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We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet

Jobs are in short supply in Costa Rica as a result of low levels of investment while sales of goods and services are dwindling; Risk of investing in Costa Rica increases due to weak public finances, according to Moody's Investors Service. Even a small increase...

Record Durg Seisure: 5 tons of cocaine found in container at Limon Terminal

Almost six tons of cocaine headed for the European market were found in a...

How is a real relocation/retirement tour different than a relocation/real estate tour?

When I started my relocation tours during the early 1990s they were more  ‘tourist-oriented'...

Unclear Future for Costa Rica’s Commercial Sector

In Costa Rica, the commercial sector faces major challenges such as informality and unemployment;...

GUILTY! Guard Sentenced To 16 Years For Murder of Carla Stefaniak

Bismark Espinoza Martínez, the security guard at the hotel where American-Venezuelan tourist spent her last night alive in Costa Rica, has been found guilty. Espinoza, the only accused of killing Carla Stefaniak, was sentenced on...

How Much Does It Costa To Hire A Hitman In Costa Rica?

How much does it cost to hire someone to have someone killed in Costa...

18 years in prison for the murder Carla Stefaniak

The Ministerio Public (Prosecutor's Office) is asking for 68 years in prison Bismarck Espinoza...

In less than a month Costa Rica will have the test to determine suspecious cases of coronavirus

In less than a month, the new COVID-19 could be detected in the country...

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Costa Rica Usury Rate Defined

Legislators of the Legislative Committee on Tax Matters negotiated to establish a ceiling of a 55% interest rate on loans of less than ¢675,000 colones, and 39.4% for loan amounts over. Those rates are based...

Former OIJ agent points to guard for the murder for American-Venezuelan tourist Carla Stefaniak

The trial for the murder of Carla Stefaniak is winding down, with closing arguments...

Bankers Oppose Lifting of Bank Secrecy

The Costa Rican Banking Association expressed its opposition to the proposal of the Minister...

Who is affected by the lifting of bank secrecy?

The decision of the Ministry of Finance to once again discuss the lifting of bank secrecy (banking privacy) once again raised voices of support and rejection among the different sectors. The Government is promoting the measure as part of its proposals to reduce the growing...

Unacceptable to intervene journalist’s telehones in order to know their sources

The College of Journalists of Costa Rica and the Institute of Press and Freedom...

Minister of Finance: ‘The Mortgage Is Killing Us’

In an interview with La Nación, the Minister of Finance (Ministro de Hacienda), Rodrigo...

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Graft-busting goes into reverse in Central America

(Bloomberg) Latin America's war on corruption is something to celebrate. In the last few years, 11 presidents have either been driven from office or forced to answer in courts of law for crooked dealings. In a virtuous feedback loop, citizen outrage over official transgressors...

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Warren Buffett’s Son Is Spending $200 Million to Help Colombia Kick Its Cocaine Curse

(AP) — With Colombian military snipers in position, Howard Buffett descends from a helicopter and trudges through the wet grass in steel-toe boots chewed through by his dog’s teeth. In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo, Howard Buffett receives presents during a visit, with Colombia’s President...

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The Battle of Tamarindo: How Two Dance Music Festivals Are Vying For the Same Costa Rican Beach Town

(Billboard) Deep in the jungles of Costa Rica, the origami stage of Ocaso Festival shimmers in fractal explosions of color. More than 20,000 LEDs trace the 80-plus production panels, seemingly glowing from within. At the center of this pulsing lotus, Maceo Plex takes the stage, and the roughly 5,000 attendees segue into a kind of collective euphoria. The American DJ has never before set foot in this littoral Central American nation, and almost none of the Ticos, as...

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Coming to Costa Rica? Make Sure to Taste These Foods

While it may hurt our feelings to say this, Costa Rica is not one of the top food tourism destinations in the world. And how could it be, when it has so many established,...

3 New Tented Camps That Amp Up Glamping

A tent with a skylight? These new camps in Costa Rica, Canada and the American Southwest range from simple and modern to borderline decadent. In the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains, Siwash Lake lodge reopened last summer, two years after a devastating wildfire. The lodge...

“Open skies” policy would bring cheaper flights

The new president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, is suggesting that Costa Rica should extend the “open skies” proposal that the president of El Salvador...

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How is a real relocation/retirement tour different than a relocation/real estate tour?

When I started my relocation tours during the early 1990s they were more  ‘tourist-oriented' in that they included a visit to the Irazú Volcano and a trip by catamaran to Isla Tortuga among other things. At the request of my clients, I began included...
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They couldn't be more different, like water and oil, but that does not stop the former beauty queens Natalia Carvajal and Karina Ramos from being great friends. With a broad message through Instagram, Carvajal dedicated a few words of support for Ramos, whom she considers one of the most determined and hardworking people he knows. “Beyond...

Inanna Sarkis Rocks A Snakeskin-Print Bikini In Costa Rica

Inanna Sarkis showed off her incredible bikini body during a getaway in Costa Rica,...

Trudeau returns to Canada with “serious look” after trip to Costa Rica

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sporting a new, more serious look to go with his more businesslike approach, after returned from more than...

Girls and Their Horses Of The Tope Nacional 2019

Given as the weather was cold in San José during the Tope Nacional this year, there were fewer scantily models on horses compared to...

Debi Nova In Concert On Feb 14, 2020 At Teatro Nacional

Don't miss the opportunity to spend this Valentine's Day (February 14) with DEBI NOVA in Costa Rica and her amazing talent at Teatro Nacional! Deborah...

Kary Ramos Gets Ready For “Summer”

The fashion model, TV Host, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Costa Rica 2014, Kary Ramos, published on the social networks...

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Green alert for the North Zone, Central Valley, North Pacific and Caribbean due to strong wind and waves

The National Meteorological Institute - Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) - points out that a...

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Jobs are in short supply in Costa Rica as a result of low levels...

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President Alvarado defends lifting bank secrecy, that “it does not affect honest people”

President Carlos Alvarado said earlier this week that lifting bank secrecy should not be...

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Former President Pacheco: “I am a little old but well”

Three former presidents were caught on camera voting in Sunday's municipal elections: Abel Pacheco...

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In less than a month Costa Rica will have the test to determine suspecious cases of coronavirus

In less than a month, the new COVID-19 could be detected in the country...

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Costa Rican cyclist captures queen stage of Petronas

Costa Rica's Kevin Rivera emerged victorious in the queen stage of Petronas Le Tour...

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Costa Rica: Could drug-law reform for women open door to wider change?

San José, Costa Rica—When Sandra was arrested for smuggling drugs into a men’s prison...
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Twitter launched AI filter to block cyberflashing

(Naked Security) It seems strange to report, yet a small...

5 Android Apps You Shouldn’t Miss This Week

Mobile technology has evolved over the years. Many people use...

Digital Marketing Techniques to Attract New Customers

There are a number of digital marketing techniques that can...

Costa Rica’s Telecable offers clients double speed at no extra cost

Costa Rica's Telecable has gotten into the spirit of Christmas...

Brother Of Pablo Escobar Has Made a Folding Smartphone And Says It’s Unbreakable

The brother of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has launched...