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Source: OPI Costa Rica Second OPI Nail Bar Opens in Costa Rica Source: OPI Costa Rica Curridabat, a municipality located in the eastern suburbs of San Jose, is home to many bars, but only one of them serves dry spa manicures, semi-permanent gel colors, express pedicures, skin treatments, and Coca Cola products that are not meant to be consumed but rather applied to fingernails. Fashionable Ticas who already familiar with Spanish brand OPI and its Nail Bar i...
Source: Bing commercial reuse Costa Rica is Turning Into a Fast Food Nation Source: Bing commercial reuse The ongoing love affair between Ticos and junk food is becoming more steadfast each day. The fast food and casual dining sectors in Costa Rica have become extremely competitive over the last two years thanks to a flurry of brands eager to capture palates, bellies and wallets. According to the 2014 Costa Rica Consumer Profile recently published by business weekly E...
International Roaming Costa Rica Costa Rica Attempts to Stop International Roaming Abuse Source: Wikimedia Commons After more than 20 formal complaints filed by mobile phone consumers in Costa Rica during 2014, the Superintendency of Communications (Spanish acronym: SUTEL) has made a new ruling that will push service providers to continuously inform their customers about every single detail of their international roaming activity. According to a recent article by Rebeca Madriga...
Plaza San Carlos Consumer Confidence Plummets in Costa Rica Light traffic at a shopping center in San Carlos. Source: Wikimedia Commons Despite public opinion polls showing an acceptable level of approval for President Luis Guillermo Solis during his first trimester in office, most people in Costa Rica are feeling the inflationary blues and do not think that the economic situation on a national and personal level will improve soon. According to a recen...
Costa Rica Investing Want to Invest in Costa Rica? Learn the Financial System First North American investors in Costa Rica are usually surprised at the higher yields they can realize with plain-vanilla securities such as certificates of deposit (CDs). Once they get to learn a bit about how banking and financial systems work in this country, they understand how CDs can make them money with almost no risk. The following rundown of the banking system in Costa Rica is cordially p...
Micromon Costa Rica, the Little Giant of Video Game Development Source: MOGA From a small office in San Jose, three video game developers are working on a project that involves an oddly-shaped character named Fenix (Phoenix, as in the bird from Arabian lore that self-ignites only to rise from the ashes anew) who will go endure many trials and tribulations to earn a cookie. At a larger studio across town, a development team is basking in the glow of seeing ...
Expocasa Behold the 40-Year Mortgage in Costa Rica Mortgage applicants line up in Costa Rica. Source: Expocasa Just in time for Expocasa 2014, Costa Rica's most prominent housing trade show, the top two state-sponsored banks in terms of deposits announced that they will be promoting a new financial product aimed at middle-class house hunters: A 40-year mortgage that would allow qualified Tico borrowers to borrow up to 100 percent of the proper...
coopenae-bank-costa-rica2 How to Avoid Personal Banking Disasters in Costa Rica Personal banking at the large state-sponsored institutions in Costa Rica is not for the squeamish. There are many horror stories among expatriates about frozen funds, incorrect account information, blocked debit cards, lost term deposits, excessive red tape, etc. Most of the time, these problems can be avoided in the first place with the assistance of a bilingual account executive who really cares...
Source: ICT Domestic Tourism Fuels Industry in Costa Rica Source: ICT Ever since the collapse of the financial markets in 2008 gave way to a period of economic crisis and recession in many developed countries, tourism industry analysts in Costa Rica have observed a sharp drop in the amount of money spent by foreign visitors. A couple of years ago, the same analysts noticed an uptick in the amount of money spend by Costa Ricans exploring their own cou...
Fake Plan Tickets Being Used at Costa Rica - Panama Border Panama-Costa Rica Border Now Checking Validity of Outgoing Plane Tickets The Panamanian / Costa Rican border is in constant flux. The most recent change occurred quietly over the last few weeks. Panamanian border officials are now entering your ticket details into the computer to validate if your flight is a valid outbound flight. Due to perpetual tourism in Costa Rica (a practice where a person without residency lives in Costa Rica by renewing their tourist visa every...