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Nicoya Municipality Liquor License 30% of Costa Rica Under Dry Laws for Easter Celebrations

Three out of ten municipal councils in Costa Rica have resolved that they will not allow the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the most solemn days leading up to Easter. As of Palm Sunday, only a handful of municipalities had not yet issued a decision on whether they should apply “dry laws” in their communities, and the total number of cantons and districts that will go dry this Thursd...

Source: Pixabay Commons Costa Rica is Not Alone in Producing 100% Clean Energy

Source: Pixabay Commons One of the most talked-about headlines coming from Costa Rica in recent days is an announcement from the Ministry of the Environment and the national electricity monopoly ICE. The announcement explains that electricity generation thus far this year has been realized without resorting to fossil fuels, which means it mostly came from hydroelectric plants and wind turbi...

Source: Facebook HBO’s Entourage Star is Diving With Sharks in Costa Rica

Source: Facebook Adrian Grenier, the star of the hit series Entourage, which is soon to be released as a feature film, arrived in Costa Rica this past Sunday for the purposes of swimming with sharks. That much can be gleaned through a series of social media updates posted by the famous actor, producer and musician on his Facebook and Instagram accounts. The famous actor is diving off Isla d...

Source: Wikimedia Commons US Citizens Warned About Traveling to Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons In the wake of a terrible shooting that sent a United States expat to an intensive care unit in Costa Rica, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the United States has issued a security message warning to travelers. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, the recent shooting took place in Escazu, an affluent municipality that serves as an upscale sub...

Source: Facebook Star NFL Quarterback Tom Brady on Vacation in Costa Rica

Source: Facebook It's official: The Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLIX is currently relaxing and having a great time with his family in Costa Rica. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is probably one of the most recognized professional athletes within the National Football League (NFL), and his connection to Costa Rica dates back a few years. As previously reported by The Costa Rica ...

Source: PriceSmart PriceSmart in Costa Rica Warns About Kraft Mac & Cheese

Source: PriceSmart A batch of boxed instant meals sold at PriceSmart stores in Costa Rica may contain dangerous metal fragments. Such was the message recently communicated by the Risk Management division of PriceSmart in Costa Rica by means of an online document  (PDF) that has also been posted in the company's store locations in our country. The alert issued by PriceSmart to its members in...

Irazu Volcano Crater Costa Rica Landslides at Irazu Volcano Could Restrict Travel and Tourism

The Irazu crater First there was the Poas, then  the Turrialba and now the Irazu. These three volcanoes are located in the Central Mountain Range of Costa Rica, and they are among the most visited in our country. Unfortunately, these three volcanoes have been presenting increased volcanic activity recently, which often leads to closures and restricted access to tourists. Readers of The Cost...

Source: Flickr Commons US Expat Shot in Upscale Suburb of San Jose, Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons An expat from the United States is in the intensive care unit of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in San Jose after being gunned down in San Rafael of Escazu, one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Costa Rica. According to a report filed by Angie Guerrero of online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, the incident occurred on Wednesday morning, right after the victim stepped ou...

Turrialba November Emergency Officials Keep Watchful Eye on the Turrialba Volcano

Source: RSN A reasonable level of surface seismicity detected in the vicinity of the active Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica suggests that future eruptions could take place. Earth scientists from the National Seismology Network of the University of Costa Rica (Spanish initials: RSN), along with colleagues from the Observatory on Seismology and Volcanology of the National University (Spanish acr...

Source: MSP Fuerza Publica Rescues Baby Parrots in Costa Rica

Source: MSP Officers assigned to the Bagaces cantonal precinct of the Guanacaste province rescued four baby parrots, which were in danger of suffocation. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Public Security (Spanish initials: MSP) the baby birds were being peddled by a suspect who has a history of trafficking in exotic species. The rescue took place in the community of San...

Source:  MSP U.S. Hiker on Vacation Rescued by Tourism Police in Costa Rica

Source: MSP A 20-year old hiker from the United States, who got lost while hiking in La Fortuna of San Carlos, was rescued along with a companion by members of the local Tourism Police and Fuerza Publica detachment. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Public Security, the tourists were identified as David Yinglun and Alicia Borga Alvarez, the latter a young lady from Spain. ...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Tourist Dies While Hiking Up a Mountain in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons A tourist from the United States passed out and passed away from an apparent cardiac arrest while trying to summit the highest mountain in Costa Rica. The 65-year old man was a lone hiker who entered the Chirripo National Park without proper authorization.   According to a report filed by Pablo Rojas of online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, the U.S. tourist was about s...

Source: RSN Unpredictable Turrialba Volcano Impacts Life in Costa Rica

Source: RSN Following five months of relative calm, the Turrialba volcano has awakened with an intensity that has not been recorded in more than a century. It all started on Sunday, March 8th with a phreatic (ground water) eruption that would later include exhalations of gas and ash. Two late-night eruptions on Wednesday resulted in moderate ash columns, but the most spectacular events took pl...

Source: RSN You Should Not Vacation Near the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

Source: RSN Two nighttime ash exhalations that occurred while neighbors were sleeping on Wednesday make the Turrialba volcano of the province of Cartago one of the most active in Costa Rica. According to a report filed by Alejandro Fonseca of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the first slight eruption occurred at 1:00 am and the second happened nearly 15 minutes later. According to the Observator...

Source: Fuerza Publica Fuerza Publica Officers Rescue “Bambi” in Costa Rica

Source: Fuerza Publica A male fawn that became separated from its mother was rescued earlier this week by officers from Fuerza Publica, the national police force of Costa Rica, along with field agents from Ministry of the Environment. The officers and field agents were conducting routine patrols in the Pocosol district of San Carlos, near the border with Nicaragua, when they were alerted about...

Source: Pixabay Commons Tourists on Sex Vacations are Increasingly Younger and Female

Source: Pixabay Commons The stereotype of sexual tourists in Costa Rica being older, gray-haired, North American and European men long past their primes is being shattered in the 21st century by a new generation of libidinous travelers who happen to be younger, and -in some cases- female. In a recent article by Tim Rogers of online media network Fusion.net, the author visited two well-known...

Jungle Jam 2015 You Should Travel to Jaco Beach for the Jungle Jam Festival

Jungle Jam 2015, Jaco Beach, Costa Rica Jaco Beach, Costa Rica (March 8, 2015) - Jungle Jam V returns to Jaco, Costa Rica for its fifth consecutive year with a stellar line-up on the grounds of the beautiful Hotel DoceLunas for 4 days of music in paradise March 19-22, 2015. This year’s performers include: Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, Mykal Rose (of Blac...

Source: AmoLatina.com European Men Increasingly Seeking Women from Costa Rica

Source: AmoLatina.com International online dating service AmoLatina has reported that an increasing number of European men are seeking to meet, date and marry a Latin partner. Latin women have always been highly regarded by men in Europe for their wonderful qualities when it comes to finding the perfect partner. Often with a traditional outlook and abundant positive energy, genuine beauti...

Jaco Beach U.S. Driver Killed in Road Traffic Accident in Costa Rica

Jaco Beach A man from the United States was killed in a road traffic accident near the expat enclave of Jaco Beach, located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Preliminary reports suggest that the U.S. citizen may have been performed a reckless overtake and pass maneuver in the vicinity of a bridge without realizing that a propane gas delivery truck was coming in the opposite direction...

Source: Aeris Your Travel Costs in Costa Rica Just Got Higher

Source: Aeris If you must park your vehicle at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica, please note that your parking costs recently went up by more than 100 percent. According to a report by Fabio Mena of online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, the new daily parking fee increased from $14.75 to $35, and the hourly rate climbed to $2.48 from $2.14.   If you choose to...

Source: Fuerza Publica Fuerza Publica Rescues Sloth from Traffic in Costa Rica

Source: Fuerza Publica A female sloth insistently trying to cross a busy road in northern Costa Rica was helped to the other side by police officers who are thoroughly experienced in this task. According to press release CP-0270-2015 from Fuerza Publica, the national police force of Costa Rica, the sloth posed a danger to herself and to traffic since she hesitantly hugged the edge of the road ...

Wikimedia Commons Swimming Pool Accident Claims Life of U.S. Child in Costa Rica

Source: Cruz Roja Costarricense A five-year old boy from the United States tragically lost his life while on a family vacation in Costa Rica. According to a news report filed by Patricia Durán of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the unfortunate incident occurred in a rural hotel located about 13 kilometers away from the town of Buena Vista, in the Liberia canton of Guanacaste. The news report ex...

Source; Wikiemdia Commons Luxury Rehab Facility in Costa Rica Uses Polemic Treatment

Bing Commons In Costa Rica, a few drug rehabilitation centers offer a controversial treatment that consists of taking certain amounts of Ibogaine, a substance extracted from a few plants that are native to Western Africa. Ibogaine is extracted from these flowering shrubs, and the result is a substance with psychoactive and psychedelic properties. Research on the therapeutic potential of Ibogai...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Detectives Investigate Suicide Aboard Flight to Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Agents assigned to the Alajuela Regional Delegation of the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) are investigating the death of a 53-year old man who was found dead upon landing in Costa Rica. The 53-year old man has been identified as a Costel Comana, a wealthy Romanian citizen. In an institutional communique, OIJ agents provided preliminary in...

Wikimedia Commons Cocaine Brands: An Illustrated Catalog from Costa Rica

Source: Fuerza Publica From oceanic creatures to sports car logos and from mythology to astrology symbols, the imagery used by drug cartels in their packaging of illegal drugs has been on the rise in the last few years. In Costa Rica, this practice is known as troquelado, and it involves the creative use of logos and packing materials when shipping their products, particularly powdered cocaine...

Source: Baxter International A Warm Meal and Helping Hand for Homeless in Costa Rica

Source: Baxter International The following corporate press release is kindly provided by Baxter International, a global healthcare firm that develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. Baxter has a presence in Costa Rica and m...

K-9 Officer Lyra Meet Lyra: A Missing Tourist’s Best Friend in Costa Rica

K-9 Officer Lyra After a dangerous shootout that left two policemen wounded and an alleged robber dead in the eastern suburbs of San Jose, a tactical unit was tasked with looking for an armed suspect who fled the scene. It all happened during the morning rush hour of Thursday in the municipality of Curridabat, and the Directorate of Special Units became resolute on finding the suspect on the r...

Game Connection Costa Rica Exhibits Video Game Development at Major Expo

Source: Green Lava The burgeoning sector of video game development in Costa Rica is picking up speed and attracting international attention. Thanks to an initiative by PROCOMER, which is a government agency in charge of marketing trade and exports, six video game development firms from Costa Rica will exhibit their work and expertise at one of the most important business expos in this field. T...

Source: Fuerza Publica Indigenous Child Rescued in Remote Costa Rica Town

Source: Fuerza Publica Fuerza Publica officers assigned to the National Border Police of Costa Rica spent an entire night walking across beaches, rivers and the thick jungle of Burica, near the southern border with Panama, to rescue an indigenous child of the Ngöbe Bugle (or guaymí) ethnicity. The child was suffering from an acute and dangerous infection due to a wound that he had sustained da...

playas del coco beach costa rica Writing Love Messages on the Beach Sands of Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Sand Sign, a multi-national artistic project featuring Andres Amador, is launching a social initiative for Valentine's Day 2015. For one month, the campaign will be collecting messages with love declarations to draw them on some of the world's most beautiful beaches so that a World Record can be established. As expected, Costa Rica is one of the countries participating in this r...

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