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Liberia Airport in Guanacaste Guanacaste in Costa Rica Gets Three New Investment Projects

Wikimedia Commons SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) and the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX) announced that 39 new investment projects from the sectors of Corporate Services, Life Sciences, Light Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Food Industry were attracted to Costa Rica in 2014. Thes...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Don’t Cry for Me, Catalonia: Guanacaste May be Next

The people of Catalonia, an autonomous region of Spain, have democratically spoken: They want out of the Kingdom of Spain, and they are supporting their leaders who are concocting a plan for independence to be achieved in the next two years. As 80 percent of more than two million Catalans turned to the polls to vote on an unofficial independence referendum, some residents of Guanacaste, the former...

Dreams Las Mareas Luxury Real Estate Development Greatly Expands in Guanacaste

The massive Santa Elena luxury resort and housing complex in Guanacaste is set to expand within its 1,000 hectares over the next 15 years with new hotels and gated communities. Such was the report filed by Cristina Fallas Villalobos of business weekly El Financiero earlier this week. Readers of The Costa Rica Star will remember that we reported on the Dreams Las Mareas beach resort earlier this...

Source: Asociacion Nacional de Guardavidas de Costa Rica Strong Rip Currents Drag Canadians in Costa Rica, One Dies

Source: Asociacion Nacional de Guardavidas de Costa Rica Thanks to the inexhaustible efforts of the National Association of Lifeguards in Costa Rica, more aquatic lifesavers are being trained and posted on our numerous beaches. On September 15th, the Association was formally accepted into the International Life Saving Federation; this announcement prompted them to complete training of a new gr...

Sea Snake Snakes on the Beach in Costa Rica: No Reason to Worry

One of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica is home to luxury resorts, spectacular real estate, lush vegetation, sugary sands, and yellow-bellied snakes that slither right out of the ocean and give some people a good scare. Playa Flamingo is located on the Gold Coast of Guanacaste, one of the hottest tourist spots in Costa Rica, and it is here where sightings of Pelamis platura, yellow-bellied ...

ventanas del mar Amazing Mountaintop, Ocean View Neighborhood in Costa Rica

Despite economic uncertainty in Costa Rica, the luxury real estate development sector has experienced a solid year. This is specially the case in the Gold Coast beaches of Guanacaste, where developers are continuing to build exuberant gated communities in the highlands so that residents can enjoy sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. One such project breaking ground at this time is Las Ventanas de...

Dreams Las Mareas New Luxury Resort Celebrates Official Opening in Costa Rica

The Guanacaste province continues to lead the way in terms of luxury resort development in Costa Rica. Earlier this year, The Costa Rica Star reported on the development activity by the Apple Leisure Group at the massive Santa Elena tourism complex in La Cruz of Guanacaste; that project has been finalized just in time for the high tourist season, which is just a few weeks away. Here is the officia...

JetBlue JetBlue Offers Details on New Boston – Costa Rica Route

Thanks to JetBlue Airways, residents of the Greater Boston area in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can now board a flight from Logan International Airport (BOS) and in just a few hours they could find themselves enjoying the pristine beaches of Costa Rica's Gold Coast. On November 1st, JetBlue announced a strategy to connect New England residents with choice Latin American and Caribbean destinat...

Source: OVSICORI Halloween Earthquake Scares Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Source: OVSICORI Trick-or-treaters and costumed revelers in the Gold Coast beaches of Costa Rica were shaken up by a 4.2 MW earthquake, which was felt in the communities of Santa Cruz, Nicoya, Cerro Negro, Diria, Nambi, Playa Samara, Playa Grande, Hojancha, and Playas del Coco. The epicenter was located inland, about 9 km south of Diria, between Liberia and the Nicoya peninsula, at a depth of ...

Casino Guanacaste Casino Improves Gaming in Costa Rica

The casino experience in Costa Rica is becoming modernized and will soon match the level of gaming seen at some Las Vegas game rooms. Earlier this year, International Game Technology announced that it had been selected as the primary provider of games for the upcoming Croc's Casino Resort in Jaco Beach, slated to open later this year. Nonetheless, casino players in Guanacaste may be able to experi...

Earthquake 4.1 MW Earthquake in Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

Playas del Coco in Guanacaste The Gold Coast beaches of Guanacaste were jolted by an earthquake as residents and tourists were preparing to enjoy the weekend. According to a report by the Observatory of Seismology and Volcanology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI), the seismic movement was detected at a few minutes past 1:00 pm, with an epicenter 14 kilometers north of Playas del Coco a...

Sea turtle off Costa Rica's southern Pacific Coast Costa Rica Attracts a Million Sea Turtles for Nesting

The coastal community of Playa Ostional, located in the Guanacaste province, is home to one of the most magical beaches in the Gold Coast of Costa Rica. There is something about the sand on this beach that is attracting more and more sea turtles to massively arrive during nesting season. Although climate change is affecting sea turtle arrivals in other parts of Costa Rica, this is clearly not the ...

Wolf of Wall Street Is There Gold in the Black-Sand Beaches of Costa Rica?

One of the most celebrated Hollywood films of last year has a curious connection to Costa Rica, Florida, Wall Street, and an outlandish financial scam. The film is The Wolf of Wall Street, a biopic directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort. The connection is Ira Lee Sorkin, a renowned attorney who once represented Mr. Belfort and later Bernard Madoff. Mr. Sorkin ...

Paya Flamingo Buying a House in Guanacaste, the Gold Coast of Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Kristine Gorman is a tax accountant from the New England region who is planning on becoming an expatriate in Costa Rica. She is 41 years young and is looking to one day retire here with her significant other and their 2-year old child. She was recently in Playa Flamingo, looking at properties in one of the Gold Coast beaches of Guanacaste. She has been kind enough to share her e...

Source: Flick Commons Guns, Guns, Guns: Packing Heat in Guanacaste

Even though statistics and public opinion surveys indicate that the administration of former President Laura Chinchilla was able to make good on the campaign promise of a safer Costa Rica, uncomfortable news reports about crimes against persons and property are prompting both Ticos and expats in Guanacaste and other affluent parts of the country to weigh their options with regard to firearms. G...

Water tap Like Water for Guanacaste: Costa Rica Lacks Funding

The province of Guanacaste may be home to the Gold Coast beaches, the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, the most expensive communities in Costa Rica, and a thriving expatriate scene, but it comes up way short in one aspect: a reasonable and efficient supply of drinking water. One of the most vexing challenges of the current administration under President Luis Guillermo Solis is to ensure...

Source: RSN Nighttime Earthquakes Rattle Costa Rica

Source: RSN On Monday, October 13th after 9:30 pm, the Observatory of Seismology and Volcanology in Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI) of the National University and the National Seismology Network (Spanish initials: RSN) 0f the University of Costa Rica reported three seismic disturbances. The first one occurred at 9:31 pm, the second at 9:42 pm and the third at 9:51 pm. The latter quake w...

Giant Manta Ray Underwater Tourism at Isla Murcielago, Costa Rica (HD VIDEO)

Although ecotourism and surfing are the top tourism activities in Costa Rica, SCUBA divers in the know have been gradually discovering our numerous underwater havens. In the Pacific Coast we find Isla Murcielago (Bat Islands), part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area. The Bat Islands are located in the midst of the Costa Rica Thermal Convection Dome, the richest concentration of phytoplankton in t...

Punta Islita Punta Islita: Relaxing, Yet Exciting, Vacations in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Vacations in Costa Rica can be as varied as our country's incredible biodiversity. Although mostly know for ecotourism, Costa Rica is now offering adventure, culinary, cultural, educational, scientific, business, and even hedonistic tourism. This means that you can combine more than one activity at once with the right tourism operator. If you would like your vacation to be both relaxing and exciti...

Source: Flickr Commons 3 Reasons You Should Be Marketing Your Small Business in the Off-Season

Upon the arrival of the off-season (or "low season" as it's known here in Costa Rica) most small businesses downshift by reducing prices, scope of services, hours of operation, and staff. Some folks just close their doors and go on vacation. Many also slow down or completely stop their marketing efforts, citing reduced resources and capital intake.   Editor's Note: We have updated this ...