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AyA intensifies water rationing in San Jose metropolitan area

In Moravia, Desamparados, Alajuelita and Hatillos alone almost 60,000 residents are struggling to meet needs in their homes and businesses due to water rationing this week. Thousands more are affected in other communities as the national water authority, the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados...

Know the names of the “cuatrillizas” born in the Hospital México on Monday

Monserrat, Ariana, Paula and Karina are the names of the "cuatrillizas" (quadruplets) born Monday morning in the Hospital Mexico in San Jose. The births were at 9:33 am, 9:35 a, 9:36 a, and 9:38 am. The mother, from Liberia, Guanacaste, Jerlis Vazquez Briceño, is doing...

11 Month Old Killed By Dog

An eleven-month-old baby died on Monday morning in hospital, the victim of the injuries she suffered after being bitten by a dog. The attack took place in the small house, located in San Gabriel de Calle Blancos de Goicoechea, in San José, around 10:30...

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Rico's TICO BULL - Good morning, what a crazy day in paradise on Saturday. A system failure of the Poder Judicial (Judiciary) that the country's immigration service connects to had thousands arriving or leaving Costa Rica wait for hours at the San Jose airport. I...

“My” Full Lunar Eclipse Last Night (Photos)

With clear skies over most of Costa Rica, the total eclipse of the moon Sunday night was something that couldn't be missed. It couldn't have been a more perfect night. From my front yard (and back) in Santa Ana I had the perfect seat from my...

TICO BULL: Playing Chicken With The Train!

Rico's TICO BULL - In less than a month that the new train level crossings went into operation in 23 train crossings, there have already been six incidents of drivers slamming into the barriers. In their defense, some drivers complain of alleged "inconsistencies" in the...

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...

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...

Ruta 27 “One Way” To San Jose Saturday and Sunday

The Ruta 27 (San Jose - Caldera) will enable 'carril reversible' - reversible lane - to San Jose this weekend, when all lanes of the #27 between Orotina and Cuidad Colon will be one way to San Jose The reversible is between 2 pm and...

Bank Guard and Client Recuperating; Father And Two Sons Identified As The Attackers

The security guard at the BAC San Jose branch in Coronado who shot the three assailants on Thursday and the bank customer, the intended victim of the robbery, are in good condition and recuperating in hospital. The attempted robbery occurred before noon on Thursday...

The She and He That Stole The Sighs And Stares At The Tope (Photos)

On Wednesday, the streets of downown San Jose filled with some 3,000 horses and their riders in the annual Tope Nacional. From noon, the horses were the stars of the event, however, there were others who also stole the show of the Tope Nacional...

More Canadians To Hit Costa Rica Beaches With New Direct Flights From Vancouver

The Canadian low-cost airline Sunwing, that also operates seasonal flight services from over 30 local Canadian gateways, started operations this week between Vancouver International airport (YVE) and the Daniel Oduber International airport (LIR) in the Guanacaste of Liberia. The flight operates weekly on Sundays with...

The “Dark Reality” of The Tope Nacional in San Jose (Video)

The Tope Nacional (National Horse Parade) was held on Wednesday in downtown San Jose, starting from the Plaza González Víquez and ending at Paseo Colón. The Tope is an annual event every 26th of December, that is attended by children with their families. However, the dark...

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...

Failure With Immigration System Affected Travelers at San Jose and Liberia Airports

A failure the immigration control systems on Monday affected the arrival and departure of passengers at the Juan Santamaría (San Jose) in Alajuela and Daniel Oduber, in Liberia, Guanacaste airports. Civil Aviation (Aviación Civil) reported that the failure was in the International Police (Interpol) systems...

In San Jose: “Zapote” Opens the 25th, the “Tope” is on the 26th and the “Carnaval” on the 27th

The annual "Zapote Fair" kicks of Christmas Day and a staple of Zapote are the "Toros" (Bulls). If you can't go to the Zapote, Repretel will bring all the bulls live to your television screen. If you are a lover of horses and parades and...

Vehicular Restrictions of San Jose Suspended For The Holidays

The Ministry of Transport (MOPT) announced that there will be NO vehicular restrictions of San Jose for the holiday period. The vehicular restriction of San Jose in effect from 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays, excluding holidays, will be suspended on December 24, 26,...

Turrialba Volcano Eruption Delays Flights At San Jose Airport Wednesday Morning

The presence of ash from the Turrialba volcano in the vicinity of the Juan Santamaría (San Jose) airport affected the departure of at least five flights this Wednesday morning, confirmed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the operations department of Aeris, the airport...

Agreement to expand the Ruta 27 would be ready next year

2019 will be the year full of "road work" according to the Minister of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez, who on Wednesday confirmed the beginning of the negotiation process for the expansion of the autopista José María Castro Madriz, better known as...

Roger Waters gave a toast to the resistance

Rico's TICO BULL - I did not attend the Rogers Waters concert. Though I wanted to, it is not my thing. The last time I attended a concert was way back in 2005, when Carlos Santana was in Chepe, and then a last minute...

Mercado Borbón Now Online With Fresh Products And At Great Prices

When was the last time you visited the Mercado Borbón, the city market located in one downtown San Jose's less desirable areas? And perhaps just for that, you probably haven't visited. And may not any time soon. But don't despair, you can now purchase online...

Visa applicants for Canada must now provide biometrics

People who apply for a visa to Canada must now provide biometrics starting December 31, 2018, for applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Americas, at the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC) in San Jose. The new set of requirements for applicants from Europe, Middle...

Vehicular Restrictions In Full Force Today

The Policia d Transito has taken to remind drivers that today, October 12, the vehicular restrictions of San Jose apply fully to all vehicles with license plates ending in 9 and 0. The October 12 holiday has been moved to Monday, October 15. Vehicles circulating in the...

Spirit Increases San Jose And Orlando Flights

Spirit Airlines, known for offering low-cost rates, has duplicated the number of flights between San Jose (SJO) and Orlando (MCO) to four flights weekly and starting November 7, to daily. "We are very excited to be expanding our service in Costa Rica," said Matt Klein,...

Strikers Protest The Supreme Court in Fight Against the Plan Fiscal

A group of striking public sector workers concentrated in the outskirts of the Corte Suprema de Justicia (Supreme Court of Justice), in downtown San Jose, Monday, to appeal to the magistrates their discontent with the Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform) approved last Friday by the...

Manager and Owner of San Jose Strip Club Arrested For Alleged Pimping

The manager and the son of the owner of the strip club La Pantera Rosa, in Plaza González Víquez, San José, were arrested Friday morning, suspected of pimping (proxenetismo in Spanish). The arrest of the men named López Rojas, 46, and López Calderon, 30, occurred...

US and Canada Embassies in Costa Rica Closed On October 8

In celebration of Columbus Day in the United State, the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica will be closed on October 8, 2018. The diplomatic center will attend the public again on Tuesday, October 9, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (normal embassy hours). Columbus Day celebrates...

ICE Worker One Of Two Suspects In Aggression Against The President

A long-time employee of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and another from the Imprenta Nacional (National Printer), are suspected of committing an attack against president Carlos Alvarado, on his departure from the National Theater on Wednesday. Michael Soto, the Minister of Security, identified the...

Airports Running Normally!

Despite the blockades on Route 1, on both sides of the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), authorities assure airport operations are continuing to operate normally. "Part of the good functioning of the airport terminals is thanks to the fact that 100% of the personnel of...

Paseo Colon & Avenida 2 CLOSED!

From the early hours, this Wednesday access to Paseo Colon and Avenida 2 has been restricted, in advance of the "gran marcha" that will leave La Sabana park headed towards the Legislative Assembly. Union leaders say more than 160,000 people will participate in today's protest. The...

“Gran Marcha” Is On!

The "gran marcha" is on. Labor unions estimate that some 160,000 people will take part in the manifestations in San Jose today (Wednesday), demanding the Government withdraw the Bill for the Strengthening of Public Finances - the Combo Fiscal as it has come to...

Government Declares Win In National Strike For Minimizing Impact

The government of Carlos Alvarado declared a win in Monday's national strike, not for settling or stopping the work stoppage it deems illegal, rather for minimizing the impact the labor unions had intended. The government says with the actions taken on Sunday night and its...

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