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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 »

Cheap Beer and Cows: Unusual Smuggling in Costa Rica

Cheap Beer and Cows: Unusual Smuggling in Costa Rica

Three cows stuffed inside a passenger vehicle, two cases of Old Milwaukee and one of Milwaukee’s Best are among the unusual items that police officers assigned to guard the land… Read more »

In Las Vegas, Costa Rica’s Bryan Vasquez Retains WBA Belt

In Las Vegas, Costa Rica’s Bryan Vasquez Retains WBA Belt

The first undercard fight of the long-awaited and multimillion dollar rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley featured veteran boxer Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez of Costa Rica, who did not disappoint… Read more »

30 Seconds to Mars Landing in Costa Rica

30 Seconds to Mars Landing in Costa Rica

Los Angeles alternative rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars will visit Costa Rica for the first time this coming Sunday, May 4th. This immensely popular musical group has been accumulating… Read more »

The Most Dangerous Beaches in Costa Rica

The Most Dangerous Beaches in Costa Rica

Life’s a beach in Costa Rica; unfortunately, so is death sometimes. The number of tourists who come to enjoy Costa Rica continues to grow each year; alas, the number of… Read more »

Coast Guard in Costa Rica Foils Scuttling by Drug Smugglers

Coast Guard in Costa Rica Foils Scuttling by Drug Smugglers

Officers of the National Coast Guard Service in Costa Rica literally gave the shirts off their backs to stop sinking of evidence by four Colombian men charged with cocaine smuggling…. Read more »

Wind Gusts in Costa Rica’s Central Valley Cause Chaos

Wind Gusts in Costa Rica’s Central Valley Cause Chaos

Relentless wind speeds reaching 90 kilometers per hour in the populous Central Valley of Costa Rica and the surrounding mountain ranges kept Red Cross workers, paramedics and public utilities crews… Read more »

Costa Rica National Surf Competition set for Santa Teresa on April 26-27

Costa Rica National Surf Competition set for Santa Teresa on April 26-27

Santa Teresa’s awesome waves will be in the limelight once again as top Costa Rica surfers roll into town at the end of April for the fifth 2014 Olympus National… Read more »

Looking for the “Wild” Costa Rica? Visit the Osa Peninsula!

Looking for the “Wild” Costa Rica? Visit the Osa Peninsula!

For me, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most worthwhile places to visit in Costa Rica. The small stretch of remote rugged jungle in the southwestern corner of the… Read more »

Pre-Columbian Archeological Boom Underway in Costa Rica

Pre-Columbian Archeological Boom Underway in Costa Rica

The recent grand opening of the Park and Museum of the Stone Spheres and the extensive recovery and curation work of the Guayabo National Monument are the two most significant… Read more »

Documenting the Rich Biodiversity of Songbirds in Costa Rica

Documenting the Rich Biodiversity of Songbirds in Costa Rica

Residents of Costa Rica know that the dry season brings a scarcity of rain and an abundance of birdsong. This is when the lovely yiguirro (Turdus grayii or clay-colored American… Read more »

Observing Jaguars, Grison and Bush Hogs at Night in Costa Rica

Observing Jaguars, Grison and Bush Hogs at Night in Costa Rica

Since 2003, the International Institute of Wildlife Management and Conservation (Spanish acronym: ICOMVIS) has been installing infrared cameras in various national parks in Costa Rica for the purpose of monitoring… Read more »

Exit Costa Rica: The Beginning of the End for Intel?

Exit Costa Rica: The Beginning of the End for Intel?

Although Wall Street responded positively to Intel’s recent announcement of its decision to close its chip manufacturing, encapsulation and testing plant in Costa Rica, observers and some analysts who have… Read more »