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Playa Jaco in times of COVID

A few photos of Playa Jaco posted on Twitter in the last few months, keeping our fingers crossed and dreams of being really back on the beaches again real soon. Playa Jaco, as the other beaches in areas under yellow...

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...

OMG, I Want to Rent This House: Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Villa Fugata, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica on Vrbo: History is littered with those who have spent their lives seeking paradise. They’ve sailed across oceans, pursued transcendence through visions and adventures, and put their utopian dreams into treatises both fictional and philosophical. After all that blood,...

A New Community Rises in Costa Rica, but Don’t Bring Your Car

LAS CATALINAS, Costa Rica — Would you relinquish your car to live in paradise? Charles Brewer is betting that you would. In 2006, Mr. Brewer, an Atlanta-based entrepreneur, purchased 1,200 acres fronting the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, with the dream of...

Farmers in Nicaragua living in uncertainty

Across the Central American Dry Corridor (CADC), communities are facing increasingly extreme weather. The air is dry and the heat intense in the village of La Grecia in north-western Nicaragua. Across the Central American Dry Corridor, communities are facing increasingly extreme weather. In Nicaragua, the...

Gas revolution planned for Northern Triangle

A plan unveiled last month in Mexico that focuses on the need to develop the economies of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, collectively known as the Northern Triangle of Central America, sees natural gas as a key driver of development. The central part of the...

How will Climate Change Impact Latin America?

Regardless of whether you believe global warming is man-made or not, it’s clear that it is happening. According to NASA, the earth’s global temperature has risen by 1.62 degrees since the last 19th century, while five of the warmest summers on record have happened...

Vacation Traffic Collapses Major Routes

Headed for the beach this long weekend? Better arm yourself with patience for the ride to and then the ride back. Globalvia has been cautioning drivers for the last couple of days on Twitter and their website of the tremendous congestion on the Ruta 27...

Imagine if… only if…

Imagine if... only if... the ruta 27 would be even close this 75.9 km Sandu-Libo expressway just complete in SW China's Guizhou Province. The landscape and topography is pretty similar to that of Costa Rica west to the Pacific coast. Sit back, imagine what the trip...

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...

Three dead and one missing due to the rains (photos & video)

The persistent rains of the last two days have caused in Nicaragua the death of three people, dragged by rivers grown in Jinotega, Boaco and Siuna. A missing person was also reported. The precipitations has continued for more than 48 hours non-stop, have saturated soils...

The Volcanos Of Central America (By Country)

Among the things most loved by travelers to Central America is the volcanos. Ok, the beaches are great. The rivers, the forests, the lakes, all nice. But a volcano trumps them all. The isthmus is located along the Ring of Fire and that has meant...

Tourist Drowns In Jaco

A foreigner visiting Costa Rica with her family was dragged by waves of Playa Jaco. The death of the tourist whose name was not made public was confirmed by Alexander Porras, spokesperson for the Cruz Roja (Red Cross). Porras said the body was recovered at...

It’s Going To Be A Hot One Today

Temperatures in the Central Vally could reach as high as 31 Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) today, March 17, a few degrees hotter than than usual. That is the prediction by the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) - national weather service, that added outside the Central Valley, in...

The Game of the Little Devils

The Brunka are an indigenous people living in the Province of Puntarenas in the south-pacific zone of Costa Rica. Most of the tribe live in the indigenous reserves of Boruca, Térraba, and Curré Rey. The Brunka are a Talamancan tribe whose ancestors ruled most of...

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...

How Will Hurricane Irma Affect Costa Rica?

As Hurricane Irma makes its way through the Caribbean and Floridians ready for Irma's potential landfall, how will it affect Costa Rica? Although Hurricane Irma will not directly impact Costa Rica, experts say the Central and South Pacific regions will most likely be affected by...

The Aftermath in Caldera

The aftermath of the tide flooding Caldera. Photo is of the section of the Pacific coastal road connecting the Interamericana norte to the Ruta 27 and prone to high tide and strong waves. See our report "High Tide Floods Caldera" here.

High Tide Floods Caldera

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - National Emergency Commission - reported 27 families in Caldera were affected Monday by the high tide on Monday. The high tide began rising at 4:00 am Monday and within minutes had flooded the low lying area of the...

Kristina Hughes finds her niche in Tamarindo

TODAY COSTA RICA, Tamarindo - You will very rarely see the lovely Kristina Hughes without her little half miniature pincher/chihuahua dog. It could be while walking the beach, or it could be in a business meeting for her internet marketing company, Pure Marketing. That’s because Hughes...

Costa Rica and Nicaragua Back In Court Over Dispute Of Borders

Q COSTA RICA - Costa Rica and Nicaragua are back in court again in their ever continuing dispute over borders. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled in 2015 over a dispute between the two countries regarding the small border territory known...

Only In Samara!

Q COSTA RICA - There is no place a mariachi band won't go. Literally. This could only happen in Costa Rica, in this case Samara, situated along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province, and a favorite vacation spot for both Costa Ricans and...

Helicopter Ride Over Cocos Island, Costa Rica (Video)

The paradisiacal of Costa Rica's Isla del Coco (Cocos Island) is embodied in a video by the Undersea Hunter Group and shared on social networks this week by the Fundación Amigos de la Isla del Coco (Faico) - Foundation Friends of Cocos Island. The video,...

Mel Gibson In Row With Muni in Nicoya, Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - The Municipality of Nicoya (Guanacaste) has a beef with film actor and producer Mel Gibson over his property. Nicoya mayor Marco Antonio Jiménez says the Gibson's property has invaded the maritime zone. Jiménez adds that Gibson closed off a public road, intending to sell...

Where rain forest meets seashore: In Costa Rica, do it all without breaking the bank

It is one thing to go to the beach and watch a sea gull fly off with your bag of Doritos. It is something else entirely to go to the beach and watch a white-faced capuchin monkey scamper off with your banana. This is life in...

Zika Virus Outbreak in Jaco: 19 Cases So Far

QCOSTARICA - The number of patients with the Zika virus has reached 19 in the Pacific coastal community of Jaco, Puntarenas. Health Minister Fernando Llorca said the increase in the number of cases in the area is no surprise, given the large "mobile" population in...

Costa Rica Sues Hotel Chain

QCOSTARICA - The Ministerio Público (Public Prosecutor) is using the hotel chain RIU, with two hotels in the province of Guancaste, for alleged environmental damages generated in the construction area of ​​the hotel it operates in Guanacaste. The case (no. 09-3649-412-PE) was filed in Juzgado...

CNE Monitoring Seismicity In Samara of Possible Tsunami To Affect Nicoya Peninsula

QCOSTARICA - Authorities in Costa Rica are maintaining a special surveillance of Playa Samara after detecting seismic activity some 60 kilometres off the Pacific coast, that could cause of tsunami with waves of up to four metres and also affect the western part of...

[BLOG] THE CALDERA HIGHWAY – ROUTE #27- MANAGEMENT CUDOS AND CRITICISMS

QCOSTARICA - The Caldera Highway, as it is known to most of us living in Costa Rica, or Costa Rica Highway Route #27, as it is officially designated, has become one of the most important traffic links in the Country, connecting San Jose and...

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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