High season 2016-2017: more direct flights to Costa Rica!

During high season 2016-2017,  WestJet  launches  a new nonstop  flight  between  Calgary  and  Liberia  four  times a week.

Air Canada has also started a new direct flight during high season twice weekly since December 2016, departing from Montreal and arriving in San José.

Since November 2016, AIR FRANCE provides, during high season, several direct flights a week between Paris and San José, while the Swiss airline EDELWEISS has started, since May 2017, weekly nonstop flights between Zurich and San José.

These flights complement the 2016-2017 offer of new nonstop flights to Costa Rica!

Indeed, since April 2016, British Airways has a direct flight from London to San José and, also since April 2016, a nonstop flight is operated by Southwest Airlines from Los Angeles to Liberia.

To discover more practical information, have also a look to our page "Travel to Costa Rica".


Competitiveness 2014-2015: Costa Rica, 3rd most competitive State in Latin America!

In "The Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015", Costa Rica ranks in strong position, ahead of major countries like Brazil, Mexico or Argentina.

If the Top 3 ranking is dominated by Switzerland, Singapore and the United States, Costa Rica can pride itself in being part of the Latin America Top 3,  surpassed only by Chile and Panama.

Among the key factors that explain this fine resultat of Costa Rica in terms of competitiveness, mention can be made of its technological readiness, a quality educational system, its excellent innovation capacity as well as its business sophistication.


Innovation 2013: Costa Rica, Latin American leader...

With a leap of 21 positions, Costa Rica becomes the new Latin American leader in "The Global Innovation Index 2013", co-published by the prestigious Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

In just one year, Costa Rica has jumped from the 60th to the 39th place worldwide, taking the lead regional position !

The year’s report uses 84 indicators in total. Costa Rica has excelled in the following areas : high-technology exports and imports, new business creations, knowledge absorption and diffusion, environmental performance, trade and competition, communications, computer and information services exports, GDP per unit of energy use and expenditure on education.

If the Top 10 ranking is dominated by occidental nations, namely Switzerland (1st), United Kingdom and several Scandinavian countries, a group of emerging economies, from which Costa Rica, have distinguished themselves by their innovation capabilities and outputs compared with their peers.

Considering the crucial role of innovation as a driver of economic growth and prosperity, this index has already established itself, thanks to the quality of its multiple indicators, as the premier reference for policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders who are interested in the progress of innovation in the world.

To know more about the numerous initiatives taken by Costa Rica in the economic field, discover our special page on the country’s "Economic assets".


Freedom of the press: Costa Rica, 1st in Latin America!

According to "The 2013 World Press Freedom Index" published by Reporters Without Borders, Costa Rica has distinguished itself as the most respectful country from all Latin America regarding press freedom.

With its 18th world place, Costa Rica thus largely outperforms other Latin American countries and notably Argentina (54th), Chile (60th), Brazil (108th) or Panama (111th).

Renowned for its free and independent media, Costa Rica gets even ahead of a range of democratic States such as Canada (20th), Belgium (21st), the United States (32nd), France (37th) or Italy (57th).

The three top ranking countries belong to Europe and are respectively Finland, the Netherlands and Norway. Switzerland, for its part, occupies a nice 14th position. Without surprise, dictatorial countries compose the bottom of the classification, i.e. Turkmenistan (177th), North Korea (178th) and Eritrea (179th).

To know more on this deeply stable and democratic nation, see our chapter devoted to the "Political stability" of Costa Rica.


The highest quality of the educational system in Latin America!

According to "The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness  Report  2012-13", Costa Rica is by far the first country of  Latin America to offer an educational system of such high quality. Based on a massive panel of 144 States, it ranks 21st, being among the leading group like many occidental countries, such as Denmark or Germany which are respectively 19th and 20th.

In Latin America, economies as developed as Argentina or Chile occupy only the 89th and 91st position. And, in Central America itself, Costa Rica is also definitely ahead of all the countries of the region, inter alia, Panama and Honduras, respectively ranked 112th and 135th...

This strong performance is not an accident. For more than 60 years, Costa Rica has been working on education, as well on health, by the way. To know more on the broader context of this policy, have a look to our page dedicated to the remarkable "Political stability" of the country.


Top 10 Beach Destinations in Central America...

By winning the three first places on the podium, Costa Rica is the overall champion of the 2012 Ranking establishing the "Best Beach Destinations in Central America", awarded by the travelers on Tripadvisor, one of the most visited travel websites, getting ahead of the other exotic destinations like Honduras, Nicaragua or Belize.

In Costa Rica, the province of Guanacaste, located along the Pacific Ocean, is one of the most acclaimed by the travelers. To know more about it, discover our special page on "Guanacaste" as well as the page dedicated to the many "Activities and sports in Costa Rica".


"Doing Business 2013": improvement of 12 places for Costa Rica!

The report, published each year jointly by the World Bank and IFC (International Finance Corporation), measures the ease of starting but also carry on an economic activity in 185 economies in the world.

In the "Doing Business 2013" publication, Costa Rica gained 12 places thanks to a simplification and a rationalization of the regulatory processes relating to small and medium-sized businesses, allowing entrepreneurs to exercise more easily their economic activity. For them, this is namely illustrated in Costa Rica by an improvement in the ease of trading across borders but also in the ease of getting credit and construction permits.


Renewable energy sources: a new challenge for Costa Rica...

Costa Rica has set itself the ambitious target of producing 95% of its electric energy from renewable energy sources by 2014. Currently, it is already one of the most advanced countries of the planet regarding green energy sources and the 1st of Central America : 90% of its electric production comes indeed from renewable sources!

Hydraulic energy from the numerous rivers and streams is the largest contributor to the electric production (75%). Geothermal power also substantially participates to it (12%) thanks to the volcanic mountain range crossing Costa Rica. The country produces, to a far lesser extent, wind and solar energy as well as biomass. Regarding fossil fuel-sourced electricity, it represents less than 8% of the electric production…


Costa Rica : 1st in the Happy Planet Index 2012!

It is the second time that Costa Rica was awarded first country in the world by the British organization "New Economics Foundation" concerning the sustainable well-being.

The ranking takes into account three fundamental criteria : life expectancy, experienced well-being by inhabitants and ecological footprint of the country on the planet.

Among the favorable elements in Costa Rica, one may mention a life expectancy of 79.3 years, which makes of it the second highest life expectancy in the Americas, but also an energetic production largely based on renewable sources and an ambitious policy concerning sustainable development as notably showed by the challenge of becoming by 2021 the first carbon neutral economy of the planet!