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Three Hours of Excellent Kayaking and Snorkeling near Jaco, Costa Rica Standard

The morning spent with Kayak Jaco was a highlight of my month. Guides Wilbur and Jacob taught the group the basics of paddling, with Kayak Jaco’s homemade, bamboo paddles, prior to pushing off for a three-hour journey that exceeded my every expectation! Playa Agujas, the beach of origin, has gorgeous green-blue flat water that begged an invitation. After the guides assisted the five of us into the water, we paddled over to a small cave and tree that rooted in a beachside cliff. They taught us about the hundreds of birds that inhabited the trees. A paddle around the rocks…

In Las Vegas, Costa Rica’s Bryan Vasquez Retains WBA Belt Standard

The first undercard fight of the long-awaited and multimillion dollar rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley featured veteran boxer Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez of Costa Rica, who did not disappoint in his defense of the interim super welterweight title of the World Boxing Association. Tiquito won against Mexican fighter Jose Felix Jr by unanimous decision and proudly remains world champion. Tiquito, who is married to former junior middleweight world champ Hanna Gabriel (also from Costa Rica), showed the sold-out crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas that his 30-plus victories, 17 by means of knockout, demand respect in his…

Costa Rica National Surf Competition set for Santa Teresa on April 26-27 Standard

Santa Teresa’s awesome waves will be in the limelight once again as top Costa Rica surfers roll into town at the end of April for the fifth 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit competition. The COPA Unit tournament will be held April 26 and 27 at the spectacular beach of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, on the southwestern Nicoya Peninsula. Famous for year-round Pacific Coast surf and a friendly, relaxed vibe, Santa Teresa and neighboring Mal Pais attract visitors from all over the world who come to surf, relax, do yoga and enjoy one of Costa Rica’s most stunning tropical beaches. Walking…

Costa Rica Chooses Small, Historic Stadium to Train in Brazil Standard

The National Men’s Football Teams of Costa Rica and Mexico have chosen their respective training facilities ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Although both teams will be hosted by Santos FC, Mexico chose the magnificent Rei Pele (Pele the King) training center, which features a state-of-the-art gym and two modern pitches. Costa Rica, on the other hand, will train in one of the smallest First Division stadiums in Brazil. The legendary Santos Futebol Clube, also known as Peixe, is one of the most respected professional football teams in the world. This is the team where Edson Arantes…

Junior Surfers from Costa Rica Selected for World Championship Standard

The Surfing Federation of Costa Rica recently announced the young members of the National Team that will be traveling to Ecuador to compete in the 2014 World Junior Surfing Championship, organized by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and sponsored by VISSLA, a new brand of surfing and clothing accessories. ISA World Championships are largely considered to be the closest that surfing has to the Olympic Games. According to the official press release by ISA the 2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC) will take place in Salinas, Ecuador from April 5th to April 13th, 2014: This is the 4th…

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…

Ciao Belli! Italy Ends Costa Rica’s U-17 World Cup Hopes Standard

On Tuesday night, tears flowed once again at the Chinese-donated National Stadium in La Sabana Metropolitan Park as the U-17 Women’s National Team of Costa Rica fell to their superior counterparts from Italy. The 0-1 loss marks the end of the line for the young players, who will not be able to advance to the second round of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. For the second game in a row, the Ticas lacked ability to play as a team and relied too heavily on the talent and plethora of skills possessed by 14-year old star Gloriana Villalobos, whose performance…

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,…

Geography Fail: Which Ireland Will Costa Rica Play? Standard

Someone seems to have gotten their Irelands mixed up at the Costa Rican Football Federation (Spanish acronym: FEDEFUTBOL) earlier this week. In announcing an upcoming friendly match for the National Men’s Football Team of Costa Rica, the FEDEFUTBOL website displayed the crest of the Irish Football Association, a regulatory sporting body of Northern Ireland, while making reference to the Republic of Ireland. Could there have been leprechauns at work ahead of Saint Patrick’s Day? As some Irish folk would say, ’twas but a bit of a hash. The problem is that some sports media outlets are now reporting that Costa…

Golf Tournament to Benefit Children in Costa Rica on Saturday Standard

The Costa Rican chapter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is proud to announce the 14th edition of its classic Charitable Golf Tournament. This event has become the main fund raiser to cover the costs of operating and maintaining the Ronald McDonald House in Costa Rica, which opened in 2012. The stroke-play, 18-hole tournament will take place at La Iguana golf course at the Marriott Los Suenos near Jaco Beach. Players can choose from three skill level categories with handicaps ranging between zero and 80 percent. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 6:30 am on Saturday, March 15th. Those…

Marley Cup Surf Competition Arrives in Dominical this Weekend Standard

Costa Rica’s fourth 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit competition is coming March 15 and 16 to the beautiful south Pacific beach of Dominical. The Marley Cup will be held in front of the well-known Tortilla Flats beachfront restaurant and bar at Dominical. The competition is named for principal sponsor House of Marley, which sells earth-friendly products inspired by legendary reggae singer Bob Marley’s vision of “One Love, One World.” The long black volcanic sand beach of Dominical is situated on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, where the coastal and mountain highways meet. Dominical is known for strong, fast,…

TV Broadcasts Lacking During World Cup in Costa Rica Standard

The biggest football event ever organized in Costa Rica will not be broadcast in its entirety by local television stations. TV networks Repretel and Teletica have announced that they will only show a few of the football matches of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will be held at stadiums in Alajuela, Liberia and San Jose. Teletica will carry some of the international matches on Channel 7 and others on its new Teletica Deportes Plus (TD+) specialty channel. Repretel has thus far announced that it will broadcast some games on Channel 4, which is the network’s lowest-rated TV station….

Guanacaste Leads National SUP Circuit in Costa Rica Standard

Geovanny Vega Espinoza from Guanacaste won his second consecutive title after dominating in the 4.5 and 9 kilometer stand-up paddle (SUP) board races in Tamarindo Beach. Some of the best SUP action in Costa Rica takes place during the SurfTech 2014 Stand-Up Paddle National Circuit, and the most exciting races typically take place in Guanacaste, which is on its way to becoming a top world destination for SUP athletes and enthusiasts. Saturday, February 22nd was the first time for Tamarindo Beach as a host spot of the SurfTech Stand-Up Paddle National Circuit of Costa Rica. The Tamarindo community has been…

Striker Alvaro Saborio Silences Haters in Costa Rica Standard

Hello haters. It’s time to put down those frosty bottles of Haterade and sing a song that you should have learned back in October when the National Football Team of Costa Rica played the National Football Team of Mexico and won the final qualifier match before the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In case you have forgotten, the lyrics below should be sung to the tune of the nursery rhyme “London Bridge is Falling Down:” Saborio scored-a-goal, Scored-a-goal, Scored-a-goal, Saborio scored-a-goal, Sa-bo-rio We have the dedicated fans of the Real Salt Lake (RSL) team of Major League Soccer in…

Stadium in Guanacaste is the Brightest in Costa Rica Standard

The Edgardo Baltodano Briceno football stadium in Liberia, province of Guanacaste, is now ready to make Costa Rica the proud host of the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Stadium staff recently announced that they have completed putting the final touches on the illumination system for night matches, which will actually exceed FIFA requirements and thus become the brightest football field in Costa Rica. According to Fiorella Masis of national newspaper La Nacion, the football stadium in Liberia is ready to welcome the U-17 National Women’s Teams of Ghana and North Korea as they play their first match, followed by…

Kayaking in Costa Rica: Great Exercise and Learning Opportunity Standard

Exploring Costa Rica by kayak is a fun way to enjoy nature and spot wildlife in a myriad of different settings. Costa Rica counts close to 800 miles of ocean coastline between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, along with hundreds of rivers and estuaries, and several lakes – all full of kayaking possibilities. Kayaking is good exercise, and you can work on your tan at the same time! Oftentimes, kayaking trips include other activities like snorkeling, wildlife spotting or trail walking. You can easily find kayaking tours in Costa Rica for both experienced and inexperienced kayakers; they are great family…

The Gruesome Murder of a Football Manager in Guanacaste Standard

A mystery surrounds the discovery of the lifeless body of Julio Cesar Sotela Canales, a Guanacaste native known as an athlete, entrepreneur and former owner of the Liberia Mia football team. The late Mr. Sotela was found on the banks of the Colorado River, apparently the victim of a brutal beating that has shocked football fans in Guanacaste and across Costa Rica. When employees and groundskeepers of the Rancho Curubande recreational farm found Mr. Sotela as they walked near the river, he had already passed. His vehicle was found a few kilometers away in Barrio Nazareth. Officers from the Liberia…

Auto Racing in Costa Rica Moves to Guanacaste Standard

Residents of Guanacaste, start your engines. The loud roar you hear is the sound of Costa Rica’s future racetrack at Finca La Ponderosa in Bagaces, about 24 kilometers away from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia (LIR). According to a recent news article by Ariel Chaves Gonzalez of Diario Extra, racing could begin later this year. It has been a few months since Costa Rica’s days of thunder were silenced with the sale of the legendary La Guacima racetrack in the province of Alajuela to media leviathan Grupo Nacion. Although the new owners of the speedway have promised that…

Gilbert Brown Scores Surfing Victory in Guanacaste Standard

Playa Guiones in Guanacaste is often considered to have the most consistent surf conditions in Costa Rica; however, that was not the case last week as the 2014 Olympus National Circuit rolled into town. Conditions were sloppy and less than ideal for a high-caliber surfing tournament, particularly for Caribbean power surfers such as Gilbert Brown. Notwithstanding, Brown’s experience prevailed in defending his supremacy of the Creatures Cup title. This is what competing surfers had to deal with at Playa Guiones: Weak sets no higher than two feet and a considerable headwind that would have been more suitable at a kiteboarding…

Professional Golf Instruction for Children in Costa Rica Standard

In late December, the Costa Rica Golf Federation held a special event at the Cariari Country Club. More than 30 golf instructors received special training to achieve the standards of the United States Kids’ Golf Certified Instructor Seminar. The ultimate goal of this training is to grow the sport at the junior level in Costa Rica and eventually become an official destination of the U.S. Kids’ Golf Tour. According to a press release recently published by World Golf, a website managed by the Golf Channel, the Costa Rica Golf Federation is looking to strengthen the sport in the country by…

Football Hooliganism on the Rise in Costa Rica Standard

Various arrests and investigations following a melee during a Sunday match between First Division teams Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (LDA, the current champion) and Club Sport Cartagines (CSC) are calling attention to a rising trend of football hooliganism in Costa Rica and the likelihood that violence and criminality could escalate to levels seen in Argentina, Britain and Russia. At the “Fello” Meza stadium in the former capital city of Costa Rica, members of “La Doce,” the LDA organized fan club, showed up in significant numbers despite this being an away game. The match was crucial for both teams as LDA wants…

Playa Guiones, Costa Rica is Top World Travel Destination for Great Surf Standard

The waves were big, and so were the national surfers who came to Playa Guiones at Nosara, Costa Rica last weekend for the third competition in the 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit. Costa Rican pros like Gilberth Brown, Jair Perez, Jason Torres, Carlos Munoz, Lisbeth Vindas and Nataly Bernold descended on the top Costa Rica surfing beach for the tournament, held Feb. 8-9. Munoz was just returning from Oahu, Hawaii, where he made it to the fourth round of the Volcom Pipe Pro 2014 international competition the week before. Jair Perez is the reigning Costa Rican national men’s surf champion….

Colibri Tennis Club Being Planned for Nosara Costa Rica Standard

For a couple of years now, the sport of tennis has been making inroads in the Nosara community, and now a couple of developers are stepping it up a notch, although not everyone is happy to see courts being built in the heart of Playa Guiones. In Esperanza, in Villas Esperanza, known as the 506 tennis center, Sam Carver is developing a tennis community with 12 homes planned. He believes that successful developments provide added value to clients and sees tennis as just that—added value for those considering Nosara as a vacation destination or as a place to make home….

National Rugby Team of Costa Rica Makes the Olympics Standard

In a heart-stopping final qualification game, the National Men’s Rubgy Team of Costa Rica was able to secure two tickets: One to Mexico for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz later this year, and the other to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The rugby sevens match between the national teams of Costa Rica and Guatemala ended in a tie with each team scoring 12 goals each. The teams were also evenly matched in tournament points, which made it necessary to define the Veracruz 2014 spot by calculating goals scored. In this regard, Costa…

Guanacaste Surfing Circuit Heats Up in Costa Rica Standard

Once again, perseverance paid off for up-and-coming surfer Maikol Torres from Costa Rica, who recently won the Reserva Conchal Tiki Hut Cup. The cup was disputed as the third event of the brand-new Guanacaste Pro Surfing Circuit. Conditions were excellent at the gorgeous Playa Marbella thanks to an inland breeze that shaped the swell into glassy 1.5 to 2 meter sets and quite a few tubes. The Costa Rica Star has been following Maikol Torres since 2012. This young surfer is rising to the stature of local stars such as Jair Perez and Carlos Munoz. His first professional circuit victory…

Explore the Underwater Kingdom with Freedom Diving in Playa Samara Standard

He takes me by the hand, guiding me gently through the water so I feel safe and I’m breathing fairly calmly. He points out a puffer fish, trying to catch it’s tail as it speeds away. Then he reaches down to pick up a bright blue starfish and hands it to me. Later he hands me a conch shell and a red sea snail peaks out timidly. I don’t feel like the Little Mermaid exactly; after all, I’ve got a tank of oxygen strapped to my back, I’m breathing through my mouth and I have two fins on my feet…

Guanacaste Could Soon Return to First Division Football Standard

The 21st century has proven difficult for professional football development in Guanacaste, but things seem to be improving for the northern province. Two local teams from the province are among the best performers in the development football league of Costa Rica, previously known as the Second Division. Should the Guanacaste Sporting Association or the Liberia Municipal Team continue playing as they have this season, they may join the ranks of teams such as Deportivo Saprissa and the current champion Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (LDA). After four matches played in the current tournament season, Guanacaste is undefeated and has come away victorious…

Nicoya Bikers to Compete at 6th Annual BMX War Jam Standard

Bicycle sports lovers will have the chance to see high-level athletes competing in the BMX War Jam 2014, the sixth annual event, which will take place in Nicoya’s multisport complex on Sunday, February 9 beginning at 9 a.m. Luis Elias Benavides, the event’s organizer, said that this year the competition will be very good, as there will be at least 50 participants from Canada, Chile, the United States, Mexico and Venezuela, in addition to athletes from other parts of the country, and of course competitors from Nicoya. Benavides explained that Jean-William Prevost, one of the best bikers in the world…

Guanacaste is a Popular World Destination for Endurance Races Standard

Rincon de la Vieja Challenge mountain bike race

Costa Rica over the past decade has become a magnet for high-endurance extreme sports, adventure racing and triathlons. Elite international athletes travel to the small Central American nation several times a year for sport competitions. One of the most popular zones for extreme endurance events is the north Pacific Guanacaste region. In early March 2014, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) will hold the 2014 Pan American Cup at Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. Also in March, the XTERRA off-road triathlon race comes to Costa Rica, staging their major international competition March 29 and 30 at Playa Conchal in Guanacaste. Costa Rica’s…

Records Shattered at 2014 Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Standard

If this doesn’t make all of you avid saltwater anglers scurry to get on the next plane to Costa Rica, we don’t know what will! Los Sueños Marina, reputedly the finest marina on the Pacific coast south of the US border (Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and Viña del Mar in Chile might beg to differ, but who cares), is hosting the First Annual Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown tournament. There are three legs, each with three fishing days: Leg I began January 23; Leg II: February 26-March 1; and Leg III: March 12-15. The Triple Crown is the melding…