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Source: Facebook Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas Enjoyed Guanacaste

Source: Facebook Celebrated actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are often considered to be Hollywood royalty, and they recently visited Costa Rica to enjoy the Gold Coast beaches of the Guanacaste province. The fabulous couple and their two children were in Costa Rica to relax during Spring Break. According to a news report filed by Allan Andino of national newspaper La Nacion, ...

Source; Wikiemdia Commons Medical Tourist Suffered Ibogaine Death in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons A 42-year old woman from Norway who came to Costa Rica in search of a controversial addiction treatment suffered a fatal heart attack after ingesting ibogaine, a hallucinogenic substance derived from plants native to Western Africa. According to a news report filed by David Delgado of national newspaper La Nacion, the Norwegian woman passed away in 2014, but her cause...

Bagaces US Expat Dies in Guanacaste After Heart Attack and Crash

A 73-year old expat from the United States lost his life in an automobile crash that may have been precipitated by a cardiac arrest. According to a news report published by daily tabloid Diario Extra, the fatal accident took place during the early morning hours of Tuesday on the road that connects the cities of Bagaces and Cañas in the province of Guanacaste.   The departed expat has be...

Snapper. Source: Wikimedia Commons Fishery Program in Guanacaste Seeks Sustainable Certification

Snapper. Source: Wikimedia Commons The Nicoya Peninsula artisanal snapper fishery located in the nearshore waters of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica has voluntarily entered the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) full assessment process. Targeted species in the fishery are spotted rose snapper (Lutjanus guttatus), yellow snapper (Lutjanus argentiventris), and tallfin cro...

Los Lagos School in Liberia Renowned Asset Manager Chooses Costa Rica for Charitable Work

Los Lagos School in Liberia Columbia, MD, March 14, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Gary Williams, President of Williams Asset Management, in Columbia, MD, gathered with a group of prominent financial advisors at Commonwealth Financial Network®’s Leaders Conference, held March 1–6, 2015, at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. The Leaders Conference recognizes highly successful advisors...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Canadian Surfer Attacked by Caiman in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

A tourist from Montreal who visits Costa Rica each year to enjoy surfing was unexpectedly attacked by a caiman (crocodile) while waiting for a set. The attack occurred last weekend in Tamarindo Beach, a coastal community that is home to many North American and European expats. According to a news report filed by Pablo Rojas of online news daily CRHoy.com, the Canadian surfer was sitting on his ...

Hard Rock Cafe logo. Wikimedia Commons Hard Rock Cafe Guanacaste Confirmed in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons The second Hard Rock Cafe in Costa Rica will be located in Guanacaste, specifically in Playas del Coco, and it is expected to open later this year. Such was the news reported by Cristina Fallas Villalobos of business weekly El Financiero.   The report from El Financiero quotes Mr. Gustavo Araya, president of the iconic Hard Rock franchise in Costa Rica. Mr. Araya e...

Dreams Las Mareas Adults-Only Luxury Resort Coming to Guanacaste

Gulf of Papagayo PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 3, 2015) — Apple Leisure Group®’s subsidiary, AMResorts®, announced the signing of the company’s third deal in the first quarter of 2015. Secrets® Papagayo Resort & Spa will also be the second property for the company in Costa Rica, following the highly anticipated opening of Dreams® Las Mareas Costa Rica late last year. Apple Leisure Group Signs D...

Source: Google Maps Guanacaste Residents Fight to Keep Beach Public

Source: Google Maps Last week, nearly 250 residents of Liberia assembled at the Municipal Gymnasium to coordinate an effort to reclaim one of the most treasured beaches in their canton: Playa Cabuyal. According to a report by online news outlet Primero en Noticias, residents of Liberia are protesting against what they consider to be an issue of illegal land registration by an extremely wealthy...

Source: Recovery Ranch A Clean and Sober Habitat for Humanity Project in Guanacaste

Source: Recovery Ranch One of the most important aspects of recovery from substance abuse is being able to once again provide meaningful contributions to society. Here is a very good example of such an action taking place in Costa Rica, specifically in the Nicoya region of the Guanacaste province. The Costa Rica Star thanks Recovery Ranch for this inspiring press release and for their excellen...

Source: Bue River Resort Guanacaste Resort Earns Distinction from Fodor’s Travel

Source: Bue River Resort Guanacaste, Costa Rica, February 17, 2015 -- (PR.com) -- This year, Blue River Resort & Hot Springs was chosen by Fodor's for the service, quality, and value they offer every visitor at their resort.   Although each and every business that is included in Fodor’s Travel guide is deemed worthy of a traveler’s time, the Fodor’s Choice distinguishes hotels, ...

Liberia Airport in Guanacaste Guanacaste Will Get a New Science and Tech Park

The city of Liberia in the province of Guanacaste may soon be home to the first Industrial Park of Science and Technology in Central America. According to a news report recently filed by Fiorella Valle of Guanacaste online news daily Primero en Noticias, the intention to build this park was announced during a business and development forum that took place in the campus of EARTH University in Liber...

Wikimedia Commons Luxury Resort in Guanacaste Concedes Water

Wikimedia Commons For a term of 12 months, an upscale resort in the dry province of Guanacaste will provide some neighboring communities with desperately needed water. The resort in question is the Reserva Conchal, which has ceded rights to a local utility so that water can be extracted from the Nimboyores aquifer located beneath the surface of this private property. An agreement between Re...

Tamarindo Beach Guanacaste Costa Rica Expat Squatters Evicted from Tamarindo Beach Home

Tamarindo Beach A group of foreign squatters who had unlawfully broken into a home located in Tamarindo Beach, province of Guanacaste, were removed under the watchful eye of officers from the Municipal Police of Santa Cruz. The eviction took place on Friday, February 6th, and the squatters were reported to be from various countries, including: The United States, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and the...

Source: Wikimedia Commons 50 Shades of Shady Politics in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Ever since former President Laura Chinchilla was succeeded by President Luis Guillermo Solis, something has happened to all political parties in Costa Rica. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, all political parties in our country are in shambles, and their situation seems to be deteriorating further as time goes by. The latest political party to face a d...

Wikimedia Commons Fiber Optic Internet Service Reaches Guanacaste

Wikimedia Commons Between the months of May and June of 2015, some residents of the Guanacaste region in Costa Rica will be able to enjoy broadband Internet speeds of up to 20 Mbps thanks to a fiber optic cabling project that will be undertaken by the CoopeGuanacaste business consortium. This project is planned to cover the cantonal seats of Nicoya, Filadelfia and Santa Cruz. According to t...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Radical Legislator from Costa Rica Hastily Exits Guanacaste

A polemic representative from the province of Guanacaste before the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica has unceremoniously left his political seat. Many readers of The Costa Rica Star are probably familiar with legislator Ronal Vargas from the Frente Amplio (Broad Front) political party; Mr. Vargas is particularly known for his support of the separatist movements of Scotland in the United Kingdom ...

Source: El Sabanero A New Yoga Shala in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Source: El Sabanero New York, NY (PRWEB) January 21, 2015 - Drishti Yoga Teacher Training today announced that Kurt Reichenberger, owner of El Sabanero Eco Lodge near Tamarindo, Costa Rica has built a brand new yoga shala for their upcoming yoga teacher training in March 2015. For the second year in a row Drishti Yoga Teacher Training announces their Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica will...

Hotel Iguanazul Hotel in Guanacaste Gets Major Upgrade

Hotel Iguanazul Introducing the new Hotel Iguanazul - a truly unique Costa Rican experience Beautifully updated Costa Rican hotel on the Pacific (TRAVPR.COM) CANADA/COSTA RICA - February 2nd, 2015 - The Hotel Iguanazul, a boutique hotel located in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, has recently undergone a wonderful transformation. The upgraded hotel features 24 comfortable guest rooms tha...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Why Are So Many Canadians Drowning in Costa Rica?

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste This past Monday, a retired woman from Montreal and her two-year old grandniece tragically drowned in Playa Santa Teresa, located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. According to the Toronto Sun, Andree Hamel rushed into the surf to save little Jasmine, who was born in Costa Rica; alas, both were caught in the strong undertow produced by dangerous rip current condition...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Boa Constrictor Was Homeless Man’s Pet in Guanacaste

In the coastal town Source: Wikimedia Commons of Playa Sámara, province of Guanacaste, a homeless man was relieved of his pet boa constrictor by officers from Fuerza Publica, Costa Rica's national police force. The act of confiscation was conducted in response to calls from several neighbors in Playa Sámara who were concerned that the large snake could slither away into the community when t...

Source: MSP Tourism Police Increases Vigilance in Guanacaste

Tourism Police Assisting Backpackers. Source: Fuerza Publica Over the last two months, Fuerza Publica officers assigned to the special branch of Tourism Police have been reviewing their operations and strengthening their presence in Guanacaste and other regions of Costa Rica that welcome a high number of visitors during the high season. According to a press release recently published by the...

Source: Cala Luna Guanacaste Hotel Earns Top TripAdvisor Ranking

Source: Cala Luna Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica - January 14, 2015 /MarketersMedia/ --  The online magazine PsychologyToday.com recently featured an article entitled "The importance of vacations to our physical and mental health" written by columnist Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. Dr. Whitbourne writes, "Taking a vacation may be necessary for mental health. The act of taking a vacation or ...

Mel Gibson Learn More About Mel Gibson’s Guanacaste Mansion

Readers of The Costa Rica Star are likely to be familiar with the real estate saga of Hacienda Dorada in Playa Barrigona, province of Guanacaste; after all, the owner of this opulent mansion is none other than Hollywood legend Mel Gibson, who has been trying to sell this particular property over the last few years. It so happens that interest in this property is heating up, and more real estate...

Source: Starwood Guanacaste Hotel Honored Twice at World Travel Awards

Playa Conchal The Westin Golf Resort and Spa in Playa Conchal, province of Guanacaste, has earned the coveted World Travel Awards in two important categories. This grand hotel and upscale golf resort in Costa Rica has been recognized as Mexico & Central America's Leading All Inclusive Resort 2014 as well as Leading Family Resort.   As described by parent company Starwood, &nb...

Source: Fuerza Publica Increased Police Presence in Guanacaste for New Year’s Eve

Source: Fuerza Publica Along with Puntarenas and Limon, Guanacaste is a province in Costa Rica that is known to attract many revelers for New Year’s Eve celebrations. These provinces also happen to be hotspots of disorderly activity and domestic violence that transpire during the festivities, particularly after 10:00 pm on December 31st. For this reason, officers from Fuerza Publica, the natio...

mosquito Chikungunya in Guanacaste Impacts Holiday Celebrations

A surprising, last-minute resolution by the Committee on Traditional Celebrations of the Santa Cruz canton to move the National Folklore Festival is being blamed on politics and the Chikungunya virus. According to Guanacaste news website Primero en Noticias, the hasty resolution consists of moving the fair from Plaza Lopez, also known as Los Mangos, to the fairgrounds, and the reason given by the ...

Source: Facebook Will Britney Spears Get Engaged In Guanacaste, Costa Rica?

Source: Facebook The celebrity and tabloid gossip mill surrounding pop music diva Britney Spears is currently running at full speed as rumors about her possible engagement taking place in Costa Rica over the holidays. The extremely popular musician is reportedly dating Charlie Ebersol, a successful entertainment producer who is the son of a powerful couple in the world of television production...

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...

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