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They Didn’t Find The House

The staff of the PANI regional office in Alajuela received a complaint of mistreatment but did not find the house where the five-year-old boy lived, who finally died Thursday morning in the Sabanilla district of Alajuela. This was the explanation given on Thursday afternoon by...

Real Estate Investments: Where are the Most Profitable?

In Costa Rica, it is estimated that rental housing with the best rates of return can be found in Escazú, Santa Ana, Sabana, Rohrmoser and the North of Heredia. Estimates from Colliers International Costa Rica detail that in the case of commercial warehouses, the areas...

April 11, Costa Rica Celebrates Juan Santamaria Day

Today is April 11, Juan Santamaría day, the day that commemorates the drummer in the Costa Rican army, officially recognized as the national hero. The day is a 'legal' holiday in Costa Rica. Juan Santamaría Day is held every April 11. The actions of Juan Santamaría, a...

Suprise Downpour Tuesday Afternoon (Photos & Video)

There is still some weeks to go before the rainy season, yet a freak storm Tuesday morning, with heavy rains and strong winds, caused damage in several areas of the greater metropolitan area of San Jose, causing more than usual afternoon traffic chaos. One of...

Two Alajuelenses will be the first to face trial for killing a dog

Two residents of Alajuela will be the first people to be tried for committing a crime against an animal. On March 15, the Criminal Court of Alajuela brought the case to trial. The suspects surnamed Espinoza Leslie and Zúñiga Palladino, are accused of killing a...

The Incofer Will Not Increase Rates Until It Improves Train Service

With good sense, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) Costa Rican Railway - admitted it will not request a fare increase in train services until it improves quality for the benefit of users. The first step planned by the railway is the contracting of an...

Massacre in San Carlos Cutris Farm

Four people were found without life Friday morning, in the vicinity of a house in La Palma del Recreo, Cutris, in San Carlos de Alajuela, near the Nicaragua border. The finding was confirmed by the Red Cross and the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), which...

The Word is Out in Alajuela!

Alajuela becomes the City of Words as the annual  Fiesta Internacional de Cuenteros (International Storytellers Festival) captures audiences, kids and adults alike with 60 "cuenteros" (storytellers) from Costa Rica and 14 other countries. The festival started Thursday, January 24 and goes on to February 2. Stories...

A Glimpse of Mars in Costa Rica?

A crater lake in the Poás Volcano in Costa Rica may hold the secrets to potential past life on a planet that is 34 million miles (54.6 million kilometers) away and only recently within the reach of unmanned rovers. A team of researchers visited this...

Man Who Murdered His ‘Significant Other’ in Costa Rica Was Convicted in Nicaragua

After three years on the lam, a Nicaraguan man was arrested and convicted in his country for murdering his significant other in the Guanacaste town of Filadeldia, in Costa Rica. The man was identified as Misael García Calero, sought by Santa Cruz authorities for the...

Road Rage In San Pedro de Poas de Alajuela

Circulating the social networks we have the latest case of road rage in Costa Rica, when on Thursday afternoon, on the bridge over the Poas River, In San Pedro de Poas de Alajuela, two drivers tried to pass at the same time and neither would...

Impressive!

An airplane landing at the Juan Santamaria International airport (SJO) - known as the San Jose airport - in Alajuela.

Thieves Drill Into Recope Pipeline To Steal Fuel, Spill Alerts Authorities

Under the guise of a construction site, a group rented an empty lot and erected a construction perimeter and construction shack with the purpose of pilfering gasoline from the Recope pipeline running through the property. A spill alterted El Coyol de Alajuela area residents and...

Argument Outside La Reforma Prison Ended in Shooting

A fight ended in gunfire outside the La Reforma prison in Alajuela. The incident happened after 3:00 in the afternoon Thursday. According to Pablo Bertozzi, director of the Penitentiary Police, at the main entrance to the prison center, "a subject who claims to be the...

Woman To Go To Trial For Killing Husband While He Was Driving

A jealous woman will be standing trial for allegedly killing her husband while driving home from a bar in Guatuso de Alajuela. The prosecutor alleges the 44-year-old woman, in a jealous rage, shot her husband while driving. The incident occurred in October 2015. After being...

Businesses And Residents Of The Poas Volcano Desperate To Have Park Reopened

Some 410,000 people visited the Poas Volcano, the closest to the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). An eruption in April 2017 closed the park to visitors. One year later, the Poas volcano park is still closed, despite the relative calm of the Colossus. In the year...

Changes In The Airport Intersection Will Reduce Travel Time By Up To 30 Minutes, Says The MOPT

The changes to the intersection east of the San Jose international airport were completed on Friday, reducing congestion in the area and travel times up to 30 minutes, according to the  outgoing Minister of Transport, German Valverde. The completion of the work that began in...

Alajuela is fast-growing commercial hub in Costa Rica

Real-estate developers in Costa Rica have set their sights on Alajuela, not least because it is close to the nation's leading airport. At the moment five projects that amount to 15,000 square meters of construction, including potential for warehouses, offices and factories. Source (in Spanish): La...

Starbucks Opens Its First Visitor Center in Costa Rica

Starbucks Coffee Company last week opened the doors to its Visitor Center at Hacienda Alsacia, located on a 240 hectare (640 acres) coffee farm on the slope s of the Poas volcano, and by the end of the year will add three more coffee...

Real Estate Developers Aim To Dodge San Jose Traffic Nightmare

Real-estate developers in Costa Rica are adjusting their offers in response to the growing traffic problems in the greater metropolitan area of San Jose (GAM), where commuters in the face hours each morning and afternoon moving to and from work. The aim to is cut...

City Mall Develop Annouces New Mixed Use Real Estate Development

The real estate group, Lady Lee Corporation of Honduran origin, has announced that in 2019 it will start construction of a mixed project in Alajuela that will house a hotel, an office and a restaurant. Without giving further details, representatives of the developer of the "City...

Couple Killed, One Injured in Freak Morning Accident When A Flat Train Car Breaks Off Locomotive

A freak morning accident in San Rafael de Alajuela resulted in two dead when a train flat car breaks off from the locomotive, hits and drags a small passenger vehicle. A third person, a pedestrian, is in hospital in serious condition. The flat train car...

Eight Out Of Ten Assaults On Buses Occur At Night

Taking a bus in Costa Rica, for some, can be a scary experience. Drivers making change or sorting an counting money while negotiating traffic. Some even believe they are behind the wheel of race and on the Indy track.But at night the situation changes,...

Train of Idiots!

What has become almost a daily occurrence, a collision with the commuter train caused tremendous congestion this Thursday morning in San Franciso (downtown) Heredia. The collision also delayed the Alajuela - Heredia train service. In this incident, the collision involved two taxis, a bus, and the...

Church Apologizes to Don Evangelista and Returns Him to Zarcero Park

Q COSTA RICA - Archbishop Angel San Casimiro, Bishop of Alajuela, apologized to don Evangelista Blanco and reinstated him as the gardener of the Zarcero Park, abruptly dismissed on Saturday after 50 years of work. "Certainly, life is not about doing things, but knowing how...

TGI Friday’s Relaunches in Costa Rica With New Owners and Expansion Plans

Q BUSINESS - In a transaction whose amount was not disclosed, Costa Rica Grupo Inmobiliaria Genesis sold its international franchise for the restaurant chain TGI Friday's. The company that owns the franchise now is La 305 S.A., which has already started a process of remodeling...

Feeding the Squirrels At Alajuela Central Park

I came across this the other day in the Alajuela Central Park. Amazing to see the squirrels come up close for food and a photo op. Photos taken on Monday, May 29, 2017 with my iPhone SE.

The Poas Acting Up Again

Q COSTA RICA - After several months of relative calm, the Poas Volcano is acting up again, with a small groundwater and ash discharge. Volcanologists Gino González and Yemerith Alpízar of Volcanes Sin Fronteras (Volcanos Without Borders) visited the colossus over the weekend and reported...

The Train Didn’t Stop!

Q COSTA RICA  - In the 'hard to believe but true' department, in a report by Elguardian.cr, the driver of white SUV involved in a collision with a train on Tuesday, in the area of Rio Segundo, in Alajuela said, "the train didn't stop". The driver...

Public Transit Appears To Be The Solution To The Congestion Caused By The ‘Platina’

Q COSTA RICA - Although it can take two times or more that it took a few weeks ago, travelling by bus to and from Alajuela and San Jose is still faster than by car. This according to transport authorities. This because public transit -...

CSI Announces Closure Of Suttle Costa Rica Production Plant

Q COSTA RICA (BUSINESS WIRE)  Communications Systems (ommsystems.com), a global provider of connectivity infrastructure and services for deployments of broadband networks, announced it is closing its Alajuela, Costa Rica production facility, Suttle, located in the Parque Industrial Zona Franca Alajuela. The Suttle Costa Rica plant founded...

The Closure Of The ‘Platina’ Commences Today

Q COSTA RICA NEWS / Today is Saturday. The Saturday that the "platina" bridge mostly shuts down until the first week in March, giving crews the space and freedom to complete the 'construction of the new six lane bridge' over the Virilla river on...

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