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The New Traffic Lights Of San Jose

Downtown San Jose's Avenida Segunda (2nd Avenue) has new traffic lights. At least the first half, from La Merced church to the Cathedral. The new traffic lights includes the number of seconds for the green and red (34) and 3 seconds for the yellow. When approaching...

Demonstrators Insult and Corner President Alvarado in Downtown San José

A group of protesters chased President Carlos Alvarado this morning, around 11 am, when he was leaving an urban mobility event at the National Theater in downtown San José. The president crossed the Plaza de la Cultura surrounded by bodyguards and police, while dozens of...

Gran Hotel Costa Rica reopens in San Jose after three-year restoration

It started in 2016, the restoration of the Gran Hotel Costa Rica, a historical monument in the heart of San Jose. The hotel, well-known by locals and visited by tourists, had run down after years of wear and tear, “The biggest challenge was to bring...

La Merced Park closed indefinitely after xenophobic demonstrations

Security Minister Michael Soto announced Saturday night that the La Merced park, in downtown San Jose, will remain closed and under guard by the police for an indefinite period, after the xenophobic demonstrations that took place today. On Saturday, 44 people were arrested, 38 of...

Teatro Nacional Opens Its Doors To The Public This Weekend

More than 1,500 people on Saturday visited the Teatro Nacional (National Theater) and discovered the hidden secrets of the architectural jewel of San Jose. The building in the heart of the capital city, built in 1897, is open to guided tours this weekend (Saturday and...

Downtown San Jose Closures For Monday and Tuesday

Take into account the road closures in the heart of San Jose for today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) due to the 'transfer of powers' event. The closure of about 4 square blocks, that includes the Avenida 2 and Avenida Central (Bulevar or Boulevard) is total...

“Monumento Los Presentes”

The "Momument Los Presentes" (Momument To Those Present), a sculptural set made of bronze composed of nine life-size figures, representing the Costa Rican peasant. The work personifies the typical inhabitants of the Central Valley, in danger of disappearing due to modernization; Paradoxically, they are represented...

Rocks Thrown At Train Part of Transitarte 2018 Exhibition

Looking for something interesting and different to do this weekend? Transitarte 2018 may be the thing. Also called the "Festival de Verano", the event is running to Sunday in the heart of Costa Rica' capital city, San Jose. One of the more interesting exhibits is...

App Makes Downtown San Jose Parking A Snap

Parking in downtown San Jose is a challenge. Right? An app(lication) now makes life easier in the capital city, eliminating the time to looking for a parking space. The epakr CR app allows users to quickly and safely park in downtown San jose. Users of...

Hotel Security And Manager Arrested For Preventing Police To Enter Downtown San Jose Hotel With Dead Body

A call to 911 reported an alleged person deceased inside the Hotel Del Rey, in downtown San Jose. Minutes later, paramedics arriving at the scene confirmed the body of a foreigner who had died in one of the guest rooms. Police were called. According to a...

Short Video of San Jose in 1958

The clip is of Avenida Central, now the pedestrian boulevard, in 1958. Interesting note of the Imperial beer crate used by the traffic official and the Sears building; the shot of the Cine Rex, now a McDonalds, diagonal to the Parque Central. The march through...

San Jose’s Metropolitan Cathedral; A Good Reason to go to Church

Why do we go to church? If we are religious, we go to worship God. However, some of us go because it is a social event; or for others, we go because it is a social obligation (we are expected to go). When we...

San José Sunset One Day After The Turrialba Eruption

Photos by Erick Solórzano of the San Jose afternoon after the Turrialba eruption. Photos were published on crhoy.com

Avenida 2 To Have Exclusive Bus Lanes On Friday

In an effort to find ways to curb the traffic congestion nightmare lived daily in San Jose, the Ministerio de Transportes (MOPT), on Friday, from 5:00am to 8:00pm, two of the five lanes of Avenida 2 will be for the exclusive use of buses...

San Jose Will Undergo Earthquake Drill To Test Emergency Response

Traffic congestion (presas in Spanish) will be more than usual this morning in downtown San Jose with the planned earthquake drill in the capital city that involves 60,000 people and 43 public and private institutions. Starting at 10:00 am, the drill (simulacro in Spanish) simulates...

Heavy Rains Flood Downtown San Jose; Landslide In Desamparados

The heavy rains of Wednesday afternoon once again flooded areas of downtown San Jose, the Hatillos, San Sebastian and Cañada del Sur. On the south side of San Jose, in Desamparados, a landslide... In San Jose, in the downtown area of Chinatown once again became...

Downtown San Jose Through The Eyes of Ronald Duran Martinez

All photo from Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/ronald.duranmartinez

Artisans Lost Fight For Call 13 bis, Agree To Relocate

After 22 years of conflict and uncertainty, the artisans of Calle 13 bis, on the west side of the Plaza de la Democracia, in downtown San Jose, will be relocating to the artesans market on the south side of the Parque de la Garantias...

FIA 2017 Kicked Off With A Flying Circus, Music and The Tango

TODAY COSTA RICA - Thousands came out Thursday were dazzled by the open air music, aerial circus and the tango to kick off the Festival Internacional de las Artes (FIA 2017) in the heart of the capital city. The inauguration took place in the Plaza...

FIA Preparations Worsen Downtown San Jose Traffic Congestion

Q COSTA RICA - If you are thinking of heading into downtown San Jose today, or for the rest of the week for that matter, think it twice, congestion of the city core is at maximum with the temporary closure of the Avenida Segunda...

Cartago Kicks Up A Fuss Over San Jose’s New Brand “SJO Vive”

On Wednesday, the Municipality of San José officially unveiled its brand "SJO Vive" to attract Ticos and foreigners to Costa Rica's capital. The ceremony, led by San Jose Mayor Johnny Araya, included the unveiling of the sculpture that will be the motto for the city,...

Reforms To Traffic Law Approved

Starting soon, owners of illegally or badly parked vehicles, that is in places where parking is not permitted or blocking roads, driveways, sidewalks or bicycle paths, will be fined ¢51,136 colones (plus costs). I say, owners and not drivers, because with the final approval of...

Totally Renovated Gran Hotel de Costa Rica To Reopen Before Christmas

It was March 1963 when visiting Costa Rica, U.S. President John F. Kennedy was a guest. Since then the room at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica where JFK stayed has remained intact. Sandwiched between Avenida Central and Avenida Segunda, adjacent to the Plaza de la...

Travelers’ Tales- Who are the crazies who visit Costa Rica in the rainy season?

Q Travelers’ Tales – By Chris Clarke. Glumly, we wait to board British Airway’s direct flight to London, from Juan Santa Maria Airport. Fortunately, this is ten days before the collapse of BA’s IT systems. That would have made us more than merely glum. Through...

Downtown San Jose Hotel Encouraging People To Return To Live In The City

Q COSTA RICA  - How much does it cost to live in downtown San Jose? One downtown hotel says at least US$2,000 monthly for a micro-apartment right on Avenida Central, also known as the 'Bulevar". The newly renovated spaces at the Balmoral Hotel are from...

The Changing New Look Of Downtown San Jose

RICO’S JOURNAL – It has been some time since I took a leisurely stroll through the heart of the capital city. No reason, just tired of the same. But on Thursday (January 26), I decided it was time, it was the new year. And...

OIJ Warns Of Increase Thefts Of The Streets of Downtown San Jose

Q COSTA RICA / If walking about downtown San Jose watch out for pickpockets, warns the head of the robberies section of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), Eddy Roda Abarca, who said there is a noted increase of robberies perpetrated in the center...

Street Vendors Arrested In Clash With Police in Downtown San Jose

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - It's Christmas and with the Aguinaldo (Christmas Bonus) in the streets, competition among street vendors increases. And so do clashes between the informal vendors and police. On Monday, police detained three street vendors after a clash broke out in the...

The National Theater of Costa Rica, The Nation’s Cultural Treasure

Q COSTA RICA, by Michael Miller - If you ask the average Costa Rican, what feature of San José is he or she most proud, you will get two possible answers. Some will point to the national football (soccer) stadium, which is located in...

San Jose Shows Off Its New Plaza de la Cultura

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Frequent visitors to downtown San Jose will notice something different, the Plaza de la Cultura got a facelift. Street vendors and itinerant musicians will now have to compete with the new plaza for the attention of the thousands of pedestrians...

Night of Terror In The Streets of the Central Valley

(QCOSTARICA) It is not Halloween, but last night (October 29) the routes around San José and Heredia were a horror traffic wise, most collapsed due to the number of vehicles. Ruta 27, the San Jose - Caldera, the worst. An accident in the area of...

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