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From 2 November 2010, Thomson and First Choice will launch exclusive direct* weekly flights from London Gatwick to Liberia, Costa Rica. Offering customers an exciting combination of holidays, from adrenaline-rushing activities to a more laid-back, chilled-out vibe, this unforgettable country has something for everyone.

Small but perfectly formed, Costa Rica is famous for its wonderful wildlife, lush landscapes and tropical beaches. Nestled between the Caribbean and Pacific oceans and ranked the greenest country in the world, both thrill-seekers and beach-lovers are well catered for in this adventure-filled tropical playground.

To fully capture the excitement and adventure on offer in this unique destination, both Thomson and First Choice are offering a number of exciting tours that can be incorporated in to any seven or 14 night holiday, which combine with any hotel in the programme. These include a two night Adventure Taster Tour, a four night Cloud Forest Tour or a seven night Grand Tour of Costa Rica, where expert guides will accompany small groups of people to ensure an extraordinary holiday experience.

With direct flights and a host of options, holidays in Costa Rica offer something for everyone, courtesy of Thomson and First Choice!

FOR THOSE THAT WANT… A fantastic beach holiday

Paradisus Playa Conchal – Thomson (Platinum) & First Choice (Premier)

If you want an active tropical adventure mixed with good food and relaxation, the Paradisus Playa Conchal offers all three. Set on a long stretch of beach, there’s lots to keep you occupied from watersports, tennis courts and even a climbing wall. Once you’ve worked up an appetite you’ll be struggling to decide where to eat as there’s five à la carte restaurants, plus the usual buffet set-up offering.

Thomson offers 7 night holidays to Costa Rica staying all-inclusive at the 5T Paradisus Playa Conchal from £1359 per person. Departing from London Gatwick on 16 November 2010.

FOR THOSE THAT WANT… A beach holiday and a dash of adventure

Two night Adventure Taster Tour with 5 nights at the 3T Plus Occidental Allegro Papagayo

Start your holiday on a whistle-stop tour of Costa Rica’s best bits, so it’s perfect if you want to combine a lazy beach break with a few more active days. With everything from river tubing to horseback riding on the agenda, you’ll spend your first two nights in the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and National Park, before settling in for five nights at the Occidental Allegro Papagayo. The hotel is a series of three-storey buildings terraced down a hillside and it’s so big there’s a shuttle bus between buildings. The star attraction here, is the lagoon pool that features a large swim-up bar for in-water cocktails and bouquet of palms is set in the middle of the water. Plus there’s a separate area for children.

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Costa Rica staying two nights on a full board basis on the Adventure Taster Tour and five nights all-inclusive at the 3T+ Occidental Allegro Papagayo from £949 per person. Departing from London Gatwick on 16 November 2010.

FOR THOSE THAT WANT… An activity-based break combined with a bit of beach

Four night Cloud Forest Tour with three nights at the 4 Sun Plus Riu Guanacaste Thomson (Platinum) and First Choice (Premier)
Incorporating Costa Rica’s magnificent rainforests, gushing rivers that give way to frothy-white rapids and waterfalls that plunge into crystal-clear rock pools. This tour packs in the chance to zip-wire through the canopies, bathe in natural mineral pools and visit Monteverde’s Bat Jungle. Then it’s on to the luxurious surroundings of the Riu Guanacaste. Hidden away in acres of Costa Rican forest and right on the beachfront, this grand hotel has got a real back-to-nature feel. But it isn’t all relaxation, for those wanting to venture from their sun beds there’s tons of all inclusive facilities including outdoor pools, watersports and an entertainment programme for grown ups and kids.

First Choice offers 14 night holidays to Costa Rica staying four nights on a full board basis on the Cloudforest Tour and ten nights all-inclusive at the brand new, 4 Sun Plus RIU Guancaste from £1,599 per person. Departing from London Gatwick on 23 November 2010.

FOR THOSE THAT WANT… A complete tour of Costa Rica and a little R&R

Seven night Grand Tour of Costa Rica with seven nights at the 4T Plus Riu Guanacast

This coast-to-coast tour is a unique opportunity to discover the adventures hidden within Costa Rica’s lush national parks and beautiful shores. Bathe in volcanic mud and hot natural springs, ride on horseback through tropical jungle, float along a river through the rainforest, see Tortuguero’s famous green and leather-back turtles and explore the bustling capital city of San Jose. After of all the adventure, enjoy seven night’s relaxation and recuperation at the beautiful Riu Guanacaste in Playa Matapalo.

Thomson offers 14 night holidays to Costa Rica staying seven nights on a full board basis on the Grand Tour of Costa Rica and seven nights all-inclusive at the brand new, 4T Plus RIU Guancaste from £1,699 per person. Departing from London Gatwick on 2 November 2010.


For more information, please contact Louise Evans at the Thomson and First Choice Press Office on or call 01582 645369.

Notes to editors:

* Costa Rica is a brand new holiday destination for Thomson for winter 2010 and it will be the first time that First Choice has featured this destination within its winter programme. First Choice previously sold holidays to Costa Rica in 2007; however this route ceased in October 2008.

Flight time from Gatwick to Costa Rica is approximately 11 hours 35 minutes.

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