Costa Rica: The Luxury of Misery

With 19% endemic poverty, 10% open unemployment and 40% informal employment, and some of the highest electricity rates...

No, Capitalism Is Not Ruining Your Christmas

By Bill Wirtz. Glowing Christmas lights fill the cold streets of medieval European cities with little wooden booths...

Op-Ed: “Pura Vida” as a means to development, Costa Rican style

By Lyal White, dailymaverick.co.za - October was a big month in Costa Rica. The country qualified for the...

As Others See Us

Q OPINION - The world is especially turbulent this month. There is a potential war in Korea and...

One Step Closer to New World Order

QBLOGS, by Rafael Stumbo Tarasco, guest columnist -  You may not know this, but Costa Rica is a...

Costa Rica Rice Importation: The “Blessing” Unveiled

OPINION - On September 26, 2015, I published an article on the Q entitled: “Costa Rica Rice Crop...

Ali, Remembering The Day I Had Breakfast With Him

QCOSTARICA  - The Internet is literally full of stories and personal relationship with Muhammad Ali, perhaps the greatest...

[OP-ED] How to Drive Away Business Without Really Trying

QCOSTARICA - When the government officials, all economists and institutional directors say that Costa Rica is expensive; it...

The Impossible Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The unemployment rate now reaches 10% in a population where 60% of workers did not complete...

Politicos Sniffing The Toxic Weed?

QCOSTARICA Opinion by Rod Hughes, iNews.co.cr - There are times when one wonders if the salad the politicos...

[OP-ED] Getting Ready For the Competition

QCOSTARICA OP-ED- Pristine white beaches, torques waters, all-inclusive destination hotels, plenty of fresh drinking water, lots of sun….Cuba. For...

[OP-ED] Instant Guilt, Innocence or Fame

Unlike more of the developed nations, the newspapers, newsprint almost instantly make a person or group guilty of...

[OP-ED] A New Tico Day Has Cometh

QCOSTARICA - +It was not too many years ago that the number one criticism of Costa Rica journalism...

[OP-ED] “Fear” Might Be A Better Word

QCOSTA RICA OP-ED, By Juan Sebastian Campos -- Happy adjective ˈha-pē: feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your...

What Do Japan and Costa Rica Have in Common? Too Much!

While we have always avoided this ugly word, it is called a RECESSION. Most call it with Tico...

Nicoya is Proof that Soccer Isn’t Just for Men

COSTA RICA NEWS (Vozdeguanacaste) -- Luckily, the days when it was frowned upon for women to play soccer...

[OP-ED] Why so Quiet?

COSTA RICA OP-ED -- While indeed volatile, the price of oil has plummeted about 23% since June of...

OP-ED: Country Braces for Ebola

COSTA RICA NEWS (Opinion by Rod Hughes , iNews.co.cr) -- After earlier in the week the announcement that...

[OP-ED] Close to….

COSTA RICA (OP-ED) -- Tis the season to be jolly," or sad. Usually to celebrate but too often...

[OP-ED] MORE MONEY: POR FAVOR!

COSTA RICA OP-ED, By Juan Sebastian Campos -  I find it curious if not amazing how little Costa...

OP-ED: Where Are We Now?

COSTA RICA OP-ED - Bottom line is that I have an opinion that Costa Rica is on the...

[OP-ED] WHAT’S HOT ON THE INTERNET… NOT SEX

Sure, if you want a woman or man just click on Backstage or even Craigslist. “Youporn” is the...

[OP-ED] SO FAR….???

OP-ED - In 2010 I wrote a strong defense of the newly elected president, Laura Chinchilla and in...

[OP-ED] “Profiles in Courage”

A quick overview of the book is a 1957 work by John F. Kennedy (Although some say Sorenson.)...

[OP-ED] SOON THE TOURIST SEASON WILL BE OVER, AND….

If you believe in the numbers, I’ve got a nice bridge I can sell you. A Bailey Bridge,...

OP-ED: Where Do We Go From Here?

Most certainly it is correct that our new president elect, as announced on Monday, will research the “state...

[OP-ED] The Absurdity of Tourism + Residency Tico Style

It seems like every time there is some sort of news regarding tourism there are two or three...

[OP-ED] Why Always The Poor?

Early in the morning, around 5:00AM, I am in the office to read hundreds of news articles. Some...

[OP-ED] Tourism & Transparency

Tourism is supposedly 5% of the national GDP. But who really knows? The numbers are so skewed and...

[OP-ED] Costa Rica Pura Vida Seduction!

Openly, I have no evidence except “intuition” to justify my position. However, I believe that most American and...

[OP-ED] Let’s Gamble, Okay?

The Central Bank (BCCR) took steps Wednesday night to devalue the U.S. dollar. And, it worked. “Yes,” the...

[OP-ED] AND NOW WHAT?

More recently I have been following the case of a young lady, a student from the U of...

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Increase In Passenger Arrivals Saturates San Jose Airport

The hundreds of tourists arriving at Costa Rica's main international airport, the Juan Santamaria (SJO), in San Jose eager to discover the beauties of...

The Puntarenas Cow Stare Down!

During my current visit to the Nicoya Peninsula, this cow in Playa Tambor was very vigilant of my presence. She followed my every move,...

Meet the Dark Side of Brazil’s Legendary Rio Carnival

Brazil’s female samba dancers the spill the beans on the darker side of working at the iconic Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Viviane Morais Ferreira Guimarães,...

Shrimp Conflict Between Mexico and Honduras Continues

It has been four months since Mexican authorities blocked shrimp imports from Honduras, with no solution in sight in the short term. Alleging the presence...

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica: The Next Tulum

(Nytimes.com) As Tulum has become overrun with Los Angelenos and New Yorkers trying to recreate the cultures of their own hometowns in a more...

Costa Rica’s Election: It Wasn’t the Economy, Stupid!

Is it the economy, stupid? A preliminary analysis would have concluded that such a maxim would prevail in Costa Rica’s presidential race: unemployment is...

Canada To Open Free Trade Talks With Mercosur Group Of South American Countries

(Reuters) - The Canadian government plans to open free trade talks with the four-nation Mercosur trading bloc in South America, an official said on...

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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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Waves “Like Never Before Seen” in Playa Jaco

QCOSTARICA - Strong waves sweeping the Pacific coast have created a scenario rarely seen in Playa Jaco (Beach), surprising locals and tourists alike, lasting...

It’s Not Fair to Have Nothing With a Such a Rich Husband!

  For many foreigners, North Americans in particular, getting married to a Costa Rican national is the quickest method to obtain residency and naturalization (citizenship)....

Red Cross Calls On People To Keep Donating

The Cruz Roja (Costa Rican Red Cross) thanked donors for their support to those in need, affected by tropical storm Nate. However, the institution did...

Why Do The Rich In Latin America Pay Much Less Tax Than The Rest?

The filtration of millions of documents Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca, called Panama Papers, has exposed the maneuvers of rich and powerful around the world...

Government To Cup Perks At RECOPE

QCOSTARICA - The government announced this week that it hopes to slash more than ¢8.3 billion colones to be paid out to Recope national...