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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 ...
Source: Ministry of Public Security Alleged Drug Smuggling Aircraft Crashes in Guanacaste (UPDATE) Source: Ministry of Public Security Officers assigned to the Canas cantonal detachment of Fuerza Publica, the national police force of Costa Rica, rushed to the scene of a reported aircraft that crashed in Guanacaste on Sunday afternoon. Initial reports and pictures of the aviation accident were posted by Minister of Public Safety Celso Gamboa Sanchez on his Twitter feed. Further reporting by ...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Nicaragua Canal Project Moving Away from Costa Rica, For Now Part of the San Juan River 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 project, which appears to moving away from the San Juan River and Costa Rica's northern border. However, some analysts believe that the move may be temporary. The Nica...
Fuerza Publica Foreigners from Canada and U.S. Detained for Drug Crimes   The crackdown on drug-related offenses in Costa Rica intensified in Guanacaste from January to August of 2014. According to official statistics published by the Ministry of Public Security (Spanish initials: MSP), 233 foreigners have been arrested thus far this year for violations of the Law on Controlled Substances. The majority of those arrested are Nicaraguan and Colombian immigrants,...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Don’t Cry for Me, Scotland: Guanacaste Could be Next   Source: Wikimedia Commons Independence may have been averted in Scotland, but the polling results of the historic referendum to separate the country from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are inspiring and motivating secession movements around the world. From Flanders to Texas and from Okinawa to the Basque Country, people who support their region's independenc...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Retired U.S. Expat Dies While Surfing in Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons A surfer in Playa Avellanas, province of Guanacaste, tragically passed away yesterday despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts that lasted more than 30 minutes. National newspaper La Nacion identified the dearly departed as Francis Gianvalbo of the United States, who had reportedly begun to enjoy his retirement in Costa Rica only three months ago. The re...
Costa Rica Beach The Most Dangerous Beaches in Costa Rica Source: Flickr 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 those whose beach vacations turn fatal is also on the rise. Since 2009, researchers from the National University of Costa Rica (Spanish initials: UNA) have been working on a comprehensive risk assessment study to...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Luxury Services: Business Opportunity for Expats in Costa Rica?   Source: Wikimedia Commons Specialized housekeeping and nanny services, on-call chefs who cook on demand at the residences of their clients, limousine transport, and personalized security are some of the luxury services that are going through a burgeoning phase and could see a brighter future in Costa Rica. To a certain extent, these services could be offered by expats who have not on...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Liquor-Free Towns During Independence Day in Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons For many people in Costa Rica, celebrating Independence Day means enjoying parades, picnics and a few ice-cold bottles of Imperial with neighbors at the local bar. Notwithstanding, not all municipalities share the same patriotic standpoint, and some municipalities believe that there is no place for booze during Independence Day celebrations. As a result, some towns in...
Source: MSP Facebook Smuggler’s Blues in Costa Rica Source: MSP Facebook The illegal importation of goods into Costa Rica has been keeping law enforcement agencies on their toes over the last few years. Drug trafficking is but a tiny portion of the vast and flourishing smuggling realm in Costa Rica, which has grown to include over-the-counter and prescription medications, designer clothing, premium liquor, handcrafts, herbal remedies, cows, and...