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Guanacaste Resort offers free on-property Covid-19 test for guests traveling to US

Hyatt Hotels announced that all 19 Hyatt resorts in Latin America have arranged for complimentary on-property COVID-19 testing through May 31, 2021, for guests traveling to the U.S. This is valid for the complimentary rapid antigen or RT-PCT testing options up to two registered guests...

KLM returns to Liberia, Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines resumed its direct flights from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, this week. The Tuesday night arrival was the first in a series of returning flights and new connections to be announced...

Wind Farm in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Image of the Planta Eólica Tilarán (PESA) - Wind Power Plant - located two kilometers northeast of Parcelas de Quebrada Azul in Tilarán (Guanacaste). In the background is the Arenal lake and the Arenal volcano.   Founded in 1996, the plant belongs to the company CMI Energía.

Costa Rica’s Tourism reports losses of $3 billion and affecting 100,000 families

QCOSTARICA - Around US$3 billion in losses and direct impact on some 100,000 people are part of the effects caused by the crisis in the Costa Rican tourism sector this year. According to the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) the main impact has been due...

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

QPHOTOS - Playas del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. This region is also one of the fastest growing areas of tourism in Costa Rica. It has long been a popular destination with both local Costa Ricans as...

688 people in shelters due to the influence of ETA

QCOSTARICA - the president of the National Emergency Commission (CNE) Alexánder Solís, reported this Wednesday afternoon that 688 people are currently in different shelters in the country, as a result of the impact in our country of the tropical storm ETA. About 18 buildings in...

Rainy onslaught by Hurricane Eta batters Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - The central Pacific, as well as Guanacaste and the canton of Upala, in the northern zone (Alajuela), are on an orange alert due to the intensification of the rains in that area due to the indirect influence of Hurricane Eta. The National Emergency...

Heavy rains leave rivers overflowing in Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - Heavy rains due to the indirect effects of Eta, a category 4 hurricane that hit Nicaragua's Caribbean coast this Tuesday morning, caused floods in the province of Guanacaste. Marcelo Morera, regional director of the Traffic Police in the Chorotega region, confirmed that the...

New eruption of Rincón de la Vieja rose 2 kilometers above the crater

QCOSTARICA - The Rincón de la Vieja volcano, in north-western Costa Rica, about 23 km from Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste, gave a wake up call Thursday, with an eruption whose column of gas and vapor rose 2 kilometers above the active crater.   The...

#DEBUNKED: No girl died in clashes in Cañas

#DEBUNKED - The Ministry of Public Security (MSP) categorically rejected that a young girl died in Cañas, Guanacaste, after the clashes in the area on Thursday, after false messages circulated on social media networks. The MSP Press office sent the message to all the media. If...

Hard Rock Café closes in Guanacaste

(QCOSTARICA) The Hard Rock Café located in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, closed its doors for good on Tuesday, September 15, after a drastic drop in its clientele due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For its part, the franchise located in Cariari, in Belén, across the Real...

“Old normality”: Ruta 27 reported long lines as vacations headed for the beaches

(QCOSTARICA) Thousands sought to take advantage of the long weekend so they decided to head for the beaches and vacation destinations of Costa Rica which brought an "old normal" on the main routes: the congestion. For kilometers, for most of the day, Saturday traffic on...

Liberia airport restarts operations after months of closure

(QCOSTARICA) This Saturday, September 5, the Daniel Oduber International airport in Liberia (LIR), Guanacaste, came back to life with the first flight after it was closed for 170 days due to the pandemic. At 12 noon, United Airlines flight arrived from Newark (EWR), New Jersey...

Rincón de la Vieja erupted 3 times in less than 15 hours

(QCOSTARICA) In a matter of almost 15 hours, the Rincón de la Vieja volcano registered three eruptions, as confirmed by the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori). On Sunday, there were 2 events. One at 6:09 pm and another at 6:19 pm. Both...

Soon, it will be possible to travel from Barranca to Liberia in less than two hours

(QCOSTARICA) In the first quarter of 2023, it will be possible to go from Barranca to Liberia, driving at the posted speed limit, in less than two hours. This is when the expansion of the last section of the Ruta 1 or  Interamericana Norte that...

It stopped raining in Guanacaste, for now; large losses in lowlands and coast

(QCOSTARICA) The residents of Santa Cruz, Carrillo, La Cruz and other Guanacaste cantons were barely recovering from the floods left by the indirect effect of tropical storm Marco, last week, when a new storm hit them, raining for 24 hours straight. This Friday morning the...

Surfing with a Jaguar in Costa Rica

A wild jaguar and a surfer exchange glances at the distance in Playa Potrero Grande, near the Santa Rosa National Park of Santa Rosa, Guanacaste. "Magic moments... Surfing with a Jaguar 🏄 in Costa Rica," posted sarahkamalani on her Instagram page. The coexistence between humans and...

Caturga asks to allow flights from the U.S. to Guanacaste

(QCOSTARICA) The Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism (Caturgua) is requesting that the Government allow the arrival of tourists from the United States this month of August. The request for U.S. travelers to enter the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, comes after the...

Las musas de la Pampa

(QCOSTARICA) Continuing the Guanacaste Day celebrations, we bring you this beautiful photo by @AdrielRuiz posted by Festivales Folclóricos de Costa Rica.    

Liberia airport will operate with no flights

(QCOSTARICA) The Daniel Oduber international airport (LIR) in Liberia, it will continue to be closed to international operations despite the fact that the government announced this Thursday the opening of commercial flights for August 1. That air terminal had only confirmed airlines from the United...

The requirements for travelers and the protocols at airports on August 1

(QCOSTARICA) Starting August 1, 2020, Costa Rica will reopen its airports to travelers from Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom, as announced this Thursday. The minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, said that the reopening of the country's international airports will be gradual and...

Five US airlines with scheduled flights to Liberia airport after August 1

(QCOSTARICA) Five US airlines already have scheduled flights on their itineraries starting from August 1 to Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste. They are United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, Alaska and Jetblue. César Jaramillo, manager of the terminal's management company, Coriport, confirmed that these...

Chang started his plasma engine and will start key tests starting next week.

Costa Rican scientist and former NASA astronaut, Franklin Chang, confirmed that last Wednesday the plasma engine being developed in Costa Rica was started for the first time so far this year. This confirms that we are ready to start with a series of necessary tests...

Playas del Coco revives barter as a way of payment amid the pandemic

Playas del Coco, in Guanacaste, resurrected humanity's oldest method of payment: barter. The residents of that community opted to reduce the use of money and take advantage of their abilities to cope with the pandemic caused by the covid-19. The idea comes from Marie DeFlandre,...

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...

Costa Rica says goodbye…the last of the Canadians

"Costa Rica says goodbye because we are the last flight...... with Air Canada," posted Colette Bélanger on March 25 on her Facebook account. Very touching. The photo was taken at the Daniel Oduber International airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste.  

Fifco closes its two hotels in Guanacaste for three months and maintains its more than 800 employees

Florida Ice and Farm (Fifco) reported Sunday, March 22, that the two hotels that operate in its Reserva Conchal tourist complex, located in Santa Cruz de Guanacaste, will be closed for three months due to the new coronavirus. These are The Westin Golf Resort &...

Hyatt Hotels confirms temporary closure of Guanacaste Hotel

The Hyatt Andaz Costa Rica Resort hotel, located in the Gulf of Papagayo, Guanacaste, will temporarily close its facilities from Friday, March 26 and will resume operations on June 30. The Marketing and Communication management of the company confirmed the news, saying the decision involves...

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...

Rincon de La Vieja volcano eruption (photos)

At 12:13 pm, Thursday, January 30, 2020, a phreatic eruption occurred in the Rincon de La Vieja volcano, about 23 km from Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste. A hot mudflow of composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material flowed in rivers and ravines near...

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 —...

Playas del Coco Betting On Cruise Tourism With Dock Construction

Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, could become a tourist destination specialized in the attention of medium-sized cruises. That is the objective of a project that drives the municipality of Carrillo and whose spearhead is the construction of a tourist dock. The purpose is to expand the tourist...

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