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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...

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...

Expansion of La Angostura will take twelve months

QCOSTARICA - This Monday, February 15, 2021, President Carlos Alvarado signed into the Ley de Ampliación y Rehabilitación de la RN17 - expansion of Ruta Nacional 17 - approved by the Legislative Assembly. Ruta Nacional 17 or RN17 is the access road to city of...

Dog walking the beach in Santa Teresa

Dog walking the beach in Santa Teresa Beach, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Photo by Ricardo Arce via Unsplash.

Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas

A view of Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas looking southwest from the Costanera. Photo by Ricardo Arce via Unsplash.

Alleged fisherman with half a ton of drugs in a boat throws himself into the sea to try to flee from the Police

QCOSTARICA - An alleged fisherman who was traveling with half a ton of marijuana in a boat, jumped into the sea to try to flee from the Police and thus avoid being arrested for drug trafficking. However, despite the fact that the man, a 33-year-old...

4.6 Quake shakes southern Puntarenas

QCOSTARICA - A 4.63 magnitude earthquake shook Puntarenas Monday night, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori). The tremor occurred at 9:33 pm and its epicenter was 13.3 kilometers southeast of Curú de Puntarenas. In addition, it had a depth of...

Puntarenas reaches the highest number of homicides in the last five years

QCOSTARICA - With the homicide of a 61-year-old man this Sunday, in Puntarenas, the province reaches 77 murders, the highest number in the last five years, with still 39 days to go to the end of the year. In 2019 that province closed with 75...

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...

Puntarenas declares President Carlos Alvarado “persona non grata”

QCOSTARICA - On Monday night,  the Municipal Council of the Central Canton of the Province of Puntarenas declared President Carlos Alvarado "persona non grata" for having vetoed the shrimp trawler law approved by Congress. "We motioned for a firm agreement for lying to the people...

Mother with newborn twins trapped in blockade: ‘I was scared, the gas was getting into the ambulance’

QCOSTARICA - At 9:30 pm Thursday, October 1, Alba Gutiérrez Rivas and her husband, Rafael Villegas Moya, arrived at the Garabito clinic, Puntarenas province, to bring their daughter into the world. Yes, a single girl. The woman was unaware that she was actually carrying twins. But...

Playa Hermosa becomes the first World Surf Reserve in Central America

(QCOSTARICA) After a close competition in which the best waves from all continents participated, Playa Hermosa de Garabito, Puntarenas, was designated as the most recent World Surf Reserve (WSR) by the non-profit organization Save the Waves Coalition (STWC ). In addition to international recognition, the...

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...

Driver walks away from head-on crash in Parrita

The driver of a pick-up walked away with injuries after crashing head-on with cattle ruck on the bridge over the Parrita river. The driver, identified by his last name Mora, despite his being trapped in the twisted metal, was taken to local hospital in...

Puntarenas invites tourists to appreciate the “phenomenon of bioluminescence”

(QCOSTARICA) On August 22, the phenomenon of bioluminescence will be enjoyed in Puntarenas, a spectacle generated by live microorganisms that, when the water moves or is disturbed, emit light and at night creates a luminous effect in the sea. Those who wish to be part...

María Luisa Cedeño case: Bites on cheek and forearm link hotel owner to murder

A bite on the cheek and another on the victim's forearm link the owner of the Mansion Inn hotel, in Quepos, Puntarenas, with the murder of the anesthesiologist María Luisa Cedeño Quesada, which occurred on July 20 in room 21 of the hotel. The...

Economic reactivation or irresponsibility?

(QCOSTARICA) The Puntarenas ferry terminal in full pandemic practically collapsed this long weekend by people mostly from the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), reports Puntarenas Le Informa. Is this economic reactivation, or is it an act of irresponsibility on the part of Costa Ricans? What is your...

New Puntarenas Hospital

This is how the new Monseñor Sanabria hospital in Puntarenas will look, the most ambitious project of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) so far in the 21st century. "Amid the pandemic facing the country, our public health system continues to evolve to protect...

The City Of Puntarenas

Puntarenas is a port town on Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya, in the province of Puntarenas. The city is home to over 100,000 and its proximity to the ocean makes it a popular destination for locals and tourists. Puntarenas is most important in offering a...

Paquera Residents Block Tourists From Arriving By Ferry; Pay For Their Return

For the second day, the residents of Paquera are blocking the passage of vehicles that arrive by ferry and that they consider to be visitors to the area, tourists if you will. The measure was takenSaturday and repeated on Sunday. Greivin Vindas, a resident of...

Costa Rica indigenous town closes accesses to its territory

The indigenous of the territory known as Bajo Los Indios, in the South Pacific, decided to close all accesses to their territory to prevent the new coronavirus from arriving in the community located in the canton of Corredores, in Puntarenas. All three routes of access...

Toursim Board Announces Closure Of Miradores and Tourist Stops In Response to Coronavirus

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT)  - Costa Rican Tourism Board - announced the temporary closure of the miradores (viewpoints) of Ujarrás and Orosi, the ruins of Ujarrás and the tourist location of Playas de Doña Ana, near Puntarenas, sites of free or low-cost...

Touristic bet would be to receive cruises all year round

Betting on extending the cruise season annually and investing in infrastructure should be the next steps of the tourist cruise industry in Costa Rica, several experts agree. This would allow the country to improve its tourism revenues and not be left behind by its competitors...

With a new plant, Parrita producers will again export papaya to Spain and Canada

What was a dream a few years ago, today became a reality, Costa Rica will again re-export papaya to Spain and Canada. With the opening of the new fruit packing plant in El Jicote de Parrita, Víctor Carvajal, general manager of the Cooperativa de Productores...

Costa Rica celebrates National Surf Day and Declares It Of Public Interest

Today is Día Nacional del Surf (National Surf Day) in Costa Rica, a day considered by law as of public interest for its tourist, economic and sports importance, to be celebrated, starting this year, every third Saturday in October. President Carlos Alvarado, met with surfers...

Authorities seize a ton of cocaine in a boat in Puntarenas

On Wednesday, authorities in Costa Rica seized just over a ton of cocaine in a vessel 54 nautical miles off the coast of Puntarenas. The seizure occurred thanks to a joint operation of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas, Servicio de Vigilancia...

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...

Student demonstrations generate traffic problems in Puntarenas and Ruta 32

The student demonstrations announced for today, Monday, have begun to generate traffic problems in different parts of the country. In Guácimo de Limón, on the Ruta 32, a group of students keeps the passage through that sector blocked, while in El Roble de Puntarenas students...

Alvarado canceled visit to Puntarenas after mess with fishermen

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado decided to cancel the visit to Puntarenas that he had planned for this Saturday, Casa Presidencial confirmed the morning on Friday. The President had assured all week that he would be Puntarenas this weekend, despite the issue with fishermen who...

Costa Rica Formalized US$111 million dollar loan for water projects

The Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) - Costa Rica's water and sewerage utility and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Cabei) closed a US$111.3 million dollar loan agreement to partially finance an aqueduct and sewerage program for Atlantic and Pacific coastal...

2 Tons of Cocaines Seized in Semi-Submersible In Osa

In a joint operation involving the Fuerza Publica (National Police), Policía de Fronteras (Border Police), Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas (Coast Gaurd), Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea (Air Surveillance, Policía Control de Drogas (Drug Enforcement Police) and the Guardaparques del Sistema Nacional (Park Rangers), they were...

A “Moving” Sunday!*!!!*

Several quakes shook Costa Rica on Sunday, the latest felt was at 7:01 pm, a 5.2 magnitude with the epicenter was located 11 kilometers north of Parrita, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori). Its depth was 35 kilometers. Mag: 4.9, 10.0...

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