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Villa Blanca is nestled in the cloud forests of San Ramon, Alejuela. This unique hotel blends traditional Costa Rica with modern tourism - a place where guests can experience the many cultural "authentic" experiences the country offers.

Instead of the traditional "hotel room", Villa Blanca offers guests the experience of life in a luxurious "casita" which is actually a small house. Each casita features a wood burning fireplace to relax by in the evenings when the rainforest clouds settle in.

Also available to guests is the thrill and excitement of flying through the rainforest canopy (zip lining) or even taking a leisurely walk through a guided tour of the flora and fauna the area has become famous for. Additionally there are day tours to Arenal volcano and the areas hotsprings.

One of the most unique attractions - and exclusive to hotel Villa Blanca - is the Mariana wedding chapel.

The chapel was built as a 14th century replica of a Roman chapel. Its unique hand painted ceramic ceiling depicts the history of the Virgin Mary when first introduced into Latin America by Christian missionaries. It is located on a grassy knoll overlooking the farm village and hacienda of Villa Blanca.

When arriving in Costa Rica, one can't pass up the opportunity to experience first hand, the essence of what Costa Rica is and visit the Costa Rica airport hotel Villa Blanca.

Another consideration might be to visit the sister hotel to Villa Blanca in Manuel Antonio. Si Como No is an amazing luxury hotel situated above the beach at the country's most popular tourist destination of Manuel Antonio National Park.

For more information on Si Como No visit their website by clicking here.

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Why should you care that a small airport terminal in Central America is about to get larger? Well, U.S. tourists – lots of them – fly through there.

Tico Times reports that Liberia, Costa Rica’s new terminal, will handle up to 1,500 passengers. Formerly the capacity was 900. Right now lines are long, and waiting areas cramped. The new facility will sport a food court, a pair of boarding areas, and a new sports bar. It will cost some $27 million, and is due to open this November.

The demand is certainly there for an upgraded airport and with Costa Rica real estate on the rise, this can only get better. According to OAG there are eight nonstop routes from the United States to the Central American vacation spot. Delta offers nonstop Atlanta flights to Liberia. US Airways fields Saturday-only Charlotte flights to Liberia. United Airlines lofts Saturday-only Chicago flights to Liberia. American Airlines offers weekend Dallas/Fort Worth flights to Liberia. Frontier Airlines operates Sunday-only Denver flights to Liberia. American offers Miami flights to Liberia in Guanacaste, and Continental Airlines offers New York/Newark flights to Liberia.

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The Airports Council International (ACI) announced Wednesday that that Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela, northwest of San José, is the 3rd best airport in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

At Wednesday’s annual ACI ceremony to honor the recipients of Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards, the Juan Santamaría International Airport was recognized as the third best airport in the Latin American and Caribbean region, as well as the region’s “best improved” airport. The top two airports in the region went to Cancun, Mexico and Guayaquil, Ecuador.

In 2010, the Juan Santamaría Airport underwent significant expansion, adding an immigration terminal with 28 positions as well as a new security checkpoint.

“The first and last thing a tourist sees in Costa Rica is the airport," Transportation Minister Francisco Jiménez said at a ceremony at the airport in November. “We now have a world class one.” (TT Nov. 28, 2010)

The ACI determines its award recipients based on over 300,000 passenger surveys. In 2010, 153 airports were surveyed by ACI.

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