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QPhotos: Costa Rica Sun, Sand and Beer!

QPhotos: Costa Rica Sun, Sand and Beer!

The Costa Rica sun, sand and beer is not only people. This photo of a dog and his beer on the beach of Esterillos Oeste…

Have You Seen One Of These Lately?

Have You Seen One Of These Lately?

(QCOSTARICA) Definitely a rare sight, the public payphone was once the only communication tool for many in Costa Rica.  I can’t remember the last time…

Avianca Begins Direct Flights Between San Jose And San Andres

Avianca Begins Direct Flights Between San Jose And San Andres

(QCOSTARICA) Starting last Friday, the Colombian airline, Avianca, is now offering three weekly direct flights to the Caribbean island of San Andres. The flights leave…

Mid-Year School Break Is On

Mid-Year School Break Is On

(QCOSTARICA) Summer vacation is on for the almost one million students who get a break from classes for two weeks. The annual mid-year school break…

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to our all our American friends from the Q! Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics,…

Costa Rica’s Absense In The Miss Universe Is Being Echoed Around The World

Costa Rica’s Absense In The Miss Universe Is Being Echoed Around The World

(COSTARICA EXTRA) Phrases like “the misses of each country are not to blame for what happened”, and “they should not be pay for the sins…

Saretto Is Back!

Saretto Is Back!

(TICO BULL) The Saretto supermarket in Escazú has undergone an overhaul, renewing its image, giving its customers with a new shopping experience. The store, located…

Peru Drops Visa Requirement For Ticos

Peru Drops Visa Requirement For Ticos

(QCOSTARICA) Starting August 2, 2015, Costa Ricans will no longer require a visa to travel to Peru. The agreement signed by both countries on Wednesday…

QToons: “In Just(o)amente”

QToons: “In Just(o)amente”

Justamente, (justly in English) is a play on words of the state of mind of Justo Orozco, the former legislator, facing allegations of sexual abuse,…



Traffic Police Expands Force With Officials Working Pro Bono

Traffic Police Expands Force With Officials Working Pro Bono

(QCOSTARICA) How would like to work pro bono as traffic cop in Costa Rica? With the objective of increasing the size of the police force and due to budget constrains, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will be recruiting between 25 and 40 officials this year, working pro bono. The “Ad Honorem” officials will have […]…

Nicaragua Fails To Give Answers On Tico Prisoner

Nicaragua Fails To Give Answers On Tico Prisoner

(QCOSTARICA) Nicaraguan prison authorities, bowing to pressure, ten days ago allowed Daniel Gil, a Costa Rican national being held at the El Chipote prison in…

Looking For Work? Ojo, Jobs Are All Around You.

Looking For Work? Ojo, Jobs Are All Around You.

(QCOSTARICA) Good news for those looking for work, a series of job fairs and opportunities like the soon-to-open City Mall in Alajuela, is flooding the…

Gasoline Prices Lower Today Than In 2010

Gasoline Prices Lower Today Than In 2010

(QCOSTARICA) Currently, the average salary of a professional allows filling 33 forty litre tanks of gasoline, while in 2010 it only filled 25. Thus, the…

The Weather Continues To Batter Limon

The Weather Continues To Batter Limon

(QCOSTARICA) Several communities in the province of Limon continue to be battered by heavy rains. In some places like Gali, Cuatro Millas and Manguita, the…

Ruta 32 Once Again Closed Due To Heavy Rain

Ruta 32 Once Again Closed Due To Heavy Rain

(QCOSTARICA) The heavy rain has once again caused the closure of the Ruta 32, between San Jose and Guapiles, causing landslides between kilometres 24 and…

Traffic Police Out In Full Force To Ensure A Safe Vacation

Traffic Police Out In Full Force To Ensure A Safe Vacation

(QCOSTARICA) This week and next are the mid-year vacation in Costa Rica, when almost a million students are off school and many families head to…

Costa Rica Visitors Spending More

Costa Rica Visitors Spending More

(QCOSTARICA) The Central Bank (Banco Central de Costa Rica – BCCR) says it registered “an important” increase of foreign currency coming into the country for…

Fidel Castro Visits Cheese-Makers in Rare Public Appearance

Fidel Castro Visits Cheese-Makers in Rare Public Appearance

(TODAY CUBA) HAVANA — Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, visited 19 cheese masters for four hours on Friday in a rare trip outside his Havana home, official media reported on Saturday. The photos showing the leader alive and well came out three days after his younger brother and current president, Raul Castro, announced a […]…

Panama ponders on accepting oil or gas from Venezuela to settle accounts

Panama ponders on accepting oil or gas from Venezuela to settle accounts

(TODAY PANAMA) Swap of oil or natural gas for the millions of dollars owed by Venezuela to Panamanian businesses is among the options to settle…

Nicaraguan Intellectuals Reaffirm Support to Ecuador

The Nicaraguan chapter of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humankind expressed today its full support to the Government of…

Single Registration for Patents in Central America

Single Registration for Patents in Central America

(QCOSTARICA) A proposal has been made for the region to standardize the criteria for patenting so that it has the same validity and is treated…

Nicaragua Says It Will Pariticipate in Miss Universe

Nicaragua Says It Will Pariticipate in Miss Universe

(TODAY NICARAGUA) The Miss Nicaragua organization on Wednesday ruled out withdrawing its candidate from the Miss Universe contest, arguing legal reasons, despite disagreeing with the…

Artist Creates Donald Trump Piñata For Angry Mexicans

Artist Creates Donald Trump Piñata For Angry Mexicans

(QCOSTARICA Via Fox News Latino) Mexico City – After Donald Trump’s Mexico-bashing comments this week, Mexicans are engaging in a little Trump-bashing of their own.…

Nicaragua: New Masaya Industrial Park To Create 4,500 Jobs

Nicaragua: New Masaya Industrial Park To Create 4,500 Jobs

(TODAY NICARAGUA) An industrial park has been inaugurated which has 55,000 square metres dedicated to the production of textiles in the Siglo XXI free zone,…

Nicaragua: 6 Dead, 35,000 Affected By The Rains in June

Nicaragua: 6 Dead, 35,000 Affected By The Rains in June

(TODAY NICARAGUA) The government of Nicaragua has declared a red alert after six have died and 35,000 others have been affected by the rains this…

Bombs go off in Bogota: 8 injured

Bombs go off in Bogota: 8 injured

(TODAY COLOMBIA) Eight people were reported injured in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday after two bombs went off almost simultaneously at offices of a Colombian pension fund. The first bomb went off before a Porvenir pension office in the Chapinero district at approximately 3:45PM. Within minutes a second bomb went off at another office of […]…

Venezuela will not default in 2015, Says Expert

Venezuela will not default in 2015, Says Expert

(TODAY VENEZUELA) – “Venezuela does not look like defaulting in 2015,” said José Ignacio Guarino, a professor in the area of finances and securities market.…

Colombia Withdraws From Miss Universe

Colombia Withdraws From Miss Universe

(TODAY COLOMBIA) Colombia has retracted its bid to host Miss Universe amid public rejection of owner Donald Trump’s recent controversial comments on Latinos in his…

Bogota doubles up on security amid fears FARC might attack Colombia’s capital

Bogota doubles up on security amid fears FARC might attack Colombia’s capital

Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro asked the police and armed forces to step up security measures in Colombia’s capital amid concerns that rebel group FARC is…

Angry at Trump, Colombia’s J Balvin cancels performance at Miss USA

Angry at Trump, Colombia’s J Balvin cancels performance at Miss USA

Offended by US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks on Mexicans, Colombian singer J Balvin on Wednesday said he would cancel his scheduled performance at Miss…

In Colombia, Congress Most Corrupt Institution: Report

In Colombia, Congress Most Corrupt Institution: Report

(TODAY COLOMBIA) Colombia’s Congress is by far the country’s most corrupt government body, according to Transparency for Colombia. The 2015 National Transparency Index evaluated 85…

In Venezuela, “Teta Teresa”, Like “Paul the Octopus” Predicts Soccer Games

In Venezuela, “Teta Teresa”, Like “Paul the Octopus” Predicts Soccer Games

(TODAY VENEZUELA) A model uses her breasts to supposedly predict the results of soccer matches of the Copa America Chile 2015. So far her record…

5 African migrants found dead on Colombia-Panama border

5 African migrants found dead on Colombia-Panama border

(TODAY COLOMBIA) Five Ghanaian citizens, presumably illegal migrants traveling north, were found dead on the Panamanian-Colombian border over the weekend. A farmer found their bodies…

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Saretto Is Back!

(TICO BULL) The Saretto supermarket in Escazú has undergone an overhaul, renewing its image, giving its customers with a new shopping experience. The store, located…

Donald Trump, You’re Fired! But…

(TICO BULL) Costa Ricans, locally referred to as Ticos, are non-confrontational. The Pura Vida way of life is laid-back and considered extremely impolite to raise…

HAPPY CANADA DAY, EH!

(TICO BULL) Happy Canada Day to all Canadians living in Costa Rica (and around the world). You are all definitely on the Q’s Eh list.…

Poverty-Crusader Solís Cannot Give What Has Not Been Created

(QCOSTARICA BLOGS) The key ingredient necessary for greater tax collection is a growing nation. If you want to generate more revenues, look for ways to…

“Territorio de Zaguates”

(TICO BULL) San Jose, Costa Rica – This from Costaricabargainhunter.com, an experience you will never forget. Imagine taking a hike with more than 500 dogs,…

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MAC Brings Giant Shoes to Downtown San José

MAC Brings Giant Shoes to Downtown San José

(QCOSTARICA) There are shoes in the Plaza! Not just any shoes.…

Costa Rica’s Absense In The Miss Universe Is Being Echoed Around The World

Costa Rica’s Absense In The Miss Universe Is Being Echoed Around The World

(COSTARICA EXTRA) Phrases like “the misses of each country are not…

Costa Rica Says NO To Donald Trump

Costa Rica Says NO To Donald Trump

(QCOSTARICA) Televisora de Costa Rica (Teletica), with more than 40 years…

Teletica Will Announce Today Its Decision On Miss Universe

Teletica Will Announce Today Its Decision On Miss Universe

(QCOSTARICA) It will be today, according to a press release last…

Making Coffee The Costa Rican Way

Making Coffee The Costa Rican Way

(QCOSTARICA) – Costa Rica is known for its coffee, could even…

Oh It’s So Cute! Wait, WTF?

Oh It’s So Cute! Wait, WTF?

(QCOSTARICA) – As you might have guessed by now, this is…

Pride Run in San Jose (Photos)

Pride Run in San Jose (Photos)

(QCOSTARICA) – The first Pride Run in San Jose, Sunday, June…

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The Dark Side Of Expat Life In Costa Rica

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What Makes the Expat Lifestyle So Addictive?

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Are You Cut Out for the Expat Life?

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Common Misconceptions About Living And Retiring in Costa Rica

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