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CLASSIC COSTA RICA - HOLIDAY SHOPPING WITH NOLITOURS
 
(2012 - Winter/Spring Issue)

Writer: MELANIE REFFES



An industry leader for nearly two decades, Nolitours is one-stop-shopping for a holiday under the sun.

With departures from major cities coast to coast, packages to suit every budget and a slew of destinations to whet the winter appetite, a Nolitours vacation is a soup-to-nuts experience that includes air tickets and airport transfers to hotel bookings and day excursions.

Getting There

In Central America, Costa Rica entices with weekly flights through April from Toronto to the colonial city of Liberia and to the spirited capital of San José as well as flights to San José from Montréal also through April. 

A kaleidoscope of activities run the gamut from a moonlit stroll on the beach and a hike through the rainforest to an afternoon meandering through the bustling Mercado Central and a stop at the Jade Museum to see the collection of pre-Colombian art. Working with National Car Rental, travellers can explore the sights and sounds on their own or join a themed coach tour such as the Treasures of Costa Rica, Natural Wonders of Costa Rica and the Pura Vida.

Sights and Sounds

The provincial capital of Guanacaste, Liberia is the undisputed cultural zenith of northern Costa Rica. With endless beaches caressed by warm Pacific breezes, fishing, surfing and birdwatching in the Parque Nacional Palo Verde, Guanacaste offers something for every traveller.

A selection of accommodation includes Allegro Papagayo Cameleon Le Club Gold on the northern coast with active volcanoes and rainforests so far untouched by mass tourism. On the shimmering sand of Playa Langosta, Barcelo Langosta Beach is a haven for rejuvenation in the heart of Guanacaste; Hilton Papagayo is all about romantic weddings, heavenly honeymoons and a magical medley of massages in the Spa Vida.

Formerly known as Paradisus Playa Conchal, Starwood has opened the Westin Playa Conchal—its first all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica. Brand-reliable with stellar service, the seaside resort is adjacent to an 18-hole championship Robert Trent Jones golf course and steps from the Playa Conchal with sand a soft blend of finely crushed seashells. For the active traveller, tennis courts are lit for night play and a climbing wall is for the brazen. For the laid-back traveller, ensuite Jacuzzis are the ultimate indulgence.

The Latin spirit beguiles in San José with spectacular architecture, piquant cuisine, Latino bars and green mountains just outside the city limits. Hotel choices run the gamut from the five-star Barcelo Tambor Beachon the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula to Jaco Bay Ramada in one of the liveliest beach towns in Costa Rica. For those who like to tempt Lady Luck, Morgan’s Cove Resort invites with a casino chockablock with slot machines and card games.

Travel Planner

For more information on Nolitours vacation packages, visit nolitours.com. To book your vacation getaway, visit your travel agent.

 
 
 
 
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