Low-cost operator Frontier Airlines has confirmed federal approval for its proposed connection between Denver, Colorado, and San Jose in Costa Rica.

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With final approval from the US Department of Transportation, the new route will launch on 30th November 2007. Flights are on sale now. Round-trips are available for the introductory rate of $298 – for travel through June 16, 2008 – provided you book by 9:59pm (MDT) on June 26.

Costa Rica will become the third country outside the US to be served by Denver-based Frontier, and San Jose the 11th city it serves outside the States. The low-fare airline currently flies to eight cities in Mexico, and two in Canada.

“Travelers’ response to Frontier’s international service has been tremendous, and we’re thrilled to offer direct flights between Denver and Costa Rica, our third country served from the United States,” said John Happ, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Planning at Frontier.

“Passengers now have a convenient, comfortable way to enjoy Costa Rica’s culture, visit the country’s amazing beaches, resorts, and rain forests, and experience some of the best eco-tourism in the world.”

Frontier Airlines flights to San Jose will operate each Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

And it’s easy to see why Coloradoans love Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica is a place of stunning scenery, sunshine and smiles with spring-like weather all year round, no income taxes on foreign earned income, no capital gains taxes, excellent world-class medical facilities, affordable medical plans and populated by the ‘Ticos’ who are an amiable and very attractive people.

  1. Costa Rica Is A Politically Stable Country: Unlike many countries in Central and Latin America, Costa Rica has been a stable and democratic country since it’s independence in 1948. It has no army, and its citizens enjoy one of the highest life expectancy levels in the Western hemisphere and higher living standards than their war-torn neighbors. Costa Rica’s perfect climate, laid back lifestyle, financial and political stability makes Costa Rica look like paradise on earth to many people.
  2. Affordable Cost of Living: In a recent AMCostaRica.com (English) newspaper column, they showed a comparison between the prices of fruits and vegetables purchased here in Costa Rica to the same one purchased in a California farmer’s market. The same food that cost US$8.75 in Costa Rica, cost US$29.47 in California, USA. If you eat a healthy diet full of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, a little fish, chicken or beef, you and your family will be healthier and you’ll enjoy significant savings on food living in Costa Rica. But, if you prefer to eat highly-processed, imported food, you are going to pay a high price for that and you are not going to be healthy.
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  4. Business Opportunities: It’s not just Coloradoans hoping to retire that are visiting Costa Rica. We are also seeing younger entrepreneurs from the USA coming to Costa Rica with dreams of establishing their business here and raising their children in a more stable and secure environment.
  5. Affordable Healthcare: Patients from all over the world have discovered the excellent quality of the medical services in Costa Rica and they are invariably surprised at the affordability of these world-class professional services. You will find that the costs for qualified, professional medical and dental services are often a fraction of the cost that you would expect in the USA and the local ‘National Health Insurance’ type care costs less than $50 per month for basic coverage.
  6. Property Taxes: When buying a home in Costa Rica, property taxes must be considered but thankfully property taxes are only 0.25%. This means that on a $250K home you are only paying US$625 per year in property taxes.
  7. Costa Rica Crime: The level of violence in Costa Rica is a fraction of what it is in other Central American countries. Unlike El Salvador that has 47.7 murders per 100,000 people per year, Honduras = 46.2. Colombia = 38. Guatemala = 30. Belize = 15. Nicaragua = 13.5. Panama = 11.6. Costa Rica has a ratio of 7.8
  8. Climate in Costa Rica: At an average temperature of 72 degrees all year round in ther Central valley area around San Jose, the climate in Costa Rica is just about perfect.

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Living in Costa Rica is not for everyone, but after living in ten countries and traveling to a dozen others, I honestly believes that the local people are amongst the nicest people I’ve come across and for me living here is a dream come true.

And how do people from Colorado feel about Costa Rica?

We asked our Coloradoan friends Ray Krueger Koplin and his wife Sue:

“Sue and I love Costa Rica. We’ve been drawn back time and again since our honeymoon trip fourteen years ago and always find somewhere new to add to our list of favorites. Some people visit Costa Rica for a relaxing vacation on the beach but we’re almost constantly in motion.

Bike touring tops our list and while the mountains can be extremely challenging we’re delighted by the small back roads dotted with unique communities. When we’re not on our bikes we’re probably hiking or trekking in one of the National Parks and recently discovered Parque de Aguas, Los Quetzales, and Volcán Tenorio. Of course we return to the standards like Corcovado, Chirripó, Rincón de la Vieja, Palo Verde and Santa Rosa again and again.

Everywhere we go we meet coffee farmers, ranch hands, bus drivers and dozens of other friendly Ticos who are rightly proud of their beautiful country. It also seems easy to meet fellow travelers from Belgium, Holland, Germany, the U.S., Canada and many other countries who share similar interests. The warm friendships we’ve developed are certainly one of the reasons we return.” Ray Krueger Koplin, Ph.D.

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Written by Scott Oliver who is the author of How To Buy Costa Rica Real Estate Without Losing Your Camisa and Costa Rica’s Guide To Making Money Offshore and the founder of www.WeLoveCostaRica.com

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