Author: Jaime Lopez



Top 10 Tours for Families Visiting Los Sueños Costa Rica

Located in the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Los Sueños Resort and Marina is known as one of the premier vacation and retirement spots in the Americas. Although this world-class resort is mostly known for its luxury accommodations, spectacular golf course and legendary offshore fishing charters, families are known to take advantage of Los Sueños house rentals as their launching pad for expl...

When is the Best Season for Sport Fishing at Los Sueños Resort in Costa Rica?

Whenever anglers get together to talk about Costa Rica fishing trips, there is always a strong chance that Los Sueños Resort and Marina will be mentioned. When a developer and deep sea fishing enthusiast from the United States took a voyage around Herradura Bay in the early 1990s, a new era in the burgeoning Costa Rica fishing charters industry started. It took more than 10 years for the dream of ...

I’m Getting Evicted in Costa Rica, Part 4: Finding a 4-Bedroom Home for $200 a Month

Can you really find a four-bedroom rental home in Costa Rica for $200 a month? Isn't our country home to the most expensive real estate in Latin America? The answer to both questions is yes; in 2012, the Inter-American Development Bank declared that the most expensive and least accessible real estate in Latin America could be found in the capital city of Costa Rica. Nonetheless, I recently found a...

Evictions in Costa Rica, Part 3: When Landlords Attack

To read previous entries in this series, click here for Part One and here for Part Two. On a Sunday afternoon three weeks ago, I was looking forward to watching the national derby match between Deportivo Saprissa and my favorite football club, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense. Instead, I ended up listening to the match on the FM radio application of my ancient Nokia mobile phone because the main swit...

Evictions in Costa Rica, Part 2: Can the Police Intervene?

Five days ago, the owner of the house I have rented in Costa Rica since 2010 told me she had executed a contract with a new tenant. She gave me two days to pack up and leave; since then, I have consulted with a few attorneys about this situation. By all means, I should be evicted by means of a court proceeding; whether this will actually happen remains to be seen, and there is a chance that Fuerza...

I’m Getting Evicted in Costa Rica: Tenant’s Rights and the Law

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, my landlady knocked on my door and asked me if I had deposited the monthly rent payment corresponding to January. I told her I had the full payment in cash in my wallet since early January, but I was purposely waiting to deposit until the 19th day of the month, the day after her visit. She told me not to bother making the payment because she had rented the house to...

Russia Hacker Prison for U.S. Hacker Who Fled to Costa Rica With Fake Passport

Pixabay Commons PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced Steve Nolte to 9 years in prison for stealing more than $571,000 from his former employer. The sentence imposed by the Court was ordered to run consecutive to Nolte’s three-year federal prison sentence for passport fraud, aggravated identity theft, and use of a falsely-obtained Social Security Number.  ...

Costa Rica Trends Globally as an Adventure Travel Destination

A new survey by international luxury travel network Virtuoso® has revealed the hottest destinations, activities and trends in the rapidly expanding world of adventure travel. The list includes Costa Rica as one of the top destinations. An overwhelming 95 percent of Virtuoso travel specialists say they have seen active, adventure and specialty travel sales rise within the past 12 months. As w...

Indigenous Colombians Unsure About Guerrilla Peace Deal

FARC guerrilla unit marching in 1998. Wikimedia Commons By Christian Escobar Mora for Agencia EFE Tacueyo is among the villages most affected by the armed conflict between the FARC and the government, so its indigenous inhabitants are enthusiastic about the new cease-fire but at the same time believe that not all the members of that guerrilla group will obey the orders of their leaders. ...

U.S. Sexual Tourists Swindled by Fake Costa Rica Escort Agency

Source: Pixabay Commons The promise of sexual gratification with young and attractive call girls in Costa Rica have caused would-be sexual tourists from the United States to fall for a scam. According to a recent report filed by Gustavo Retana of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the flim-flam starts with online postings on social media outlets and classified websites such as Craigslist. In some ...

Afro Descendant Political Leaders of the Americas Meet in Costa Rica

Costa Rican Legislator Epzy Campbell Afro descendant parliamentarians and other political leaders of the Americas and the Caribbean are converging in the capital city of Costa Rica to act upon the framework of the International Decade for People of Afro Descent 2015-2024, which was established by the United Nations last year. This meeting has been declared of national interest by President ...

Concern Over Incident Against Press Freedom in Costa Rica

Flickr Commons MIAMI, Florida (August 26, 2016)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today said it views with concern a series of actions taken against media and journalists in Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela in recent weeks that it said impair press freedom in the Latin American region. In Costa Rica, on August 18 a preventive embargo was filed against radio station Radio Columbia ...

Sea turtle off Costa Rica's southern Pacific Coast Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Vacations in Costa Rica

The Broader View network for volunteering overseas recently announced updates to is Costa Rica sea turtle conservation program, which takes place in the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Following are details from the press release: Are you interested in volunteering with wild life? If so, why not become a Costa Rica Sea Turtle Volunteer? This opportunity gives you a chance to experience sea tur...

Canadian University Raises Funds for Costa Rica Campus

Source: York University Each year, the Fisher Fund Wine Tasting and Auction not only brings together some of York University’s top supporters and wine collectors, but serves as an opportunity to unite this group in support of environmental research that holds importance at a local and global level. The Sunnybrook Vaughan Estate was home to more than 85 guests this year for 14th annual event, r...

Controversial U.S. Republican Plans on Moving to Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Roger Stone, a notorious political strategist and lobbyist from the United States who initially managed the Donald Trump presidential election campaign, could soon relocate to Costa Rica. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Mr. Stone lashed out against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and envisioned a dystopian future for the U.S., where Muslim thugs will...

Two Vancouver Whitecaps Players Called Up by Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Kendall Waston, midfielder Christian Bolaños, and strikers Giles Barnes and Blas Pérez have been called up to their respective national teams for the fourth round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Group B of the qualifying tournament resumes play on September 2 when Pérez and Panama host Barnes and Jamaica, while Waston, Bol...

Now Playing in Costa Rica: War Dogs (TRAILER)

Warner Brothers Cinépolis, a leading movie Costa Rica movie theater chain with locations in Desamparados, Cartago, Heredia, Lindora, Moravia, and Tres Ríos, has started screenings of War Dogs, a film directed by Todd Phillips. In Costa Rica, the title has been translated into “Amigos de Armas” – a play on the expression “brothers in arms.” According to the official synopsis by film studio War...

Americana Sportfishing Costa Rica Sports Fishing Industry of Costa Rica: 60,000 Jobs and Counting

Source: OWC Job generation, increased tourism and healthy profits from equipment sales are the highlights of a new market research report by Technavio. Costa Rica gets a special mention within the report: The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global sports fishing equipment market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report has taken into con...

Cuban migrants Immigrant Population of Costa Rica Swells to Ten Percent (VIDEO)

African migrants in Costa Rica; OAS As a nation of relative prosperity, safety and stability in Central America, Costa Rica has long attracted large numbers of migrants from the region. In recent years, it has drawn a growing influx from several Caribbean countries as well as from Africa and Asia, including some 22,000 Cubans seeking a route to the United States in 2015. The more than 400,0...

$133 Round-Trip Flights to Costa Rica on Fly.com

Source: Spirit The low tourism season in Costa Rica tends to create some extremely affordable deals on air travel, and this year is no exception. According to a recent query on Fly.com, an airfare search engine that makes looking for airfares both quick and easy, round-trip flights to Costa Rica are as low as $133 per traveler on Spirit Airlines. The search parameters are as follows: D...

Negative Outlook for Bonds of Major Private Bank in Costa Rica

Fitch Ratings-New York/San Salvador-24 August 2016: Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ratings for Banco BAC San Jose, S.A. (BAC San Jose) including the Long-Term Foreign Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BBB-' and Long-Term Local Currency IDR at 'BBB'. A full list of ratings follows at the end of this press release. KEY RATING DRIVERS IDRs, NATIONAL RATINGS AND SENIOR DEBT Banco BAC San...

Sloth Rescue Center in Costa Rica Seeks Donations

Source: The Sloth Institute Costa Rica, August 20, 2016– Join the Toucan Rescue Ranch (TRR) in raising funds for our rescued adult and orphaned sloths! This fundraiser is to help us raise money to build a sloth pre-release enclosure at our release site in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. The funds raised will allow us to release orphaned and rehabilitated sloths admitted to our rescue center. We need...

Basketball Officials Seek to Advance Sport Within Costa Rica

Source: FIBA SAN JUAN (Americas) - The regional office of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the Americas announced it will make a historic visit to Costa Rica next week, from August 28 to September 2 to join scheduled meetings with government officials, the national basketball federation in the country, private entities and the media. Costa Rica is added to the list of count...

Gevalia Adds Costa Rica Coffee to Its Special Reserve Lineup

Photo: Gevalia Gevalia® Kaffe unveiled a new Special Reserve line of coffee that includes four premium, 100-percent Arabica, single-origin coffees, including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Kenya and Papua New Guinea varieties. Each is sourced exclusively from its respective country and crafted for those interested in tasting the exotic flavors of the world. All four of the Gevalia Special Reserve c...

Costa Rica Houston flights cancelled The Southwest Effect: Great U.S. to Costa Rica Airfare Deals

Source: SWAmedia.com FareCompare.com has released a second set of findings based on a comprehensive analysis of the Southwest Effect in new international routes. The study reveals that while consumers traveling to the U.S. did experience the Southwest Effect initially, those average lowest fares have since increased, returning to the levels they were prior to Southwest's foray into those marke...

How 3D Printing Technology Rehabilitated a Toucan in Costa Rica

Zoo Ave ROCK HILL, South Carolina, August 22, 2016 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its digital manufacturing solutions played a crucial role in the rehabilitation of Grecia, a toucan in Costa Rica that lost the majority of its upper beak as the victim of a senseless act of cruelty. The attack on Grecia not only left the toucan unable to feed and fend for itself, but it sparked ...

Major Business Success for Costa Rica Free Trade Zones

Pixabay Commons More than 82 thousand direct jobs and 43 thousand indirect jobs generated, a return of $3.179 billion on incentives received (Net Country Benefit), added to a major technology transfer, incorporation of key business innovations, dynamic productive linkages that galvanize the entry of small- and medium-sized businesses to the global economy, as well as the implementation of nove...

Costa Rica Gallo Pinto National Dish of Costa Rica Goes Global With New Campaign

Adding a sexy, healthy spin to our familiar breakfast menu of pancakes, eggs and cereal is now easier than ever with Costa Rica's "gallo pinto." A recent study published by Nutrition Journal found that the pairing of any type of beans with rice can help stop unhealthy blood sugar spikes in adults with type 2 diabetes. With 25.8 million people in the U.S. living with this condition, Costa Rican "ga...

Exploring Costa Rica on a Triumph Motorcycle

Kaycee Landsaw (@kaycee_landsaw) is a renowned photographer based out of Salt Lake City, Utah whose work has been featured in a number of respected motorcycle and adventure lifestyle publications including Iron & Resin.       His work blends a unique candid snapshot feeling with a richness of color and perspective that allows the viewer to fall into the photograph an...

Rio 2016: A 16-Year Olympic Medal Drought for Costa Rica

Now that all athletes who represented Costa Rica at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics have returned, organizers are reflecting on the country's long-running medal drought. Costa Rica has participated in 19 Summer Olympics and 10 Winter Olympics. The historic medal count stands at four: one gold, one silver and two bronze. The last time Costa Rica brought back hardware was in 2000, when the Olympics ...

Political Cartoons: An Endangered Journalism Practice

Cartoon by Clay Jones Since the 18th century, news readers have found some of the most incisive, acerbic and brutally honest commentary about current affairs in the form of political (editorial) cartoons. Regrettably, political cartoons in the 21st century have been in a state of demise that many believe is related to the death of printed newspapers; however, the death of editorial cartoons...

Costa Rica Police Rescued Baby Horse from Caiman-Infested Waters

Source: MSP A young colt that was about to become a meal for hungry caimans is happily galloping today thanks to a daring rescue by Border Police officers in Costa Rica. Earlier this week, a Border Police aquatic unit was navigating the Agua Dulce bayou of the Colorado River, located in the northern Caribbean region of Costa Rica, when they noticed a group of caimans paying close attention ...

Google Duo: A New Video Calling App in Costa Rica

Google Duo Google Duo, a new communications app that greatly simplifies video calling, is now available for iPhone and Android device users in Costa Rica. The app can be installed from Google Play and from the iTunes App Store. Following is the announcement by Google about this new calling app, which includes social networking features: Video calling is the next best thing to being with so...

Drunk Pilot Incidents on the Rise in 2016

Wikimedia Commons A Sri Lankan Airlines pilot intended to fly from Germany to Sri Lanka despite arriving drunk to his flight, announced Frankfurt Airport on Sunday. The plane he was due to fly carried 259 passengers and 15 crew members. The crew were forced to stop the pilot from launching the plane, and the flight, which was supposed to leave on Friday, was delayed until Saturday. Th...

English Teacher Crowned Miss Costa Rica Amidst Controversy

Carolina Rodriguez Carolina Rodriguez, a 27-year old English teacher and linguist from Alajuela, is the new Miss Costa Rica. The crowning of the 2016 Miss Costa Rica was celebrated on Friday at the Children's Museum, located in the northern sector of Downtown San Jose. The pageant, which was mired in controversy from the beginning, featured an unusual second round of interview questions to ...

Vielen Dank! German University Opens Costa Rica Research Center`

Costa Rica Zentrum Universität Osnabrück, part of the Lower Saxony state of northwestern Germany, recently inaugurated a unique collaboration program with seven universities in Costa Rica. The Costa Rica Zentrum at Universität Osnabrück aims to promote international and intercultural academic and scholarly exchange between Costa Rica and Germany. The Costa Rica Center's research profile and...

Suspected Tomb Raider Gets Raided in Costa Rica

Source: OIJ On Friday afternoon, agents from the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) raided a home in San Miguel of Naranjo, a coffee-producing region located in the province of Alajuela. The raid was the culmination of a week-long investigation related to crimes against the archaeological record of Costa Rica. According to an official press release issued by OIJ, agen...

Sexy Former Legislator Will Host Gossip TV Show in Costa Rica

Source: Facebook Andrea Morales Diaz, a former Costa Rica legislator whose short political career was filled with controversy, will be the host of a new tabloid-style television show. According to a news report filed by Laura Morales of online news daily La Prensa Libre (the oldest news publication still running in Costa Rica), Ms. Morales will abandon her current occupation as an attorney ...

Saprissa Sets Costa Rica Club Record at CONCACAF Champions League

CONCACAF SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Rolando Blackburn scored a pair of goals to lead Saprissa to a 6-0 win over visiting Dragon on Thursday in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign. Francisco Calvo, Marvin Angulo, Mariano Torres and Ulises Segura also scored to complete the most lopsided victory in the the Monstruo Morado’s 33-game SCCL history. Its previous largest margin of victo...

Costa Rica is the First Nation to Ratify Convention Against Racism

Wikimedia Commons Washington, D.C. — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) welcomes Costa Rica’s ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance, on August 5, 2016. With this step, Costa Rica becomes the first country to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, which was approved by the General ...