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Closings in Barrio Amon and Barrio Otoya (San Jose)

Closings in Barrio Amon and Barrio Otoya (San Jose)

(QCOSTARICA) By Michael Miller – In the past few months, a surprising number of establishments in San José’s Barrio Amon and Barrio Otoya have closed. Some have closed for good, and some just temporarily. This area has seen many ups and downs throughout its history. It was once considered the most fashionable neighborhood in San […]

Farmer’s Market of San José Displays the Abundance of Costa Rica

Farmer’s Market of San José Displays the Abundance of Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – By Michael Miller. Every Saturday, starting about 7 in the morning, thousands of residents of San José flock to one of the most colorful events in the city. It is the Feria del Agricultor, the Farmer’s Market on Avenida 20. Here you will see the incredible bounty from the surrounding Costa Rican countryside. […]

Paseo Gastronomico la Luz; Downtown’s Restaurant Row

Paseo Gastronomico la Luz; Downtown’s Restaurant Row

QCOSTARICA – In the last few years, the city of San José has been creating a “restaurant row” close to Downtown.  Costa Ricans know it as Paseo Gastronomico la Luz.  It is Calle 33, between Avenidas 1 and 11 in Barrio Escalante. Although it is still relatively undiscovered by tourists and North American expats, the […]

Bilingual Job Fair Attracts Thousands

Bilingual Job Fair Attracts Thousands

QCOSTARICA – This past weekend, thousands of Costa Rican job seekers visited the CINDE Bilingual Job Fair in San José. They got to meet with representatives from over 50 companies looking for qualified candidates. Many of the companies were multi-nationals. They were looking for people to fill a wide range of positions from call-center telemarketers […]

Washing the INS Building

Washing the INS Building

QCOSTARICA – What happens to a big office tower during the long Christmas holiday?  Well, one landmark building in downtown San Jose got a bath while all the workers were away for vacation. These photos were taken over several days during the past week.  They show a team of workers power-washing the head office of […]

The Tile Art of Barrio Amón

The Tile Art of Barrio Amón

QCOSTARICA – Downtown San José is filled with public art. Everywhere you look you will see statues, paintings, parks and beautiful architecture. In the Barrio Amón section of San José, what you will find are tiles: Hand painted tiles. Tile art is everywhere in this neighborhood. It is on the exterior walls of private homes, […]

The Beguiling Bronzes of 4th Avenue

The Beguiling Bronzes of 4th Avenue

QCOSTARICA – Avenida Cuatro (4th Avenue) in Downtown San José is known as “The Other Pedestrian Walkway.” When compared to the more famous Avenida Central, which boasts the National Theater, the museums and many upscale shops, 4th Avenue comes off looking like the weak sister. But what you will on find on 4th Avenue are […]