dry season, or Costa Rican summer, which extends from November to the end of April, direct charter flights arrive daily at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Guanacaste Province. Some charters come even from as far away as Finland and Japan. This air terminal is only twenty minutes by car to the country's finest Pacific Coast beaches where several four and five star hotels have been built. Many more are in the design and construction stage.
The Culebra Bay and Papagayo areas are bustling with much tourist activity and prices of real estate are escalating, especially those of beach front lots. Something similar occurs in several special areas of the Nicoya Peninsula, specifically Garza Bay, where a five acre beach property offered to me by a farmer for $1000 twenty five years ago is today worth half a million dollars or more and it's owners won't sell. More on real estate later.