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Source: News.co.,cr archives Average Airfare to Costa Rica is Down 31 Percent

File photo BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired) - It's a perfect storm for summer travelers, and it has nothing to do with the weather. A combination of a strong dollar, lower fuel prices and more competition from discount airlines has conspired to create the lowest airfares we've seen in the past five years. Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, took a look at ai...

Source: OVSICORI Activity Increases at the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

Source: OVSICORI Residents of the Turrialba canton in the province of Cartago woke up this morning to find a white steam column atop the summit of their eponymous volcano. According to an early morning press conference given by the Observatory of Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI), seismic activity has been on the rise at the Turrialba Volcano since the early ...

President Luis Guillermo Solis Mother of All Strikes (MOAS) Paralyzes Costa Rica

San Jose, Apr 26 (EFE).- A major strike launched Tuesday with a huge march by union groups in defense of labor rights and public institutions paralyzed classes at Costa Rica's public schools and assorted health services. "It's been a success. President (Luis Guillermo) Solis should understand that the people are not happy with his administration," the president of the ANDE teachers union, Gilbe...

Source: York University Canadian University Inaugurates Rainforest Campus in Costa Rica

Source: York University TORONTO, April 25, 2016 – The Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University opened its new Lillian Meighen Wright Centre and EcoCampus today in southern Costa Rica, offering students hands-on experiential learning from deep within a rainforest. The 400-square-metre Lillian Meighen Wright Centre overlooks the Peñas Blancas River from its prime location on York U...

(Screenshot / CRS) Remarkably clear video shows “UFO” hovering in Costa Rica sky

A hoax, clear evidence of extraterrestrials, or something else? Watch the video above and let us know what you think in the comments! #OFFBEAT NEWS A remarkably clear video purportedly showing an unidentified flying object (UFO) hovering in the sky in Costa Rica began making its rounds on social media over the weekend. The video was uploaded to YouTube by at least two different users ov...

Pixabay Commons University of Michigan Offers Renowned MBA Program in Costa Rica

Pixabay Commons By Nardy Baeza Bickel ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan will launch a new partnership that enables MBA students from one of Latin America's top business schools earn a master of public administration degree at the Ford School of Public Policy. The dual-degree program, which begins August 2016, is designed for students in the one-year MBA section with exemplary English-...

Female prisoners in Costa Rica visit with their children. (Photo courtesy of the OIJ. ICR-CRS Archive, 2013) Ministry urges Costa Rica lawmakers to pass bill that would eliminate criminal records for women

Female prisoners in Costa Rica visit with their children. (Photo courtesy of the OIJ. ICR-CRS Archive, 2013) Costa Rica’s National Institute for Women (INAMU), the ministerial-level institution charged with the protection of women in society, is urging lawmakers in Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly to pass a bill that seeks to eliminate criminal records for women and greatly reduce them for me...

The small earthquakes late Saturday and early Sunday formed a line between the two volcanoes. (OVSICORI) Weekend “seismic swarm” between two Costa Rica volcanoes sparks eruption fears

The small earthquakes late Saturday and early Sunday formed a line between the two volcanoes. (OVSICORI) A series of 75 small earthquakes that were recorded in a period of just 12 hours between Saturday night and Sunday morning in a nearly straight line between Costa Rica’s Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes have some people worried that the so-called “seismic swarm” could be the precursor to viole...

Wikimedia Commons The Link Between Dental Care and Cancer Screening in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Cancer is something that is rarely on the minds of dental tourists who come to Costa Rica to get cosmetic and restoration procedures done; however, recent medical research suggests that dental appointments can help in the early detection of malignant cell division in the lymphatic system. In the United States, the Oral Cancer Foundation works with the Head and Neck Cancer ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Gambling and Ganja: The Costa Rica – Rhode Island Connection

Source: Wikimedia Commons On April 15, the Rhode Island State Police and the Attorney General announced the arrest of 19 men and one woman on charges relating to the management of a statewide criminal gambling organization and a marijuana distribution operation that extended to Costa Rica. The arrests were the result of an 8-month investigation led by members of the State Police Intelligenc...

Rainforest in Costa Rica Happy Earth Day Costa Rica!

Rainforest in Costa Rica By Carol Blair Vaughn Friday, April 22nd, is Earth Day, an international celebration of education about environmental issues that began in the United States in 1970, marking the birth of the environmental movement. It is now celebrated by over 1 billion people worldwide, including here in Costa Rica, as a day of action in support of environmental protection of our p...

Wikimedia Commons Woman Found Dead With Multiple Snake Bites in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Forensic investigators from the medical examiner's office in Costa Rica are trying to determine the ophidian species that killed a 46-year old woman in a remote area of Los Chiles canton, province of Alajuela. According to a news report filed by Alexander Mendez of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the woman was a student at the Unified Center of Adult Education (Spanish acronym...

(Facebook / Mauricio Camareno) Costa Rica surfers rescue baby pilot whale in Puntarenas

(Facebook / Mauricio Camareno) A group of local surfers in Boca Barranca, Puntarenas, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, rescued a baby pilot whale that had become stuck in the mouth of a river early Wednesday morning. Mauricio Camareno, one of the surfers who discovered the baby whale shortly after 5 a.m., said that they first noticed what appeared to be a “black lump” near the bank of...

(Illustrative image. ICR-CRS Archive) New cap on rent increases does not apply to commercial property

(Illustrative image. ICR-CRS Archive) A reform that limits landlords’ ability to increase rent paid by tenants to that of the rate of inflation that came into effect on Wednesday after receiving the signature of Costa Rican president, Luis Guillermo Solis does not apply to commercial real estate, Rep. Edgardo Araya (FA) confirmed to the radio program, Nuestra Voz. The reform, which received...

Flickr Commons World Press Freedom Index: Costa Rica Makes the Top Ten

Flickr Commons The 2016 World Press Freedom Index reflects the intensity of the attacks on journalistic freedom and independence by governments, ideologies and private-sector interests during the past year. Thankfully, Costa Rica enjoys a great degree of press freedom; for this reason, Reporters Without Borders ranks our country as number six on the Index. Seen as a benchmark throughout the...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Air Canada Announces New Montreal – Costa Rica Flight

Source: Wikimedia Commons MONTREAL, April 20, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today it will launch four new seasonal Air Canada rouge services between Montreal-Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Montreal-San José, Costa Rica; Toronto Palm Springs, California; and Toronto-Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The non-stop flights will give Canadian travelers more competitively-priced options when ...

(Illustrative image. ICR-CRS Archive) Reform that limits rent increases to rate of inflation came into effect Wednesday

(Illustrative image. ICR-CRS Archive) A reform that was passed into law late last month by lawmakers in Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly that limits landlords’ ability to increase rent paid by tenants to that of the rate of inflation came into effect on Wednesday after receiving the signature of Costa Rican president, Luis Guillermo Solis. Until now, landlords who rent properties in colone...

Anglican Communion Anglican Leaders Elect Costa Rica Officer to Global Committee

By Gavin Drake of Anglican News A lay canon of England’s Liverpool Cathedral has been elected unopposed to serve as vice-chair of the Anglican Consultative Council. She joins the Archbishop of Hong Kong, the Most Revd Dr Paul Kwong, who was elected last week as chair of the body; and five new members of the Standing Committee. The Anglican Consultative Council is the legally constituted body...

(Illustrative image / Flickr) U.S. citizen arrested in Costa Rica as part of credit card cloning scheme

(Illustrative image / Flickr) A U.S. citizen was one of four suspects arrested in a series of coordinated raids in Costa Rica on Tuesday to dismantle a criminal group that stole thousands of dollars from credit and debit card holders by cloning their cards, according to the Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ). According to an investigation, the suspects used devices known as “skimmers” to s...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica confirms first case of pediatric Zika infection

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health on Monday confirmed the first case of Zika virus in a child in the country. According to health officials, an 8-year-old child in Carrillo, Guanacaste has contracted the mosquito-borne illness, first displaying symptoms on April 7th. The child has seemingly recovere...

Michael Adrian Salmeron, the Nicaraguan man suspected of murdering 57-year-old U.S. expat, Dirk Beauchamp, his 38-year-old Costa Rican wife and three of their children in Costa Rica. (Photo: La Prensa/Nicaragua) Nicaraguan man accused of massacring US man and family in Costa Rica faces maximum 30 years

Michael Adrian Salmeron, the Nicaraguan man suspected of murdering 57-year-old U.S. expat, Dirk Beauchamp, his 38-year-old Costa Rican wife and three of their children in Costa Rica. (Photo: La Prensa/Nicaragua) Michael Adrian Salmeron, the 24-year-old Nicaraguan man accused of murdering 57-year-old U.S. expat, Dirk Beauchamp, his 38-year-old Costa Rican wife and three of their small children ...

12 kilos of cocaine were found in the house where the kidnapped pilot was being held.  (OIJ Photo) Canadian amongst kidnappers of pilot in Costa Rica who was to be forced to fly cocaine

12 kilos of cocaine were found in the house where the kidnapped pilot was being held. (OIJ Photo) A Canadian man is amongst seven foreigners who were arrested in Costa Rica on Thursday on charges that they kidnapped a pilot in order to force the pilot to fly a shipment of cocaine out of the country. The other kidnappers include five Colombian nationals and a Romanian, according to officials...

Source: NOAA PTWC Tsunami Alert Lifted in Costa Rica; Slight Tremors Reported

Source: NOAA PTWC The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PWTC) of the United States National Weather Service has lifted an alert that extended from Ecuador to the Pacific coastlines of Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica following a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that destroyed buildings in Guayaquil and claimed more than 230 casualties. The Observatory of Seismology and Volcanology of Costa Ri...

The gunmen reportedly spent an incredible 25 minutes looting the store. (Image from Eurochronos web site) Gunmen raid jewelry store in Multiplaza Escazu; make off with $350,000 in loot

The gunmen reportedly spent an incredible 25 minutes looting the store. (Image from Eurochronos web site) Four gunmen posing as customers on Friday conducted a brazen armed robbery during business hours of a jewelry store located in the Multiplaza shopping center in Escazu.   According to Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security (MSP), the four gunmen entered the Eurochronos store, ...

Wikimedia Commons Marijuana Smoking on the Rise in Costa Rica High Schools

(ICR-CRS archive/stock) Cannabis has overtaken tobacco as one of the recreational substances of choice among high school students in Costa Rica. Such was the conclusion reached by the Institute on Liquor and Substance Abuse Research (Spanish acronym: IAFA) following its Fourth National Survey in secondary schools. The longitudinal survey, which was conducted in 2015, has been put through va...

costa-rica-news-arenal-volcano-hotel Arenal Volcano National Park Costa Rica, Spiritual And Physical Rejuvenation.

Adventure. That is the simplest and best description for what awaits visitors who hop on a plane to explore Costa Rica. With it’s friendly warm blooded residents, luxurious hotels and beautifully natural surroundings, Costa Rica offers the chance for spiritual and physical rejuvenation. Source: theitalianeyemagazine.com...

costa-rica-news-jessica-perez-02 Costa Rican Fashion Model Jessica Perez Is One Sexy Lady!

Jessica Perez appeared in the 2012 and 2013 SI Swimsuit issues, was born in San Jose, Costa Rica but spend much of her childhood in Honduras and Ecuador. She also holds a psychology degree from Hunter College and works with Dog Habitat Rescue, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates abandoned and neglected dogs. Her modeling includes advertising campaigns for Levi's, Victoria's Secre...

The incident took place in Ciudad Quesada, San Carlos. (Archive/Wikimedia Commons) Woman in Costa Rica sold infant in the street for two dollars

The incident took place in Ciudad Quesada, San Carlos. (Archive/Wikimedia Commons) Authorities in Costa Rica are searching for a woman who sold her 10-month-old child - complete with birth certificate - for two US dollars to a stranger last week. The incident took place in Ciudad Quesada, San Carlos, according to authorities. Apparently, the mother – whose identity is known by authoritie...

(Photo courtesy of the MSP) Costa Rica police locate more than 30 clandestine airstrips used by drug traffickers

(Photo courtesy of the MSP) Costa Rica’s Air Surveillance Service (SVA) said this week that it has managed to locate 33 clandestine airstrips along the country’s Pacific coast in just the last five months. Authorities say they believe the clandestine airstrips are the work of drug traffickers, mostly linked with Mexican drug cartels. The airstrips range from 500 meters to a kilometer in ...

Flickr Commons How to Avoid Getting Deported From Costa Rica

Flickr Commons Getting deported from Costa Rica can be a terrifying experience, but it can be managed with skilled legal representation. Deportation is one of the most potentially worrisome situations for foreigners residing in Costa Rica. The forcible removal of a person from one nation to another is a very upsetting condition that leaves individuals completely powerless over their own liv...

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