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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 in interest rates would mean that worse could still be...

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...

Unclear Future for Costa Rica’s Commercial Sector

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

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...

Who is affected by the lifting of bank secrecy?

The decision of the Ministry of Finance to once again discuss the lifting of...

Costa Rica Usury Rate Defined

Legislators of the Legislative Committee on Tax Matters negotiated to establish a ceiling of...

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...

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...
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Cuba Plane Crash: Company ‘Had Safety Complaints’

Solidarity and investigations after the accident. Cuban authorities are investigating the air crash, with 113 people on board, occurred Friday at noon in Havana, the Cuban capital. The domestic flight was going from Havana to Holguin, on the eastern side of the island, some...

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...

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(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...

Climate Change: This is what some places in Costa Rica may look like in 2080

Costa Rica will not escape the effects of climate change and, if the trend continues, by 2080 many parts of the Ticolandia will look...

Palmares Festival Costa Rica 2020!

After Zapote, the next big entertainment venue on tap is "Palmares", a carnival-style celebration that takes place this year between January 17 and 26,...

People who live to 100 tend to eat lots of beans

Dan Buettner grew up in Minnesota during the 1960s, where he was fed a high-carb diet of bright yellow macaroni and cheese and sweaty...

In Costa Rica, We Say “Birra”

The Latin American Spanish word for beer is cerveza. But in Costa Rica, it's not uncommon for a Cerveza to be referred to as...

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(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 has emboldened the call for integrity in government. For a region...

Troops storm El Salvador’s parliament

Armed soldiers and police officers accompanied El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele as he stormed the nation's parliament on Sunday afternoon. The president demanded that opposition...

Central American countries limit entry from China to fight coronavirus

The Central American governments of El Salvador and Guatemala have imposed travel restrictions to try to keep out the coronavirus, including barring travelers who...

El Salvador gets new port from Guatemala

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei offered his Salvadoran counterpart, Nayib Bukele, the opportunity to build and operate a port in Guatemalan waters in the Atlantic...

New Panama Canal Bridge Ready To Begin

Work on the Fourth Bridge over the Panama Canal is set to begin at the end of March according to the Chinese construction consortium...

Italy Deported Laureano Ortega; In Spain He Is Called “Asesino” by Protesters

The Government of Italy declared Laureano Ortega, son of President Daniel Ortega, a persona non grata, and therefore did not allow him to enter...

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(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 Ivan Duque, right, to a cocoa farm in La Gabarra,...

Brazil: Far-right culture minister fired after echoing Nazi Goebbels

Brazil's Culture Secretary Roberto Alvim was removed from his post on Friday, a day after he posted a video that appeared to show him...

Protests to intensify this year, Colombia union leader says

(Reuters) – Protests against the social and economic policies of Colombian President Ivan Duque will restart with more intensity this year, a top union...

Uber to leave Colombia after regulatory crackdown

In the midst of a difficult legal battle and after six years in the country, Uber announced Friday that it will stop providing its...

Colombia’s loathed tax reform passed Congress

A widely rejected tax reform that was approved by Colombia’s Congress in December may become President Ivan Duque‘s latest humiliation in court. Several senators and...

Venezuela opposition denounces ‘parliamentary coup’

Venezuela’s government on Sunday announced that a dissident opposition politician and rival to Juan Guaido had been named the new head of congress, a move opposition...
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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...

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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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 launched Siwash Star Camp, two canvas tents set on a...

“Open skies” policy would bring cheaper flights

The new president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, is suggesting that Costa Rica should extend...

TransNica Adds Cuidad Quesada On New San Jose – Managua Route

As of March 1, Sancarleños will be able to travel to Managua, Nicaragua with...

Vegan Guide to Costa Rica

Looking for some travel inspiration? Costa Rica should be top of your list. The small Central American country is home to stunning beaches, volcanoes,...

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...

Travel Safety For Tourists in Costa Rica

Unfortunately, thievery in Costa Rica is a serious problem. Violent crimes with robberies at gunpoint have increased. Petty theft is the most common threat...

Visitors To Costa Rica’s National Parks Will Be Covered By Insurance Policy

Visiting Costa Rica's national parks has always been at one's own risk. However, starting last week, on January 1, 2020, foreigners and nationals visiting...

Top 10 most Googled Travel Destinations of 2019, According To Google

Google Trends has come up with a list of top 10 destinations that were most searched (on Google) in the year 2019. Based on U.S....

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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 a sampling of different kinds of homes to give them...

Is Costa Rica a Caribbean country?

Is Costa Rica a Caribbean country? In a way, yes. It’s mostly a matter...

US Embassy San Jose Closed Monday

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the U.S. Embassy and Consular Section...

What is the difference between “robo” and “hurto”?

Both "Robo" (robbery) and "Hurto" (burglary) imply the fact of seizing someone else's property. Most people associate both terms with theft. But as it...

Opening a bank account in Costa Rica so difficult for expats

For many North Americans (US & Canada), opening a bank account is a relatively simple process that is done relatively quickly.  However, when they...

New Year’s Resolution for U.S. Citizens living in Costa Rica

(Press release) Did you know that U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica can vote in U.S. federal elections? Yes, you can, and you need to...

Planes, Trains and Breakdowns

(Expat Focus - QCostarica) In this age of competing hate crimes, I’d like to reflect on the notion of tolerance. Even tepid aggravations seem...

A Costly Practice!

Rico's TICO BULL - Vehicle owners who usually pay for Marchamo (annual circulation permit) well in advance usually remove the sticker from the current...
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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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We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet

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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