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Careful! Strong winds will be with us all week

The presence of high-pressure systems in the Caribbean that maintain masses of cold air near the country will cause strong winds and lower temperatures throughout the week. Daniel Poleo, of the national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), reported that maximum gusts of between...

Costa Rica exceeds 98% of renewable electricity for the fourth consecutive year

Costa Rica surpassed 98% of renewable generation in its Sistema Eléctrico Nacional (SEN) - National Electric System - for the fourth consecutive year.  As of Wednesday, October 3, electricity from water, wind, geothermal energy, biomass and the sun has accounted for 98.15% of the...

I Saw The Arenal Explode!

That morning, on July 29, 1968, the was nothing unusual. At least that's how it seemed, writes Víctor Hugo Murillo relating his story in La Nacion's Revista Dominical of the morning that the Volcan Arenal awoke after a prolonged "siesta". My mom, my dad and...

Costa Rica, A Visit This Month Means Big Surf and Less Rain

In March, the peak dry season in Costa Rica offers travelers bigger surf, better chances to spot wildlife as trees drop their leaves, and sparse rain—particularly in the more arid province of Guanacaste, in the country's north Pacific. The large, northwestern area surrounding the city...

The Earth Shook For Melissa Mora, Literally, During Marriage Proposal

Wait, was that the Earth shaking? That was what Costa Rican model and singer Melissa Mora felt Sunday night when her boyfriend proposed marriage. Later she learned that the Eaarth shaking was from an earthquake that had just hit the beach town of Jaco and...

Lava Lake Forms In Turrialba Volcano

Q COSTA RICA - After several overflights and field analysis, the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) - National Seismological Network - confirmed the existence of a lava lake in the Turrialba Volcano. The RSN report says there is an opening with an axis greater than 50...

Costa Rica in 2080 Will See Green Landscapes Disappear

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica in 2080 will see green landscapes disappear. That is the effect climate change may have on Costa Rica, in particular in Guanacaste and the Northern Zone. The images were recently presented by Alice Shackelford, representative of the United Nations Development Program...

Holiday Guide to Costa Rica: Beaches and Adventures

QCOSTARICA TRAVEL - The essential itinerary for Costa Rica was defined long ago: Manuel Antonio for the beach, Monteverde for cloud forest, Tortuguero for turtles, and Arenal volcano for outdoor adventure. Add in the area of sandy beachfront in Guanacaste that has also been...

Expropriations And Permits Are The Roadblocks To The San Carlos Road Project

(QCOSTARICA) Environmental challenges and lengthy expropriations are the dampers to the eagerness of President Luis Guillermo Solis inaugurating the road to San Carlos during his administration. In a visit to the area Thursday, the President saw first hand the work that has already been completed,...

Costa Rica Ends “Renewables” Streak As ICE Fires Up Thermal Plant

QCOSTARICA - Last month, Costa Rica made the headlines worldwide for managing to produce all of its electricity from renewables, the state-owned Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), avoiding successfully using fossil fuels (the most expensive and polluting source) to generate electricity between December 22,...

Volcán Arenal, Costa Rica

Photo by Federico Chavarría, on April 2, 2015, posted by OVSICORI-UNA

Tourists In Costa Rica Face A New Thief: The White-faced Monkey

QCOSTARICA - Monkeys and raccoons have lost their fear of tourists. Visitors to national parks or beaches, are becoming victims, having their belongings stolen by curious animals like the cariblanca (White-faced) monkey and raccoons. These monkeys have become so accustomed to humans and cause mischief...

Brave Tourists Try Zip Lining in Costa Rica

Associated Press |La Fortuna, Costa Rica • “I’m not sure I can do this,” I said to myself while climbing a few steps to take a practice ride for a zip line. I was in northern Costa Rica, in the shadow of the country’s majestic...

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