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The Power Of The “Imperial”!

The Power Of The “Imperial”!

QCOSTARICA – Imperial is Costa Rica’s national beer, Ticos have been drinking it since 1924 and is no quickly making a name for itself around…

Cloud of Bottles To Promote Conservation

Cloud of Bottles To Promote Conservation

QCOSTARICA – A fat, multicolored cloud seems to float below a large sign in Santa Ana. But second glance reveals that it has a strangely…

5 Ways To Survive a Trip to Costa Rica With Kids

5 Ways To Survive a Trip to Costa Rica With Kids

QCOSTARICA TRAVEL – Once you become you parent, you don’t so much take vacations anymore – you take trips. It’s an all-hands-on-deck, “does everybody have…

The Rise of Handcrafted Beers in Costa Rica

The Rise of Handcrafted Beers in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – It is official: there is a beer revolution happening in Costa Rica. Craft brewing has arrived in my country in a big way,…

“Mikaol Yordan” Premieres in Panama, Headed For The U.S.

“Mikaol Yordan” Premieres in Panama, Headed For The U.S.

COSTA RICA EXTRA – The Costa Rican production “Maikol Yordan de Viaje Perdido” (Micheal Jordan in Lost Travel), the highest grossing film ever in Costa…

Costa Rica Film “Viaje” Praised At Tribeca Film Festival

Costa Rica Film “Viaje” Praised At Tribeca Film Festival

COSTA RICA EXTRA – The Costa Rican film “Viaje” scored its first praise from the international press on Wednesday, Stephen Holden of The New York…

Sugar Cane Fires In Residential Areas of the Valley

Sugar Cane Fires In Residential Areas of the Valley

QCOSTARICA – Again, residents near sugar cane fiels are unhappy about the annual pre-harvest burning, to make the process easier and require less manual labor.…



OIJ Waiting On Tests To Confirm If Charred Remains Are Those of Missing Expat

OIJ Waiting On Tests To Confirm If Charred Remains Are Those of Missing Expat

QCOSTARICA – The presumed death of Bob Stewart, known to his friends as “Hawaii Bob” is still being investigated by the Organismo de Investigación de Judicial (OIJ), who are waiting on the results of toxicology tests, to determine if the burned remains found in the house in Grifo Alto de Puriscal, are in fact those […]…

Six 11 Year Old Girls Accuse School Principal Of Sexual Abuse

Six 11 Year Old Girls Accuse School Principal Of Sexual Abuse

QCOSTARICA – Six students of the El Higuerón school, in Upala, Alajuela, reported being sexually abused by the school’s principal, a 47 year old man…

MOPT Announces Saliva Test For Drunk Drivers

MOPT Announces Saliva Test For Drunk Drivers

QCOSTARICA – The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) announced Friday it will be purchasing 4.000 saliva tests it will use starting in August,…

Group To March In Favor Of Legal Use of Marijuana in Costa Rica

Group To March In Favor Of Legal Use of Marijuana in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – A group called Movimiento Cannábico Costarricense (Cannabis Costa Rican Movement) is organizing a march for  May 9 in San Jose to demonstrate in…

Costa Ricans  Can Travel To 125 Countries Without Requiring A Visa

Costa Ricans Can Travel To 125 Countries Without Requiring A Visa

QCOSTARICA – Worldwide, Costa Rica ranks 27th among the nations whose people have the opportunity to travel to more countries without restrictions. According to the…

American Found Dead and Partially Burned in Puriscal

American Found Dead and Partially Burned in Puriscal

QCOSTARICA – A U.S. citizen, 72 year old Robert Stewart, who apparently lived alone on his luxurious villa in Ojo de Agua de Grifo Alto…

Lutheran Church of Costa Rica Closes Doors To Former Minister Melvin Jimenez To Occupy Senior Positions

Lutheran Church of Costa Rica Closes Doors To Former Minister Melvin Jimenez To Occupy Senior Positions

QCOSTARICA – The Lutheran Church of Costa Rica says it has no room for former minister Melvin Jiménez to occupy a senior administrative position now…

New Law Allows Access To “Bono” For Construction of Second Home On Same Lot

New Law Allows Access To “Bono” For Construction of Second Home On Same Lot

QCOSTARICA – A new law will allow families to access a “bono” (housing bond) to add a second family dwelling on the same lot, provided…

Dangerous Informality in Nicaragua Construction Sector

Dangerous Informality in Nicaragua Construction Sector

TODAY NICARAGUA – Lack of control over the use of materials and job insecurity are two of the problems which would be resolved if the National Construction Council is created, suggests the private sector. Informality in the construction sector is growing and with it “… security policies are becoming more flexible, they start to be […]…

Panama Corruption Scandal

Panama Corruption Scandal

TODAY PANAMA – A corruption probe into a welfare program in Panama now involves an ex-president, dozens of congressmen and several cabinet members — yet…

Historic Obama-Castro Meeting in Panama

Historic Obama-Castro Meeting in Panama

In Panama, attending the Summit of the Americas, President Obama sat down with with Cuban leader Raul Castro on Saturday, marking the first formal meeting…

Unfair Competition for Guatemalan Footwear

Unfair Competition for Guatemalan Footwear

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Local producers denounce the practice of triangulation, smuggling, under-invoicing and reporting new footwear coming from Chinaas as used. In 2012 footwear…

Narco Queen Ready to Blow the Lid Off Central American Underworld

Narco Queen Ready to Blow the Lid Off Central American Underworld

A high-profile Guatemalan drug trafficker arrested in the United States in 2014 threatens to open a Pandora’s Box. Marllory Chacón, known as “La Reina del…

Panama Closes Its Capital For The Summit of the Americas

Panama Closes Its Capital For The Summit of the Americas

TODAY PANAMA – With the means to facilitate the development of the VII Summit of the Americas, the national authorities issued today Executive Decree mandating…

Are Obama and Castro Ready for the Summit of the Americas?

Are Obama and Castro Ready for the Summit of the Americas?

TODAY PANAMA - This Friday and Saturday, in Panama (April 10-11, 2015), most of the leaders of countries in the Western Hemisphere will gather for…

Presidente Obama Is About To Have His Moment In Latin America

Presidente Obama Is About To Have His Moment In Latin America

TODAY PANAMA —The stage is finally set for Barack Obama to have his Latin America moment: that triumphant, looking-sharp-in-a-new-guayabera wrist wave to a roomful of…

Venezuelans Coerced into Anti-Obama Petition

Venezuelans Coerced into Anti-Obama Petition

TODAY VENEZUELA – The government of President Nicolás Maduro is using desperate measures to coerce Venezuelans into signing a petition against the United States. The signature campaign calls for the repeal of Barack Obama’s executive order, which described Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the North American nation. On Sunday, April 5, authorities […]…

Venezuela Drafts Citizen Soldiers en Masse to Fight US “Invasion”

Venezuela Drafts Citizen Soldiers en Masse to Fight US “Invasion”

TODAY VENEZUELA – The youth wing of the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (JPSUV) and the 13,000 Units of Battle Hugo Chávez are to…

US Army: Rape of a 12-year-old Colombian girl that never took place

US Army: Rape of a 12-year-old Colombian girl that never took place

TODAY COLOMBIA – The United States Army has denied the 2007 rape of a 12-year-old Colombian girl allegedly carried out by their soldiers, in spite…

Colombia Transforms Old Tires Into Green Housing

Colombia Transforms Old Tires Into Green Housing

TODAY COLOMBIA – CHOACHM, Colombia — The highlands around the Colombian capital are scattered with small buildings that look like out-of-place igloos but are in…

Colombian Model Gives Away A Car By Mistake In ‘Price Is Right’ Fail

Colombian Model Gives Away A Car By Mistake In ‘Price Is Right’ Fail

TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia’s Manuela Arbelaez thought her “Price Is Right” modeling days were over when she accidentally gave away a car, but it turns…

Venezuela Looks to Hugo Chavez Oil Belt to Fix Sick Economy

Venezuela Looks to Hugo Chavez Oil Belt to Fix Sick Economy

TODAY VENEZUELA (AP) You can’t miss it, rising off the main highway, a mountain of toxic soot towering over the flat, sunbaked scrubland of eastern…

Putting Salacious DEA Sex Party Report in Perspective

Putting Salacious DEA Sex Party Report in Perspective

LATIN AMERICA – The new report by the US Department of Justice on the sexual misconduct of four law enforcement agencies is full of smutty…

Vigilante Justice Popular Across Latin America: Report

Vigilante Justice Popular Across Latin America: Report

LATIN AMERICA – A recent study shows an alarmingly high support for vigilante justice in numerous countries in the Americas, a phenomenon linked to a…

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The Cost of Living in Costa Rica As An Expat or Nomad

TICOBULL – Where is the cheapest place to live and work remotely, best internet speed, temperature, air quality? Many of us dream of the nomadic…

Yes, It Is Safe To Drink Tap Water in Costa!

TICO BULL – You need drinking water no matter where you go, but not all parts of the world can always guarantee clean, safe tap…

I’ll Take Any Day The “Ferreteria” Over EPA !

TICOBULL – The large, Home Depot style of retail store in Costa Rica, EPA, is great for just about everything: lumber, paint, household cleaning, tools,…

Carlos Vives And Marc Anthony Together in Costa Rica. NOT!

TICO BULL – Once again the U.S. media and one Costa Rican news source, confuses San Jose, California with San Jose, Costa Rica. On Wednesday,…

[BLOG] THE CALDERA HIGHWAY – ROUTE #27- MANAGEMENT CUDOS AND CRITICISMS

QCOSTARICA – The Caldera Highway, as it is known to most of us living in Costa Rica, or Costa Rica Highway Route #27, as it…


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The Power Of The “Imperial”!

The Power Of The “Imperial”!

QCOSTARICA – Imperial is Costa Rica’s national beer, Ticos have been…

Cloud of Bottles To Promote Conservation

Cloud of Bottles To Promote Conservation

QCOSTARICA – A fat, multicolored cloud seems to float below a…

The Rise of Handcrafted Beers in Costa Rica

The Rise of Handcrafted Beers in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – It is official: there is a beer revolution happening…

“Mikaol Yordan” Premieres in Panama, Headed For The U.S.

“Mikaol Yordan” Premieres in Panama, Headed For The U.S.

COSTA RICA EXTRA – The Costa Rican production “Maikol Yordan de…

Costa Rica Film “Viaje” Praised At Tribeca Film Festival

Costa Rica Film “Viaje” Praised At Tribeca Film Festival

COSTA RICA EXTRA – The Costa Rican film “Viaje” scored its…

Sugar Cane Fires In Residential Areas of the Valley

Sugar Cane Fires In Residential Areas of the Valley

QCOSTARICA – Again, residents near sugar cane fiels are unhappy about…

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OIJ Waiting On Tests To Confirm If Charred Remains Are Those of Missing Expat

OIJ Waiting On Tests To Confirm If Charred Remains Are Those of Missing Expat

QCOSTARICA – The presumed death of Bob Stewart, known to his friends as “Hawaii Bob”…

Guanacaste Fires Have Consumed More Than 1,800 Hectares of Protected Areas

Josefinos Head To Nicoya For Driving Test

Informal Trade, Massage Parlors, Sale of Drugs Triggers Insecurity in Tamarindo

Walmart Stopped Dumping Wastewater into Lagarto River

Tradition Moves A Town To Catch An Crocodile By Hand

Honey Sweet Guanacaste

No Water Shortages In Guanacaste

Evangelical Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse In Guanacaste


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