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The Pothole Makes A Comeback In Costa Rica

The Pothole Makes A Comeback In Costa Rica

There was a time in Costa Rica in the not too far distant past when you couldn’t drive more than a kilometre or two (a mile for the non-metrics) without literally hitting a pothole or two or three…the pothole situation was so bad that mechanics laughed all the way to the bank and auto parts […]

Most Facebook Users Not Swayed By Ads; Is Usage Fading?

Most Facebook Users Not Swayed By Ads; Is Usage Fading?

Are you spending less time on Facebook? If so, you are not alone. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that 34% of Facebook users are spending less time on the site than they were six months ago, while only 20% are spending more time on the site. Meanwhile, the poll also found that 80% of Facebook […]

QTip: In Costa Rica There Is No “Billion”

Millions and more: Numbers larger than the millions can get problematic in both English and Spanish. Traditionally, a billion has been a thousand million in U.S. English but a million million in British English, and Spanish has followed the British standard, with a trillion being a thousand billions in either case. Thus 1,000,000,000,000 would be […]

Costa Rica’s New Traffic Law ALREADY With Errors!

Costa Rica’s New Traffic Law ALREADY With Errors!

In a few days the new traffic law, passed by legislators in September, will be signed by the Presidenta, published in La Gaceta and be in effect. Interesting is that the same inspectors who will be responsible for upholding the law have found errors in the approved text and will have to make amendments. One […]

Costa Rica and India sign agreement to boost bilateral trade

Costa Rica and India sign agreement to boost bilateral trade

Costa Rica, a Latin American country, plans to sign an investment protection agreement with India to boost bilateral trade, especially in the service and manufacturing sector. It would soon put in place a framework for economic cooperation with India, with any eye on the country’s IT sector. In the Capital to participate in the OECD […]

One Cause, Many Voices: A Bra For Life

One Cause, Many Voices: A Bra For Life

What started out as a project to install an exhibit at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in 2011 in Toronto, the organizers of The Bra Project – a project to raise awareness of breach cancer started in a remote region of Canada’s Near Hope, had no idea of what was to come.   With the […]

Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Costa Rica

Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Costa Rica

Relocating to another country is a significant decision that should be given careful thought. When pondering about such a move, one can easily come up with a million questions about what to expect; something that can be attributed to the many complexities we have assigned to our modern lives. Like many other developing countries around […]

Colombia: Giving a voice to the FARC’s victims

Colombia: Giving a voice to the FARC’s victims

Relatives of kidnapped and those who have disappeared meet in Bogotá to tell their stories three days before the start of peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC in Norway. BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Three days before the start of negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), victims […]

Panama rolls out rapid, transparent justice system

Panama rolls out rapid, transparent justice system

PANAMA CITY, Panama – The legal maxim “justice delayed is justice denied” is becoming a thing of the past in Panama. The Accusatory Penal System (SPA), which was introduced last year, has increased efficiency in the Panamanian justice system by 70%, according to official figures. Under the previous inquisitorial system – which is still in […]

Tremor Not Related to 7.6 Quake

Tremor Not Related to 7.6 Quake

A brief 5.2 tremor shook the Central Valley and Central Pacific Coastal Area of the country without causing damage. Seismologists say it had no relation to the Sept. 5 quake that caused severe damage o n the Nicoya Peninsula. The epicenter was 11 kilometers — about 8 miles — southwest of the coastal town of […]

Sala IV Orders Cell Phone Tower Removed

Sala IV Orders Cell Phone Tower Removed

Politician Antonio Alvarez (Desanti), the perennial would-be presidential candidate, won his case before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) which last week ordered removal of a cell phone post in front of his house. Of the 30 suits filed before Sala IV to have cell phone towers removed on the grounds of […]

Navigate The Streets of San José Like A Pro

Navigate The Streets of San José Like A Pro

The streets of San José, as in most towns in Costa Rica, each block is assumed to be 100 metres, although some blocks may be much longer and some may be shorter. So if someone tells you to head down the road 500 metes, they mean five blocks. There are no North American type addresses […]

Airport Departure Tax

Airport Departure Tax

The airport departure tax is $26, payable in cash (dollars or colones) or with Visa. (Paying the tax via credit card means the transaction will be processed as a cash advance and incur additional fees.) The tax is payable by everyone (tourist, resident or citizen) every time they leave the country by the air. It […]

Play Safely on Costa Rica’s Beaches

Play Safely on Costa Rica’s Beaches

Enjoy the beaches of Costa Rica safely. Take great care at beaches that drop off steeply as you enter the water. This is an indicator not only of large waves that crash straight onto the shore but also of strong currents. Watch what the locals are doing before you venture out into the waves&whether you’re […]

Insider’s Guide to Corcovado National Park

Insider’s Guide to Corcovado National Park

Thunder quaked, and with every step, I slid down the slippery jungle path nearing the edge of the canopy as rain poured through the trees. Howler monkeys groaned in the distance. One of my travel partners brought out a dry bag and enclosed his camera gear in of it. “I never travel without one of […]

You Write. We Publish. You Get Paid.

The Q is always looking for interesting stories and reports. And now you can make money doing what you like to do, write. To become a contributor send an email to editor@qcostarica.com. What we offer are: 1. General contribution. There is no monetary remuneration for this type of contribution, but offer a by-line and link […]

Costa Rica Prison to Become Tourist Destination

Costa Rica Prison to Become Tourist Destination

The prison of San Lucas Island, which operated between 1873 and 1991, housing the most dangerous criminals in Costa Rica, seeks to grow as a tourist destination with its dark history of torture and the natural wealth that surround it. The island San Lucas, which is 472 acres, is located three kilometers from the coast […]

Costa Rican Seas Provide New Cures for Cancer

Costa Rican Seas Provide New Cures for Cancer

Experts from Costa Rica and the Spanish company PharmaMar, dedicated to marine biotechnology research, beginning in February will seek new cures and treatments for cancer in organisms living in Costa Rican waters. The Spanish company will work for five years in the territorial waters of Costa Rica thanks to an agreement with the National Institute […]

QLegal: Rentista Residency Application

QLegal: Rentista Residency Application

The Rentista Residency Category (based on investment income) is of major interest to many persons contemplating moving to live in Costa Rica. This Category requires the following documentation for each Applicant, which must be issued current within six months of the Application date, as submitted to the Costa Rican Immigration Department: 1. An original Birth […]

Purchasing Property in Costa Rica

Purchasing Property in Costa Rica

Purchasing property in Costa Rica requires a higher level of due diligence in order to avoid the pitfalls that are presented. A Purchaser requires the assistance of both a skilled Realtor and Attorney/Notary, in order that the proper inquiry is made prior to any Purchase Agreement being entered into. Photo courtesy First Realty CRE As […]

As Global Markets Go South, Investors Turn To Latin America

As Global Markets Go South, Investors Turn To Latin America

It’s July of 1990, and the two Germany’s have just united, marking the end of the Cold War, and capped with West Germany’s soccer World Cup victory over Argentina.   As the images of the defeated players travelled the world (who can forget Diego Maradona’s tears?), in New York, a Latin American company was symbolically […]

Karina Bolaños Former Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth (Video and Photos)

Karina Bolaños Former Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth (Video and Photos)

Costa Rica’s Deputy minister of Culture and Youth Karina Bolaños has achieved international fame after learning that an erotic video ran the social networks. In it, Bolaños appears in her underwear and dedicating a somewhat racy message to a man while hugging a pillow and hinted viewers one of her nipples. “Here I am alone, […]

Reasons to live or retire in Costa Rica

Reasons to live or retire in Costa Rica

Have you ever dreamed of the perfect place to live or retire with a great lifestyle? You have found it and Christopher Howard will introduce you to it. Costa Rica is a unique tropical retirement paradise which offers inexpensive living and retirement; affordable first-world medical care for retirees; the opportunity to start over; lots of […]

Costa Rica Travel

Costa Rica Travel

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QAutomotive

QAutomotive

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Business – Banking

Business – Banking

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Speeding in Costa Rica Will Land You In Jail

Speeding in Costa  Rica Will Land You In Jail

Driving in excess of 150 km/h on Costa Rica’s roads can land the driver up to three years in jail the loss of their driver’s license. The sanction is part of the new Ley de Tránsito that the country will see go into effect in the coming weeks. Driving at such a high speed does […]

“Barrio Chino” Gets Gateway

“Barrio Chino” Gets Gateway

San Jose’s “Barrio Chino” (Chinatown) has received its gateway, a pagoda-like roof affair hovering over the street known as Paseo de los Estudiantes. The half million dollar structure designed by a Costa Rican architect, Mariano Ureña, (who is not Chinese or even Chinese/Costa Rican) will be the crowning touch on a project begun during the […]

Quick Action Saves Indigent from Dogs

Quick Action Saves Indigent from Dogs

Quick thinking by two observers. who risked their own lives. rescued an indigent from an attack by two pit bull guard dogs in Desamparados Thursday, reported the national newspaper La Nacion. Jose Luis Jimenez, 30, was collecting discarded aluminum and plastic to sell to recyclers from the Cucubres River bed when the two dogs guarding […]