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Photo by Jack Donnelly Legendary Killer Bull of Costa Rica Gets Memorialized

Photo by Jack Donnelly By Jack Donnelly Malacrianza killed two people and is much loved for it. Malacrianza (bad upbringing, badly raised) is Costa Rica’s most famous bull. He killed two of his riders—a huge career boost—during his time on the circuit. He performed for the last time in 2013 and was found dead in his pasture in March of 2015. He came from Hacienda La Nueva Esperanza in...

"Turtle golfina escobilla oaxaca mexico claudio giovenzana 2010" by Claudio Giovenzana - Claudio Giovenzana www.longwalk.it. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - Drone Films Nesting Sea Turtle in Guanacaste, Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Conservationists from the Leatherback Trust, an international non-profit conservation organization that protects leatherback turtles and other sea turtle species from extinction, recently released rare drone footage of a female olive ridley swimming away from a beach in Costa Rica. The nesting event was filmed in Las Baulas National Park, located in the Playa Grande sector of the Guanacaste pro...

Wikimedia Commons Wildfires Consume More Than 1,700 Acres of Costa Rica Forest

Wikimedia Commons In just one week, more than 700 hectares (1,729 acres) of dry tropical forest have been affected by wildfires in the Conservation Area of Guanacaste. Flames have run through three major national parks of Costa Rica: Guanacaste, Santa Rosa and Rincón de la Vieja, and officials are investigating leads that suggest this may have been an act of arson.   According to a ...

Flickr Commons - Activ Solar Renewable Energy Careers at EARTH University Costa Rica

Flickr Commons - Activ Solar SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The first face-to-face module of the distance learning programme Especialización en Energías Renovables took place from the 22nd to the 26th February 2016. The Especialización is offered jointly by the EARTH University in Costa Rica and the German expert in capacity building Renewables Academy AG (RENAC). This one-year inter...

(Facebook/OIJ) Raids, arrests in Costa Rica’s Playas del Coco following mob killing of young man

(Facebook/OIJ) Officers with Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigate Police (OIJ) along with SWAT officers from the Special Tactical Response Service (SERT) conducted a series of raids beginning shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday, making five arrests in the murder of a 21-year-old man who was attacked by a mob of at least 20 people outside the popular Lizard Lounge bar in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste on...

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) Vacationer Brutally Killed by Vengeful Mob in Costa Rica

Illustrative image. (Flickr) A 21-year old man was fatally stabbed while on vacation in Playas del Coco, a seaside vacation hotspot of Guanacaste and one of the Gold Coast beaches of Costa Rica. According to a news segment broadcast by national television network Repretel, the murder took place on Good Friday at a crowded bar.   Agents from the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spa...

Source: XTERAA XTERRA Pan American Tour Kicks Off in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Playa Conchal, Costa Rica (March 17, 2016) – The “Live More” spirit of XTERRA meets the essence of “Pura Vida” in Costa Rica when the first race of the inaugural XTERRA Pan American Tour gets underway on the beautiful beaches of Guanacaste this Sunday, March 20. XTERRA fans from around the world are invited to tune-in to the live coverage of the event starting at 7:30 a.m. local time (also ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Canada’s Sunwing Offers Costa Rica Vacation Discounts

Source: Wikimedia Commons Toronto, ON - March 10, 2016 - To celebrate the change of season, Sunwing Vacations’ latest limited-time promotion is spring loaded with some of the best offers of the year. Available from March 12 to March 18, 2016, customers can take advantage of savings of up to 50% off selected vacation packages across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Along with getti...

Justin Bieber performs in 2011. Wikimedia Commons Monkey Keeper Justin Bieber Invited to Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Justin Bieber performs in 2011. Wikimedia Commons San Jose, Feb 25 (EFE).- A Costa Rican animal rescue center invited singer Justin Bieber to visit it, learn the importance of letting wild animals live free and stop buying monkeys. Vanessa Lizano, who heads the Rescue Center in Tilaran, in northern Costa Rica, told EFE on Thursday that she does not know if Bieber will accept her invitation,...

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) Entire family of five, including three children, found brutally murdered in Guanacaste

Source: Flickr Commons Editor’s note: This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available. UPDATE 1: (Click to read) Suspect in murder of entire family in Guanacaste identified; US man amongst victims Police on Tuesday morning discovered an entire family of five, including three children, brutally murdered in a home in Matapolo de Santa Cruz in Guanaca...

Guanacaste residents have taken to drastic measures to combat road dust in recent years.  In this photo from December 2014, a local resident carries a bucket of molasses and some material with which to spread it on the roadway.  (Photo: Adam Dietrich / La Voz de Guanacaste) Officials promise help to fight road dust in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province

Guanacaste residents have taken to drastic measures to combat road dust in recent years. In this photo from December 2014, a local resident carries a bucket of molasses and some material with which to spread it on the roadway. (Photo: Adam Dietrich / La Voz de Guanacaste) COSTA RICA STAR NEWS BRIEF Costa Rica’s National Roads Authority (CONAVI) said last week that it will soon begin an effo...

(Archive / Stock) Thousands of people are receiving contaminated water in Guanacaste: official

(Archive / Stock) As the result of the over-exploitation of aquifers throughout the northwestern province of Guanacaste, thousands of people are receiving water that has been salinized to the point it is no longer fit for human consumption, Elizabeth Fallas, one of the officials that oversees community water systems known as ASADAs for the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), t...

Wikimedia Commons Bartender Allegedly Sold Cocaine at Backpacker Nightspot

Wikimedia Commons Agents from the Office of Judicial Investigation (Spanish initials: OIJ) arrested a bartender in Playa Sámara, province of Guanacaste, and charged him with dealing drugs at a popular beachfront bar frequented by North American expats, tourists and backpackers. According to a news report published by Andres Rojas Solano of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the arrest took place a...

Yoga beach Yoga Teacher Training Vacations in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Press Advantage - The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy has announced the presence of the Costa Rica School of Yoga on their Playa Samara campus. With this addition students will be able to take part in yoga teacher training. Those who sign up now will be able to enjoy a free week of teacher training in Nicoya. "We have focused on various elements of fitness for some time now and are so happ...

Las Pailas geothermal energy plant at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Costa Rica Costa Rica signs US $500 million financing agreement for renewable energy

(Archive / Illustrative - Pailas geothermal plant) Costa Rica signed a US $500 million agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to finance renewable energy projects and their respective transmission and distribution systems on Friday. Costa Rica’s Ministry of Finance and the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in a statement that the deal consists of two...

Source: Global Journeys Wired for Love: A Special Retreat for Couples in Costa Rica

Source: Global Journeys CALABASAS, CA (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 05, 2016 - The PACT Institute's co-founders, Drs. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, and Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, PhD, have announced four WIRED FOR LOVE and WIRED FOR RELATIONSHIP retreats, to be held in 2016. Like Dr. Stan Tatkin’s books Wired for Love and Wired for Dating, these retreats show participants how to create and maintain relationships tha...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) US tourist falls ill with Zika virus after vacationing in Costa Rica

Zika is spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) A tourist from the United States fell ill with the Zika virus after visiting Costa Rica, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Costa Rican health officials, who are investigating what could be the first case of indigenous transmission of the virus in the country.  The announcement was made by the Minister o...

Piping for geothermal energy snake through dry forest around Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Costa Rica is Part of the International Geothermal Showcase

Miravalles geothermal power plant WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With demand for clean electricity on the rise, international attention has turned to geothermal energy with a highlight being the declaration of 38 countries forming the Global Geothermal Alliance at the Paris Climate Conference. Building on this momentum, the Geothermal Energy Association's (GEA) U.S. and International Geothermal ...

Source: Rythmia Former Ibogaine Resort Now Offers Healing Vacations in Costa Rica

Source: Rythmia The Rythmia Life Advancement Center, a luxury resort in Costa Rica that made headlines in the past due to a controversial therapy that involved the use of a psychedelic substance, has reformed its operations and is now offering holistic vacations. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, Rythmia was mostly known for its use of Ibogaine, a substance extracted from a few...

Source: Four Seasons Costa Rica Guanacaste Pale Ale: A New Craft Beer from Costa Rica

Source: Four Seasons Costa Rica Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, an award winning hillside and beachfront oasis surrounded by lush Costa Rican jungle, has launched its own signature Guanacaste Pale Ale craft beer as a collaborative effort with TreintayCinco Brewery called Four Sins. Made exclusively for the resort, the brew was created to embody the distinct local flavors ...

Source: RythmX Drum Corps Academy Will Tour Costa Rica in January

Source: RythmX DAYTON, OH - In January, world-class instructor Tom Gasparrini of Rhythm X, Bellbrook High School, and the Bluecoats heads to Costa Rica for a whistle-stop tour of the country teaching marching percussion at six local bands and schools. The last stop of the tour will be in Guanacaste with the Marching Band of the Colegio de Bagaces. This whirlwind event will bring the total n...

Wikimedia Commons Planting Fruit Trees in Your Costa Rica Property

Wikimedia Commons One of the joys of purchasing property in Costa Rica is the potential for landowners to plant and care for trees that will bear fruit. According to the real estate professionals at RE/MAX Ocean Surf in Tamarindo Beach, fruit trees are attractive features within listings of farms and single-family homes built on generous plots of land. Listings in the province of Guanacaste...

Source: Nomadic-by-Nature.com The Serene Coves of Nosara in Costa Rica

Source: Nomadic-by-Nature.com By Mike McCaffrey In early June, before the rains bloat the rivers and the roads wash away, when the flame red flowers of the malinche tree fall in halos around their trunks — the olive ridley sea turtles crawl ashore at Ostional beach under the cover of night.  In the mornings, the Guanacaste cowboys create tornadoes of dust with their cattle, but in the after...

Source: Kalia Living Major Resort-Style Residential Community Planned in Guanacaste

Source: Kalia Living ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Elite Alliance, the leader in exchange services for prestigious residence clubs and luxury, professionally managed vacation homes, announced Kalia Living as the newest addition to its growing, international portfolio of vacation destinations. Located in the northwestern region of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Kalia Living's sustainab...

Star triathlete Beth Gerdes and child enjoy a family moment Family-Friendly Triathlon Training in Costa Rica

Star triathlete Beth Gerdes and child enjoy a tender family moment Endurance Sportswire - PLAYA OCOTAL, Guanacaste, Costa Rica—RaceQuest, a travel and event management company focused exclusively on the unique training and travel needs of athletes and their families, announced the addition of champion professional triathletes, Luke McKenzie and Beth Gerdes to the star-studded lineup of the tra...

Source: Wikimedia Commons British Tourist Drowns in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons The body of a tourist from the United Kingdom was recovered from the beach in Playa Matapalo, located in the Carrillo canton of the Guanacaste province, part of the Gold Coast of Costa Rica. The man has been identified by officials as John Clancy, a 70-year old tourist who had checked in at the luxurious Riu Palace hotel a few days before. According to a news repor...

Villa Manzu Hidden and Luxurious: Travel Intel Features Guanacaste Resort

Villa Manzu November 3, 2015 6:41 PM EST - SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/03/15 -- As Europe copes with chaos on its borders and refugees are streaming out of disintegrating Sinai and Red Sea states, travelers to most parts of the world remain undaunted. A recent survey by the Travel Leaders network of travel advisors reveals that despite the instability roiling around the Mediterran...

Source: Pixabay Commons New Report Highlights Costa Rica as a Top Retirement Destination

Source: Flickr San José, Costa Rica - October 19, 2015 /MarketersMedia/ — Americans and Canadians alike are flocking to Costa Rica, and not just to visit. A new, free report at WeLoveCostaRica.com looks into the phenomenon, pointing out in particular what these committed newcomers from the north appreciate most about the country's Papagayo region in the province of Guanacaste. North Americans ...

Playa_Panama_Guanacaste_Costa_Rica Park Rangers in Costa Rica Get Specialized Ecotourism Training

22/09/2015 - Madrid / TRAGsa Press Release -- A total of 51 professionals, all of them technicians and in charge of ecotourism in Wild Protected Areas at Costa Rica’s National Network of Preservation Areas (SINAC) took part in the courses given by professionals from Grupo TRAGSA, and which had as their main goal to strengthen the capabilities and knowledge of the workers from the above institution...

Scuba diving Playas del Coco Beach Diving and Snorkeling in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Since Costa Rica is blessed with a Caribbean coastline, many diving and snorkeling enthusiasts tend to pursue their passion on that side of the country, thereby missing out on the great opportunities located on the opposite side. The northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is home to an underwater paradise, but there are issues with visibility that can alleviated with th...

Source: Fuerza Publica Riot Control Officers Protect Nesting Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

In an effort to prevent interference by awful tourists who have previously disrupted nesting sea turtles in Costa Rica, the Ministry of Public Security (Spanish initials: MSP) has alerted officers from a special police unit to deploy to Playa Ostional, province of Guanacaste, in case they are needed. According to a news report filed by Pablo Rojas of online news daily CRHoy.com, the MSP has rea...

Source: MSP CR Alleged Deer Hunter Arrested in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Source: MSP CR Officers from Fuerza Publica, the national police force of Costa Rica, arrested a man under suspicion of illegal hunting. The incident took place in a dry tropical forest area of Bagaces, in the province of Guanacaste. The suspect has been identified as a Costa Rican man by the last name of Castro. He was approached by officers who were patrolling remote areas where neighbors...

Source: CSMT Renowned Massage Therapy Scholar Will Teach in Guanacaste

Source: CSMT Press Advantage News Release - September 16. 2015 -- The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in Samara, Nicoya, has announced that they will have an award winning instructor joining them on their faculty for part of their fall session. Ruth Werner will be joining the school this fall to assist in educating students of the 2015 Mariposa class. "We're excited to have Ruth join our ...

U.S. Army photograph by Sgt. 1st Class Anna Doo, New Mexico National Guard Public Affairs NCO U.S. Army Medics Train Law Enforcement Officers in Costa Rica

U.S. Army photograph by Sgt. 1st Class Anna Doo, New Mexico National Guard Public Affairs NCO Story by Sergeant First Class Anna Doo of the 200th Public Affairs Detachment, New Mexico National Guard CUAJINIQUIL, Costa Rica - In a place where bicycle-powered transportation is the norm and a hammock sways in the soft breeze at every home, the "Pura Vida" relaxed lifestyle permeates all aspect...

Reserva Conchal Awesomeness Fest Returns to Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Mindvalley Media Announcement – Five years since its inception in 2010, Mindvalley’s Awesomeness Fest returns to where it all started: to magical Costa Rica. The incomparable beauty of its landscape (ranging from tropical forests, mountains with waterfalls to sun-splashed beaches), its perfect climate, and unspoiled nature have made Guanacaste one of the most visited areas in Costa Rica. The...

Source: Wikimedia Commons BREAKING: Body of U.S. Man Recovered at Sea in Costa Rica

Main street through Samara Guanacaste Forensic agents from the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) in Costa Rica are currently investigating the apparent drowning of a man in Playa Samara, one of the Gold Coast beaches of the Guanacaste province. According to a late-night news report published by daily tabloid Diario Extra on Sunday, the preliminary forensic report indica...

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) Missing Canadian Expat Found Dead in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons Four days ago, residents of a small community in the municipality of Nicoya, province of Guanacaste, were concerned about the whereabouts of a 75-year old neighbor, a Canadian expat who lived a serene life in Costa Rica. Yesterday, some of his neighbors decided that it would be prudent to force their way into the small apartment the man rented. Sadly, they found out that...

Scarlet Macaw at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge Off-the-Beaten Path Signature Vacation Packages in Guanacaste

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 17, 2015) - The ideal choice for the would-be adventurer not willing to compromise on comfort, Signature Vacations' new Off the Beaten Path program will offer the perfect balance between eco-adventures and all inclusive relaxation. Combining a stay in one of the tour operator's leading resorts with a series of full or half day excursions, the new vacation concept...

Source: Bue River Resort Horseback Riding and One-Day Tours at Guanacaste Resort

Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica – August 12, 2015 – On the North side of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano national park, right in the mountain rainforest, lies “Heaven on Earth”, also known as The Blue River Resort & Hot Springs and the Blue River Estate. Make no mistake about it, visitors here feel like they are stepping into a page of National Geographic Magazine. In real estate it is said that...

Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. Source: Wikimedia Commons Strange Wave of Suicides by Hanging Strikes Guanacaste

Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. Source: Wikimedia Commons Economic hardship, relationship conflicts and family turmoil led three men from the Santa Cruz, province of Guanacaste, to take their own lives within 24 hours. According to a news report filed by Marco Ureña of Guanacaste online news website Primero en Noticias, all three men chose hanging as their means of suicide.   The first repo...

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