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Cruise season restart postponed until November

QCOSTARICA - There is no good news for those who depend on the cruise industry in Costa Rica, as these luxurious ships will not return to the country until at least November. Wagner Loría, president of the Costa Rican Cruise Industry Association, predicts, analyzing several...

Vehicular Restrictions for Semana Santa and April

QCOSTARICA - The sanitary vehicle restrictions for Semana Santa (Easter Week) that unofficially began this Friday afternoon and continues to Sunday, April 4, continue the same as for March. To recap, The countrywide restrictions from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am continue in...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica rises slightly, but new cases continue to decline

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica rose slightly in the last week according to the most recent analysis by the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH), going from 0.83 to 0.9. However, analysts consider that this increase is not necessarily bad news, since the...

At 11 months to delivery, the road to Limón missing 440 expropriations

QCOSTARICA - Road construction, more to the point, delivery of finish projects, has been a low point for Costa Rica's Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transport. Major projects around the country, past and present, have all suffered...

Puerto Viejo, Limon

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, Costa Rica Photo by Silivan Munguarakarama via Unsplash.

Cold continues, this week will be cloudy and very windy

QCOSTARICA - January continues a cold month, as cold pushes linger past the traditional first week of the year. The effect of a new cold push will again accelerate the trade winds starting this Tuesday and it is expected that during Wednesday and Thursday...

Gordon Ramsay in Costa Rica: famous chef walks in Limón and tasted the spoon of a Caribbean soda

QCOSTARICA - Kisha More Bent will never forget Monday, January 11. That day, starting in the afternoon, she served rice and beans and a mondongo (tripe) soup to Gordon Ramsay, the demanding and celebrity chef. “When I went to the table at once, he looked...

Grandfather who abused and raped his granddaughter in Limón will spend 20 years in jail

QCOSTARICA - A man who sexually abused and raped his granddaughter in Batán, Matina district, Limón, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday morning. The sentence was imposed by the Criminal Court of Limon and the man was identified as Marcos Hugo Vado...

Crocodile escapes when firefighters try to capture it in Piuta beach, Limón

HQ - A crocodile about 2.5 meters (8 feet) long appeared this Monday on Piuta beach, less than two kilometers from the center of the city of Limón, near a house. Fire Department personnel received an alert about the sighting and attended the scene. However,...

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...

Limon closes beaches and parks for a month

(QCOSTARICA) The Municipality of Limón ordered, this Wednesday, September 9, the closure of beaches and public parks for a month due to the increase in the contagion of COVID-19 in that canton. "Our beaches became a source of contagion," said Nestor Mattis, mayor of Limón...

CNE expands Orange Alert in cantons of Heredia, Puntarenas and Limón

(QCOSTARICA) The day before the "controlled reopening", several cantons and districts had their alert status raised from yellow to orange, due to their increase in cases and the risk of transmission by COVID-19. These are the cantons of Belén in Heredia, Limón in that province...

Italian woman dies touching electrical cable in Puerto Viejo

A 54-year-old Italian woman died on Wednesday after suffering an electric shock in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón. The victim was identified as Lolita Avendaño. The accident happened on a road near the beach, about 200 meters before the Tuba Creek bar. Apparently, when...

Criminals set their sights on ATMs

Taking advantage of few people out and desolate streets, criminals set their sights on ATMs, even to obstruct roads with sticks just in case and puncture tires of police cars that could give chase. This was the case last week in Bananito, Limón where ¢61...

Four men charged with being on the beach despite restrictions

Three men will have to pay the equivalent of ¢150,000 in school supplies after acknowledging that they went to the beach despite the health order issued by the Ministry of Health that prohibits visiting these places as a preventive measure against COVID-19. In addition, another...

Eduardo Cruickshank: the pastor passionate about politics elected new president of Legislative Assembly

Eduardo Cruickshank was elected president of the Legislative Assembly for the coming year, as part of the political process every May 1. Eduardo Newton Cruickshank Smith has been interested in politics since he was a young man, when he studied Law at the University of...

COVID-19 forces Limon to suspend the Grand Parade 2020

The coronavirus pandemic forced Limonenses to make the decision to suspend the famous “Grand Parade” parade, which takes place every August 31 in the framework of the Día del Negro y la Cultura Afrocostarricense. (Black and Afro-Costa Rican Culture day). Marcelle Taylor Brown, general coordinator...

The Fearsome March of 1920: A Century Ago, Costa Rica Faced Another Pandemic

The so-called Spanish flu wreaked havoc in Costa Rica exactly 100 years ago: it left almost 2,300 dead, canceled theaters and dances, postponed the school year and tested an incipient health system ... History repeats itself; any resemblance to today may not be coincidental.

Cruise Season Suspended in Limón on COVID-19

The Junta de Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica (Japdeva) announced the suspension of the cruise season in Limón. Fourteen cruise ships will not dock at Limon between March 17 to April 30. "We know that this will have an impact on...

Record Durg Seisure: 5 tons of cocaine found in container at Limon Terminal

Almost six tons of cocaine headed for the European market were found in a container in the APM Terminal facilities in Moín, Limón. The cocaine was in a shipment headed for Holland said Michael Soto, the Ministro de Seguridad Publica during a press conference in...

Climate Change: This is what some places in Costa Rica may look like in 2080

Costa Rica will not escape the effects of climate change and, if the trend continues, by 2080 many parts of the Ticolandia will look dramatically different: in some cases, flooded by rising sea level and in others, almost desert-like due to high temperatures. At the...

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 —...

Private companies promote megaworks that governments postponed for years

Three projects that governments have postponed for years have returned to the scene in recent months at the initiative of private companies. The companies dusted off a chapter of the concessions law that allows them to offer the authorities to carry out the long-past investment...

Moin Port Terminal Efficiency Improved

One year after the start-up of operations of the maritime terminal in Costa Rica, businessmen recognize that efficiency has improved, but insist that there should be a reduction in tariffs. At the end of October 2018, the Moín Container Terminal was definitively received and immediately...

The largest cruise ship in the history of the Japdeva terminal arrives in Limón

With a radiant sun and the joy of its people, Limón on Saturday warmly welcomed 5,757 passengers and 2,650 crew of the Island Princess and Norwegian Joy, the seventh and eighth cruiseliner of the 2018-2019 season to make port in Costa Rica. Coming from Colon,...

Costa Rica – Panama Bridge Half Way There

The construction of the new binational bridge over the Sixaola River, which is being jointly carried out by Costa Rica and Panama, presents a global advance of 56%. At the same time, the relocation of the border posts of both countries in matters of migration,...

Costa Rica Will Have New Container Inspection System

Costa Rican authorities announced they plan to implement a Non-Intrusive Inspection System for the inspection of containers, which will be held on September 30 with companies interested in developing it. This system will consist of a remote inspection center (CIR), scanners, cameras reading plates and...

Chinese shipping company opens direct service from Moín to Shanghai

The Chinese state-owned shipping and logistics services supplier company, Cosco (China Ocean Shipping Company), opened a new maritime service between Moin (Limon), and Shanghai (China), which will reduce transit time from 34 to 40 days to 22 or 23 days. The first ship arrived last...

First Cruiseliner Of The 2019-2020 Season Arrives in Limon

The first cruiseship of the 2019-2020 season, the Carnival Fantasy, arrived at Limon this weekend. More than 50 artisans, tour operators, and merchants, warmly welcomed the more than 2,000 cruise passengers and 893 crew members. , c    

Two Quakes – 5.5 and 5.2 – Shake Costa Rica In Less That 12 Hours Apart

The Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) reported a 5.2 magnitude quake this Wednesday morning, at 5:23 am, the epicenter located 21 km south of Quepos, on the Central Pacific coast. The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori) instruments registered the quake a 4.8 magnitude. The...

Follow the Money: Through Costa Rica Chavez Leaders Received Money From Mexican Cartels

Spain's ABC news (ABC.es) reveals that leaders of the Venezuelan government would have received money from the Mexican narco through Costa Rica. According to the report, apparently, the cash "was in payment for drug shipments sent by Chavez leaders," adds the publication based on information...

Did President Alvarado Sneak Out In An Ambulance To Avoid Protests? No.

President Carlos Alvarado denied that he was hiding in an ambulance after the cabinet meeting held last Saturday, in the Casa de la Cultura de Limón, as it is wrongly shared on social networks. The President and his cabinet were in the Caribbean city for...

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