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How to Avoid Personal Banking Disasters in Costa Rica

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… Read more »

Where Paddling and Indulgence Meet in Jaco, Costa Rica

Where Paddling and Indulgence Meet in Jaco, Costa Rica

When Neil, the owner of Kayak Jaco, shared with me what the sunset/ night kayak tour was all about, I told him he had me at cheese and wine. For… Read more »

Reshaping a Canadian’s Life in Costa Rica

Reshaping a Canadian’s Life in Costa Rica

My path crossed with Corey’s when he contacted me about an author interview for my recent release, Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica. The more I found out about Corey Coates… Read more »

A Girl Dreams of a Home and of Teaching English in Costa Rica

A Girl Dreams of a Home and of Teaching English in Costa Rica

Sensible readers beware: The following story is a weepy. Shirley Torres Garita is a 13-year old girl who lost her legs in a terrible accident involving a truck driver whose… Read more »

Domestic Tourism Fuels Industry in Costa Rica

Domestic Tourism Fuels Industry in Costa Rica

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… Read more »

Internal Tensions May Affect Immigration in Costa Rica

Internal Tensions May Affect Immigration in Costa Rica

Labor disputes and internal bickering between labor unions and immigration officials may complicate the legal status of visitors, perpetual tourists and other foreigners in Costa Rica. At the heart of… Read more »

Traditional Cuisine From Costa Rica Goes International

Traditional Cuisine From Costa Rica Goes International

Chef Doris Goldgewicht is one of the most arduous promoters of Costa Rica’s traditional cuisine, which she feels has been neglected insofar as making it known beyond the national stage…. Read more »

Costa Rica’s Public Health Care Not Burdened by Foreigners

Costa Rica’s Public Health Care Not Burdened by Foreigners

A recent study by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Spanish acronym: INEC) reveals that only six percent of all public health care treatments in Costa Rica are provided… Read more »

Beaches of Guanacaste Among the Cleanest in Costa Rica

Beaches of Guanacaste Among the Cleanest in Costa Rica

Of the three coastal provinces of Costa Rica, Guanacaste has the highest number of beaches that proudly display the Blue Ecological Flag. According to online news site Primero en Noticias,… Read more »

Top 10 Things to Do in and Around Jaco

Top 10 Things to Do in and Around Jaco

Jaco is a town packed with social, adrenaline-filled, and nature-based activities. A walk down main street will lend you to countless tourist operators selling a variety of excursions. Let me… Read more »

Savor Chocolate’s Ancient Secrets on Indigenous Costa Rica Tour

Savor Chocolate’s Ancient Secrets on Indigenous Costa Rica Tour

Remember the film Chocolat, and how chocolate transformed a cold, inhibited French town into a loving, friendly community? Chocolate has that power. Prized by the Mayas, Aztecs and Inkas, and… Read more »

What to do in Guanacaste? Get the One Day Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

What to do in Guanacaste? Get the One Day Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin

Some of the best things to do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica are found at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. The dilemma actually is trying to decide what to do, since there is… Read more »

Nicaragua Canal Project Moving Away from Costa Rica, For Now

Nicaragua Canal Project Moving Away from Costa Rica, For Now

Strong warnings by scientists, a sobering maritime navigation analysis and the sudden death of a Chinese engineer are among the latest news coming from the controversial and quixotic Nicaragua Canal… Read more »

Now in Costa Rica: Degas, Picasso, Renoir, Warhol and More

Now in Costa Rica: Degas, Picasso, Renoir, Warhol and More

Right before Costa Rica shut down for Holy Week and Easter Sunday, 158 important works of fine art were being transported in utmost secrecy and under sophisticated security through the… Read more »

Nokia Lumia Set to Dethrone the iPhone in Costa Rica

Nokia Lumia Set to Dethrone the iPhone in Costa Rica

Despite their hefty price tags and country-specific limitations, Apple iPhones have enjoyed considerable success in Costa Rica over the last few years. Android-powered mobile devices have been gradually eating away… Read more »

Liquor Made in Costa Rica Will Soon Enter the Export Market

Liquor Made in Costa Rica Will Soon Enter the Export Market

Some of the most popular and emblematic liquors made in Costa Rica are not readily available in other countries. Cerveza Imperial and Ron Centenario are not a problem in this… Read more »

Climate Change May Stop Sea Turtles from Coming to Costa Rica

Climate Change May Stop Sea Turtles from Coming to Costa Rica

The few, critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles that still arrive in Costa Rica during nesting season may stop coming here altogether due to climate change. In the 21st century, hawksbills… Read more »

Three Hours of Excellent Kayaking and Snorkeling near Jaco, Costa Rica

Three Hours of Excellent Kayaking and Snorkeling near Jaco, Costa Rica

The morning spent with Kayak Jaco was a highlight of my month. Guides Wilbur and Jacob taught the group the basics of paddling, with Kayak Jaco’s homemade, bamboo paddles, prior… Read more »

Now is the time for Hot Costa Rica Travel Deals

Now is the time for Hot Costa Rica Travel Deals

As the summer season in Costa Rica winds down and the green season draws near, it is time for great Costa Rica travel deals. One such bargain is a hot… Read more »

Top tours in Nosara, Costa Rica

Top tours in Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara, Costa Rica is renowned for some of the best surfing in Costa Rica, and for being a yoga paradise. But there are plenty of other exciting adventure and nature… Read more »

Where’s the Beef? Economic Vegetarianism in Costa Rica

Where’s the Beef? Economic Vegetarianism in Costa Rica

The BBQ grilling season in Costa Rica coincides with the holidays and the beginning of the busy tourist season. Although there has been a recent push towards greater diffusion of… Read more »

New Online Sign Language Interpreting Service in Costa Rica

New Online Sign Language Interpreting Service in Costa Rica

Students from the School of Business of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) have developed an Internet application specially designed to improve the lives of the hearing-impaired community. The Advanced… Read more »

The Annual Good Friday Cayman Hunt in Guanacaste

The Annual Good Friday Cayman Hunt in Guanacaste

In Santa Cruz, province of Guanacaste, residents of the small town of Ortega will spend a significant portion of Good Friday pursuing a member of the Alligatoridae family of species…. Read more »

Legality of Costa Rica’s GMO-Free Cantons Questioned

Legality of Costa Rica’s GMO-Free Cantons Questioned

The Republic of Costa Rica is divided into 81 cantons administered by municipal councils. Over the last few years, 74 of these municipalities have passed ordinances prohibiting the cultivation of… Read more »

Shark Warning for Gold Coast Beaches in Guanacaste

Shark Warning for Gold Coast Beaches in Guanacaste

Swimmers and surfers beware: Several whitetip reef sharks, Triaenodon obesus, have been sighted, photographed and filmed over the last few days in both Playa Langosta and Playa Avellanas, both part… Read more »

Costa Rica is Getting More and More Expensive. Here’s Why:

Costa Rica is Getting More and More Expensive. Here’s Why:

Is it more expensive to live in Costa Rica than in Mexico, Peru or Venezuela? A recent report by national TV network Teletica interviewed three well-traveled expats who are certainly… Read more »

Former Taliban Cook Seeks Asylum in Costa Rica

Former Taliban Cook Seeks Asylum in Costa Rica

Ghaleb Nasar Al Bihani was a religious student in Afghanistan when he was introduced to jihad (the holy struggle of Muslims against infidels that is often hijacked by imbecilic extremists… Read more »

Sell Your Body, Travel to Costa Rica

Sell Your Body, Travel to Costa Rica

Although it is estimated that less than two percent of all visitors who arrive in Costa Rica do so for the purpose of engaging in sexual tourism, this particular travel… Read more »

Why Are So Many Foreign Companies Leaving Costa Rica?

Why Are So Many Foreign Companies Leaving Costa Rica?

April 2014 was not a good month for the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector in Costa Rica. Two big companies, Bank of America and Intel, shut down a major chunk… Read more »

Red Cross in Costa Rica Ready for Holy Week

Red Cross in Costa Rica Ready for Holy Week

The days between Palm and Easter Sundays are often the busiest of the year for Red Cross rescue brigades in Costa Rica. That is when thousands of people will leave… Read more »