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Beaches of Guanacaste Among the Cleanest in Costa Rica Standard

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Of the three coastal provinces of Costa Rica, Guanacaste has the highest number of beaches that proudly display the Blue Ecological Flag. According to online news site Primero en Noticias, 51 beaches in Guanacaste meet the strict environmental conditions needed to receive the blue flags awarded by the Ministry of the Environment and the National Board of Tourism (Spanish initials: ICT). These 51 beaches in Guanacaste are part of the 107 that the ICT deemed worthy of being recognized with the Blue Ecological Flag. The flags have become highly sought-after by the different coastal communities since the ICT incorporates them…

What to do in Guanacaste? Get the One Day Pass at Hacienda Guachipelin Standard

Some of the best things to do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica are found at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. The dilemma actually is trying to decide what to do, since there is so much from which to choose. That’s why the One Day Adventure Pass or the One Day Nature Pass really is your best bet. If you stay at this Rincon de la Vieja hotel for several days, you can go for both! You don’t necessarily have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the One Day Pass either – you can be a day tour visitor. An extravagant buffet lunch…

Nicaragua Canal Project Moving Away from Costa Rica, For Now Standard

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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 Nicaragua Canal is certainly big news for Costa Rica, Guanacaste and the rest of the world. In recent weeks, National Geographic, New Scientist, La Prensa, Estrategia y Negocios, and even The New Yorker have dedicated considerable journalistic resources to the unwieldy project. Depending…

Now is the time for Hot Costa Rica Travel Deals Standard

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 Costa Rica vacation package of a romantic getaway for two to Cala Luna boutique hotel at Tamarindo Beach. The Cala Luna Romantic Beach Package includes: three nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room with a romantic welcome of sparkling wine and strawberries upon arrival. You also will receive daily breakfast, a romantic candlelight dinner for two, a fun sunset catamaran cruise, and a private one-hour surf lesson for two persons on…

Top tours in Nosara, Costa Rica Standard

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 tours to do as well on this string of beautiful beaches along the Nicoya Peninsula. Here are five fun tours to try during your visit to Nosara and Playa Guiones: 1. Miss Sky Canopy Tour Tours: 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. When you vacation in Costa Rica you have to try a canopy zip-line tour. The Miss Sky Canopy Tour by Nosara is one of the most breathtaking. You’ll…

The Annual Good Friday Cayman Hunt in Guanacaste Standard

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. To this end, members of the community got together on Palm Sunday to start construction of a large artificial pond where they will keep the cayman for several hours before taking it back to its habitat. This annual tradition, which dates back to pre-Columbian times, has been forced to adjust to the 21st century. Located in the district of Bolson, the small agricultural town of Ortega is part of the…

Shark Warning for Gold Coast Beaches in Guanacaste Standard

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 of Costa Rica’s Gold Coast in the province of Guanacaste. Although sharks are known to swim in the “Barco Hundido” (Shipwreck Alley) underwater spot between Langosta and Avellanas, they seem to be coming closer to shore to feed during high tide. According to Angie Guerreo of online news daily CRHoy.com, video of a shark calmly swimming just meters from the shoreline located right between Avellanas and Langosta is attaining viral…

The Most Dangerous Beaches in Costa Rica Standard

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 inform the public about the potential dangers they may run into at more than a hundred beaches in both Pacific and Caribbean coasts. As of 2011, oceanographers and researchers from UNA and the International Oceanic Institute…

Documenting the Rich Biodiversity of Songbirds in Costa Rica Standard

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 robin) mates and breeds, which means that males will melodically sing from before sunrise until after sundown. The yiguirro is just one of dozens of songbirds that make Costa Rica their permanent or migratory habitat, which makes this country very symphonic in terms of birdsong. Costa Rica is a bird watcher’s paradise, specially for those who enjoy spotting songbirds. In Costa Rica, the adorable yiguirro is a national symbol and…

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

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 the nocturnal behavior of species. It all started at the Corcovado National Park, and the project has recently extended to Barbilla, Santa Rosa and Tortuguero. The project has thus far revealed very interesting facts about what grison, jaguars and bush hogs do after the sun goes down in Costa Rica. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, we know from these night-vision cameras that jaguars feast on sea turtles…

Child Kidnappings in Playas del Coco Deemed Rumors Standard

A scary Internet hoax fueled by the flames of social media in Costa Rica prompted neighbors of Playas del Coco and other communities in Guanacaste to hide their children and ask a television network to investigate the ghastly rumors. What started as a warning to locals and expats to look out for kidnappers targeting children in order to harvest kidneys and other vital organs was eventually dismissed by a police commander as a plate of creepypasta with hysteria on the side. As reported by Primero en Noticias, an online news daily focused on Guanacaste, terrified neighbors of Filadelfia, Liberia, Playas…

From Russia With Love: Costa Rica Seeks More Tourists Standard

Добро пожаловать! The preceding Russian expression, which is often pseudo-phonetically written as dobro pozhalovat, means “Welcome!” When properly spoken, it sounds warm and inviting, and it is an expression that the tourism industry of Costa Rica should be practicing now. According to Marvin Barquero of national newspaper La Nacion, Russian passport holders will soon be able to visit our country without a visa. Around the same time Russian soldiers were amassing forces in Crimea and along the Ukraine border, the Board of Tourism (Spanish initials: ICT) was enticing tourists from the Russian Federation to visit Costa Rica and learn more…

This is the Smartphone Charger You Need in Guanacaste Standard

A few days ago, the Costa Rica Star published an article about the CAT B15, an ultra-rugged smartphone made by Caterpillar that seems to have been custom-made for the active lifestyle of many expats and tourists in Guanacaste. Although the CAT B15′s battery offers an astonishing 16 hours of talk time; this feature can be extended with the Freecharge 12-volt mobile device charger, which generates power via a hand-crank. More than 80 percent of the electricity generated in Costa Rica comes from hydroelectric sources. This is great from an environmental perspective, but it becomes a bit of a problem when…

New Tour Explores Cultural History of Guanacaste at Rincon de la Vieja Standard

Not much is known about the first native peoples to live near the massive Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province. A new archaeology tour at the area’s eco-lodge Hacienda Guachipelin will help shed some light on the mysteries of these indigenous ancestors of Costa Rica. “We’re rescuing the cultural traditions of Guanacaste,” said Fernando Camacho Mora, archaeologist in charge of the project. In about 900 AD, a tribe known as the Chorotegas migrated south from Mexico through Nicaragua to Guanacaste, explained Camacho. They lived in places along the Pacific Coast from Salinas Bay south to the…

Guanacaste Signs Agreement to Generate More Clean Energy Standard

The Co-Op for Rural Electrification in Guanacaste, known as CoopeGuanacaste, recently signed an agreement with the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (Spanish initials: ICE) that guarantees investment in, and development of, clean energy projects such as wind farms and hydroelectric plants. The agreement also calls for research into other renewable energy sources in the most prosperous province of Costa Rica. In 2013, the electrical grid coverage in Costa Rica reached 99.6 percent of households, which makes this country the most electrified in Latin America. By virtual of her riparian geography, Costa Rica also manages to produce nearly 80 percent of…

Why Costa Rica is Not the Best Setting for Jurassic Park Standard

Fans of the Jurassic Park universe -created by the late Michael Chrichton- were ecstatic to learn that the production team of the upcoming sequel Jurassic World recently placed a casting call for extras in New Orleans. Many people know that the original Jurassic Park is located in the fictional Isla Nublar of Costa Rica, and some footage of the original 2001 movie was filmed here. What many people do not know, however, is that dinosaurs never roamed Costa Rica. This is what The Times-Picayune of Louisiana reports about the long-awaited fourth Jurassic sequel: The “Jurassic Park” sequel “Jurassic World” is…

Costa Rica is the Land of Viral Videos Standard

Mountains, active volcanoes, beaches, lagoons, indigenous people, tourists, locals, Guanacaste… In less than four minutes, filmmaker Patrick Pearson shows viewers the many facets of Costa Rica in a video that has achieved massive viral status across several online social networks. The short film, hosted on Vimeo, has garnered thousands of views and positive comments in just one week, and it is just one of the many viral videos produced in Costa Rica. The video is titled “Pureza. Espiritu. Vida.” (Purity. Spirit. Life.). According to Carolina Ruiz Vega of business weekly El Financiero, this is the third short film produced by…

Aerospace Invention from Costa Rica Appears in Sci-Fi Novel Standard

As NASA Hall of Fame astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz was recently being honored with the Buzz Aldrin Quadrennial Space Award in New York City, an author in the United States was accumulating accolades for his science fiction novel about a botanist stranded in Mars. The engine, so to speak, that propels Andy Weir’s novel The Martian is VASIMR, the revolutionary space propulsion system partly developed in Costa Rica under the direction of Mr. Chang Diaz. Aerospace luminaries such as Stephen Hawking, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, and space cartographer Maria Zuber were also honored at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner. Mars…

Troubled Bus Line in Guanacaste Could Lose Operational Permit Standard

The bus line once known as Transportes La Pampa, which has been serving passengers in Costa Rica since the 1950s, is facing serious accusations by investigative journalists and government agencies. The allegations are strong: Unpaid salaries, delinquent obligations with La Caja dating back to the 20th century, antitrust violations, inciting bribes, fare gouging, and more. Should these accusations remain unsolved by September, this Guanacaste company could be forced to close. TRALAPA is known by surfers, backpackers, migrant workers, expats, tourists, and locals alike as one of the most popular bus lines connecting several communities in Guanacaste with San Jose. It…

Major Mobile Data and Voice Outages Planned in Costa Rica Standard

The communities of Nuevo Arenal as well as Quebrada Grande, San Ramon, and Solania of Tilaran are among the Guanacaste communities that will be affected by suspension of Kolbi wireless services provided by ICE, the former communications monopoly of Costa Rica, during the nights of March 25th and 26th. Nationwide outages are planned during the 26th and 27th of March from about 10:00 pm to 10:00 am. As part of its transition to 4G wireless networks in some areas of the country, ICE foresees suspension of its services for periods that may last between 10 minutes and several hours starting…

Yoga and Surfing are top Draws at Nosara, Costa Rica Standard

One of the most well-known landmarks at Nosara, Costa Rica is the Nosara Yoga Institute (NYI). People come from all over the world for the yoga teacher training and yoga classes at the internationally-renowned center. Opened in 1994 by founders Don and Amba Stapleton, NYI is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Starting in the 1970s, pioneering expats from the U.S. began trickling into the beaches of Nosara, most settling in the beautiful, broad horseshoe-shaped bay of Playa Guiones. They came to “get away from it all”, to surf and seek a healthier and more peaceful lifestyle. Yoga was a…

Childhood Memory Leads to Amazing Sensoria Eco-tour in Guanacaste Standard

When Fernando Madrigal was a young boy growing up in Costa Rica, the place that gave him the most happiness was his grandparents’ farm – called Finca La Troya in the Orosi Valley of Cartago. “I spent practically all of my childhood and youth on this farm until my grandparents sold it,” reflected Madrigal. “I remember that La Troya was a magical place. There was a place at the top of the farm where there was a mountain with primary forest. My uncle, Rodrigo Madrigal Montealegre, would take me, my brother and my cousins walking there. The forest was full…

Costa Rica Has Arrived in Disneyland By Way of Starbucks Standard

The next time you are in Southern California and in urgent need of a shot of Costa Rica, you may want to head to Anaheim -specifically Downtown Disneyland. Once you are properly on Mickey Mouse property, look for the brand-new Starbucks Coffee location on the east side, go inside, find the Clover bar and look above: A giant electronic display will show you a digital photo montage and videos of coffee growing in Costa Rica at Starbucks’ own agronomy center on the skirts of the Poas volcano. According to Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer at Mouse Planet, a self-described consumer’s guide…

4th Annual Ruta la Paz Race to Benefit Nonprofit Alliance APEGUA Standard

Flamingo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica: APEGUA (the Alliance for Progress of Education in Guanacaste) will be hosting a 5k/10k race on Saturday, May 3rd along the beautiful Guanacaste coastline. This popular annual event will see some changes in its fourth edition, including a new location (the race route will now span from Flamingo to Playa Potrero) and a new date. This year’s race, which is being organized by the renowned sporting event company Global Sportx Group, is being sponsored by our community partners Sugar Beach Hotel and Blue Water Properties Costa Rica. More than 750 runners from all over Costa Rica…

Paradizio in Guanacaste: Affordable Condos in Costa Rica Standard

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica. March 17, 2014 – The Paradizio condominium developers are excited to announce the debut of their new website and virtual sales office for prospective buyers looking for stylish residential properties in Costa Rica’s Gold Coast. Prospective buyers are invited to review the website and become familiar with everything that Paradizio, Guanacaste and Playas del Coco have to offer. There are just 22 condominium units at Paradizio, and developers have already seen plenty of interest by locals and seasonal residents of Playas del Coco. It is easy to understand why: Over the last two years, this…

Smooth Debut of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica Standard

With international matches played in Guanacaste, San Jose and Alajuela on Saturday and Sunday, Costa Rica has thus far proven to be a worthy and gracious host of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Football fans around the world are enjoying the exciting matches and locals are finding out that great football is not limited to First Division and Men’s National Team play. “These girls can really play” The above has been the assessment of many football fans and even veteran game broadcasters in Costa Rica who had never before provided play-by-play or color commentary with women on the pitch,…

Rainwater Harvesting Could Solve Water Issues in Guanacaste Standard

As the high tourist season approaches its apex in Costa Rica, water shortages in Guanacaste are becoming more frequent. Waking up to hear the dismal gurgling sound of a faucet running dry is something that many residents of Guanacaste are currently dealing with. The situation should improve once the green (rainy) season begins, which would be a perfect time to explore rainwater harvesting options. It was about two decades ago when dot-com millionaires from the United States discovered Guanacaste, which back then was known as the “forgotten province” of Costa Rica. These days, Guanacaste is home to lavish tourist resorts,…

Exciting Whitewater Rafting at Arenal Volcano in Guanacaste Standard

The impressive Arenal Volcano is at the top of everyone’s list of places to visit in Costa Rica. The spectacular rainforest around the live volcano, the area’s easy accessibility, and huge abundance of outdoor adventures make it a top place to visit in Guanacaste. Costa Rica’s whitewater rafting fame includes the beautiful rivers of the Arenal area – the Balsa, Toro and Penas Blancas rivers. The best thing about whitewater rafting in Costa Rica is that you can do it all year long! In the dry summer season, splashing down a cool rainforest river is wonderfully refreshing. In the rainy…

Caterpillar B15 Smartphone: Tough as Nails, Perfect for Guanacaste Standard

People love Guanacaste for dozens of reasons, and one of the reasons most often mentioned by adventuresome tourists and expats is the wide range of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in the province. Surfing, horseback riding, diving, hiking, stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding, mountain bike riding, kite boarding… the list goes on. Guanacaste is the most active and exciting province of Costa Rica, and now visitors and residents have a smartphone made by Caterpillar that can actually keep up with their lifestyle. Caterpillar, more commonly referred to as CAT, is known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy-duty…

Sour Grapes: Fruit Peddler Kills Boss in Guanacaste Standard

A man suspected of stabbing his former employer to death after a disagreement is now in custody after he turned himself in at a police station in Carrillo, province of Guanacaste. The suspect, a fruit and vegetable peddler whose last name is Scott, was reportedly extremely angry after his demands for severance pay and aguinaldo (the mandatory holiday bonus in Costa Rica) fell on deaf ears. Mario Villarevia Ledezma was 65 years old when he was literally stabbed in the back by the former employee whom he had helped get back on his feet. According to a report filed by…