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San Jose (Chepe): A downtown lost!

(QCOSTARICA) Times before March were tough. With the entry of the Value Added Tax (VAT) - Impuesto sobre el Valor Agregado (IVA) in Spanish - in July 2019, many businesses started feeling the crunch. Eida Torres is one of the many entrepreneurs in Chepe (San...

Doctors took to the streets of San José to give away masks and teach how to use them

(QCOSTARICA) A group of some 15 doctors and helpers gave away masks and taught how to use them correctly to passes by on the boulevard of downtown San Jose this Friday morning. The group set up a tent in the area of the Central Bank...

In these times of pandemic …

"La Chola" on Avenida Central in San José doing her part in maintaining sanitary protocols, a mask and social distancing.

Cuarterías for ¢1,000 a night: a “time bomb” that strips COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) About 60 old, unsanitary foams are piled up in a dilapidated building in San José. Sleeping there costs ¢1,000 a night. For many it is little, for others, it is much and more than enough. Think about the pandemic before going there? That...

An Avenida Divided

(QCOSTARICA) In the reopening of the government's strategy "martillo y el baile" (hammer and dance), drawing lines between cantons and districts that moved forward to phase 3 and those kept behind in phase 2. The Avenida Central (Central Avenue), also known as the "bulevar" (boulevard)...

Jade Museum will open its doors on Monday with free admission

(QCOSTARICA) Starting this Monday, June 15, the Jade Museum (Museo del Jade in downtown San Jose will reopen its doors after being closed for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Admission to the museum, which houses a collection of almost 7,000 pieces of jade,...

A Downtown San Jose Without Cars?

(QCOSTARICA) A proposal seeks to transform the streets of San José into a walkway for pedestrians and cyclists. The initiative seeks to design "superblocks" (supercuadras in Spanish), which would give priority to pedestrians or cyclists which would be an impressive benefit to maintaining social distancing...

Mobile sinks installed in downtown San José to combat Covid-19

The Municipality of San José, in coordination with the “Chepe se baña” organization, installed mobile sinks in the center of San José with the objective that passers-by and inhabitants of the street have where to wash their hands and thus combat Covid-19. "The mobile lavatories...

“They did not stay home” despite the warnings and the risks due to Covid-19 (Photos)

Despite warnings from the Ministry of Health and call from the President Carlos Alvarado, that people stay at home as a measure to avoid Covid-19, the photos by Crhoy.com taken this Sunday demonstrates many are not taking the warnings seriously. On Saturday, President Alvarado demonstrated...

Circus Without A Tent: The Tope Nacional 2019

A buffalo that participated in the Tope Nacional (Horse Day in San Jose) caused tremendous chaos when it went out of control and stormed into people The animal, passing in the vicinity of the Puchos bar in San José (Calle ), when for unknown reasons...

Three Downtown Roads To Be Exclusive For Public Transit

Major changes to the flow of downtown San Jose traffic will be in place in the coming weeks when three of the roads will become partially exclusive for public transit (buses and taxis). These are Avenidas 3 and 6 and Calle 2. Avenida 3 is...

Vehicular Restriction In San Jose Will NOT Be Applied On Mother’s Day

In order to encourage and facilitate the gathering of families, visiting cemeteries, medical centers, homes for the elderly, restaurants, meeting and recreational places in San Jose, the Traffic Police (Transito) announced it WILL NOT be applying the vehicular restrictions on Mother's Day, August 15. The...

Downtown San Jose Roads Get A Refit

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) in conjunction with the municipality of San José started a process of resurfacing and demarcation of roads in 24 different points of the central hull of the capital city. Approximately 50 km from San José will be...

The New Traffic Lights Of San Jose

Downtown San Jose's Avenida Segunda (2nd Avenue) has new traffic lights. At least the first half, from La Merced church to the Cathedral. The new traffic lights includes the number of seconds for the green and red (34) and 3 seconds for the yellow. When approaching...

Demonstrators Insult and Corner President Alvarado in Downtown San José

A group of protesters chased President Carlos Alvarado this morning, around 11 am, when he was leaving an urban mobility event at the National Theater in downtown San José. The president crossed the Plaza de la Cultura surrounded by bodyguards and police, while dozens of...

Gran Hotel Costa Rica reopens in San Jose after three-year restoration

It started in 2016, the restoration of the Gran Hotel Costa Rica, a historical monument in the heart of San Jose. The hotel, well-known by locals and visited by tourists, had run down after years of wear and tear, “The biggest challenge was to bring...

La Merced Park closed indefinitely after xenophobic demonstrations

Security Minister Michael Soto announced Saturday night that the La Merced park, in downtown San Jose, will remain closed and under guard by the police for an indefinite period, after the xenophobic demonstrations that took place today. On Saturday, 44 people were arrested, 38 of...

Teatro Nacional Opens Its Doors To The Public This Weekend

More than 1,500 people on Saturday visited the Teatro Nacional (National Theater) and discovered the hidden secrets of the architectural jewel of San Jose. The building in the heart of the capital city, built in 1897, is open to guided tours this weekend (Saturday and...

Downtown San Jose Closures For Monday and Tuesday

Take into account the road closures in the heart of San Jose for today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) due to the 'transfer of powers' event. The closure of about 4 square blocks, that includes the Avenida 2 and Avenida Central (Bulevar or Boulevard) is total...

“Monumento Los Presentes”

The "Momument Los Presentes" (Momument To Those Present), a sculptural set made of bronze composed of nine life-size figures, representing the Costa Rican peasant. The work personifies the typical inhabitants of the Central Valley, in danger of disappearing due to modernization; Paradoxically, they are represented...

Rocks Thrown At Train Part of Transitarte 2018 Exhibition

Looking for something interesting and different to do this weekend? Transitarte 2018 may be the thing. Also called the "Festival de Verano", the event is running to Sunday in the heart of Costa Rica' capital city, San Jose. One of the more interesting exhibits is...

App Makes Downtown San Jose Parking A Snap

Parking in downtown San Jose is a challenge. Right? An app(lication) now makes life easier in the capital city, eliminating the time to looking for a parking space. The epakr CR app allows users to quickly and safely park in downtown San jose. Users of...

Hotel Security And Manager Arrested For Preventing Police To Enter Downtown San Jose Hotel With Dead Body

A call to 911 reported an alleged person deceased inside the Hotel Del Rey, in downtown San Jose. Minutes later, paramedics arriving at the scene confirmed the body of a foreigner who had died in one of the guest rooms. Police were called. According to a...

Short Video of San Jose in 1958

The clip is of Avenida Central, now the pedestrian boulevard, in 1958. Interesting note of the Imperial beer crate used by the traffic official and the Sears building; the shot of the Cine Rex, now a McDonalds, diagonal to the Parque Central. The march through...

San Jose’s Metropolitan Cathedral; A Good Reason to go to Church

Why do we go to church? If we are religious, we go to worship God. However, some of us go because it is a social event; or for others, we go because it is a social obligation (we are expected to go). When we...

San José Sunset One Day After The Turrialba Eruption

Photos by Erick Solórzano of the San Jose afternoon after the Turrialba eruption. Photos were published on crhoy.com

Avenida 2 To Have Exclusive Bus Lanes On Friday

In an effort to find ways to curb the traffic congestion nightmare lived daily in San Jose, the Ministerio de Transportes (MOPT), on Friday, from 5:00am to 8:00pm, two of the five lanes of Avenida 2 will be for the exclusive use of buses...

San Jose Will Undergo Earthquake Drill To Test Emergency Response

Traffic congestion (presas in Spanish) will be more than usual this morning in downtown San Jose with the planned earthquake drill in the capital city that involves 60,000 people and 43 public and private institutions. Starting at 10:00 am, the drill (simulacro in Spanish) simulates...

Heavy Rains Flood Downtown San Jose; Landslide In Desamparados

The heavy rains of Wednesday afternoon once again flooded areas of downtown San Jose, the Hatillos, San Sebastian and Cañada del Sur. On the south side of San Jose, in Desamparados, a landslide... In San Jose, in the downtown area of Chinatown once again became...

Downtown San Jose Through The Eyes of Ronald Duran Martinez

All photo from Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/ronald.duranmartinez

Artisans Lost Fight For Call 13 bis, Agree To Relocate

After 22 years of conflict and uncertainty, the artisans of Calle 13 bis, on the west side of the Plaza de la Democracia, in downtown San Jose, will be relocating to the artesans market on the south side of the Parque de la Garantias...

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