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Surf School in Costa Rica Announces Conservation Contest Ecology Nature,Surfing

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PRWEB.COM NewswireCosta Rica (PRWEB) October 02, 2014 – Bodhi Surf, the leading Costa Rican yoga and surf retreat, is proud to announce the start of their second annual My Ocean Guardian Journey Competition. The goal of the contest is to raise awareness of ocean conservation needs while encouraging a proactive approach to the problems by generating innovative ideas and action plans. With regard to this contest, social entrepreneur and Bodhi Surf founder Travis Bays stated:   “As an organization that relies on the majesty of the ocean for its inspiration and enjoyment, this initiative is near and dear to our heart. If…

Playas del Coco Offers Great Real Estate in Costa Rica Real Estate

Playas del Coco Real Estate

The housing market in Costa Rica has been picking up steam in 2014, particularly in the Central Valley and the sprawling Greater San Jose Metropolitan Area (Spanish initials: GAM). The real estate sector, both commercial and residential, enjoyed strong performance in the bottom half of 2013, and the rising middle class seems to be in a hurry to own a piece of the GAM. This urgency is leaving the door wide open in smaller markets such as Playas del Coco in the province of Guanacaste. As we head into the green (rainy) season in Costa Rica, a marked contrast in…

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers in Guanacaste, Costa Rica Guanacaste,Health

Drug Rehab

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 while ignoring personal responsibilities. This is not, however, always the case. Many visitors arrive in Costa Rica with a specific goal: To get their addictions under control and get their lives back. To this end, private substance abuse rehabilitation centers in regions such…

How to Avoid Personal Banking Disasters in Costa Rica Business,Investments,Living in Costa Rica

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Personal banking at the large state-sponsored institutions in Costa Rica is not for the squeamish. There are many horror stories among expatriates about frozen funds, incorrect account information, blocked debit cards, lost term deposits, excessive red tape, etc. Most of the time, these problems can be avoided in the first place with the assistance of a bilingual account executive who really cares. Asdrubal Zamora of credit union COOPENAE tells us more about this: About 30 years ago, I remember going to a state-sponsored bank and standing in line for over an hour. More than 15 years later, I returned to…

Costa Rica National Surf Competition set for Santa Teresa on April 26-27 Costa Rica News,Dominical,Montezuma, Mal Pais,Surfing

Surf competition Santa Teresa 2014

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…

Looking for the “Wild” Costa Rica? Visit the Osa Peninsula! Costa Rica News,Ecology Nature,Ecotourism,Osa Peninsula

For me, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most worthwhile places to visit in Costa Rica. The small stretch of remote rugged jungle in the southwestern corner of the country, bounded by the deep blue Pacific Ocean to the west and the placid Golfo Dulce to the east, is renowned by scientists, explorers and nature lovers as an astounding paradise. Covering an area of 700 square miles, this last remaining stretch of tropical humid rainforest in Costa Rica is estimated to hold 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity. The natural report card is impressive: * More than 700 species of…

Jaco Canopy Tour, Where Ziplining, Jungle and Beach Collide in Costa Rica Jaco,La Fortuna Arenal,Monteverde,Montezuma, Mal Pais,Things to Do,Tours

I had zip lined three times before I hiked up the gorgeous trail to the first platform of the fourteen offered by Jaco Canopy. Once in Montezuma, Arenal, and Monteverde. The views from the Jaco Canopy platforms are hard to top. It’s difficult to choose what to focus on. The emerald green offered by the surrounding jungle, the sapphire blue ocean, glowing below, or the metallic blue morpho butterflies that flittered around us. The guides were kind, playful, and professional. Ian, was a gentle spirit that taught me about the toucans that we observed, the poisonous caterpillars, pot belly trees…

Three Forthright Ways to Invest in Costa Rica Costa Rica News,Investments

Invest in Costa Rica

When it comes to investing in Costa Rica, foreigners are usually at a disadvantage: They are often targeted by dubious investment schemes involving real estate, precious metals, agricultural commodities, wagers, and other high-risk and downright shady proposals. What makes this situation even more deplorable is that those who perpetrate investment scams against expats are often their compatriots. COOPENAE, a powerful credit union with branches across Costa Rica, has been attracting expats over the last few years with frank and plainspoken investment advice and superb customer service. This highly-rated financial institution draws strength on the basis of its roots as the…

15 Years of Costa Rica Adventures is a Dream Come True Costa Rica News,Tours,Vacations

When Massi Devoto used to guide small groups around Costa Rica, he noticed that out of all of the experiences the tourists shared, the ones they enjoyed and talked about the most were the simplest. Buying tropical fruits at a roadside stand. Watching a monkey in a tree. Meeting friendly folk in a rural town. Walking through the rainforest. The realization led him to start his own tour company in 1999 with his associate, Ronald Bottger. Their goal was to combine adventure and the natural attractions of Costa Rica with the cultural experience of meeting the friendly, happy people for…

This is the Smartphone Charger You Need in Guanacaste Costa Rica News,Guanacaste,Technology News

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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…

Hotel Le Caméléon Opens New Beachfront Club on Caribbean Costa Rica News,Hotels, Resorts, Villas,Puerto Viejo Caribbean

New beginnings are old hat at upscale Hotel Le Caméléon in Costa Rica, where their motto is “Every day is a new day”. The Costa Rica boutique hotel on the southern Caribbean Coast, that changes the color of its décor daily like a chameleon, is marking its fifth anniversary year with the opening of its new La Sula Sea Lounge on the beach at Playa Cocles. A vivacious opening party will be held on Sunday, March 30, from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the La Sula Sea Lounge, across the main road from Hotel Le Caméléon, just south of Puerto…

New Tour Explores Cultural History of Guanacaste at Rincon de la Vieja Costa Rica News,Culture,History

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…

How Costa Rica Became a Top Destination for Dental Tourism Healthcare,Medical Tourism

Although medical tourism in Costa Rica is known to be mostly a 21st century development, dental patients from North America and Europe have been coming here for decades for implants, general dentistry, oral surgery, cosmetic procedures, and more. In fact, a 2006 research study by the Department of Geography at the University of Kansas determined that dentistry, and dental implants in particular are the most common procedures sought by health tourists in Costa Rica. It is widely believed that Costa Rica’s quality dental care was discovered by surfers, backpackers and Peace Corps volunteers in the 1970s who may have run…

Costa Rica’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Festival at Avenida Escazu April 5th Business,Costa Rica News

Locally crafted beer will surprise palates at the Costa Rican Craft Brewers Association’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Festival. -The Festival will take place at Avenida Escazu Saturday, April 5th beginning at 11am and running until 5pm. -There will be more than 32 craft beers available for attendees to sample and enjoy. San Jose, Costa Rica – Craft brews created only in Costa Rica by small producers hailing from all over the country will bring over two thousand people to Avenida Escazu this April 5th for the Costa Rican Craft Brewers Association’s Third Annual Craft Beer Festival. The event, spearheaded by…

Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa Renews its Image Business,Costa Rica News,Hotels, Resorts, Villas,Montezuma, Mal Pais

Reinventing a business is like soul-searching. Who are we? What are we about? What are we doing and why? It is a process not every business takes the time to tackle. Yet it is the most urgently talked about business concept over the past five years. Hotel Tropico Latino at beautiful Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica recently engaged in the challenge of reinventing and redefining its business. They’ve come out the other side with a stronger sense of self, a clear direction and a concise message of who they are for their guests and their staff. “It was very…

Yoga and Surfing are top Draws at Nosara, Costa Rica Costa Rica News,Guanacaste,Nosara,Surfing,Yoga

Nosara Yoga Institute, Costa Rica

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…

Learn More About COOPENAE and Investing in Costa Rica Business,Costa Rica News,Investments

Author’s Note: This article was submitted by Asdrubal Zamora Corrales as a response to Bank Interest Rates for Term Deposits in Costa Rica, published on March 10th, 2014. Mr. Zamora is an executive in charge of debt instruments and other investments at COOPENAE, the most powerful credit union in Costa Rica. Mr. Zamora’s original article has been slightly edited for grammar and style. COOPENAE’s Image and Performance Following the unique and unfortunate events involving COOPEMEX in 2010, COOPENAE’s corporate image has been preserved and remains intact. Immediately after that event, the monthly average portfolio of certificates of deposit decreased slightly…

The Real Deal with Costa Rica’s Isla Tortuga Beaches,Costa Rica News,Entertainment,Jaco,Tourism,Tours,Vacations

The abundance of outdoor activities hosted by Jaco never ceases to amaze. Did you know, from Jaco you have access to a gorgeous island filled with jet skis, kayaks, banana boats, volleyball, tropical fish to snorkel with, and loungers? Let me share with you my recent experience at Isla Tortuga. My day started with a gorgeous one and a half hour boat ride from Playa Herradura where I observed jumping manta rays, a dolphin surfing our bow, and the gorgeous pacific lulling me into a relaxed state. As we approached the palm fringed island the water color transitioned from a…

Have a Ball at the Stone Spheres Festival in Costa Rica Costa Rica News,Festivals - Holidays,History,Museums,Osa Peninsula

Coming at the end of March to the Osa southern region of Costa Rica, the ninth Festival of the Stone Spheres celebrates one of the most enigmatic historical and cultural mysteries of Costa Rica. The 2014 Festival of the Spheres will be held March 26 to 30 in Palmar Sur, Palmar Norte and Sierpe. Put on by the National Museum of Costa Rica, the majority of the activities will be at its new satellite Museum of the Stone Spheres at Finca 6 in Palmar Sur, where research on the country’s spheres is centered. The giant, perfectly-formed spheres of granite-like igneous…

4th Annual Ruta la Paz Race to Benefit Nonprofit Alliance APEGUA Business,Costa Rica News,Guanacaste

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…