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Costa Rica Covid19 Restrictions Costa Rican Authorities Enforce Restrictions During Quarantine

(Photo: Archive) The week in Costa Rica closes with 314 positive cases of coronavirus, but it seems that there is a large part of the population that is still taking the situation lightly, turning a blind eye on what is currently happening in Costa Rica and the consequences of the virus in other countries. The streets still look very busy, not just with those people that are forced to leave ...

Beach Clean Jaco Modern Machine in Jaco Costa Rica Cleans One Kilometer of Beach in 15 Minutes

The Garabito Municipality have begun using modern equipment known as the "Barber Surf Rake" towed by a tractor that allows the cleaning of one kilometer of beach every 15 minutes, in the case of Jaco, the whole beach can be cleaned within one hour. The machine made in the United States and with a value of 40 million colones (close to $69,155.00 USD) uses a system of chains to collect garbage. ...

Suicide, Death, Costa Rica, Mental Health awareness Suicide Confirmed in the Death of US Expat Marc Pontbriant Found Dead in Costa Rica

Jaco is still reeling from the apparent suicide of one of their favorite local residents and businessmen, Marc Pontbriant. Marc radiated energy and a love for life, and his girlfriend and friends are having difficulty accepting the tragic fact that he is gone. He died on May 3, in his bed in Esterillios, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He left his passport, wallet and contact list a...

US Expat Marc Pontbriant Found Dead in Jaco Beach Costa Rica

Marc Pontbriant, a pillar of the Jaco nightclub, entertainment and real estate scene has passed away, much to the surprise of the many friends and family members who knew and loved him. His death is being considered a suicide unofficially; the American Embassy and the OIJ are withholding confirmation until his family has been notified. Pontbriant’s business associates and close friends are stunned...

US Embassy Costa Rica US Embassy Consular Outreach in Puntarenas (Jaco and Quepos), March 27-28

The Consular Section at U.S. Embassy San Jose announced Consular outreach events in Jaco and Quepos in the coming weeks. Embassy staff will be available to accept adult passport renewals, perform notarial services, and take inquiries on federal benefits and voting. Consular staff will be on hand to hear your inquiries and concerns. Jaco: WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. WHE...

Jaco Beach, Expats, relocating Why Moving to Jaco Beach Costa Rica is a Good Idea

When foreigners consider moving to Costa Rica or buying a vacation home in this paradise, they many times choose a beach community to enjoy everything that living in a warm tropical country has to offer. Costa Rica has coasts on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, with miles and miles of beautiful beaches to explore, however, there are a few that have become favourites among expats, one of th...

Jaco Beach Costa Rica Accessible Jaco Beach Costa Rica is the First Beach in Central America to be Fully Accessible to People with Disabilities

As part of a strategy of accessible tourism, Jacó beach inaugurated a 63 meter long ramp (206.70 ft.) built with recycled plastic and which gives wheelchair users access to the shore, this and other improvements and facilities made of Jacó the first fully accessible beach in Central America. The inauguration took place this Friday, March 1st, in the frame of the Zero Discrimination Day, and it...

Costa Rica Air Fest Aerospace Festival This Weekend in Jaco

Jaco Air Fest is an aerospace event that will take place this weekend in Jaco, Costa Rica in the are close to the Jaco Walk Shopping Center. The event will gather some of the best acrobatic paragliding pilots of the world, the exhibit will include paragliding, paramotors, paratrikes, aeromodelling, skydiving, drones and a hot air balloon. The exhibit is completely free, and those that attend...

Shark Fishing Costa Rica,Fishing, Sport Fishing Costa Rica US Expat Catches a Shark From the Beach in Costa Rica

Using live bait and a surf rod US Expat Mike Hughes caught this 5-foot Nurse Shark the morning of Sunday January 27th on the beach in the Esterillos-Bejuco area south of Jaco. More than 100 bystanders witnessed the hour-long battle. "The locals were all amazed that I as able to get it to shore. I do have the biggest surf rod in Costa Rica.I was physically beat and for a while I thought I had an...

Kayak Fishing,Costa Rica, Panama VIDEO:US Expat in Costa Rica Lance Clinton Reflects on his Panama Kayak Fishing Tournament

During a conversation with my good buddy and fellow competitor Merv Low last night, he mentioned how I 'fished blind' because I don’t use any electronics. I jokingly replied "on the contrary Merv, it’s the lack of electronics that makes me fish with my eyes wide open". When you are fishing with no gps and no depth finder you are forced to use every bit of available data such as birds, visible l...

Kayak Fishing US Expat Lance Clinton Living in Costa Rica Takes 3rd Place in World Kayak Fishing Tournament

After five days of intense kayak fishing Jaco Beach resident Lance Clinton claimed 3rd place out of a field of 12 finalists selected worldwide to compete in the annual “winner-take-all” Los Buzos Panama International Kayak Fishing World Championship 2019. The 1st place winner – James McBeath of Canada -- took home $10,000. “The tournament was great. Caught some great fish and finished in third,...

Costa Rica Thomas Cook Costa Rican Authorities Confirmed Body Found in Limon is the US Expat That Went Missing in Jaco

Costa Rican Judiciary Police (OIJ) were able to confirm the identity of a body they found half-buried in Siquirres, Limón back on October 1. The remains correspond to Thomas J. Cook, a U.S. expat that had been reported missing in Jaco. Cook, who had settled in Herradura, Costa Rica back on July 20 this year was last seen and heard from on August 23 when he withdrew funds from an ATM in Jaco be...

Costa Rica Thomas Cook US Expat Went Missing in Jaco Costa Rica

Thomas J. Cook settled into his new home in Herradura, Costa Rica back in July 20 this year, a little over a month later, in August 23, the 62-year old man went missing. Cook’s sister, Sandra LeFrance and other family members have been looking for him since, the official report was filed in Costa Rica las Sunday and the Judiciary Investigative Police (OIJ) requested the assistance of the public...

Costa Rica Surf Pro WSL Stage is Set for Today’s Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro Finals at Jaco

Photo: WSL / ANDREW NICHOLS - CR Surfer Jairo Perez The final day of the WSL Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro is today, Sunday, October 7, the stage is set for the Qualifying Series (QS) and the action today promises excitement and adrenaline when the eight remaining competitors in both the men and women events take the waves. This event gathers some of the best surfers in the world and has the...

Costa Rica Essential Surf Pro The Essential Costa Rica Surf Tournament Expects to Attract Close to 170 Thousand People

RPM TV organizer of the Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro, one stop on the World Surf League (WSL), expects to receive close to 170 thousand people between October 4th and October 7th in the Men and Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) at Jaco beach. This event gathers some of the best surfers in the world and has the backing of the WSL North America, and the Costa Rican Surf Federation. The last time C...

Jaco Beach Surfing Costa Rica Jaco is the Preferred Beach by Surfers in Costa Rica

The first survey carried out by the Costa Rican Surf Federation among the surfing community shows that Jacó beach in Garabito, Puntarenas continues to be the preferred beach by surfers in the country. Coming up in second place was Avellanas in Guanacaste, the third spot went to Pavones in Golfito, Puntarenas and the top ten is completed by Hermosa Beach, Puntarenas; Santa Teresa, Puntarenas; Ma...

Security Jaco Costa Rica Costa Rican Police Reinforces Security in Jaco During Summer Vacation

The public police force in Jaco has maintained  an ample presence at this popular vacation spot since the beginning of the mid-year vacation period Constant patrols, road controls, interventions and others have been done throughout the entire district of Garabito, Puntarenas focusing specifically on areas of high visitation. As a result of these operations the police have arrested 316 people...

Jaco Costa Rica The Beach Town of Jaco In Costa Rica Takes Steps To Attract More Visitors

The Sustainable Tourism and Commerce Chamber of the Central Pacific (CATUCOSO) was created with the purpose of reactivating the economy and tourism of the Puntarenas province by launching campaigns that promote the visitation of this area of Costa Rica. Jaco in Garabito is probably the most popular and visited tourist area of the Central Pacific, the community depends on tourism, however, in t...

Earthquake Costa Rica 5.0 Earthquake Shakes Costa Rica

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica this Monday, March 12 at 3:42 p.m. According to the National Seismology Network the epicenter was localized 18 kilometers East of Jaco in Garabito, Puntarenas. The movement was reported as strong in the areas of Jaco, Parrita and Quepos, as well as in most parts of the Central Valley. No damages have been reported....

Interesting Expats of Costa Rica : Kayak Fisherman Lance Clinton from Jaco Beach

Out alone at sea in his small Hobie kayak Lance Clinton is King of Jaco Bay. Nobody can touch what this former Seattle stockbroker does in Costa Rica’s largest beach town. He’s a one-man wrecking crew armed with a fishing pole and a GoPro camera. Needless to say he loves the fight. “One of my favorite aspects of catching fish from a kayak is the adrenaline rush. Here I am in this tiny little pl...

Things to do Jaco Beach Costa Rica Bamboo Bass Festival in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica this February

The Bamboo Bass Festival Costa Rica takes place from February 16 to February 18 at the popular Jaco beach; this is the third edition of this event that brings together music, art and entertainment. Bamboo Bass Festival is an international event that gathers bass music lovers from around the world. An exceptional roster of local and foreign talent will entertain hundreds of visitors in two li...

Playa Hermosa Puntarenas Swimming at Playa Hermosa, Restricted Due to Dangerous Ocean Conditions

Playa Hermosa in Garabito, Puntarenas, very close to Jacó, is one of the most visited beaches of this province, its beauty, great waves ideal for surfing and the fact that is just a short drive from San Jose contribute to the high visitation rates; however, this is also one of the most dangerous beaches in Costa Rica. On Christmas day the Garabito Red Cross informed of the drowning of a 44-yea...

Costa Rica Urban Wave Costa Rica Has Its First Urban Wave Located in Jaco Beach

The first Urban Wave in the country was inaugurated in the Jass Surf Shop in Playa Jaco, Puntarenas, where several surfers, including the coach of the National Surf Team, Jim Hogan, were able to test it out. An Urban Wave simulates popular boarding such as surfing and body boarding, specially produced surfboards allow you to surf standing up, on your knees or lying down. It is designed to pre...

American Expat Caught a New Type of Fish in Costa Rica- Boa Constrictor

A four-foot-long Boa constrictor snake encircled itself atop a man’s fishing pole while trying his luck at Bejuco Beach about 10 miles south of Jaco late Tuesday night. Retired U.S. Army veteran Mike Hughes had left his baited fishing pole in its holder on the beach for about 10-mintes and returned to find the snake tightly curled around the end of his fishing pole. “I have never seen anything lik...

Costa Rica Sea Turtles Trapped Fishing Nets Sea Turtles and Crocodiles Get Trapped in Trammel Nets in Hermosa Refuge, Jacó, Costa Rica

The Playa Hermosa – Punta Mala National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Central Pacific Conservation Area, located in the county of Garabito in Puntarenas 5km from Jaco beach town. The local park rangers have reported an increase in the number of cases of sea turtles and crocodiles found trapped, the majority dead, in fishing nets in the waters or shore of the protected area. “I have found 3...

Jacó, Costa Rica Earthquake Left 3 Dead and Scientists Conclude Was 6.5 Magnitude

With different sources simultaneously publishing magnitudes of varying degrees, headlines clashed throughout the Internet on Sunday evening, November 12, when an earthquake rattled much of Costa Rica. The tremor was also felt in Panama. The Jacó earthquake, which occurred off the coast of the the central Pacific tourist town, was eventually pegged as a 6.5 magnitude quake by scientists at the V...

2 Dead in Costa Rica’s Earthquake Sunday Near Jacó, Puntarenas

The Ministry of Public Security (MSP) reported bringing in two people for treatment for heart problems following a 6.9 magnitude earthquake this evening, Sunday, November 12 at 8:28 p.m. south of Jacó off the Costa Rican central Pacific coast. The individuals, who were from the Jacó vicinity, were rushed to the regional Puntarenas Hospital but were declared deceased shortly after being admitted...

Video: Bone-Rattling 6.9 Quake Off Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast

This video taken by Esteban Saborío at the Herradura beach Marriott Los Sueños Resort, adjacent to Jacó on Costa Rica's central Pacific coast shows the strong impact of this evening's 6.9 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake was felt virtually throughout the entire country.  ...

6.9 Quake and Several Aftershocks Near Jacó, Puntarenas Rattle Costa Rica

Jacó, Parrita, Esterillos and Turrubares were the towns closest to the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that rattled much of the country this evening at 8:28 p.m. local time, according to the Costa Rican National Seismological Network (Red Sismologico Nacional). The intense shaking that lasted for at least 30 seconds, was accompanied by a roaring sound, as reported by many throughout the San José capit...

Imperial Beer Teams Up With Youth to Reforest Jacó, Costa Rica’s Coast

The eagle logo on Costa Rica's national beer, Imperial, is now taking on new meaning, as the company sends out volunteers, called "Aguilas al Rescate" or "Eagles to the Rescue," on different community improvement projects. The company's first initiative is being carried out in conjunction with the Costas Verdes foundation, and involves planting native trees along the central Pacific coast of Co...

Electric Cars Costa Rica Jacó, Costa Rica Site of First Electric Car Charging Station on the Pacific Coast

Monday at the Jacó Walk shopping center, the first recharging center for electric vehicles was inaugurated in Costa Rica's Pacific region. Jacó Beach, a town about an hour and a half from San José the Central Pacific coast, is expected to receive increased development in the next few years. The town is now out and ahead of the pack on green energy with this joint program of the Costa Rican and ...

Will a People’s Pier Soon Become Reality at Jacó Beach in Costa Rica?

Whether you like it or not Jacó Beach, on Costa Rica's Central Pacific coast, is destined to become much bigger. More condos, more homes, more Croc’s casinos, more restaurants, more churches, more shopping, more night clubs and more people spending money: In Jacó the next 10 years will see more development than in the past 37 years combined. There’s much unoccupied, flat, development-prime l...

Russian Billionaire Has Cash Seized at Costa Rica’s Main Airport

One of Russia's wealthiest individuals had over $20,000 in cash seized yesterday afternoon, Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Costa Rica's main Juan Santamaría International Airport near San José when he was leaving for his home country after a vacation. Andrei Bokarev, 51, whose wealth is estimated by Forbes at $1.69 billion, had arrived in a private jet earlier in the week and participated in a ...

Attention Foodies: Jacó Ceviche Festival This Friday Has Something for Everyone

Foodie alert! If you though ceviche was all about seafood, you'll be surprised at this festival in Jacó which will offer a wide range of dishes and flavors to suit all tastes and preferences. Fifteen of the hottest restaurants in the Jacó area are readying their best ceviche receives for this Friday, October 27 when the Central Pacific Ceviche Festival takes place at the Océano Boutique Hotel &...

golf cart rental playas del coco 4 American Tourists Injured in Golf Cart Accident at Marriott Los Suenos Resort in Costa Rica

Emergency medical technicians from the Costa Rican Red Cross in Jacó on Costa Rica's central Pacific coast treated four patients at neighboring Playa Herradura who were injured in an unusual accident this afternoon. The four U.S. citizens who were visiting the upscale Marriott Los Sueños resort and marina, were injured when the golf cart they were traveling in tipped over on one of the roads in...

Nabbed: Foreigners Who Robbed Tourists and Broke Into Cars in Jacó, Costa Rica Area

Police made eight arrests this weekend thus breaking up two alleged groups of delinquents operating in the Jacó Beach area of Garabito, Puntarenas on Costa Rica's central Pacific coast. One group targeted focused on stealing cell phones, mainly in tourist areas and also apparently targeted tourists, and the other apparently was dedicated to breaking into vehicles. Both groups had Costa Rican an...

Jacó is One of 16 Costa Rican Counties With the Highest Amount of Traffic Accidents

Traffic police and municipal governments in 16 of Costa Rica's counties are joining forces to bolster monitoring at specific areas with high car accident rates, such as Jaco beach said the Ministry of Public Works and Transport this week. The effort comes as the calendar approaches the end of the year, a time when car accidents historically spike in Costa Rica. "We want to focus on areas that ...

Dominican Outlaw Hiding in Jacó, Costa Rica Arrested for Panamanian Killings

Gilberto Ventura Ceballos was arrested today in Jacó by Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ) and the Directorate of Intelligence and National Security (DIS) officials. The Dominican national, who has a knack for evading arrest, is wanted in Panama for the murder of five people in 2010 and 2011. The young man has been on the run since December 2016 when he escaped from La Joyita pris...

You Can Now Set Up Shop in Costa Rica’s Central and South Pacific in Just 10 Days

Municipalities in the Central and South Pacific regions of Costa Rica have shortened the time it takes to have a business permit granted, said government representatives of the Alcanzando Escala program (which translates to Achieving Scale). In order to improve the business climate in the Central and South Pacific region of the country, municipal procedures that previously lasted 33 days can no...

Heavy Rains May Cause Closures to Costa Rica’s Main Route to Jacó Area

Heavy downpours this past Saturday, September 16 created flooding and mudslides on several parts of Costa Rica's Highway 27, a toll road linking the capital city of San Jose with popular points in the Central Pacific region including Los Suenos, Jacó, Manuel Antonio, Dominical, and areas on the southern Nicoya Peninsula such as Tambor beach. A cascade of water dumping water and mud onto the hig...