This winter WestJet is launching two new routes to Florida, one to Mexico and one to Costa Rica, as well as adding more than 85 flights throughout its domestic and international networks. Additionally, WestJet Encore will launch three-times-daily service between Toronto and Boston.

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Southwest Airlines is planning to launch international service from Houston Hobby Airport to eight cities in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean this fall.

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Assuming it receives the required governmental approvals, Alaska Airlines will operate four weekly round-trips from Los Angeles to Costa Rica’s capital San Jose and also four round-trips to Liberia in Guanacaste province.

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JetBlue Airways is planning to operate four weekly nonstop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Liberia, Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport from November 17, 2011, subject to government approval.

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The new hotel, to be named the Paradisus Papagayo Bay, will supersede the former Paradisus Playa Conchal in Guanacaste, which was operated by Paradisus Resorts until April 30.

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Starwood and Desarrollos Hoteleros Guanagaste signed a management agreement to re-flag the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort in Guanacaste as a Westin. The property will undergo extensive renovations to its 406 suites and all public areas before re-opening in May 2011.

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A guided nighttime adventure lets travelers observe the sea turtle’s entire egg-laying ritual, from the moment a female sea turtle is spotted reaching the shore.

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