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Costa Rica murder, crime, sexual assault against women Disturbing Details Released From Autopsy Report of Murdered Doctor in Costa Rica

The autopsy report of the brutal murder of CIMA Hospital doctor of anesthesiology, Dra. Maria Luisa Cedeno, was released today (Tuesday Aug 8th 2020), revealing the violent attack she received prior to being killed by one or more person on July 20th. The cause of death is listed as a fatal blow to the back of the neck, but she suffered blows and stab wounds – even bites – to her body prior to her ...

Costa Rica murder, crime, sexual assault against women UPDATED: Gruesome Murder Of Doctor In Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

UPDATED :07/28/20 With the recent surge of COVID-19 deaths in Costa Rica, it is easy to overlook the fact that homicides are also still on the rise. Nothing has brought that home quite like the July 19th homicide of anesthesiologist Dr. Maria Luisa Cedeno Quesada, in a hotel room in Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas. She was only 43 years old. Dr. Cedeno was the head of Anesthesiology and Recovery ...

National Park Costa RIca Manuel Antonio National Park Ready for High Season in Costa Rica

Thanks to a strong inter-institutional coordination, the support of the community and the private sector, the Ministry of Energy and Environment (MINAE) was able to implement several improvements at the Manuel Antonio National Park to respond to tourist visitation, guaranteeing the protection of ecosystems and the good service to visitors. This National Park, created in 1972, protects 352 plant...

Costa Rica Igloo Lodge IGLOO Beach Lodge to Open Doors in Costa Rica this December

Ocean Park Hotels announced the upcoming launch of its luxury eco-tourism accommodation IGLOO Beach Lodge that is scheduled in December. "An exclusive beach front property in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, IGLOO Beach Lodge is the first ever destination for the company. With the opening of this property, Ocean Park Hotels will also unveil a groundbreaking eco-friendly design concept that has neve...

Best Thai food Costa Rica,Manuel Antonio Samui:The Most Authentic Thai Restaurant in Costa Rica

When dining out in Costa Rica knowing where to go is important. Let me take the guess work out for you. Nestled on the main strip in Manuel Antonio (Waze) with a menu fueled from inspiration culled from the coasts of Thailand - Samui Thai Restaurant is one you most definitely want to visit. The indoor/outdoor venue features a retro-chic aesthetic, decked out with wooden accents, industrial ceiling...

Costa Rica Manuel Antonio Costa Rican Authorities Make Sanitary Improvements in Manuel Antonio

The joint efforts of public institutions, the community and private companies lead to the lifting of the sanitary restriction the Manuel Antonio National Park held, and with this the visitation to this park, the most visited in Costa Rica, was reactivated, for a maximum allowed of 2,700 people a day. “The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) managed to make improvements to the wastewat...

The Sloth Institute Costa Rica Video Saving Baby Sloths: The Cutest Animals in Costa Rica

The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica (TSI) is the headquarters for the cutest animals on the planet. They were founded in 2014 with the mission of “enhancing the welfare of captive and wild sloths through research and education.” They are a non-profit institution based in Manuel Antonio, supported completely by donations. TSI is truly leading the world in sloth research, especially the study of 3-toe...

National Park Costa RIca Four Costa Rican Beaches Considered Among World’s Best Beaches 2018

FlightNetwork put together a list of the World’s Best Beaches for 2018 with the help of over 1200 journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies around the world who specialize in travel. Among the top 50 best beaches in the world, Manuel Antonio Beach in Quepos, Puntarenas takes position 29, while three other beaches make the Central America and Caribbean top 50 beaches, these are: Conchal in Gua...

Quepos Airstrip Costa RIca Quepos Airstrip Officially Re-Opens In Costa Rica

Civil Aviation in Costa Rica announced today the official reopening of the Quepos airstrip, which was supposed to be finished earlier this year. According to Captain Guillermo Hoppe, General Director of Civil Aviation, Quepos is the third airdrome in importance in terms of connectivity in the national network of airdromes. The plan to remodel this airstrip involves an investment of close to...

Costa Rica Environmental Crimes 10 People Arrested in National Parks in Costa Rica For Environmental Crimes

The Protection and Control authorities of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) in a joint operation with the Border Police, Public Security and Coast Guard Service in the Corcovado National Park and the Manuel Antonio National Park, detained 10 men this week in relation to environmental crimes. According to Enrique Obando from MINAE, three men were detained in the sector of Playa Rey...

National Park Costa RIca Problems With Wastewater System Forces Manuel Antonio Park in Costa Rica to Limit the Number of Visitors During the Next Months

In June last year the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) announced that they had solved the problem with the sewage system at Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos; however, the Ministry of Health closed access to the area known as Playa 3 last Saturday and through this Tuesday due to problems with the wastewater. Today, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Environment and the Co...

Airstrip Quepos Costa RIca New Airstrip in Quepos Costa Rica Will be Ready by End of July

According to the timeline given by the construction company in charge of the works at the new Quepos aerodrome, the new landing strip will be ready by the end of July this year. On May 18, 2018 the General Directorate of Civil Aviation will take possession of the land that will be used for the second stage of the aerodrome, and therefore on May 19 the work will commence to build the Domestic Te...

Costa Rica Sport Fishing Tournament Costa Rica Offshore World Championship Sport Fishing Tournament Underway in Quepos

A total of 51 teams of 30 different countries are taking part of the Offshore World Championship sport fishing tournament that began this April 15 and will carry on through April 20 at Marina Pez Vela, Quepos. Among the participating countries are USA, Australia, Angola, Mexico, Fiji, Brazil, Bermuda, South Africa, New Zealand, Panama, Spain, Croatia, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Ric...

Fishing Tournament Costa Rica Fishing Tournament Marina Pez Vela Open Kicked off Today in Quepos Costa Rica

The Fishing Tournament Marina Pez Vela Open kicked off today, April 12 at Quepos, Costa Rica and will extend through April 14. The billfish team event will crown the team that tallies the most billfish points during the tournament. Prizes pay down to third place (first, second, and third). The tournament will award trophies, cash, and prizes to the team(s) that score the most accumulated point...

Costa Rica Fishing Tournament Quepos Billfish Cup in Costa Rica Takes Place March 14-17

The Quepos Billfish Cup organized by Marina Pez Vela in Costa Rica will take place this week March 14 through March 17. Here are the details of this event as provided by Marina Pez Vela: “The Quepos Billfish Cup is a three-day billfish team event with top-team honors going to the team that tallies the most billfish points during the tournament. Prizes pay down to third place (first, second, ...

Manuel Antonio Trail Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica Has New Universal Trail

The Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos, Puntarenas, the most visited National park in Costa Rica, has a new universal trail sponsored by the Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE). “El Manglar” (The Mangrove) is the name of the new elevated trail that has a length of 784 meters (2,572 feet) and is 2.4 meters wide (7.87 feet); it was built over a mangrove, hence the name, in an area of the ...

Quepos Airport Costa Rica Remodeling of Quepos Airstrip in Costa Rica Underway

The Quepos airstrip is receiving an important investment of over US$9.5 million that will better the conditions and infrastructure with the purpose of strengthening local tourism. The General Directorate of Civil Aviation explained that the runway will be built with hydraulic cement with a capacity of 50 thousand pounds of weight and will be extended from the current 13 meters (42.65 feet) in w...

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...

Costa Rica Hotels Two Costa Rican Hotels among Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Hotels in the World

TripAdvisor announced the Top 10 Travelers' Choice Hotels in the World, and among them there are two Costa Rican hotels, the only two hotels in Latin America to make the top 10 that includes properties in Cambodia, India, Vietnam, Maldives, Italy, US and France. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas in Manuel Antonio is listed as number 2 while Nayara Springs in La Fortuna made the list in number 9. ...

Costa Rica Dangerous Beaches Costa Rica’s Coast Guard Service Rescued Tourists in Manuel Antonio

The Costa Rica Coast Guard Service prevented a tragedy this Saturday in Manuel Antonio, Quepos, when eight tourists were dragged by the strong current. The emergency took at close to 4:30 p.m. this Saturay, December 23 when several tourists, 5 from the United States ages 10,13, 23, 24 and 47 years old, a Turk 39 years of age and two Costa Rican of ages 22 and 25 were dragged into the deep ocean...

Costa Rica Lifeguards beaches A Group of Costa Ricans and US Expats Received Lifeguard Certifications in Parrita

Lifeguards will be looking out for tourists in the different beaches of Parrita, Puntarenas. A group of locals and a few US expats working as volunteers have been certified by the Coast Guard Academy and are hoping to get sponsorship from local businesses and authorities to be able to work full time as lifeguards. One of the promoters of this initiative is community leader Rosemary Chamber...

Bright Lights Boat Parade Quepos Costa Rica Save the Date for Bright Lights Boat Parade 2017 Marina Pez Vela – Quepos, Costa Rica

The now traditional Bright Lights Boat Parade, which takes place at the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2017, beautifully decorated yachts, entertainment and activities make this one of the most expected events for the residents and tourists. Those who wish to attend must move fast, since the space is limited and the entrance to the boat parade and the marine i...

Costa Rica Trick or Treat Halloween Free Halloween Activities for Kids Starting Friday in San José and Quepos, Costa Rica

Commercial centers in an around San José, Costa Rica have a full agenda lined up with free events for kids and families to celebrate Halloween in a safe, comfortable environment. On Friday, October 27, from 2 - 6 p.m., Lincoln Plaza in Moravia, east of downtown San José, offers an afternoon of fun with inflatables, cotton candy, treats and face-painting, with a trick-or-treating session from 3 ...

Manuel Antonio National Park Manuel Antonio National Park Closed as a Preventive Measure Due to Weather

The Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos, Costa Rica will remain closed today and until further notice according to the decision by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and as a preventive measure due to the heavy rainfall expected in the area. The decision to close the park was not well received by the park rangers and business owners in the area who consider that the decision m...

National Parks Costa Rica Several National Parks in Costa Rica Will Remain Closed Due to Bad Weather Conditions

The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) of the Minister of Environment and Energy and the Guanacaste Conservation Area have closed the access to several national parks as a preventive measure due to the bad weather conditions the country is currently experimenting. The Santa Rosa National Park, the Rincón de la Vieja National Park, the Barra Honda National Park and Bahia Junquillal ...

National Park Costa RIca Costa Rican Man Sentenced to 25 Years for 2006 Rape of US Woman in Manuel Antonio

The Criminal Court of Quepos and Parrita in Costa Rica's Central Pacific region sentenced Freddy Cortés Peña, yesterday, Thursday, September 28, to 25 years in prison for assaulting and raping a U.S. tourist, according to the public prosecutor's office. The crimes date to April 20, 2006 when the American tourist and her boyfriend were on the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park adjacent to the...

Residents Near Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio Park Organize for Community Safety

A group of residents in the small Central Pacific port town of Quepos, bordering the popular tourist destination Manuel Antonio National Park, have come together to seek to increase safety on the streets. The initiative, "Quepos Seguro, Quepos Libre" (A Safe and Free Quepos), held a kick-off meeting Monday afternoon at the site of the weekly local farmer's market. Their Facebook page already ha...

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...

Gaia Hotel Near Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio Park Voted Region’s Best Boutique Lodging

A luxury boutique hotel nestled in the hills of Quepos, bordering the Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica's lush Pacific coast, has swept the region's awards again this year. The Gaia Hotel and Reserve was considered the best boutique hotel in the Mexico-Central America region in this year's World Travel Awards ceremony, for the 8th time! In 2015, Gaia was recognized by Condé Naste as...

Whale Watching Costa Rica Marina Pez Vela in Quepos Offers Incredible Whale Watching Tours in Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park has always been the main reason why national and international tourists visit Quepos; The beautiful beaches and lush nature of Manuel Antonio makes it the most visited National Park in Costa Rica, and precisely the high number of visitors in the area that has provided the right conditions for the offer of more alternative and attractions for tourists. Marina Pez Ve...

Quepos, Costa Rica’s Marina Pez Vela Announces 2018 Sport Fishing Tourneys

Three 2018 world-class sport fishing tournaments at Quepos' Marina Pez Vela - near Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park - have just been announced. Sport fishing enthusiasts who like to plan ahead can start off the new year with a January 11 - 13 tournament: "The Rockstar! Offshore Tournament presented by PELAGIC is a team event with cash, prizes, and awards estimated to over $100,000. La...

costa rica fiber optic network services Quepos, Costa Rica Next in Line for Fiber Optics

Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) has moved on from the beach communities on the northern Nicoya peninsula, to the central Pacific region of the Manuel Antonio National Park and its nearby small city of Quepos, for the country's second rural fiber optics installation project, reported the agency this week.   The project will benefit at least 1,087 customers will be move from the c...

Manuel Antonio National Park Manuel Antonio National Park Made Necessary Upgrades to Wastewater Treatment System

The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) confirmed that the problems that Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos was having with the sewage system have finally come to an end. “The problem with the sewage system was that the treatment plants installed back in 2007 had already run their useful life, the lack of maintenance also, caused the systems to stop working properly, some of them ...

Hotels Costa Rica Arenas del Mar Resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Among Best for Families 2017

Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor's family travel site, has released its annual list of the best hotels for families in 15 regions across the globe. Every hotel on the list has met a strict list of family-specific criteria, having been highly-rated by family travelers and personally vetted by Family Vacation Critic's team of family travel experts. "When planning a family vacation, it's import...

Time Running Short for Major Repairs at Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio Park

The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) is hustling to invest around 600 million colones (about US$1,000,000) to make improvements to the Manuel Antonio National Park before the end of the year. The Ministry of Health ordered some big changes to be made by year's end including creating new access and exit routes in and out of the park. The park, located about an hour-and-a-half south ...

Manuel Antonio Rip Tides Teenager Drowns in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, two Others are Missing

The poor decision when a group of 5 teenagers went swimming in Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio this Saturday night despite the heavy rain, cost one of them his life, while two others have not yet been found. The identity of the dead minor has not been revealed at this point. The emergency took place close to 8 p.m. this Saturday, May 6. Costa Rica’s Red Cross and the Quepos Coast Guard were abl...

World’s Top Sport Fishers Gather for Championship in Quepos, Costa Rica

The Offshore World Championship in Quepos, Costa Rica is the largest and most prestigious sport-fishing tournament in the world. The world-class event, held for the fifth consecutive year in Quepos, Puntarenas near Manuel Antonio National Park includes 55 of the world's best sport fishing teams. From April 24 - 28, at Marina Pez Vela, in Quepos, more than 300 people will compete to see who has ...

Sport Fishing Open in Quepos, Costa Rica Is Prelude to World Fishing Tournament

More than 15 teams from Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, the United States and Slovakia will face off later this month in a sport fishing tournament at Quepos’ Pez Vela Marina. This round, from April 20 - 21 is designed as a competitive warm-up prior to the World Fishing Tournament, which will take place April 24 - 28 also at the marina in Quepos, near Manuel Antonio National Park...

Beaches Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Beaches and Activities in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park receives many visitors during the high season, attracted by the amazing flora and fauna found here and of course by the white sand beaches beaches which offer a piece of paradise on earth. There are five beaches in the Manuel Antonio area: Playa Espadilla: This is the public beach in Manuel Antonio, most tourists stay here since you don’t need to access the park ...

A Detailed Look at the Best Beaches on the Central Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

There is no doubt that Costa Rica is a land of contrasts, and few places demonstrate this more than the Central Pacific coast, where several mountain ranges meet the Pacific Ocean, creating some of the most spectacular landscapes one can imagine. Stretching from the southern tip of the city of Puntarenas all the way down to Punta Uvita, the region offers something for everyone; from busy beach ...