Exchange Rate: 1 USD = ¢534.112
Banco BAC Banco BCR Banco Nacional Banco Popular Banco Scotiabank

Costa Rica News

Fuerza Publica Foreigners from Canada and U.S. Detained for Drug Crimes   The crackdown on drug-related offenses in Costa Rica intensified in Guanacaste from January to August of 2014. According to official statistics published by the Ministry of Public Security (Spanish initials: MSP), 233 foreigners have been arrested thus far this year for violations of the Law on Controlled Substances. The majority of those arrested are Nicaraguan and Colombian immigrants,...
Source: Red Cross Rain, Rain Go Away: Landslides and Flooding in Costa Rica Source: Red Cross Strong rains and storm surge caused more than 30 major landslides in Costa Rica earlier this week. Red Cross rescue units and first responders from Fuerza Publica, the national police force, sprung to action to safely evacuate and render aid to more than 2,000 people in affected communities. The majority of those rescued have been motorists driving on Route 32, the main highw...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Retired U.S. Expat Dies While Surfing in Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons A surfer in Playa Avellanas, province of Guanacaste, tragically passed away yesterday despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts that lasted more than 30 minutes. National newspaper La Nacion identified the dearly departed as Francis Gianvalbo of the United States, who had reportedly begun to enjoy his retirement in Costa Rica only three months ago. The re...
Source: Fuerza Publica Sea Turtle Rescue Center Managed by Police in Costa Rica   Source: Fuerza Publica The canton of Garabito in Puntarenas is home to some of the most eco-friendly police officers in Costa Rica. Two years ago, members of Fuerza Pública (Costa Rica's national police force) who patrol the Jaco Beach and Playa Hermosa communities decided to open their own nesting sanctuary for olive ridley sea turtles. This initiative was prompted by the need to pr...
Chinatown Big Trouble in Little China(town), Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons Later this year, Costa Rica’s Barrio Chino (Chinatown) will celebrate its second anniversary of having taken over the old Students’ Boulevard as a token of appreciation for the kind donation by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) of the majestic National Stadium in La Sabana Metropolitan Park. The pretty paifang (Chinese gate) that marks the entrance to Chinatown fro...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Torch, Lanterns and Parades: Independence Day in Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons The traditions surrounding the celebration of Independence Day in Costa Rica have become powerful symbols of the longstanding peace, democracy and civil freedom that Ticos proudly enjoy. It is important to note, however, that these traditions actually originated in other countries, and that certain other patriotic values are celebrated more so than independence on Sep...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Liquor-Free Towns During Independence Day in Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons For many people in Costa Rica, celebrating Independence Day means enjoying parades, picnics and a few ice-cold bottles of Imperial with neighbors at the local bar. Notwithstanding, not all municipalities share the same patriotic standpoint, and some municipalities believe that there is no place for booze during Independence Day celebrations. As a result, some towns in...
Brian Ruiz Costa Rica Wins the 2014 Tigo Central American Cup Image source: CONCACAF With a final score of 2-1 against Guatemala, the players National Men's Footbal Team of Costa Rica (affectionately known as La Sele) have once again proven that they are the best in Central America and one of the strongest teams in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).   The match took place at the Los Ange...
Beer Bottle, Can or Draft? Choosing Your Beer in Costa Rica Source: Photobucket Over the last few years, beer culture has been gaining a substantial foothold in Costa Rica. Gone are the days of having to settle for bottles of Imperial, which remains a popular and pleasant experience nonetheless. Beer lovers in Costa Rica now have many options to choose from, and they come in bottles, cans or on tap. What is the best way to serve beer in Costa Rica? Thi...
Source: iCafe Celebrating National Coffee Day in Costa Rica   Source: iCafe Are you a coffee lover in Costa Rica? If your answer is yes, you may want to rush to La Sabana Metropolitan Park in the lovable city of San Jose before 1:00 pm today and enjoy the best coffee our dedicated farmers and roasters have to offer. September 12th is the day we celebrate National Coffee Day, and everyone is invited to enjoy our best beans and learn more about w...