3 Reasons Not to Live in Costa Rica (and 3 Reasons You Should Move There Now!)

It took a while for my husband and I to pluck up the courage to sell our house and...

Costa Ricans Are Very Polite

(By Galya Gerstman) Costa Ricans are very polite. Very, very polite. We from the USA think we’re polite....

The U.S.A. Is Not America!

Invariably, in gatherings of Americans, Ticos and other Latins, the subject of what is America comes up. Growing...

Do You Sit In The Back Seat or Front?

Hail a cab or call an Uber in any city in the U.S. or Canada and the driver...

3 Ways to Get a Second Passport and 2 Countries to Get It From Quickly

A Second Passport is not just for the "James Bond" or "Jason Bourne" or the super wealthy of...

How Long Does It Take to Learn Spanish?

As an expat living in Costa Rica or anywhere else in Latin America, learning to speak Spanish allows...

Costa Rica’s Slow Pace, Political Stability Attract Expats Weary of U.S. Uncertainty

According to a new report from International Living, Costa Rica’s political stability and low-key profile are proving to...

The Costa Rica Medical Marketplace

By Galya Gerstman - I often joke to outsiders that in Costa Rica, it would appear that traffic...

The Biggest Error You Can Make If You Choose Costa Rica To Relocate

On my monthly relocation tours I always tell my clients that, "the worst here is far better than...

The Juice Box

By Galya Gerstman. The other day my friend Mark and I were discussing his theory of how you...

10 Reasons Why Black Men Should Visit Costa Rica (List)

(By Tarik Pierce, Expatkings.com) What’s up fellas! I’ve shared a lot of stories and information on many beautiful...

Writer’s Corner: El Peon and Other Stories from the Campo

Michael Crump has lived in rural, Costa Rica with his wife, Janet and dog, Rose, for 11years. Mike...

Is Slapping Your Child a Crime in Latin America?

(Expat-Chronilces, By Colin) Last Friday the children were destroying the house with pent-up energy. It was Peru’s Independence...

Ecotourism in Costa Rica – Essay

Mention the words “Costa Rica” to someone, and their minds are usually transported to a verdant tropical world,...

Echoes of Costa Rica or Impressions of Costa Rica from those who have not visited

Q EXPAT FOCUS - Most of us “know” about much of the world through impressions gained from others....

In The Days When Flying Was Fun!

Introduction by Chris Clarke - Today, we complain, because we are temporarily stranded, due to volcanic eruptions, computer...

The Transito Dance!

EXPAT FOCUS - In October of 1989 I found myself steering a wheezing, smoking moped down a dark...

Zen Dog Duke Chronicles: Nothing Happens For A Reason

I left the house this morning with Zen Dog Duke just after dawn. The private school buses were...

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…” This passage is the opening to Robert Frost’s poem, This passage...

Zen Dog Duke Dialogues: The Lock Smith, The Fiddler and The Cook

Bruce Springsteen was belting out “Thunder Road” on every transistor radio all along the Turnpike when a rotary...

Costa Rica Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography used to be a hobby limited to people with the deep pockets to afford the equipment—cameras,...

Travelers’ Tales: Welcome Back

Introduction by Chris Clarke - Carol McCool and I met five years ago, through a writers’ group in...

Sin Semillas: A Zen Dog Guide To Living Well In Costa Rica

Quality of life is what we say we want. A successful life we may think is one with...

The Zen Dog Duke Dialogues: No One Knows Your Name

The broke the broker and the broken. The morally vacuous, the pretentious and the contemptuous all come together...

Travellers Tales: Karin’s Story

'Introduction by Chris Clarke'. This is a traveler’s tale from Colombia, before the ruination of guerilla wars, narcos and...

Will Citizenship Add Coolness to My Already Astonishing Life in Costa Rica?

Q COSTA RICA - The following article in the 'A Dull Roar' answers questions face by many foriegners...

Why Is Living in Guanacaste Good For Your Health?

Q COSTA RICA LIVING (by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo , Vozdeguanacaste) A healthy lifestyle in paradise: That’s what many...

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

From International Living - For just over a quarter of a century, International Living has ranked, rated, and...

Costa Rica Among The Countries With The Best Healthcare In The World

(Q24N )From International Living - One of the main concerns of any person looking to retire overseas is...

Where Expats Are Met with Open Arms

Q COSTA RICA - Even if all the other factors — healthcare, work-life balance, international schools, etc. —...

Living Healthier in Costa Rica

Q LIVING - One comment that I often receive from those who visit Costa Rica is that they...

Gaining New Perspectives By Moving Overseas

By Jason Holland, InternationalLiving.com - If you feel “stuck,” stressed out, or trapped in your current situation, I...

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2018 Presidential Elections Headed For Second Round

With less than two weeks to the 2018 presidential elections, a run-off election in April is almost guaranteed based on the latest polls that...

Central America fears for US remittances as deportations loom

(AFP) San Isidro, El Salvador: Uncertainty and fear are rising in Central American countries over how many families will manage to get by when...

A New Generation of Central American Filmmakers Are Lighting Up The Screen

Central America was united as one nation for a brief and volatile period in the mid-19th century following independence from Spain, and the Honduran...

Guatemala business leader wanted for graft seeks U.S. asylum

(Reuters) - Former Guatemalan presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon, who is wanted on graft charges, has sought asylum in the United States after he was...

ICE Selects Telia Carrier Backbone To Meet Broadband Demand

Telia Carrier, a subsidiary of Telia Company, has reached an agreement to provide its global fiber backbone to Costa Rica's state-owned telecom, the Instituto...

Good News For Renters, Not So Much For Landlords

  Thanks to a recent law reform, residential rentals in colones cannot rise above the accumulated inflation of the past 12 months. In 2018, the legal...

Court Rules Against Uber and its 83,000 Drivers

Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled against Uber with a verdict that affects 83,000 drivers affiliated to the technology platform. The decision follows a similar...

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Anne Hathaway’s Leaked Personal Pictures Go Viral

American actress Anne Hathaway is the latest celebrity to fall victim to the hackers, who shamelessly filtered the intimate photos of the actress with...

American Tourist Dies In Isla del Coco Shark Attack

The National Coast Guard Service of the Ministry of Public Security (Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas, del Ministerio de Seguridad Pública) confirmed the death of...

10 Countries Reputed As The Ultimate Place For Sex Tourism (Guess Who Isn’t?)

QCOSTARICA - Normally, tourists travel abroad to visit famous landmarks, culture or do fun things. Also there is a group of tourists who travel...

Female Tiger Shark Attacked American Tourist Who Died in Isla del Coco

The survivor of the shark attack in the Isla del Coco on Thursday, the 26-year-old diving guide identified by his last name Jimenez, said...

How Will Hurricane Irma Affect Costa Rica?

As Hurricane Irma makes its way through the Caribbean and Floridians ready for Irma's potential landfall, how will it affect Costa Rica? Although Hurricane Irma...

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United Natons Building New York

This photo of the United Nations building is by Costa Rica's Presidenta Laura Chinchilla via her Facebook page post.

Costa Rica’s Former President Arias Joins Latin American Former Presidents in Scolding Venezuela

Costa Rica's Oscar Arias Sanchez has joined a group of former presidents from four Latin American countries to scold the Venezuelan government this week...

Christmas In San Jose: Bull Fights, Horses and Carnaval

Q COSTA RICA - It Christmas in Costa Rica and that means the capital city, San Jose, is host to the bulls, horses and...

Taxman Shuts Down 18 Retailers Last Week

The Dirección Nacional de Tributación (National Directorate of Taxation) shut down last week, 18 retail business located in different parts of the country, for...

Ruta 32 Re-Opened. For Now.

COSTA RICA NEWS - At 2:00pm the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) re-opened the Ruta 32 after 45 hours of being closed...