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COSTA RICAN RESORTS AND HOTELS SWEEP NEW CONDE NAST READERS' CHOICE AWARDS
November 12, 2013


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COSTA RICAN RESORTS AND HOTELS SWEEP NEW CONDE NAST
READERS' CHOICE AWARDS

Destination receives nine of top 15 resort and three of top five hotel awards

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – November 12, 2013
– The influential and well respected Conde Nast Traveler magazine has just announced their 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.  In the Central and South American categories, Costa Rica resorts and hotels dominated the readers' choices.  In addition to owning the number one spot in both the resort and hotel categories, the destination led in sheer numbers of 'top' choices.

The Readers' Choice Awards are selected every October after an extensive survey of Conde Nast Traveler's well-traveled readers' favorite spots around the globe.  "We are justifiably proud of our private sector tourism partners' success in delivering superior quality hospitality to our tourists and visitors.  The fact that so many visitors return again and again and stay an average of 12 nights strengthens our position as the vacation destination of choice in Central America," said Minister of Tourism Allan Flores. "These important awards complement our governmental efforts to bring superb experiences and sustainable tourism to every part of Costa Rica."

The Costa Rican resorts, and their rankings in the "Top 15 Resorts in Central & South America" are:  #1- Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, Arenal;  #2- Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo;  #3- Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Puntarenas;  #7- Hotel Punta Islita, Guanacaste;  #10- Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio National Park;  #11- Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Playa Herradura, Puntarenas;  #12- Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, Arenal; #13- Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Arenal; and #15- Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal.  The Costa Rican hotels, and their rankings in the "Top 5 Hotels in Central America" include:  #1- Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, Heredia;  #4- Gaia Hotel and Reserve, Manuel Antonio National Park; and #5- Hotel Grano de Oro, San Jose.

For more information on visiting Costa Rica and the variety of lodging offerings, visit www.VisitCostaRica.com.

About Costa Rica?Costa Rica is located in Central America, nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific Ocean. The country has long been a popular tourism, retirement and Spanish education destination for North Americans. Roughly the size of West Virginia, the country shelters approximately five percent of the world's existing biodiversity, with protected areas comprising 26 percent of its land mass.
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