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Yellow alert for rains in the Caribbean, Northern Zone, Central and South Pacific

QCOSTARICA - The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - National Emergency Commission - decreed a yellow alert for the Caribbean, the northern zone and the Central and South Pacific of the country due to the heavy downpours expected this week. Lidier Esquivel, head of the...

The places in Costa Rica that would be underwater by 2100

QCOSTARICA - If climate change is not reversed millions of people around the world are threatened by rising sea levels which, along with other factors, could wash over entire cities throughout this century. What will happen to Costa Rica? Some beaches that we frequently visit today,...

Bad weather claimed two lives: one in Talamanca and another in Garabito

QCOSTARICA - Two men became the first victims of the rains and bad weather that has hit the country since last Wednesday, one of them died in Talamanca de Limón and the other in Garabito de Puntarenas. The most recent case occurred on the afternoon...

Downpours Continue In the Caribbean

QCOSTARICA - The heavy rains have not let up in the Caribbean. Although in some areas a few rays of sun came out this Friday morning, the downpour returning in the afternoon and the water levels have hardly dropped. The National Emergency Commission (CNE) reports...

Ruta 32 closed again, third night in a row!

QCOSTARICA - For the third consecutive night, the Ruta 32, which connects San José with Limón, was closed from 7 pm Friday and until 6 am this morning, Saturday. The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) reported that the preventive closure is being carried...

Storm forces evacuations, flooding and emergency calls and more than 120 incidents in Caribbean and Central Valley

QCOSTARICA - It's only the middle of April but it felt like September/October between Wednesday and Thursday, as the rains continued for more than 24 hours, reaching the roof of the houses in some of the hardest hit areas of the Caribbean coast. Around 8...

New cold push will bring gusts of up to 100 km/h and cooler temperatures this weekend

QCOSTARICA - A cold push is expected to grip all of Costa Rica this weekend, with wind gusts of up 100 km/h and cooler temperatures. The national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), explained that wind gusts will be at their peak in Guanacaste...

Strong winds and cooler weather expected this weekend

QCOSTARICA - The indirect effect of cold push No. 11 will mean the return of strong gusts this weekend in most of the country. Conditions will be less rainy in the Pacific, but there will be a slight increase in rainfall in the Caribbean. The Central...

A new perspective to the landscape of Costa Rica’s Caribbean paradise

They say that it left Panama for the port of Limon, on its way it suffered problems with his hull and the engine room was flooded. The ship has been grounded in Manzanillo (Puerto Viejo, Limon) in Costa Rica's Caribbean coast since 2017 and has...

Call for a Redoubled Commitment to Eradicating the “Shadow Pandemic” of Violence against Women and Girls in the Region

QREPORTS (ECLAC) - Latin America and the Caribbean has been a pioneer in forging a Regional Gender Agenda since 1977, but it should not let its guard down amid the intensification of violence against women and girls observed during the COVID-19 crisis, Alicia Bárcena,...

New atmospheric disturbance could intensify rains in Costa Rica this weekend

QCOSTARICA - In what could be the last blowout of the rainy season, a new atmospheric disturbance, tropical wave #53, located to the south of the Caribbean Sea could influence us this weekend. The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) in a press release pointed out: “the...

IMN rules out extreme rains to the indirect effect of tropical storm Iota

QCOSTARICA - Tropical Storm Iota has formed and is expected to become a major hurricane before posing another serious threat of flooding rainfall to Central America. The weather phenomenon that is moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea towards Central America became tropical storm Iota on...

Tropical storm Eta strengthens, heading to Nicaragua’s Caribbean

QCOSTARICA - Tropical storm Eta would become a hurricane today, Monday, when it reaches winds of 118 kilometers per hour and it is expected that it will reach the shores of Nicaragua with that category. It is currently about 800 kilometers east of the city...

Panama sees more than seven-fold increase in number of migrant children crossing through Darien Gap

UNICEF — The number of migrant children crossing the Darien Gap, a jungled portion of land separating Colombia from Central America, increased more than seven-fold to nearly 4,000 in 2019 from 522 the year before – UNICEF announced today. Approximately 50 % of the children...

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 affecting the weather in the Central American region which causes pressure on the Caribbean Sea generating accelerated winds in addition...

Latin America and the Caribbean experience slight increase in unemployment, which could get worse in 2020

ILO News – The labor markets of Latin America and the Caribbean are going through a moment of uncertainty, which can be seen in a slight rise in the regional unemployment rate and these signs of instability could get worse in 2020. These key...

Is Costa Rica a Caribbean country?

Is Costa Rica a Caribbean country? In a way, yes. It’s mostly a matter of semantics…what does it mean to be a “Caribbean Country” anyway? Does Costa Rica border the Caribbean Sea? Yes. Natives and residents often refer to Costa Rica in terms of regions —...

2014-2020 period will mark the lowest growth in the last seven decades for Latin American economies

The economic overview for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019 is occurring in a particularly complex context, reports the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The region is exhibiting an economic deceleration that is widespread and synchronized among countries and sectors,...

Vogue: “Goodbye Costa Rica, Nicaragua is the new great destination”

"Goodbye Costa Rica, Nicaragua is the new great destination of Central America", is the headline in various publications, referring to the article (but not the title as it is inferred) published in Vogue magazine, Mexico and Latin America edition. The prestigious magazine dedicated an extensive...

Costa Rica Announces US$158 Million Dollar Investment in Airports

The Costa Rican government announced that in the remainder of 2019 and next year, it plans to invest about À90 billion colones (US$158 million dollars) in the modernization of international and regional airports. The Consejo Técnico de Aviación Civil (CETAC) and the Dirección General de...

Costa Rica has a $400 million casino coming, but it’s already an interesting spot for poker fans

Gamers looking for poker in the beautiful tropical setting of Costa Rica are in luck. It’s a popular pastime in the country with a long history of legal gambling, unlike some other territories. Online gambling is, relatively speaking, underdeveloped in Costa Rica, meaning that locals...

Blockades raged against a depressed Caribbean

Limón, a province urged by work and economic reactivation, was the most affected by the blockades by truckers, students, trade unions and even residents of the various Caribbean communities. Port activities for international trade and tourism, key factors in the economy of the region, are...

Latin-America and the Caribbean are surfing the ride-hailing wave

Remember what trying to get a cab used to be like? Not long ago, you would have to step into the street, wave your arm in hopes of being noticed and sometimes wrestle another would-be passenger for the coveted spot. And that was only...

Devastating Epidemic of Crime & Insecurity in Latin America & Caribbean

(IPS) - Development is a very uneven process, accompanied by heterogeneity in outcomes across sectors, across regions and across income groups. Such process, Albert Hirschman elegantly established about 60 years ago, constantly generates tensions and demands for redistribution of resources and power. In this...

600 Children In Limon Missed School On Monday Due To Flooding From Downpours

The downpours since Sunday night in Limón left kept some 600 children in La Colina away from school on Monday because of flooding. The same thing happened with the students at the school in Limoncito. Other "barrios (neighborhoods) such as Envaco and Juan Pablo Segundo were...

Rains will arrive late to the Central Valley, Guanacaste and North

It's almost April and that means getting ready for the rains that traditionally start by mid-May. However, for this 2019, the "rainy season" will arrive "late and uneven" for the Central Valley, Guanacaste and Zona Norte (northern region). Also, temperatures this year are expected to...

4 Costa Rica Beaches In To 50 Beaches In Central America and Caribbean

Often touted as the Mecca of lust-worthy beaches, Central America and the Caribbean beaches provide ample reasons to pack your bagas and book a flight. To ensure your vacation doesn’t disappoint, Flight Network has developed one of the most extensive lists of Central American and...

Costa Rica named as a host nation for Gold Cup 2019

Costa Rica's Estadio Nacional (National Stadium) will be the site of the first two Group B matches for next summer's edition of Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) championship. Costa Rica's first match in the 2019 Gold Cup will be played...

Declining Export Competitiveness: Latin America Urgently Needs a Quality Leap

BUENOS AIRES—In the first quarter of 2018, the value of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean grew at a year-on-year rate of 9.7 percent in comparison with the same period in 2017, according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank...

JetBlue Brings EatUp Café Fresh Food to More Latin America & Caribbean Routes

JetBlue announced Thursday (September 20) that starting this month it will now offer fresh food on select Latin America and Caribbean routes for the very first time. Popular on domestic long-haul flights, EatUp Café menu items are now available for purchase on international flights longer...

Colombians Told ‘No Sex’ In The Afternoon. It’s Too Darn Hot!

It’s been a sweltering summer in many parts of the world, with millions scrambling for ways to cool off. On Wednesday, the 600,000 residents of Santa Marta, Colombia, were given one interesting suggestion: Stop having sex in the afternoon. Santa Marta is known as La...

Costa Rica Struggles To Adapt As Beach Retreats Inch By Inch

PLAYA COCLES, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A s towering waves smashed onto Costa Rica’s Cocles Beach, sucking away much of its sand, surf instructor Leo Downer was scared that the coastal road, along with his Toyota car, would be washed into the Caribbean by...

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