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Costa Rica to host World Surfing Games in August 2016

Costa Rica to host World Surfing Games in August 2016


ISA President Fernando Aguerre announced the decision via a video message at a Tuesday news conference in San José, saying that the combination of some of the globe’s top surfers and its top waves made Costa Rica a perfect choice to host the 2016 games.

“Surfing is an integral and vibrant part of Costa Rican culture and the performance of their athletes at an international level attests to this,” Aguerre said in a statement. “With Team Costa Rica defending their title in their home waves and the pending Olympic announcement, this event has all the elements to be a monumental milestone for surfing.”

This is Costa Rica’s second time hosting a World Surfing Games after it hosted the 2009 games in Playa Hermosa, just south of Jacó in the canton of Garabito. That year the event’s organizers and municipal leaders came under scrutiny because heavy traffic jammed up the Highway 27 toll road leading from San José to the Pacific coast, causing frustrating delays for those traveling to and from Garabito.

More than 100,000 people converged upon the games that year in Playa Hermosa, according to the Costa Rican Surf Federation, making it the most attended sporting event in Costa Rican history up to that point.

Marvin Elizondo, the mayor of Garabito, which includes Jacó, said Tuesday that although some say the event was a bit of a failure in 2009, all problems resulted from the heavy traffic on the highway. He said the municipality is coordinating with the corresponding institutions to make sure everything runs fluidly in August.

“We’re moving on from that and we’re going to take on this challenge together with the local government to help make this the best event we can,” Elizondo said.

Costa Rica’s “Dream Team” of surfers will look to repeat as world champions in Jacó this August.

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The Costa Rican Surf Federation is working alongside event producer RPM TV to see that the upcoming games have the necessary infrastructure and organization to show that Costa Rica is capable of hosting the international tournament, officials said.

“As Costa Ricans it is up to us to do our best and put on one of the best events in the history of our country,” said Manrique Mata, president of event producer RPM TV.

“This situation with the road is of huge importance to us,” he said. “All of the area’s different institutions have to be involved and we’re going to start with the logistics of getting everyone organized. It’s a lot of work but we’re going to make sure everyone can arrive and leave without problem.”

Sports minister Carolina Mauri said at Tuesday’s news conference that she’s positive Costa Rica will host a successful, “world-class event” that will be a source of pride for the country. Not only are the World Surfing Games a chance to highlight Costa Rica’s great surfers, she added, but it also puts tourism in the spotlight. Some 20 percent of tourists who enter the country each year come to surf, according to the Costa Rican Surf Federation, which equates to 400,000 tourists annually.

“Surfing not only involves athletes and fans but also tourists who enjoy our country’s beaches and majestic waves,” she said. “This is an opportunity to reaffirm the country’s position as one of the best tourist destinations in the world.”

Costa Rica’s world champion surf team, dubbed “The Dream Team,” won the 2015 games in Nicaragua last June after a gold medal performance from Pavones-native Noe Mar McGonagle, who finished with a near-perfect 9.93 run. McGonagle headlines the team that also includes his sister Leilani, star 23-year-old Carlos “Cali” Muñoz and Santa Teresa’s Anthony Fillingim.

“To be at home this time around makes it even more special for us and it’s great to know that we’ll have all of our fans there,” McGonagle said. “It’s just another dream come true.”

The Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica on June 18, 2017

The Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica on June 18, 2017

Playa del Coco in Guanacaste will play host to Costa Rica’s first-ever Ironman competition one year from now, the triathlon brand announced Thursday. The Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica will take place on June 18, 2017, giving contestants the chance to earn one of 35 qualifying spots for the world championship in the United States.

Costa Rican Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura noted how important hosting a qualifying event for the world’s most recognizable triathlon could be for the country’s travel and sports scene.

“Alongside the private sector, we’ve been able to turn the country into an authentic destination for sports and tourism to co-exist successfully,” Ventura said in a Thursday news release. “We’re showing off our niche as a place for sustainable tourism in the public eye with such an important competition like this one that will motivate participants and the general public to visit Costa Rica.”

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June 2017, race in a tropical paradise at the just-announced IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica!


The Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica race will begin with a 1.9-kilometer swim through the Papagayo Gulf, followed by a 90-kilometer bike ride across the green landscapes of Guanacaste, and will conclude with a 21-kilometer run that ends on the sands of Playa del Coco.

“We’re sure that this event will turn into a classic when the participants cross the finish line in such a magnificent location that will help assure them their effort was worth the pain,” said Wilber Anderson, the CEO of Miami Tri Events and Colombia Tri Events, which own the event’s licensing operations.

The Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica race will be part of 90 similar Ironman 70.3 events across the world next year. The Costa Rican version of the race will offer $15,000 in prizes, as well as the chance to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, which will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

To register, those interested can do so at the official Ironman web page until Thursday, June 23, at 8:30 a.m. Costa Rican time.

Guide to the Most Popular Volcanoes in Costa Rica

Guide to the Most Popular Volcanoes in Costa Rica


We have created a guide to the most popular volcanoes in Costa Rica for you to visit and adventure. Since we have almost entered mid-year vacation season, searches have increased for places to go to spend time with family and friends. Whether it be for your vacation from another country or a family trip on your day off, you’re looking for something fun to do. Many go to the beach, movies, restaurants, and mountains, but there are also others who prefer more tranquil destinations.  Below you will find some of the most beautiful places to visit in this country at a very small price.

Arenal Volcano


The Arenal Volcano is located in the center of Arenal Volcano National Park, in the district of La Fortuna, canton of San Carlos, and province of Alajuela. It can be traveled to by bus from San Jose downtown or SJO airport, taking about 4 hours. Arenal is an active andesitic stratovolcano with a height of 1,670 meters above sea level. You can hike 2-3 hours on 3 different paths. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is C1000 for citizens, $15 for foreigners.

Poas Volcano National Park


This park is in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica and is one of the county’s most visited national parks. It covers an area of approximately 65 square kilometers. Poas Volcano is a powerful symbol of the geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. It hosts the largest active crater in the world at almost a mile across. Occasionally, you will see steam break through the geysers in the crater. You can walk along different paths throughout the park. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is C1000 for citizens, $15 for foreigners.

Irazu Volcano


Irazu is located in Cordillera Volcanica Central, in the interior of the national park by the same name, 32 kilometers to the north of Cartago city. At 3,432 meters, it is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. It can be easily visited from San Jose, with a road leading right up to the summit craters and a weekly bus service to the top. You can walk 2 paths that are each 1 kilometer. On a clear day, it is possible to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans from the top. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is C1000 for citizens, $15 for foreigners.

Rincon de la Vieja Volcano


This volcano is a complex stratovolcano, located in the northeast of the country in the province of Guanacaste, 25 kilometers to the northeast of Liberia city. The Circular Las Pailas Path is the most accessible path. It is 3 kilometers, circular, with a duration time of about 2 hours. Las Cataratas Path is linear, it starts at the left of the entrance stand. The waterfall La Cangreja is 4 kilometers and the waterfall Escondida is 4.3 kilometers. This last trail is of high difficulty, given the ascent that has to be made. The park is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is C1000 for citizens, $15 for foreigners. For children, the cost is C500 for citizens and 5 for foreigners. For students, the cost is C500.

Barva Volcano


This volcano is located in the Cordillera Volcanica Central, 22 kilometers to the north of San Jose, in the province of Heredia. It can be easily traveled to from the bus stop in Alajuela. Barva has a height of 2,906 meters above sea level, which makes it the third tallest volcano of Costa Rica. You can go on a hike of 12 kilometers and camp in the camping area. There are sanitation services and security in the park. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is C1000 for citizens, $12 for foreigners, and free for senior citizens.