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Why Is Living in Guanacaste Good For Your Health?

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 Guanacaste visitors search for to relieve stress and recharge the batteries on unforgettable vacations. Some go a step further and decide to move to the province to enjoy its famous pura vida lifestyle. But why is life […]

Guanacaste Attracts More Commercial Construction Than Developed Beaches

Guanacaste Attracts More Commercial Construction Than Developed Beaches

Q COSTA RICA (by María Fernanda Cruz, Vozdeguanacaste.com) There’s no doubt that Guanacaste’s beaches are highly attractive for real estate developers. But the province’s urban centers, which have no beaches or mountains, also are starting to attract investors. If you’re looking for a place to invest, pay attention to this trend: The central districts of […]

Guanacaste Real Estate Market Finally Bouncing Back From 2008 Crisis

Guanacaste Real Estate Market Finally Bouncing Back From 2008 Crisis

Q COSTA RICA, by César Brenes Quirós, Vozdeguanacaste.com – In 2007, Guanacaste witnessed a boom in real estate and tourism, prompting Costa Rican developers DWL to invest in a mixed-use megaproject called Solarium. Located across from Daniel Oduber International Airport, the development was to include offices, warehouses, universities and other offerings. Just two years later, […]

Nicoyan Shopkeeper Cancels Black Friday Sales and Donates Clothing for Victims Of Hurricane Otto

Nicoyan Shopkeeper Cancels Black Friday Sales and Donates Clothing for Victims Of Hurricane Otto

Q COSTA RICA by Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste – On Friday morning, Nov. 25, news stations broadcast live reports of the destruction left by Hurricane Otto, both in Guanacaste and across the country. After seeing the news, Karen Barrantes decided that her store, Cover 25, would not profit from Black Friday. For days, the men’s […]

Upala And Liberia Mayors Criticize Lack Of Support By CNE

Q COSTA RICA NEWS 8:55pm Thursday. Both the mayors of Upala and Liberia, in the northern zone and Guancaste respectively, have critized the National Emergency Commission (CNE) for focusing their work on the landfall areas and not the tail end of Hurricane Otto. Upala’s mayor, Juan Bosco, during a live national television broadcast had strong […]

Crocodile That Scared Tamarindo Tourists Moved to Nicoya Wildlife Area

Crocodile That Scared Tamarindo Tourists Moved to Nicoya Wildlife Area

(QCOSTARICA, by Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste.com) A crocodile that attacked a tourist last July in Tamarindo and caused consternation among beachgoers is no longer in the area: It now lives in a wildlife area in the canton of Nicoya. On Oct. 16, rangers at Las Baulas National Marine Park along with scientists and volunteers captured […]

With Broomstick Unforgiving Waitress Fights Off Armed Robbers in Guanacaste

With Broomstick Unforgiving Waitress Fights Off Armed Robbers in Guanacaste

(QCOSTARICA) One man armed, the other with his face covered, entered the Pollolandia restaurant in Philadelphia, Carrillo, in Guanacaste after closing to rob the place. But they got a surprise, an unforgiving waitress attacks them with her broom she was using for clean up. In the video released by the OIJ, we see two men […]

Liberia (Guanacaste) Muni Spent Only 8% Of Airport Tax Received

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste.com – The municipality of Liberia has completed only two of 18 projects budgeted for the construction and development of tourism infrastructure in the canton, whose funds are generated by a tax on the use of Daniel Oduber International Airport. The municipality has spent only 8 percent of the total it […]

Life in the Prison of Gardens

Life in the Prison of Gardens

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste – In the shade of a guava tree, inmate Rodrigo Jiménez sits on a plastic bucket and tells me how 30 years ago he decided to become a landscaper. It’s 9 a.m. on a Tuesday in August and we’re at Liberia’s Center for Institutional Attention (CAI), also known as the […]

Liberia Is 1st Guanacaste Canton to Declare Itself Free from Sex Discrimination

Liberia Is 1st Guanacaste Canton to Declare Itself Free from Sex Discrimination

(by Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste) Discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity or disabilities no longer has a place in the canton of Liberia. On Aug. 24, municipal council members voted to declare the canton free from discrimination. The initiative was prompted by a visit to the council by members of the Guanacaste branch of […]

Proposed Legislation to Help Keep Swimmers Safe in Sámara and Nosara

(by Henry Morales, Vozdeguanacaste.com) Two new legislative proposals are contributing to efforts by the community of Nosara to prevent drowning at local beaches, as well as crocodile attacks and environmental damage caused by both outsiders and local residents. One of the proposals is a bill to create a National Lifeguard Corps, while the other is […]

Guanacaste’s Little Africa: A Life in Limbo

Guanacaste’s Little Africa: A Life in Limbo

(By María Fernanda Cruz y Ariana Crespo, Vozdeguanacaste.com)  Time creeps by slowly at the San Dimas shelter where hundreds of Haitians and Africans wait day after day for a miracle to open the closed border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, just 5 kilometers away. In a 500-square-meter common room mats compete for space with scattered […]

Proposed Legislation to Help Keep Swimmers Safe in Sámara and Nosara

Proposed Legislation to Help Keep Swimmers Safe in Sámara and Nosara

(by Henry Morales, Vozdeguanacaste.com) Two new legislative proposals are contributing to efforts by the community of Nosara to prevent drowning at local beaches, as well as crocodile attacks and environmental damage caused by both outsiders and local residents. One of the proposals is a bill to create a National Lifeguard Corps, while the other is […]

Mermaids of Guanacaste

Mermaids of Guanacaste

by Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste.com – It is almost impossible to imagine a 25th of July without music. Every song you hear is a story of the province, a snapshot of its people and a piece of its heart. Karol Cabalceta, a researcher from Hojancha, sought out women in the area who have done just […]

In Guacanaste, The NEW Cañas-Liberia Road Floods With Heavy Rains

In Guacanaste, The NEW Cañas-Liberia Road Floods With Heavy Rains

by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste.com – Three months after the Cañas-Liberia highway began to be used, some sections are flooding due to clogging of drainage along the roadway. The situation affects Bagaces, Cañas and Liberia, whose mayors blame the National Highway Council (CONAVI- Consejo Nacional de Vialidad) for what they consider bad design of the […]

Police and Neighbors Look for a Way to Combat Feeling of Insecurity in Playas del Coco

Police and Neighbors Look for a Way to Combat Feeling of Insecurity in Playas del Coco

by Henry Morales, Vozdeguanacaste.com – The Public Force will reinforce security in Playas del Coco (Guanacaste) with 12 tourist police in the area and training for neighborhood groups to form community security committees, as well as lectures in local elementary and high schools to prevent crime and drug use. These are the measures that the […]

Former Guanacaste Mayor Collected Salary and Bonuses While Earning Pension

Former Guanacaste Mayor Collected Salary and Bonuses While Earning Pension

QCOSTAIRCA by Henry Morales, Vozdeguanacaste.com – On May 1, Carlos Arias Chavez’s term as mayor of the Municipality of Nandayure ended. However, he is not free from the municipality yet because he is now facing a lawsuit for alleged illicit enrichment. According to the municipal auditor, Gilberto Hernandez, Arias collected a salary as mayor at […]

Bus Companies Servicing Guanacaste Beaches Reinforce Fleets for Mid-Year Vacations

Bus Companies Servicing Guanacaste Beaches Reinforce Fleets for Mid-Year Vacations

QCOSTARICA by Henry Morales, Vozdeguanacaste – Mid-year vacations are coming soon and bus companies must work quickly to meet the demand from tourists who hope to enjoy Guanacaste’s national park’s and beaches. The company Alfaro provides the most service to Guanacaste’s coasts, with routes from San Jose to Puerto Carrillo, Samara, Nosara and Tamarindo. Tralapa […]

Its Time to Start Drinking Cold Brew Coffee

Its Time to Start Drinking Cold Brew Coffee

QCOSTARICA by Roberto Cruz, Vozdeguanacaste.com – Starting the day with a cup of coffee is routine for Ticos and for half of the world, but wrapping your hands around a hot cup of coffee while feeling the cool mountain air is not the same as doing so in the high temperatures of the Guanacaste coast. […]

Guanacaste Starts to Exploit Technological Sex Appeal

Guanacaste Starts to Exploit Technological Sex Appeal

QCOSTARICA by Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste – What’s in Guanacaste? The immediate answer is that there are major tourism investments, huge agricultural and livestock production and a lot of fishing, but now there is a new economic activity that emerges, tests and explores possibilities: technology. The growth of technology-related companies in Guanacaste has not been […]

Guancaste River Being Studied for Possible Presence of Antibiotics

Guancaste River Being Studied for Possible Presence of Antibiotics

QCOSTARICA by Emiliana Garica, Vozdeguanacaste.com – Antibiotics are used to kill bacteria that make us sick, but if our body receives these medications regularly and in high amounts, the bad bacteria adapt and become stronger. The result: We get sick more often and it becomes harder and harder for antibiotics to help us get better. […]

Guanacaste Burns

Guanacaste Burns

Photographer Ariana Crespo @ vozdeguanacaste.com gives us a look at Guanacaste, Costa Rica, a land of tropical dry forest, of plains and of sustainable tourism. It is also a land of extreme weather: it is either raining constantly or it doesn’t rain for months. The months of March and April are known for their heat, […]

Crashed Plane With Possible Ties To Drug Trafficking

Crashed Plane With Possible Ties To Drug Trafficking

QCOSTARICA – Authorities have confirmed that the small plane that crashed Thursday afternoon in Nicoya was carrying illegal drugs. According to witnesses, the small plane crashed shortly after take off around 5:00pm Thursday between Barco Quebrado and Garza de Nicoya, Guanacaste. Apparently the aircraft it several trees before falling in the middle of an open […]

Small Plane Goes Down In Nosara, Guanacaste

Small Plane Goes Down In Nosara, Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA – The Cuerpo de Bomberos (Fire Department) confirmed responding to a call of thal small plane crash thisThursday afternoon. Bomberos chief Hector Chaves said the accident occurred at about 5:00pm between Barco Quebrado y Garza de Nicoya. It is yet unkown whether there are victims or survivors. The small aircraft had taken off from […]

In Guanacaste, Monkeys Die from Dehydration Due to Drought

In Guanacaste, Monkeys Die from Dehydration Due to Drought

QCOSTARICA by Emiliana Garica, Vozdeguanacaste.com – The drought that Guanacaste is experiencing is not just affecting humans. Wild animals, especially howler monkeys, are suffering severely from it, according to Brenda Bombard, director of the  Refuge for Wildlife. “I came to Nosara in 1998 and I pretty much started rescuing animals that same year. This has […]

Surfers Try to Steal an Iguana From National Park

Surfers Try to Steal an Iguana From National Park

QCOSTARICA – by Emiliana García, Vozdeguanacaste.com –  On Sunday, February 21, officials from the Naranjo sector of the National System of Conservation Areas, in Santa Rosa National Park in theGuanacaste Area of Conservation (ACG- Área de Conservación Guanacaste),watched as some people who entered the park to surf caught an iguana (Ctenosaura similis) and put it […]

Body of Philippine Woman found in Playa Guiones

Body of Philippine Woman found in Playa Guiones

QCOSTARICA – by Emiliana García, Vozdeguanacaste.com – Almost a day after she went missing in the ocean, the body of Sandra Majn Harris, a Philippin tourist from the US of 39 years old, was found floating near the same area where she drowned in Guiones Beach. The official of the tourist police Santos Gómez Gómez, […]

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