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It’s almost 5 pm, do you know where you car is?

If you are in an orange alert zone, anywhere from San Ramon to Paraiso de Cartago, the total vehicular restrictions kicks in at 5 pm and time to get the carrito off the road. The restrictions of 5 am to 5 pm, from Monday...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 107 hospitalized and 245 new infections

(QCOSTARICA) Hospitalizations reached their highest number since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday with 107 patients, most of them admitted to the Specialized Center for the Care of Covid-19 (Ceaco), in La Uruca. The number of patients in medical centers increased by 19 in...

Pacific Coast and Central Valley under “Yellow” alert

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) has issued a "yellow" alert for the entire Pacific coast (North, Central and South) and the Central Valley due to climatic conditions. The atmospheric and humid pattern over the country will generate intense rains during the afternoon and the first...

Border closure for foreigners to remain in force until May 15

Costa Rica Health authorities announced this Monday that the closure of the border to foreigners will continue until May 15. The measure introduced mid-March was initially until April 12, then extended to Apr 30, and now for 15 more days. Up to that date, only Costa...

Afternoon Rain and Thunderstorm Takes Central Valley By Surprise

Though it is still weeks away from the start of the "green" season, many parts of the Central Valley, Central and South Pacific got a reminder of that with thunder and rain this Tuesday afternoon. The national weather service prepared a map of the areas...

The Best Place to be in the world before, during and after COVID-19

While COVID is devastating New York, California, and Washington State in the U.S.and the rest of the orbe with more than 438,000 cases and 19,000 deaths, Costa Rica is taking a whole series of extreme measures to stop this invisible enemy. 1. A restriction of...

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...

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 —...

Cold Front and Strong Winds Grip Costa Rica

The National Emergency Commission (Comisión Nacional de Emergencias - CNE) declared a green for today, Monday and to continue into Tuesday, due to the influence of the cold front number 14. According to the national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), during the next...

Government studies options to subsidize electric train rates

Payments from the State to a company that obtains a service concession would ensure profitability and access for users is one of three subsidy models for the intercity electric train fares being studied by the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) - Costa Rican Railroad...

Costa Rica’s Intercity Electric Train Could Derail

The concession of an efficient and modern intercity electric train that connects to the four provinces of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), promoted by Costa Rica's First Lady, Claudia Dobles, could be derailed because of dilly-dallying by legislators. Some 40 legislators who together form a...

Heavy rains hit the Southern Zone

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - National Emergency Commission - declared a yellow alert for the South Pacific and green alert for the Central Pacific, North Pacific, North Zone, and Central Valley, as a result of the impact of the latest rains. The president...

Most roads are “protester and blockade free” today!

It wasn't until the early hours of this morning, Tuesday, July 2, that most roads were "protester free" or "enabled" in Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) jargon. At 4:15 am, traffic officials reported that the routes of the country, in particular in Limón and Pérez...

Saturday’s downpour was the strongest in the Cental Valley in the last 100 years

Saturday's downpour in the Central Valley of 144 liters per square meter in 8 hours broke the record of 130 liters per square meter set in 1919. The figure is surprising if one takes into account that the average downpour in the center of the...

Green Alert For Central Valley

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - National Emergency Commission - declared on Sunday a green alert for the Central Valley for heavy rains and thunderstorms. The alert is to continue today Monday. The alert came after many rivers, streams, creeks and culverts in the...

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...

Surprise Rainfall In The Central Valley Friday Afternoon

This is the dry or summer season. It is not supposed to rain. Thus few, if any, carry an umbrella during this time of year. But boy would it have it come in hand Friday afternoon in the greater metropolitan area of San Jose...

Careful! Strong winds will be with us all week

The presence of high-pressure systems in the Caribbean that maintain masses of cold air near the country will cause strong winds and lower temperatures throughout the week. Daniel Poleo, of the national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), reported that maximum gusts of between...

McDonald’s To Open First Restaurant In Limon

Arcos Dorados, that operates the McDonald's brand in Costa Rica will in 2019 open the doors of a restaurant in the province of Limón. With the Limon opening, in addition to a new store in Tres Rios and in the Oxigeno commerical center, there will...

4.2 Quake Jolts Central Valley Thursday Night

A 4.2 magnitude quake reported by the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) de la Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) shook most of the Central Valley this Thursday night. The tremor that struck at 10:39 pm was centered one kilometer west of San Isidro de Vazquez de...

512 People Still In Shelters; More Heavy Rain Starting This Afternoon

A total of 512 people are still in shelters following the flooding and damage caused by the tropical storm that hit area of the Pacific coast in Guanacaste and Puntarenas. While residents of those areas, in particular, Jicaral and Paquera, the hardest hit, work to...

5.4 Early Morning Quake Jolts Central Pacific

A 5.4 magnitude quake hit Costa Rica at 1:37 am Friday. According to the report by the Ovsicori, the epicenter was located 9 km northeast of Quepos, at a depth of 46 km. The Red Sismologica Nacional (RSN) reported the quake as a 5.3, with...

Low Pressure System Places Pacific Coast and Central Valley On Alert

Though expected to be nothing like Nate, a low-pressure system will affect the country over the next couple of days, enough for the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - national emergencies commission - to raise the alert from green to yellow for eight cantons...

“Aguaceros” (Rains) Back This Weekend After A Week Of Dry Season Conditions

It's been a week and not a drop of rain in the Central Valley and Pacific coast, the dry season conditions caused by a high-pressure system over the Atlantic Ocean. But don't put away the galoshes just yet, typical October rains will be back by...

Lots of Rain and Cool, Landslides and Flooding

September and October are the months for the worst of the rainy season, where the rains are intense and temperature a few degrees cooler than the rest of the year. Few communities are spared during the rainy season. Flooding caused by rising rivers and landslides...

Costa Rica Irazu Volcano Covered in Frost

Q COSTA RICA - It may sound strange to hear of frost in Costa Rica, but it is a fact, the low temperatures last week (and altitude) resulted in the landscape atop the Irazu volcano to be covered in frost (Escarcha in Spanish). This is...

Turrialba Volcano Made Two New Eruptions Monday Morning; Two Sunday Night

(QCostarica) The Turrialba, Costa Rica´s most current active volcano, recorded two new eruptions Monday morning, after a night of intense activity. This followed last Friday's (at 3:42 pm) powerful eruption. The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) informed through his Facebook page, that...

2015 El Nino Can Become One of the Four Strongest in 65 Years

QCOSTARICA - This year's El Niño phenomenon can become one of the four strongest since 1950, said a recent report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The peak strength of this El Niño is expected sometime during October 2015 to January 2016. Its impacts are...

Weatherman Confirms Presence of El Niño Affecting Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) -- Costa Rica's national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) confirmed today (Wednesday) that the country is under the influence of the El Niño. Werner Stolz, head of forecasts for the IMN, said the phenomenon has been an evolution that started last year...

Wind Gusts Up To 70 km/h Prevail In The Central Valley and Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - Wind gusts of up to 70 km/h will affect most of the Central Valley and Guanacaste for the coming days, the effects of a high pressure system. The national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), said that rain can be expected in...

Strong Quake Rocked Central Valley Saturday Afternoon

QCOSTARICA - A strong earthquake rocked several regions of Costa Rica, especially the Central Valley, at 5:33pm Saturday afternoon. The quake registered 4.7 on the Richter Scale, according to the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica de la Universidad de Costa Rica. The report said the epicenter was...

Semana Santa in Costa Rica 2015

QCOSTARICA - Semana Santa in Costa Rica is a time for family and religious celebrations, or vacation at the beach or mountains. For many Costa Ricans, Semana Santa is a time to gt together with family and friends. The Catholic Church organizes traditional masses and...

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