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From Moravia to Zaragoza: How Did The Alleged Tico Kidnappers Make It To Spain?

He is 25, identified by his last names Morales Vega and alleged to be the mastermind behind the kidnapping of 43-year-old William Sean Creighton, who went missing in Costa Rica last September 24 and hasn't been heard of since. Morales, his mother, 45-year-old mother (Vega...

Historic blow to the narco: 6 tons of cocaine arrive in Spain in Containers Of Bananas From Costa Rica

More than six tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas from Costa Rica were confiscated in Spain, hidden among bunches of bananas at an industrial estate in Malaga and arrested 16 people in connection to a suspected drugs ring, Spanish police said...

Spanish police find an unusual cocktail from Costa Rica – pineapple and cocaine

Spanish police have seized 67 kilos (148 pounds) of cocaine found inside hollowed-out pineapples discovered at Madrid's main fruit and vegetable market, Mercamadrid. The drug-stuffed fruits were among a shipment of pineapples that arrived in the Portuguese port of Setubal by ship from Costa...

Number of Babies Registered With The Name Keylor Increased in Spain and Costa Rica

Keylor Navas is a household name now. In Costa Rica, everyone knows who Keylor is. In fact, most in Latin America and now Europe know who Keylor is. The famous name, Keylor, will be heard even more with the increase of newborns named Keylor...

Catch an Early Wave! Buy a Home in One of the World’s Best Affordable Beach Towns

Somewhere between whipping up batches of fresh (and medicinal) mint mojitos in your cramped city apartment after work and getting sunburned on exotic beaches during your two measly weeks of vacation a year, a lightbulb switches on. Why not live the tropical life all...

Juicy: Spain Police Bust Gang Who Smuggled Cocaine In Pineapples From Costa Rica

Police in Malaga, Spain reported making 11 arrests and the confiscation of a ton of cocaine hidden inside pineapples shipped from Costa Rica. This is the not the first time illegal drugs have been found shipped in fruits and vegetables from our country. The Spanish...

Half Of Travel Destinations Preferred By Ticos Are In The United States

When Costa Ricans (Ticos) search the web for travel, half of the destinations they prefer are in the United States. That was the revelation by the fare aggregator and travel metasearch engine, Kayak, on Tuesday (Nov. 14) at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, in San...

Mexican and Central American Independence: A Historic Backdrop for Present Challenges

On September 15th, five Central American nations — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua — will celebrate 193 years of independence. On this day in 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide, declaring the five...

La Tomatina – The Spanish Tomato Throwing Festival

On the last Wednesday in August each year, since 1945, locals and tourists gather in the town square of Buñol, Spain, near Valencia, to pelt each other with smashed tomatoes and revel in the red-stained streets. La Tomatina has led to other similar celebrations around...

Two Costa Ricans Suffered “Minor Injuries” In the Barcelona ‘Terrorist’ Attack

Q COSTA RICA - Two young Costa Rican women (Ticas), studying in Barcelona, Spain, were "injured" in the terrorist attack that shook Barcelona Thursday afternoon. The Foreign Ministry confirmed the report, updating the initial reports that no Costa Ricans had been affected during the attack...

‘Nobody Wants Costa Rica To Be Another Greece’, President Solis

  President Luis Guillermo Solis shakes off criticism following his Tuesday evening's television address to the nation that Costa Rica is facing a serious liquidity problem. At the Basilica de Los Angeles in Cartago Wednesday morning, after morning mass, President Solis responded with impatience and turned...

Costa Rica’s Fight Against Money Laundering

The Financial Action Task Force on Latin America highlighted Costa Rica's progress achieved in the area of ​​financial sanctions, transparency and final beneficiary of legal societies. From a statement issued by Casa Presidencial: The Technical Working Group on Mutual Evaluations of the Latin American Financial Action...

Spanish Royals Welcome Costa Rican President To Madrid’s Royal Palace

From Mailonline - For once, Queen Letizia and her husband King Felipe IV of Spain could be assured the conversation would flow freely. The Spanish royals welcomed the President and First Lady of Costa Rica to Madrid's Royal Palace today. Letizia, 44, wore a striking emerald...

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

From International Living - For just over a quarter of a century, International Living has ranked, rated, and named the best retirement destinations in the world. Each year we’ve refined and improved the process, bringing new categories and considerations into play, gathering new data,...

Costa Rica Bans Avocado Imports Due To Sun Blotch Virus

QCOSTARICA - The Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAF) closed off all imports of avocados (aguacate in Spanish) to Costa Rica from eight countries and the State of Florida, due to a virus called Sun Blotch (Mancha del Sol...

First Flight Out of San José Friday Kicks Up Dust!

QCOSTARICA - The first airplane to leave the San José airport, the Iberia flight 6314 headed for Madrid, Spain, kicked up a lot of dust from the accumulated ash of  the fallout of the Turrialba volcano eruptions. The Iberia Airbus  A340-600 was ground Thursday afternoon...

Spanish Bank After Citi’s Costa Rica and Central America Operations

QCOSTARICA - Aside from the Colombian Grupo Aval, the Spanish company Banco Popular may also be in negotiations to acquire Citi's entire consumer banking operation in Costa Rica and Central America. The Madrid-based Banco Popular, the sixth-biggest lender in Spain, would edge out Grupo Aval...

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