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Costa Rica’s New Model in Housing

Horizontal development will mark the residential trend this year in Alajuela and Cartago, while Heredia and San José will maintain a combinan of horizontal and vertical living, according to Colliers International. At least five projects will begin construction in Alajuela and Cartago, where most of...

Atypical Day In San Jose: No Traffic Congestion (Photos)

The coincidence Christmas Ever on a Monday resulted into an atypical day for the greater metropolitan area of San Jose traffic: aside from a few hotspots here and there, there was no traffic congestion this Monday. In recon of some of the roads such as...

Owners of Escazú Airbnb reject direct link with guard suspected of killing tourist

The owners of the Le Mas de Provence, in San Antonio de Escazú, San José, rejected any direct employment relationship with the security guard Bismarck Espinoza Martínez, arrested as a suspect of killing the American - Venezuelan tourist Carla Stefaniak. The assertion was made through...

Family of Carla Stefaniak Killed in Costa Rica, Sues Airbnb And Property Owner

The family of the Carla Stefaniak murdered in San Antonio de Escazú, San Jose, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. court against Airbnb and the owners of the Le Mas de Provence, where she stayed in Costa Rica. The suit alleges Airbnb and Le Mas...

Four men could have been involved in murder of tourist in Costa Rica, not just the security guard

Up to four people may be involved in the disappearance and the sexually-motivated murder of Carla Stefaniak, not just the security guard, her family says. On a Facebook page that was created during the search for 36-year-old tourist had disappeared in Costa Rica, who had...

Escazu Roadwork To Cause Added Congestion This Coming Week

Do you travel frequently on the main road to Escazú? Well, it is best to arm yourself with patience during the coming week. In addition to the traditional congestion provoked by the holiday shopping season, users of Route 105 will deal with the demarcation...

Hotel where Stefaniak was killed hired another illegal Nica

The hotel Le Mas, the hotel where the American/Venezuelan tourist Carla Stefaniak was killed, has been again been found hiring another Nicaraguan migrant, illegal in the country, as a security guard. Steven Madden, deputy director of the immigration police, confirmed that during an operation carried...

Pending Doubts in Carla Stefaniak Murder

The investigation into the murder of the Venezuelan/American tourist in Costa Rica, Carla Stefaniak, continues between hermeticism and pending questions on what really happened and are there more people involved that the Airbnb security guard who is in police custody. On Monday, December 3, the...

“I Stayed in Death Apartment”: Airbnb Guest Tells

Visiting from Florida to celebrate her 36th birthday, Carla Stefaniak decided to spend her last night in a mountaintop villa, Le Mas de Prevence, in San Antonio de Escazú, she rented through Airbnb. It would be her last night alive. Carla went missing on November 27. In the morning...

Woman’s body found near where Carla Stefaniak disappeared

The body of a woman who authorities believe could be that of the tourist that went missing last week was found Monday afternoon in San Antonio de Escazú. The finding was made by trained dogs in search of human remains of the Organismo de Investigación...

Up In Dollar Exchange Triggers Hike In Ruta 27 Tolls

The variation of the dollar exchange has triggged an adjustment of tolls on the Ruta 27 (San Jose - Caldera) and went into effect this morning, Tuesday, November 13, 2018. The road concessionaire, Globalvia, last Friday explained, the recent upward changes in the exchange rate...

MOPT Froze For Two Years Expansion Plan For The Road To Caldera

During the last two years, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) shelved the recommendations that a group of experts made for the expansion plan of the road to Caldera - the Ruata 27 -which would allow the decongestion of this important 77...

Woman Detained in Escazú For Prostituting Young Girls She Hired As Massage Therapists

Six women between the ages of 20 and 30, who were offered up for sexual services, were found by agents of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) inside the alleged 'house of massages' raided Wednesday in Escazú. The officers of the Section Against Physical Integrity,...

Police Raid Alleged “House of Massages” in Los Anonos, Escazú

A house, located in Los Anonos, in Escazu, where allegedly therapeutic massages were given, was raided Wednesday afternoon by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) with the support of the Escazú Municipal Police. According to José Rodolfo Ibarra, press officer of the Escazú Municipal Police,...

Downpours Kept Emergency Services Busy Monday, More than 60 Incidents Reported In A Few Hours

The downpours Monday afternoon generated a series of damages in various communities around the country, including the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) reported more than 60 incidents in San Carlos, Pococí, Sarapiquí, Cartago, Escazú, Curridabat, Desamparados, San José and...

Solar Panels Will Power Avenida Escazu Food Court

A total of 495 high-tech solar panels will generate about 40% savings in energy consumption in the food area of the upscale mixed-use development Avenida Escazú. The solar panels cover an area of 1,056 square meters. The project, whose investment amounts to more than US$165,000,...

Escazu Jewlery Store Thieves Had Mocked Police in Canada and Mexico

Four Mexicans, linked to the assault on two jewelry stores in Escazu, were arrested Wednesday when they tried to leave the country, three detained a the Juan Santamaria international airport, the fourth in San Jose. They are related to the Halloween day robberies, October 31,...

Canadian Christmas Trees In Costa Rica

Christmas or 'cypress' trees are part of the Costa Rica Christmas. And this year, you can decorate your home (or office) with a natural Arbol de Navidad from Canada. The trees are available in Multiplaza Escazu and Multiplaza Curridabat for about ¢25,000 colones, depending on...

Immigration Nabs Second In Jewelery Store Heists Trying To Leave The Country

The first one got away. The second of the alleged 16 members of the gang in the Escuza jewellery store heists on October 31, didn't run into the same luck or (alleged) corruption of immigration officials. Estaban Obando, interim Director of Migración (immigration service) said...

Memories of Escazu, Photos From The Past

A look at Escazu from the past. From Escazunews.com, a series of photos of one of the earliest established cantons in the country, founded on December 7, 1848. Escazu lies west of the San José. Its whole territory is part of Greater Metropolitan Area...

American Woman Arrested In Escazu Wanted On International Warrant

Q COSTA RICA - The Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) reports the arrest of an American woman in Escazú, in Costa Rica illegally and an with international arrest warrant for fraud. The woman, identified by her last name, Quintero, was detained Thursday afternoon by officers...

Tico (Costa Rican) Road Engineering At Its Finest

TICO BULL takes you this morning Escazu, Calle Lajas in San Antonio de Escazú to be precise, where literally in the middle of the street sits a utility pole. For us living in Costa Rica this in itself is not news, except that we...

Three Private Costa Rica Hospitals Making Investments To Infrastructure and Services

Q COSTA RICA - Three private hospitals operating on Costa Rican are in the midst of carrying out investment plans in the amount of US$55 million over five years (from 2016 to 2020). The Clinica Biblica, Hospital Metropolitano and La Católica Hospital are seeking to...

Poutine and Montreal Smoked Meat To Celebrate Canada Day in Costa Rica!

TODAY IN COSTA RICA - There was Poutine, Montreal smoked meat, Canadians, and Costa Ricans, but not a Mountie in sight, for the Canada Day celebrations at the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador in Costa Rica, on Saturday. Ambassador Micheal Gort was a gracious...

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...

A Skunk By Any Other Name

TODAY IN COSTA RICA - Would a skunk by any other name be less pungent? Even the infamous Pepe Le Pew had his charms, just as Ciudad Cariari has a golf course. The other distinguishing quality that Cariari has in common with Pepe Le...

Entrepreneurs Offer To Pay Fix To Ruta 27

A group of businessmen have offered the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) to pay for the construction of an underpass near Hospital Cima, in Escazú. The work, estimated at US$4 million, would allow flow of access through an underpass at the east end...

“High Volatility” Of Dollar Exchange Reason For Increase In Toll Charges On Ruta 27

  Q COSTA RICA - Using the reasoning of "high volatility" of the dollar exchange, Globalvia, the concessionaire of the Ruta 27, announced on Tuesday an increase in the tolls of ¢120 in total (one way) between Escazu and Caldera for light passenger vehicles. The new...

Travellers Tales: Karin’s Story

'Introduction by Chris Clarke'. This is a traveler’s tale from Colombia, before the ruination of guerilla wars, narcos and despoliation of habitat. Karin Knappstein Doglioni’s parents emigrated from Eastern Europe to Canada with her in the early 1950s. She met her first husband there and they...

PriceSmart Santa Ana To Open in Late 2017

Q BUSINESS - PriceSmart, the largest operator of membership warehouse clubs in Central America and the Caribbean, says it will invest more than US$12 million dollars in its new point of sale to be located in Santa Ana. The new store, the 7th in Costa...

Father Suspected of Raping His 8-year-old Daugther in Escazú

Q COSTA RICA - A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping his own 8-year-old daughter, Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) agents making the capture Wednesday in Bajo Los Anonos, Escazú/ As reported by the press office of the Fiscalia (Prosecutor's Office), the events...

Escazu Hills Wild Fire Under Control

QCOSTARICA - It was in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday when firefighters were able to bring under control the wild fire in the hills of Escazu and Alajuelita, that started Tuesday afternoon. The alert began shortly after 7:00pm Tuesday. According to Dayan Contreras, spokesperson...

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