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How to bring Costa Rica’s ‘pura vida’ attitude into your life

Matador Network - Visiting Costa Rica for the first time can be a bit confusing, even if you speak Spanish. You’ll hear the words “Pura Vida” everywhere — as a greeting from a friend, in appreciation of a meal, as a thank you, and...

In a “Pura Vida” shirt, Norman Reedus joins protests over George Floyd’s death

Wearing a "Pura Vida" shirt, American actor Norman Reedus joined protests over the death of George Floyd, who was suffocated by a police officer in Minneapolis. The Daily Mail shared several images of the actor, who has visited Costa Rica several times. He participated in the...

Two New Yorkers find true love while stuck in Costa Rica amid coronavirus

Before the coronavirus pandemic, two New Yorkers, Matt Robertson and Khani Lee, were just beginning to get to know one another. They had been on a couple of dates and had planned a long weekend getaway in Costa Rica, but due to COVID-19, they...

“You’ve fallen in love with Costa Rica…but there’s only one problem…”

“you’ve fallen in love with Costa Rica…but there’s only one problem…actually, no… 100s of problems… what is the FIRST step?” Actually you’ve already taken the first step… you have admitted that you don’t have all of the answers… and you would be shocked to know...

December 1 is a new holiday in Costa Rica: “Abolition of the Army Day”

QCOSTARICA) Make a note on your calendar, December 1 is now officially a holiday in Costa Rica, the day of the abolition of the army. The holiday is a "Pago No Obligatorio" or a non-paid legal holiday. That is, if you work the day you...

“Is Pura Vida a hoax?”

My wife and I have spent a total over 15 years in Costa Rica and… while we initially moved here to “retire”… we definitely have not had a typical “retirement”. While we have not exactly been absorbed in a typical Tico community we have interacted...

The Best Place to be in the world before, during and after COVID-19

While COVID is devastating New York, California, and Washington State in the U.S.and the rest of the orbe with more than 438,000 cases and 19,000 deaths, Costa Rica is taking a whole series of extreme measures to stop this invisible enemy. 1. A restriction of...

Costa Rica flinches as crime taints its reputation for the pura vida

Cleaner and less chaotic, Costa Rica is Latin America-lite. Unlike most of the rest of the continent, you can drink the tap water there, order an eco-Uber and embrace a hassle-free lifestyle. It’s like a friendlier, more fun Switzerland with enviable weather and gorgeous beaches....

The Simpsons in Costa Rica!

In episode 7 of season 31, the animated series that has lasted the longest in the history of television in the United States, the Simpsons, are invited to come on vacation to Costa Rica. Homer and Marge accept the invitation from their friends, the Van...

ICT launches first outdoor promotional campaign in Madrid

"Yo estoy Pura Vida. Y tú, ¿Cuándo vienes?” (I am Pura Vida. And you? When are you coming?) reads the billboard in front of the Plaza de Cuzco, in the cold weather of the central Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid, Spain. The billboard invites...

Pura Vida! Hope for Change!

It might seem the world is going “Pura Vida,” adopting a “pure” style of living, by the reaction to a video filmed in Costa Rica by marine biologist Christine Figgener's team removing a plastic straw stuck in an olive ridley sea turtle’s nose in...

It’s Time for the Costa Rican Government to Defend Uber

Rico's TICO BULL (OPINION) - Costa Rica can take a page from Spain's playbook as both countries struggle with the legitimacy of Uber (and Cabify in the case of Spain) against the taxi drivers. It wasn't too long after Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado taking...

Costa Rica: ripping jungle trails & surviving the emergency room! (Video)

Pura Vida- I thought this was just a gringo phrase, to be printed on walls of airports, bar napkins, and cheap t-shirts, but it turns out locals really do say this every day! And after three days in the country, I can see why!  With an...

Turtle Shuts Down Limon Airport

Just another day living beside nature on the Caribbean Coast when firefighters were called on Monday to relocate a 1.5 meter leatherback turtle who had decide to try to catch a flight to Tortuguero. All is back to normal now! Photos from https://www.facebook.com/PuertoViejo/

Costa Rica Interest Facts And Such

Love it or leave it, Costa Rica a truly cool place to live in or visit. A small country, Costa Rica has perfect the 'Pura Vida' or pure life that is different for everyone. Following is a list of facts on Costa Rica compiled from...

A Boa In Your Attic. Say What?

"How do I get a boa out of my attic?," was the question over the last few days I repeated to friends, acquaintances and anyone who I thought could give me a solution. But, alas no. My boa problem started on Thursday last. I wasn't...

Pura Vida Bracelets From El Salvador, Not Costa Rica

A popular bracelet company based in San Diego which makes bracelets worn by celebrities is a fraud, says a new class action lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court. Pura Vida Bracelets was started by San Diegans Paul Goodman and Griffin Thall after taking a...

Op-Ed: “Pura Vida” as a means to development, Costa Rican style

By Lyal White, dailymaverick.co.za - October was a big month in Costa Rica. The country qualified for the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals in Russia for a fourth time in the last five Fifa World Cups. No mean feat for a country with less...

PURA VIDA IN RUSSIA!

At minute 90+4, a headbutt by Kendall Waston from a center shot by Bryan Ruiz tied the game and earned the Costa Rica national team the needed point for a trip to Russia in 2018. Waston, who appeared like a giant, a head taller than...

Costa Rica Thrives On Peace, Cooperation With East Asia

TODAY COSTA RICA (Korean Herald) Across serene and pacific Costa Rica, the military has long been a thing of a bygone era. Costa Rica renounced its military in 1948, and has since spearheaded a path of peace and development in a region perennially engrossed in...

Finding Pura Vida on the Costa Rican Coast

Q TRAVEL (NYTimes.com) Early morning is the best time to be awake in Costa Rica. In the soft, bluish light and amid calm, cool breezes, the previous day’s heat and humidity are just a memory. This particular morning, though, there was a problem. I walked...

Sin Semillas: A Zen Dog Guide To Living Well In Costa Rica

Quality of life is what we say we want. A successful life we may think is one with no seeds or pits. Nothing to spit out. A Perfect luscious mouthful of joie de vivre with every bite, each and every time you dig in....

Our Economy: Myth and Reality

Q BLOGS - If you want good news about Costa Rica (CR), it is readily available not only from the travel industry but also from the government itself. On the other hand, the reality of living in this country and the news of national,...

What is Costa Rica?

QBLOGS / Costa Rica (Pura Vida) is an enigma. It is caught or brought itself somewhere between capitalism and socialism and cannot define which slot feels the most comfortable so we have a continuum. confusing mixed salad. Sometimes the government means well, but more than...

“Costa Rica Elevated”: An Exuberant and Magical View of Pura Vida

Q COSTA RICA - "Costa Rica Elevated" is a must see video for anyone living, visiting, visited or thinking of visiting Costa Rica. It is a stunning journey flying over & under Costa Rica, featuring "Isla del Coco" and other hidden gems of this...

Rooster For Good Luck?

QCOSTARICA - Our friend, Evan Luck from Radio Dos, posted this photo on his Facebook page, captured while walking Avenida Central (the Boulevard) in downtown San Jose. "I guess the lottery vendor brought along his rooster for good luck...I usually wait for the big drawings....

Travel Channel Comes To Playa Jacó, Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA TRAVEL) We are very excited to share the news that Jaco Beach was selected to be on featured for a show on the Travel Channel. Last week the crew from Indigo Films came to town to film some of Jaco's most popular activities as...

Bottom Line On Tourism; The People Ain’t Coming!

QCOSTAIRCA BLOG - Living in Costa Rica is way too close to the Wizard of Oz who might actually be running this country? Despite the hyperbole, Costa Rica or as some call it Paradise or "Pura Vida" is in a world of economic hurt...

Enjoying The Pura Vida Way Of Life!

QCOSTARICA - Despite the daily traffic congestion, failing infrastructure, corruption, politicians unwilling to do better, etc. and the rainy season, Costa Rica is among the happiest people in the planet and on what matters most: doing a good job at assuring a high quality...

Spring Break in Pura Vida! Michael And Catherine Vacation in Costa Rica.

COSTA RICA EXTRA - Costa Rica continues to be a favourite spot for Hollywood celebrities. The latest to visit the land of Pura Vida is Michael Douglas and wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. The couple posted photos of their recent visit on March 19, on their respective...

Mitchell help for at-risk Costa Rican youth

She doesn’t need medical supplies or donated food, just some deflated soccer balls and Canadian flags. When Mitchell (Ontario, Canada) resident Jessie Rupert heads to Liberia, Costa Rica later this month she will be working with at-risk youth. It’s the 20-year-old’s final placement as part...

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