The Cámara Nacional de Turismo is promoting vacation tourism in a belated announcement that came out Thursday.
The chamber said that members were offering attractive vacation options. This week is the first of two mid-year vacation weeks.
The offers include discounts, extra nights in hotels and other lures to keep the hospitality industry at 62 percent occupancy. That is the vacation estimated that the chamber determined in a survey of its members.
Unfortunately, the announcement of special vacation packages came about the time travelers were packing their vehicles.
The vacation packages are mainly directed at what is called the national tourism market, in other words Costa Ricans.
The chamber is promoting about 20 vacation packages on its Web page. They include river rafting, bird watching and even a coffee tour, as well as hotel stays.