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Another nostalgic farewell: Air Canada says see you soon, eh! to Costa Rica

On Tuesday, March 28,  at 10:20 pm, Air Canada said see you soon to Costa Rica, in yet another nostalgic farewell at the Juan Santamaría International (SJO) or San Jose airport. That day was the last flight, for now, by the airline, as it also...

Tourists intended to leave Costa Rica with 83 kilos of chocolate with marijuana

Two men were arrested at the Daniel Oduber International airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, accused of trying to smuggle out a large load of marijuana-laced chocolates out of the country. The men attracted the attention of authorities hauling seven pieces of luggage as they...

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...

New Low-Cost Flight: Dallas – Liberia

The low-cost airline Sun Country announced that between June and August 2020 it will operate a weekly flight between the Dallas, Texas and  Liberia, Costa Rica. The operation will begin on Saturday June 13 and end on Saturday August 15, with flights departing the Dallas...

Travelers Will Have Direct More Routes To And From Costa Rica

More flights to North America and Europe will be available to travelers at the end of the year due to the increase in both frequencies and routes. Meanwhile, there will be fewer flights with connections in the region due to the reorganization of Avianca, while...

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...

Streets of Liberia looked empty as residents of visitors refuse to pay for street parking

After the new parking meter system was put into operation in the central part of Liberia, Guanacaste, the streets of the city looked practically empty, affecting shops, because the residents refuse to pay for parking. The new parking meters and the city's enforcement policy aims...

Costa Rica Tourist Arrivals Grew 4% up to June 2019

During the first half of the year, 1.73 million visitors arrived in Costa Rica, a figure 3.9% higher than that reported in the same period in 2018, behavior that is explained by the rise in the arrival of tourists from North America.   Figures from the...

PriceSmart Confirms Plans For Liberia (Costa Rica) Store

PriceSmart announced that on July 31, 2019, it acquired approximately 21,000 square rmeters (227,000 square feet) of land in Liberia, Costa Rica, where it plans to open its 46th warehouse club, the eighth in Costa Rica. This club will be located within the city of...

Medical doctor performed amazing operation without opening up a patient with cancer

Dr. Jorge Vargas raised the prestige of the doctors of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS or Caja) successfully carrying out a truly incredible operation at the Enrique Baltodano Hospital in Liberia, Guanacaste. The doctor, trained in Italy, connected the stomach with the small...

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 holiday is “La Anexión del Partido de Nicoya”. The Partido de Nicoya was an area that today encompasses almost the entirety...

Not Good For Costa Rica’s Tourism Image!

Rico's TICO BULL - Earlier this month, on Saturday, June 8 operations at the Daniel Oduber Quiros international airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste, was shut down for several hours. The closure, as explained by the deputy director of Civil Aviation, Álvaro Vargas, was due to...

Air Transat Adds Costa Rica Destination Out of Vancouver

Starting in December, Canadian visitors will have more flight options to visit Costa Rica with a new "triangular" route that will connect Vancour with San jose and Liberia. The new route is offered by Air Transat, starting on December 18, 2019 and through April 25,...

“Eternal appeals” frustrate the start of works in two sections of the Interamericana Norte

For this month, the expansion work on the section of the Interamericana Norte highway between Limonal and Barranca (Puntarenas), should have been underway. At least that was the plan by the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transporters (MOPT). But the reality is another matter. In fact,...

Sun, Sand and Sea: Uber At The Beach

Uber Costa Rica this week announced it now offers services now in the Pacific coastal areas of Liberia, Nicoya, Manuel Antonio, and Jaco. Users can now get an Uber outside the Central Valley, where ride app has more than 25,000 drivers serving over 700,000 users. In...

International arrivals by air grew 7.8% in the first two months of the year

International arrivals by air grew by 7.8% in the first two months of the year compared to 2018, as confirmed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the Instituto Costarricense de Tursimo (ICT). Between January and February, 499,693 arrivals to Costa Rica by both international airports,...

Crash leaves one dead and six injured in Liberia (Photos)

Saturday afternoon, a crash between a bus and avehicle resulted inone dead and six injured in Liberia, Guanacaste. The crash occurred at 4:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the brewery, in the sector of the Americas, before arriving in Liberia. Due to the impact, the driver...

Liberia recovers the “balneario natural del pueblo”

A gate that prevents the entry of Liberians, in addition to a large number of visitors from across the province and the country, to the "balneario natural del pueblo"  (natural watering hole) will be removed in the next few days. According to Liberia mayor Julio...

Costa Rica joins countries that close airspace to the Boeing 737 MAX

Costa Rica's Dirección General de Aviación Civil - Civil Aviation - on Wednesday, March 13 announced that, until further notice, the operation of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 aircraft in the Costa Rican airspace is prohibited. The Director of Civil Aviation,...

American Airlines will let passengers take private helicopters to avoid long lines

For you next flight to and/or from Costa Rica from New York or Los Angeles, you might want to consider taking a helicopter. No, not all the way of course, but to and from the airports at JFK or LAX. Fast Company reports American Airlines...

Know the names of the “cuatrillizas” born in the Hospital México on Monday

Monserrat, Ariana, Paula and Karina are the names of the "cuatrillizas" (quadruplets) born Monday morning in the Hospital Mexico in San Jose. The births were at 9:33 am, 9:35 a, 9:36 a, and 9:38 am. The mother, from Liberia, Guanacaste, Jerlis Vazquez Briceño, is doing...

Apple Vacations Offers Costa Rica Direct Flights From Chicago’s Rockford IL

Chicago's Rockford Airport (RFD) celebrated on Friday the first direct flight to Costa Rica on Fridays until the end of April. Costa Rica joins Cancun (Mexico) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) as the airport's international destinations through Apple Vacations. Flights depart from the main the...

More Canadians To Hit Costa Rica Beaches With New Direct Flights From Vancouver

The Canadian low-cost airline Sunwing, that also operates seasonal flight services from over 30 local Canadian gateways, started operations this week between Vancouver International airport (YVE) and the Daniel Oduber International airport (LIR) in the Guanacaste of Liberia. The flight operates weekly on Sundays with...

Failure With Immigration System Affected Travelers at San Jose and Liberia Airports

A failure the immigration control systems on Monday affected the arrival and departure of passengers at the Juan Santamaría (San Jose) in Alajuela and Daniel Oduber, in Liberia, Guanacaste airports. Civil Aviation (Aviación Civil) reported that the failure was in the International Police (Interpol) systems...

Aeromexico Adds Liberia (Guancaste) – Mexico City Flight

Aeromexico, the Mexican airline, inaugurated its Liberia, Guanacaste flights to Mexico City, Mexico this Saturday, November 10. The airline says the route will be operating during the high season, with the last flight on April 21, 2019. This first flight departed from the Daniel Oduber International...

Sofía is Giraffe #13 is born in Costa Rica. She is from Guanacaste.

Saturday morning Sofia was born, giraffe number 13 that is gestated on Costa Rican soil by the hand of 'Ponderosa Adventure Park', responsible for the reproduction and breeding of this species in the country. This is the fourth birth of the year. Preceding Sofia into...

Could Costa Rica become a “gene bank” for giraffes?

Giraffes face 'silent extinction' as population. The giraffe (jirafa in Spanish), the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say. Because the giraffe population has shrunk nearly 40% in 30 years, in 2016, scientists put it on the official watch list...

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...

Independence Torch Victim Of The National Strike

A group of trade unionists, apparently from the National Association of Educators (ANDE), boycotted on Thursday blocked the passage of the Independence Torch north of Liberia, Guanacaste, as it moved, as is tradition, from the border with Nicaragua, by students who have been prepared...

The Policia de Transito At Work

With a worrisome and growing figure of road fatalities, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) have stepped up their game: more patrols (including night), spotchecks and radar control, like that pictured below on the Cañas - Liberia portion of the Interamericana Norte (Ruta 1).

In Guanacaste, Plane Propeller Slices Through Pickup Truck Like Paper

A fumigating plane that was on the ground lost control and hit a pickup that was on the runway. The propeller hit the box of the pickup truck and cut it as if it were paper. The incident occurred this Thursday shortly before 8:00...

Guanacaste, Costa Rica’s Engine For Economic Development

Guanacaste aims to accelerate its pace of development through the diversification of its productive activities and improvement in infrastructure. The expansion of the Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR), the opening of the cargo terminal, the inauguration of the Liberia-Cañas highway and the start of roadworks between...

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