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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...

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

Bismark Espinoza Martínez, the security guard at the hotel...

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

How much does it cost to hire someone to...
The National Meteorological Institute - Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) -...

Big Drop In Gasoline Prices Expected

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) - Costa Rican Petroleum...

Coronavirus Fears Make Toilet PaperThe Hot New Currency in Singapore and Hong Kong

In the risky world of gifts in Asia's financial axes,...

Taxistas abandon traditional service and join Beego platform

If you can't beat them, join them. That is the...

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

President Carlos Alvarado said earlier this week that lifting bank...

Blogs, Opinion & AnalaysisPerspective

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...

Moving to Costa Rica? Here Is How Your Legal Due Diligence Can Be Made Easy. And Save You Money.

I have practiced law in Costa Rica for over seventeen years. Prior to moving...

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...

Canadian Tourist Overcharged For Ice Cream in Costa Rica

Rico's TICO BULL  - $4,000 for ice cream in Costa Rica? I don't think...

A Selfie With The President

In how many countries can one find the "mandatario" (President) shopping at the local...

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

Almost six tons of cocaine headed for the European market...

Unclear Future for Costa Rica’s Commercial Sector

In Costa Rica, the commercial sector faces major challenges such...

18 years in prison for the murder Carla Stefaniak

The Ministerio Public (Prosecutor's Office) is asking for 68 years...

Who is affected by the lifting of bank secrecy?

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

Costa Rica Usury Rate Defined

Legislators of the Legislative Committee on Tax Matters negotiated to...

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...

Robbin Hood ransomware, Twitter parodies and SMS 2FA WHAT?

In the laster from Naked Security, Peter who discusses RobbinHood - the ransomware that brings its own bug. Greg explains how a student's Twitter...

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Robbin Hood ransomware, Twitter parodies and SMS 2FA WHAT?

In the laster from Naked Security, Peter who discusses RobbinHood - the ransomware that brings its own bug. Greg explains how a student's Twitter...

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Finca Paraiso
Pura Vida

(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,...

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 (2002-2006), Miguel Angel Rodrigues (1998-2002) and Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014). Pacheco, who...

13 Spanish words and expressions used in American English

Languages can be very generous. They usually lend words to each other. For example, in Spanish, we use many English words such as email,...

President complains because he inherited a “mortgaged” country

  In the CRhoy.com caricature, we see President Carlos Alvarado (left) painting the typical Costa Rican country house, at the precipice of the Fiscal Deficit,...

Though President Proclaimed Cuts In Electricity Rates, 2020 Will Bring Increases

Though President Carlos Alvarado publicly announced cuts in electricity rates, we will see increases this year, hitting the pocketbooks of typical Costa Rican families.

Court is reluctant to let go of their bonuses!

The Judicial branch says the Comptroller General's office does not have jurisdiction to force it to respect the "plan fiscal" (tax reform). At the heart...

Latin America

Nicolás Maduro’s plan for Venezuela adds bewilderment to despair

Day after day the crowds flock to the Expresos Flamingo bus terminal in Caracas to begin checking out of their crumbling nation. The UN estimates 2.3 million Venezuelans have left...

Troops storm El Salvador’s parliament

Armed soldiers and police officers accompanied El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele as he stormed...

Central American countries limit entry from China to fight coronavirus

The Central American governments of El Salvador and Guatemala have imposed travel restrictions to...

Bogota, A Magnet For Foreign Investment

During 2019, Invest in Bogota, Colombia’s capital investment promotion agency, supported 48 greenfield Foreign Direct...

El Salvador gets new port from Guatemala

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei offered his Salvadoran counterpart, Nayib Bukele, the opportunity to build...

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...

Virus halts Panama beef exports to China

Panama’s beef exports which were helping to re-energize the agricultural industry and reached US$10 million in six months last year have been halted by...

Mexico sets a date for the inauguration of its ‘new capital city airport’

Only a short time ago, a headline like that above would have referred to the opening of a brand new purpose-built airport in Mexico...

Reports

Coronavirus Fears Make Toilet PaperThe Hot New Currency in Singapore and Hong Kong

In the risky world of gifts in Asia's financial axes, Montblanc pens and leather wallets are outdated: toilet paper and surgical masks are, without a doubt, are most definitely...

This is how ancient Rome’s republic died – a classicist sees troubling parallels at Trump’s impeachment trial

The U.S. Senate has made its judgment in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, acquitting the president. Fifty two of 53 senators in the Republican majority voted to...

To mask or not to mask: confusion spreads over coronavirus protection

(Reuters) - “Do not wear a mask if you are well” read a warning plastered across the front of Singapore’s main newspaper on Friday, as authorities around the world...

Countries evacuate citizens from China as coronavirus infections rise

Japan and the US were the first to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan on Wednesday as the death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 132. With the...

Living In Costa RicaExpat Focus

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...

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....

Opening a bank account in Costa Rica so difficult for expats

For many North Americans (US & Canada), opening a bank account is a relatively...

TRAVEL

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....

“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...

TransNica Adds Cuidad Quesada On New San Jose – Managua Route

As of March 1, Sancarleños will be able to travel to Managua, Nicaragua with a departure in Ciudad Quesada. The TransNica...

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...

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...

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Driving in Costa Rica

The photos are from the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) Facebook page. The location is Casamata, in the area of Cerro de la Muerte, on the ruta 2, the...

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Robbin Hood ransomware, Twitter parodies and SMS 2FA WHAT?

In the laster from Naked Security, Peter who discusses...

Twitter launched AI filter to block cyberflashing

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

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)...

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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 system of high pressure on the Atlantic Ocean has been...

Big Drop In Gasoline Prices Expected

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) - Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery, on Friday presented a request for a reduction in fuel prices to the...

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,...

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 Rica? The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) has determined that...

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 container in the APM Terminal facilities in Moín, Limón. The cocaine...

Business & Economy

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;...

Unclear Future for Costa Rica’s Commercial Sector

In Costa Rica, the commercial sector faces major challenges such as informality and unemployment; and the country's fiscal situation does not improve the picture....

Taxistas abandon traditional service and join Beego platform

If you can't beat them, join them. That is the decision of some 380 taxi drivers "taxistas" in Heredia, signing an agreement with Beego...

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...

Bankers Oppose Lifting of Bank Secrecy

The Costa Rican Banking Association expressed its opposition to the proposal of the Minister of Finance, Rodrigo Chaves, to lift bank secrecy as one...

Politics

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 a concern for honest people or for any business person...

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...

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...

Minister of Finance: ‘The Mortgage Is Killing Us’

In an interview with La Nación, the Minister of Finance (Ministro de Hacienda), Rodrigo Chaves, answers why his diagnosis of public debt differs from...

Costa Rica’s Finances on Treacherous Terrain

(Bloomberg) Costa Rica’s fear of protesters is proving to be greater than its fear of credit ratings agencies, putting its public finances back on...

Tech

Twitter launched AI filter to block cyberflashing

(Naked Security) It seems strange to report, yet a small but determined group of Twitter users think it is a good idea to direct...

5 Android Apps You Shouldn’t Miss This Week

Mobile technology has evolved over the years. Many people use smartphones to communicate or play games. App developers build hundreds of Android apps each...

Digital Marketing Techniques to Attract New Customers

There are a number of digital marketing techniques that can be used to help attract new customers online. There are over 4 billion internet...

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

Costa Rica's Telecable has gotten into the spirit of Christmas giving by doubling the speed --at no extra cost-- to its residential Internet clients. The...

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

The brother of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has launched a foldable gold smartphone, the "Escobar Fold 1" and is aiming his sights on...

Health

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 without the need for the sample to be sent to...

Ministry of Health insists there is no need to prevent travel with China

Costa Rican airports have a coordination and contingency plan in case someone from China (especially Wuhan) arrives in the country with respiratory symptoms. There...

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...

Costa Rica rules out banning people from China from entering the country

Costa Rica's Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, ruled out that Costa Rica will ban the entry of people coming from China, due to the...

Costa Rica Rules Out That Six Engineers Who Were in China Have Coronavirus

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security - said Monday afternoon that six engineers who were in a training...

Sports

Costa Rican cyclist captures queen stage of Petronas

Costa Rica's Kevin Rivera emerged victorious in the queen stage of Petronas Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) 2020 on Monday but it was second-placed...

Costa Rica pay-TV soccer channel FUTV to launch next month

A new pay-TV channel dedicated exclusively to Costa Rican futbol (soccer) will launch on February 29 Canal FUTV signaling the end of top-tier matches...

Following January Camp in Qatar, the USMNT will kick off 2020 vs. Costa Rica on Feb. 1 in California

The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) will get a chance to see what it is aiming for when it holds an upcoming 2022...

Costa Rica & Panama Announced as Venues for FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup 2020

On Friday 20th December, FIFA announced that Costa Rica and Panama are set to host the Women's Under-20 World Cup in August 2020 after inspections...

Keylor Navas reveals that he will live in Spain after retiremenet

The Costa Rican goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, reveals in the interview with Spanish journalist Edu Aguirre for the program 'El Chiringuito', that when he retires,...

Today Costa Rica

Punchlines in Paradise – Fundraiser of Coco C.A.R.E.

Get ready to laugh your tail off at the Punchlines in Paradise - Fundraiser of Coco C.A.R.E., with hilarious comedians from the United States. Comedians...

Boooomba! Happy July 25th or Guanacaste Day in Costa Rica

Every July 25 Costa Rica celebrates Guanacaste Day, a holiday celebrating Costa Rica's annexation of the Guanacaste province in 1824. The official name of the...

More than 11,500 families will benefit this year from housing bonds

The Government of the Carlos Alvarado is committed to providing, through the funds administered by the Banco Hipotecario de la Vivienda (BANHVI) - Housing...

Hand-Painted Tiles of Barrio Amon

Many times I will tell visitors to Downtown San José, that they should take a walk through a neighborhood that was once the most...

Residents Erect impromptu stop sign due to lack of action by authorities

When pleas fall on deaf ears, you take action. That is what the residents of Montes de Oca (San Pedro) did, erecting a makeshift...

Trends

The Best Things To Experience In Florida

When you think of Florida, your mind might instantly go to noisy theme parks and screaming kids. But Florida has so much more to...

The most popular VPNs in the industry

There’s certainly no denying that VPNs are becoming increasingly popular around the world. But, it’s important to remember that even the most widely-used services...

5 Must-Have Things to Pack on your First Hunting Trip

When you go hunting, you have to make sure that you pack everything that you need. There’s nothing quite so frustrating as a long...

How To Make Money From Property Renovation

Property renovation can be a lucrative investment that offers a fantastic return. However, renovations can be challenging and it’s easy to end up losing...

Tips for Applicants from Costa Rica Applying To US College

Applying to schools after graduating marks a huge milestone in any young adult’s life.