsula is located on the Pacific coast, in the southwestern part of the country and it is the second largest peninsula of Costa Rica. Corcovado National Park (which National Geographic Magazine defines as “the planet’s biologically richest place” and the Humanity Biosphere Preserve, and declared as Humanity Patrimony) is home to the largest population of scarlet macaws and the best tropical rainforest on the Pacific coast of Central America. Its extensive biodiversity includes more than 400 species of birds (20 of which are endemic), 139 mammals and 116 reptiles and amphibians. On the opposite side is Golfito, which was once the most important port in the southern end of Costa Rica; today it is a wildlife refuge. Since the 1990s, the free zone and the newly developed ecotourism industry have been reviving the region because of the tourists visiting the protected areas and the nearby botanical gardens and the boat excursions on the pristine waters of Golfo Dulce. The main activities include beach enjoyment and marine resources, such as whales and dolphin’s observation, as well as mangrove swamp’s, landscapes, reptilian, sport fishing, surfing, hiking through the National Park’s paths, professional diving, the energetic walks to the Chirripo’s summit, botanical gardens, protected areas’ impressive waterfalls.

Basic small rustic lodges are available between the blue waters of the gulg and the richness of the rain forest.>

Attractions

  • Corcovado National Park
  • Isla del Caño Biological Reserve
  • Drake Bay
Southern Pacific

Jungle and Countryside

Jungle and Countryside

Costa Rica's richness is based on the natural resources, our friendly people and culture. The options to explore the countryside and jungle are varied and include different transportation options, amazing journeys and incredible hotels.

The settings are perfect for participants to conquest a hill on a 4x4 or an ATV, to gallop along beaches and farms, to navigate in the ocean and to feel the emotion of a white-water river trip.

By land, by water, and by air, we will find spaces and places wide open to your ideas and imagination, and we will mix them with our original touch of magic to create a special feeling of connection and sense of reward.

Northern Plains

The Northern Plains offer visitors a haven for relaxation, whether in the misty mountains with cabin retreats in the forest, or spas with mineral hot springs and spectacular views of an active volcano’s nocturnal explosions.  With its several protected areas, lakes, lagoons, volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls, this zone is undergoing a boom in tourism service and adventure site development, so that nature-loving visitors can enjoy the region’s many riches. Thanks to frequent rains, the Northern Zone features wet and evergreen forests as well as fertile plains, natural environments that serve as sanctuaries for water birds, reptiles, mammals and the prehistoric Gaspar fish, and important sites of interest for wildlife-lovers. Adventure activities and nature-watching may be enjoyed on the region’s rivers—Peñas Blancas, San Carlos, Toro, Puerto Viejo and Sarapiquí—some of which are important navigational routes.  Forming part of this area is the Sarapiquí canton, which, with its rich biodiversity, is recognized as a scientific research site and the last stronghold of endangered species such as the great green macaw.

Many facilities are fully equipped to handle small groups for seminars, workshops, training sessions and executive meetings.>

Attractions

  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Maleku Indigenous Reserve
  • Venado Caves
  • Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge
  • Tabacón River
Northern Plains

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