Tuesday 28 March 2023

Cubans Migrants Stranded in La Cruz (Costa Rica) Generate More Earnings Than Year-End Vacationers

Paying the bills


Bomberos report on average two vehicle fires per day

QCOSTARICA - The Cuerpo de Bomberos (Fire Department) reported...

Government signs decree to eliminate mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 in the elderly

QCOSTARICA - President Rodrigo Chaves, signed the decree that...

Every 11 minutes there is a crime in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Every 11 minutes and 46 seconds, a...

Central Bank went too far, says José Álvaro Jenkins, president of Uccaep

QCOSTARICA - The measures taken by the Banco Central...

Vehicle restrictions of San Jose suspended for Semana Santa

QCOSTARICA - Driving in and around the inner core...

Uncovering the secret religious and spiritual lives of sex workers

Q REPORTS (The Conversation) Tanya* is telling me just...

Costa Rica strengthens trade relations with the Netherlands

QCOSTARICA - Within the framework of President Rodrigo Chaves'...

Dollar Exchange

¢541.05 Buy

¢547.52 Sell

28 March 2023 - At The Banks - BCCR

Paying the bills


QCOSTARICA by Roberto Acuña Ávalos (Vozdeguanacaste.com) Neither the Ticos who pass through La Cruz at the end of the year nor the foreigners who come for the canton’s attractiveness manage to generate the cumulative profits from spending by the Cuban community that has been stranded in the northern city.

Photo by Ariana Crespo

This was stated by Marina Peña, president of the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce of the canton, who affirmed that there was a rise in sales in the businesses, although she clarified that they do not yet have confirmed data.

“We don’t have statistics yet, but now the supermarkets are full. There are a lot of people downtown. The Cubans have brought more benefits [to the city] than what Hotel Dreams Las Mareas has brought in the entire time it has been open. Rather, the business owners tell me that they will resent when the Cubans go,” said the president.

The Voice of Guanacaste visited the county seat during the first week of January, when evidence was shown that some businesses doubled their business.

- Advertisement -

This has been the case for Abastecedor La Amistad, where cigarette sales tripled. According to Omar Reyes, store manager, before the arrival of the islanders, they sold a carton of cigarettes (10 packs) per month, whereas now they are selling three cases per month (each case contains 50 cartons).

“With so much cigarette sales, I even went ¢8 million ($15,200) into debt in cigarettes in order to supply enough, but, thanks to God, it has gone very well for us,” Reyes related.

Cigarettes are not the only product that has tripled, since another of the things that the Caribbean visitors are consuming the most are bananas. According to Jose Francisco Zeledon, who has a fruit stand at the farmers market on Thursdays, he went from selling three boxes of bananas to five.


For his part, Yeudy Elizondo, from Verduleria Los Machos, also had to increase the supply of bananas. Since the Caribbean islanders have been staying in the canton, they sell 30 boxes more of that fruit per month.

Elizondo also explained that their sales increased by 30% per month, not only due to the Cubans, but also because the restaurants buy more since they have more customers.

“What has increased most for me are fruits. The Cubans eat a lot of fruit, especially bananas. Another thing they buy a lot is potato and yucca. I also see people coming here to buy for the restaurants. I know how much I normally sell them and, yes, I am selling them more now,” said the businessman.

Restaurants that offer Wi-Fi Internet service are others who have benefited most because the Cubans look for service to communicate with their families.

- Advertisement -


One of these places is Pizza Cafe de la Cruz, who has made a killing with pizza sales. According to Neftali Mairena, his business, in addition to providing Internet, also sells pizzas and went from selling 8 large pizzas a day to 12 pizzas.

In light of the visit of the Cubans, knowing their situation, Mairena made a special price for the islanders, with a difference of more than 1000 colones ($1.90).

The bars also had high turnouts, like Mar de Plata, where the owner, Vera Gutierrez, noted that they started to sell more rum than usual.

“For me it is very difficult to say if it went better than in other years since, fortunately, we always have a lot of tourists in December. In addition, many Cubans came just to dance. What we did have was an increase in rum. Well, it is the liquor that is selling the most,” Gutierrez said.

- Advertisement -

Since many of the islanders lost their clothes on the trip, business that sell clothing had a lot of visitors but not much profit. As Miladi Vargas explained, they bought more from the discounted section, but they are items that could have prices of less than ¢500 (less than $1), so the benefit was not much.

According to the president of the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, during the last few days of December and the month of January, the increase was less compared to the first few days, since the islanders’ wallets were emptying.

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Avatar photo
Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

Guanacaste Airport received a 100% crewed flight by female personnel

QCOSTARICA - On Wednesday, March 8, in celebration of International Women's...

17 forest fires so far this year: 3 are still active

QCOSTARICA - The number of forest fires went from just four...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.