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mosquito Meet the Deadliest Species of Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons The most dangerous organism in Costa Rica is probably not the one you are thinking of. Although in the past few years there have been regional warnings issued to eco-tourists about potential dangers related to sharks, caimans and jaguars, attacks by these species are infrequent, and they are not even close to being the most lethal. The most dangerous organism in Costa...
Drug Rehab Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers in Guanacaste, Costa Rica Drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation can be rewarding in Guanacaste The Pura Vida philosophy and the proclivity of Ticos to enjoy their lives by letting others enjoy theirs is often misconstrued as a hedonistic pursuit. Many tourists arrive in Costa Rica in search of what they define as a good time, which is often a euphemism for getting lost in the throes of liquor and controlled substances ...
Surgery Costa Rica Pre-Op Procedures for Medical Tourists in Costa Rica Modern medicine focuses on planning, management and efficiency just as much as it focuses on science and research. Preoperative (pre-op) procedures are an important part of the surgical spectrum as they allow physicians to efficiently manage the treatment process. How are these pre-op procedures handled prior to the arrival of medical tourists in Costa Rica? In most cases, pre-op procedures are...
Approximate location of the accident. A Girl Dreams of a Home and of Teaching English in Costa Rica Approximate location of the accident. Sensible readers beware: The following story is a weepy. Shirley Torres Garita is a 13-year old girl who lost her legs in a terrible accident involving a truck driver whose blood alcohol level was detected at being over the legal limit. Despite this tragedy and the abject poverty she endures with her six siblings in Pococi, province of Limon, Shirley think...
Long lines at La Caja, but few foreigners Costa Rica’s Public Health Care Not Burdened by Foreigners Long lines at La Caja, but few foreigners A recent study by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Spanish acronym: INEC) reveals that only six percent of all public health care treatments in Costa Rica are provided to foreign patients. This finding dispels the notion that immigrants are a burden on La Caja, Costa Rica's public health care system. In fact, immigrant workers are more ...
Source: Flickr Beaches of Guanacaste Among the Cleanest in Costa Rica Source: Flickr 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 initial...
Source: Getty Commons Where’s the Beef? Economic Vegetarianism in Costa Rica Source: Getty Commons The BBQ grilling season in Costa Rica coincides with the holidays and the beginning of the busy tourist season. Although there has been a recent push towards greater diffusion of outdoor grilling culture in Costa Rica thanks to events sponsored by Weber and the promotion of higher-quality cuts, skyrocketing beef prices are prompting many families in Costa Rica to put away...
Source: Red Cross Costa Rica Red Cross in Costa Rica Ready for Holy Week Source: Red Cross Costa Rica The days between Palm and Easter Sundays are often the busiest of the year for Red Cross rescue brigades in Costa Rica. That is when thousands of people will leave their homes and head to the mountains, the beaches and the countryside. To this end, the Red Cross has deployed 1,200 rescuers in strategic locations during Holy Week, and one particular emergency they w...
Source: Flickr 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...
Child Kidnappings in Playas del Coco Deemed Rumors It was a hoax. 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 ...