Costa Rica

Illegal Immigration, President Trump How Illegal Immigration to the USA Affects Costa Rican Immigration Policies

“What bloody business has the USA to do with the Costa Rican immigration policies on border crossings?” - Posted reaction to a recent article published in TCRS (The Costa Rica Star) The answer: Plenty. The Bigger Picture: The issue is not just about border runners seeking to stay under the radar as Perpetual Tourists, or those needing to keep their foreign driver's licenses valid. Those con...

Missing at Sea, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama Have you Seen Sea Captain Rocco Acocella? He’s Awol off the Coast of Costa Rica

On June 22, the SSCA HF Radio Service confirmed having received an SOS from a ship’s Personal Locator Beacon (PLB1). Then there was silence. The Radio Service confirmed that the message came from the TRANAVIS, a trimaran sailing between St. Martin, French Antilles, to Barranquilla, Colombia. Aboard the TRANAVIS was Rocco Acocella Roverndom, a well known Eco-Friendly Tour Guide, on his way to Ecuad...

The United States, Evil Empire, USSR Latin America and the Evil Empire

Three or four years ago, I wrote a column for Gloucester Daily Times here in Massachusetts in which I described the sordid, bipartisan, history of the United States’ involvement in Latin America generally, and Central America specifically. (Central American Triangle) That letter predated Donald Trump’s election and included some pretty harsh criticisms of administrations of both parties. From  ...

flights toronto costa rica Air Transat to Increase Flights from Toronto-Costa Rica

The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and the Canadian airline Air Transat confirmed an increase in the number of seats the company would offer to Costa Rica’s two international airports. Two flights originating in Toronto were added this winter, one to the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport and another to Juan Santamaría International Airport. “Attracting airlines and a greater number of...

Venezuela United States Costa Rica The United States and Costa Rica Recognize Venezuelan National Assembly President as Interim President of Venezuela

Earlier Wednesday, January 23, 2019, President Donald Trump, recognized the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, as the Interim President of Venezuela and affirmed he will be using the weight of the United States economic and diplomatic power ¨to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy¨. ¨Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan Nationa...

Canada Cannabis Legal Canada is Second Country in the World to Legalize Recreational Cannabis, Will Costa Rica Follow?

This Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Canada made history with the “Cannabis Act” which legalizes recreational marijuana, in doing so Canada became the second country in the world, only after Uruguay (2013), to allow the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. In the United States, consumption of recreational marijuana is legal in 8 states, but it is still illegal at a Federal level. The use o...

Costa Rica Central American Games Costa Ricans Andrea Vargas, Nery Brenes and Emmanuel Niño Classify to the NACAC Track & Field Championship Finals

Costa Rican athlete Andrea Vargas classified this Friday to the 100-meter hurdles final of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association NACAC Track & Field Championship that is being celebrated in Toronto, Canada. Vargas finished second in the semifinal competition stopping the clock at 12:94, only behind USA’s Kendra Harrison who finished at 12:66. Harrison is the ...

Costa Rica Philharmonic Orchestra Metallica Costa Rica’s Philharmonic Orchestra Presents: The Best of Metallica

Every presentation of the Costa Rican Philharmonic Orchestra sells out, this speaks of the high level of the musicians and the excellent show the artists guided by Director Marvin Araya deliver every single time. Their recently announced concert promises to continue offering the attendees an unforgettable experience, the opportunity to enjoy the music of the famous band Metallica interpreted i...

Central American Ferry Central American Ferry (Costa Rica-El Salvador) Still Aground Due to Excess of Complicated Procedures

Early this July Costa Rica and El Salvador officially announce that both countries had everything ready for the Central American Ferry to begin its operations, establishing an urgent needed alternative route for exports and imports between the ports of La Union in El Salvador and Caldera in Costa Rica. The option of the Central American Ferry came as a solution for the commerce in the region s...

Costa Rica Best Hotels Nayara Springs, Hacienda AltaGracia and Nayara Resort in Costa Rica Among 100 Best Hotels in the World

Every year Travel and Leisure magazine carries out a survey to come up for the winners of the World’s Best Awards; the awards include the best hotels, cities, airlines, restaurants, cruise lines, transportation, and much more. The survey was made available at tlworldsbest.com from November 6, 2017 through March 5, 2018, readers of the magazine were invited to participate through the different p...

Nicaragua Covid19 Costa Rica Condemns Violence in Nicaragua

“The Government of Costa Rica strongly condemns the use of violence in students and citizens on the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAM)”; the Costa Rican government made the statement this Sunday when ten people were killed and dozens more wounded in clashes in Nicaragua. “For decades Costa Rica has dedicated to promoting peace and liberty, democracy and development, for this rea...

Costa RIca Expeditions US Expat Michael Kaye Founder of Costa Rica Expeditions and Pioneer of Ecotourism has Passed Away

He is considered a pioneer of rafting, eco-lodges and eco-tourism in Costa Rica, Michael Kaye a native of New York, passed away in the country that welcomed him and became his home since 1978. Michael Kaye fell in love with Costa Rica 40 years ago, and since then he dedicated his life to promoting the natural wonders of this country. Him and his wife founded the company Costa Rica Expeditions, ...

US Squadron Costa Rica Air Surveillance US Mobility Support Squadron Conducted Building Partnership Mission in Costa Rica

For a period of three weeks from May 16 through June 9, 2018, the US 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron conducted their first-ever mission to Costa Rica, a three-week building partnership capacity mission with the air vigilance service, (SVA – Servicio de Vigilancia Aereo). “This was our first mission to Costa Rica and my team executed and established the groundwork to build and strengthe...

Nicaragua Covid19 Nicaraguans Go On Strike This Friday – US Embassy in Nicaragua Will Remain Closed for the Day

Under the slogan, “Together we are a Volcano” (Juntos somos un volcán) thousands of Nicaraguans took to the streets of Managua this Thursday, July 12 to demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega. The march is the first of three days of scheduled protests against the Nicaraguan government, this Friday protesters call for a national strike and on Saturday a civic caravan. Ortega however, ref...

Central American Ferry Central American Ferry Ready to Begin Operations Between Costa Rica and El Salvador

Costa Rica and El Salvador officially announced that both countries already have the necessary conditions for the beginning of the operations of the Central American Ferry, establishing a route for exports and imports between the ports of La Union in El Salvador and Caldera in Costa Rica. The initiative would connect the maritime commercial flow between the two nations, with the purpose of cons...

Costa Rica Fruits The Delicious Fresh Fruit You Can Find in Costa Rica

Roadside fruit stands are a delightful culinary experience not to be missed while traveling through Costa Rica. The country's tropical climate and fertile volcanic soil create excellent conditions for a wide range of fruits to flourish. Although travelers may be familiar with fruits such as mango, papaya, pineapple, bananas, and coconut, Costa Rica offers a wide variety of nutritious and tasty tro...

Americans Costa Rica Trump Immigration American Citizens in Costa Rica Protested in Front of the US Embassy Against Trump’s Immigration Policies

A group of U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica, gathered in front of the US embassy this Saturday to manifest against Trump’s immigration policies. Chanting “What is democracy? Resisting is Democracy!” and “We are ashamed!” while holding signs with messages like “Liberty for children in the boarder”, “No to families’ separation”, “They are refugees, please help them”, “Stop tearing families apar...

Poas Region Costa Rica What Attractions to Visit in The Poas Region of Costa Rica

An imposing figure, known for its activity, the Poás Volcano is a perfect example of how a “living mountain” can bring about diverse, exciting tourist attractions in the neighboring areas. In this case, this area includes the communities of Poás, Vara Blanca, Fraijanes, Poasito, Sarchí and Bajos del Toro. Just a few days away from the country's mid-term vacation, between July 2-13, this region ...

Costa Rica, Panama Cruises UnCruise Adventures Announces Costa Rica-Panama Small Ship Adventure Cruises

UnCruise Adventures announced their new options for 10 and 12 night cruises in Costa Rica and Panama which will begin April 2019 and carrying through September. UnCruise Adventures is known for its small ships that have capacity for 22-90 guests and carry adventure gear for travelers to enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, snorkeling, etc. "After a year of operating in Costa Rica...

Costa Rica Nicaragua Number of Deaths in Nicaragua Rises to 285

A new report released today by the non-governmental organization, Nicaraguan Pro Human Rights Association (ANPDH in Spanish), confirms that the total number of victims that the conflict in this country has left since April 18 is 285, while 2500 have been injured, 156 are missing and 42 are permanently disabled; the report also details that among those who lost their live are 20 minors, 1 journalis...

Claressa Shields Hanna Gabriels Claressa Shields Beats Hanna Gabriels by Unanimous Decision

Photo Credit: ShowtimeBoxing Shields got the win with scores of 98-91, 97-92, 97-92 and earned, her second World Title in a very short time as a professional. The native of Michigan holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Female Super Middleweight Champion (168 lbs.) and today won the IBF and WBA Female Middleweight World Titles (160 lbs). It was ...

Hanna Gabriels Claressa Shields Costa Rican Hanna Gabriels Ready to Face U.S. Claressa Shields This Friday

Costa Rican World Champion Hanna Gabriels is in Detroit ready to face U.S. World Champion Claressa Shields this Friday, June 22. Both fighters  successfully made weight, weighing in at 159.6 lbs just below the 160 lbs limit. The Costa Rican is the current WBO (World Boxing Organization) and WBA (Word Boxing Association) Female World Super Welterweight Champion (154 lbs.); while Shields is a ...

Costa Rica Belgium soccer Costa Rica Falls to Belgium 4-1 in Friendly Match Prior to Russia World Cup

The Costa Rica National Soccer team had its last friendly match before their debut in the Russia World Cup which is scheduled for Sunday. “La Sele” fell to Belgium 4 goals to 1, in a match that demonstrated why Belgium holds the third spot of the FIFA ranking. In the first 20 minutes of the first half, Costa Rica actually looked structured as both teams measured up; the Ticos actually opened ...

Galapagos Coco Expedition This Video Shows You Impressive Images of the Galapagos Coco Expedition (Ecuador-Costa Rica)

Photo by Andy Mann / Waitt Foundation Facebook The expedition between Galapagos Island National Park in Ecuador and Coco Island National Park in Costa Rica took place April 2 through April 13 with the purpose of identifying marine migratory species that use this route and to quantify their distribution, abundance and diversity of their predators. The expedition was possible thanks to the joi...

Costa Rica v Nicaragua Dispute International Court of Justice Awards Costa Rica Disputed Territory

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) dictated today a historical sentence regarding the cases of “Maritime Delimitation Claim in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)” and “Terrestrial Frontier in the North Area of Isla Portillos (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)”, in which it established the delimitation of the maritime frontier between both countries and ordered Nicaragua to move...

Homicide Rates Homicide Rates in Central America-Where does Costa Rica Stack Up

The foundation Insight Crime, which is dedicated to the study of organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean published its yearly “InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up”, with the purpose of giving a snapshot of murder rates in the Latin America region. Murder rates are calculated by InSight Crime, based on the number of reported homicides and the country’s 2017 estimated population tot...

Costa Rica News Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security Makes Important Investment in Equipment

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security announced they have invested in the purchase of four new vessels to help battle organized crime in Costa Rican waters. “With satisfaction we announce that the ships GC110-1 Libertador Juan Rafael Mora Porras and GC110-2 General Jose Maria Cañas Escamilla (both donated by the United States to the Costa Rica coast guard service) are already painted and ...

Costa Rica Drug Trafficking Cocaine Enters Costa Rica through Limon and is Carried in Cement Trucks Reveals Investigative TV Show

Testigo Directo (Direct Witness) is a Colombian TV show that presents independent investigative journalism on different sensitive topics, one of their series “El ventilador de los narcos” presents detailed information on the drug trafficking business in Colombia and even interviews with former members of cartels that explain in detail how the operations work. The show is presented by Rafael Poveda...

Dominican Women Nationalized as Costa Rican to Enter Global Sex Trade

Dominican women in Costa Rica, victims of global sex and human trafficking, have reported being married to Costa Ricans to obtain Costa Rican citizenship before being taken to Europe or the United States for exploitation, according to representatives of the Rahab Foundation, a Costa Rican non-profit dedicated to ending human trafficking and aided its victims. Networks dedicated to human traffic...

Costa Rican Pleads Guilty in US to Selling Fake Viagra

A 41-year-old Costa Rican named Navarro Quesada pleaded guilty in the Pennsylvania Western District Court to the crimes of conducting mail fraud and money laundering. Navarro Quesada was arrested in February at the Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport in Madrid following an alert sent to the International Police (Interpol) by U.S. authorities. The Costa Rican man admitted to having used a website d...

Free Checked Bag on Volaris’ Central America Flights for Limited Time

Hopping from one Central American country to another has never been easier, with cheap flights on Volaris, Costa Rica's airline. And the company just announced that your first checked bag flies free on regional flights purchased between now and November 20. The promotion applies to travel undertaken between now and February 28, 2018, as long as tickets are purchased within the time-frame of ...

Mexican Magnate Carlos Slim Plans $17M Investment in Costa Rican Cement Plant

Elementia S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican company led by magnate's Carlos Slim and Antonio del Valle Ruiz, announced a US$17 million investment in a cement plant in Costa Rica. The company plans to expand its cement business in Central America with new facilities whose operation will begin in the first half of 2018 under the Fortaleza by Plycem brand. The new facilities will have a capacity to pro...

Costa Rica’s Catholic University Leads Promotion of Pope’s Ecology Proposal

The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation has organized an international congress in Costa Rica from November 29 to December 1, 2017 in which Pope Francis' "Laudato Si" and speeches on the environment by Benedict XVI will be the main themes, reported Papal news sources. Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si" is being used to create a tool to measure and rank countries' efforts in human ...

Prize-Winning Costa Rican Research May Aid Treatment of Deadly Food Poisoning

Listeria may not be part of your daily lexicon, but if you've ever been pregnant it probably was once on your radar. The bacteria can be spread by contaminated food, and can cause a rare infection that can be deadly in 20-30 percent of infections. Pregnant women are 10 times more likely than other people to get a Listeria infection, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control. ...

Shark Sanctuary Costa Rica Costa Rican Environmentalists Cheer Ecuador’s Charges Against Shark Fishers

A ruling Monday on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador charged 20 ship crew members with steep fines and prison time for fishing in protected waters, said a report on 88.5 WFDD, Public Radio for the Piedmont in North Carolina, U.S. The ruling comes at a moment when Costa Rican conservationists are seeking global support to prohibit the exportation of a stockpile of tons of hammerhead shark fin...

Costa Rica Nicaraguan Immigrants Costa Rica’s Frontier Police Detains Truck With 50 illegal Nicaraguan Immigrants

The Costa Rican Frontier Police located this Saturday a truck used for the transportation of pineapple carrying 50 Nicaraguan citizens with irregular migratory status. The driver of the truck was a Costa Rican with last name Pérez, he has apprehended and presented to the district attorney’s office in San Carlos charged with presumed human smuggling. The truck entered the country from Nicarag...

Storms on Costa Rica’s Horizon as Peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season Nears

It's no coincidence that Costa Rica's rainiest months are August-October, with these corresponding to the Atlantic hurricane season, whose influence can often spread throughout the country. Right now on the horizon is Tropical Storm Harvey, making its way steadily westward. Forecasters are uncertain whether the system will gain or diminish strength over the weekend as it enters the Caribbean. ...

Worcester, Massachusetts Polytech Adds Costa Rica to Global Program Offerings

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) today announced Global Projects For All, a university-wide initiative that will provide all students with access to an off-campus project experience. To serve the growing demand for off-campus projects, the Global Projects Program has added 18 new project centers since 2009. This year WPI will add programs in Massachusetts, Costa Rica, Japan, and Switzerlan...

Costa Rican Snake Travels to Scotland on Pineapple; Taken Home by Shopper

A shopper in Scotland brought home something unexpected with his purchase of a Costa Rican pineapple this week. The pineapple was shipped from Costa Rica as are all fresh pineapples with the crown, or green leaves attached to the top, to keep them from ripening too quickly. And this adventurous snake found that a convenient place to hide. The Edinburgh grocery shopper called the Scottish Soc...

Costa Rica Ocean Conservation Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador Join Efforts Towards Ocean Protection

The First Encounter of World Marine Heritage Sites of the East Pacific took place from Wednesday to Friday this week in the Guanacaste Conservation Area in Costa Rica. Representatives from the different Marine World Heritage Sites gathered in the country in the event organized by the Pacifico Foundation, the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the UNESCO field office in Costa Rica in respons...