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At 140 meters tall: the new giant of Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Just to the north side of the National Stadium, in La Sabana, in San Jose's west side, a new 140-meter-tall building has become the tallest in Costa Rica. It is the Leumi Business Center, which exceeds Tower 2 Paseo Colón by 39 meters. Tower...

The Florencio del Castillo: the road that connects San Jose and Cartago

The Consejo Nacional de Concesiones (CNC) - National Council of Concessions - is currently waiting on a feasibility study by the private road builder MECO for the expansion of the Florencio del Castillo - the 21 km road that connects San Jose and Cartago,...

Covid-19 contagion rate ‘decreases moderately’ at the end of the year in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The latest report from the Research Unit of the Universidad Hispanoamericana School of Medicine reports that the contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica "decreased moderately." According to the analysis, between Sunday, December 20 and Saturday, December 26, the contagion rate at the...

San José is the province with the greatest decrease in murders for 2020

QCOSTARICA - Randall Picado, police director of the Fuerza Publica (National Police), confirmed that San José registered 21 fewer homicides compared to 2019. According to Picado, in 2019, there were 173 homicides in the province of San José, while in 2020 there were 152. The...

San José in watercolor, a capital that refuses to be called ugly

QCOSTARICA - It has been 6 years since artist José Pablo Ureña has been in charge of choosing and painting in acuarela (watercolor) the features of some of the most recognized points - and others not so much - of Costa Rica's capital city. He...

Screaming for a Living: More than 5,000 try to earn a living in the streets of San Jose

QCOSTARICA - More than 5,000 people try to earn a living informally in the streets of San José by selling all kinds of products. They are joined by others who need to ask for "a little help." The coronavirus further complicated a job that is...

Vehicle restriction stops car theft

QCOSTARICA - The sanitary vehicular restrictions has put a damper on the operations of vehicle theft gangs (robaccaros in Spanish), resulting in a considerable reduction in the number of stolen vehicles in recent months. According to Heiner Cortés, head of the Vehicle Theft Section of...

Volaris Costa Rica resumed operations on Monday

QCOSTARICA - Volaris Costa Rica resumed operations in Central America as of this Monday, November 23, after several months slowed down by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The low-cost airline connects Costa Rica and the region with Mexico and the United States. In principle,...

Yes, there will be bullfights this year in Zapote!

QCOSTARICA - Yes, there will be the traditional "corrida de toros" (bullfights) in Zapote this year, confirmed the Municipalidad de San Jose. But, with a maximum of 50 amateur bullfighters, all with a negative COVID-19 test in hand and without an audience in the...

5.7 Earthquake shakes San José

QCOSTARICA - A 5.7 magnitude earthquake, with its epicenter in San Jose, it at 11:01 pm Saturday, October 31, and was strongly perceived in different parts of the Central Valley. The Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) - National Seismological Network - reported that the earthquake occurred...

San Jose (Chepe): A downtown lost!

(QCOSTARICA) Times before March were tough. With the entry of the Value Added Tax (VAT) - Impuesto sobre el Valor Agregado (IVA) in Spanish - in July 2019, many businesses started feeling the crunch. Eida Torres is one of the many entrepreneurs in Chepe (San...

First electric buses will hit the road in November

(QCOSTARICA) The first three electric buses that will serve the country have already arrived and starting in November will begin service on three routes in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), under a  pilot program. The units, donated by the Government of Germany, will operate for...

Costa Rica will ‘significantly’ increase flights from the US as of September 15

(QCOSTARICA) The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) confirmed that as of Sunday, September 13, United Airlines airline will have 15 additional flights from Houston and New Jersey. Additionally, American Airlines will fly four times a week to the Daniel Oduber Airport from Miami and...

48% of COVID-19 deaths in the last month concentrated in 19 districts of the GAM

(QCOSTARICA) A total of 19 districts of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) had 111 of the 233 deaths from COVID-19 that occurred in the country from July 12 to August 12. In other words, these districts accumulated 47.6% of all deaths registered during that period. La...

The requirements for travelers and the protocols at airports on August 1

(QCOSTARICA) Starting August 1, 2020, Costa Rica will reopen its airports to travelers from Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom, as announced this Thursday. The minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, said that the reopening of the country's international airports will be gradual and...

Cuarterías for ¢1,000 a night: a “time bomb” that strips COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) About 60 old, unsanitary foams are piled up in a dilapidated building in San José. Sleeping there costs ¢1,000 a night. For many it is little, for others, it is much and more than enough. Think about the pandemic before going there? That...

Alajuelita: Life on “Orange Alert”

(QCOSTARICA) That a town is on orange alert means that the area has a higher risk of contagion. This is a three-day portrait by L a Nacion of how Alajueliteños live this stage that has raised awareness and reinvented many of its inhabitants. Alajueliata is...

Ruta 27 tolls increased today, July 1

(QCOSTARICA) Users of the Ruta 27 (San Jose - Caldera) will have to dig deeper into their pockets books as an increase in tolls took effect today, July 1. The adjustment is stipulated in the concession contract signed between the State and  Globalvía that operates...

San Jose In Pandemic Mode (Photos)

Photos from social networks depict daily pandemic life in Costa Rica's capital, San Jose.  

Jade Museum will open its doors on Monday with free admission

(QCOSTARICA) Starting this Monday, June 15, the Jade Museum (Museo del Jade in downtown San Jose will reopen its doors after being closed for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Admission to the museum, which houses a collection of almost 7,000 pieces of jade,...

Man fires gun in the middle of San José, one person seriously injured

A 29-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning for firing a gun in public, in te area of the Coca Cola markt, in downtown San Jose. The man, a Colombian national, reportedly took out a firearm and fired several shots on the public road, seriously wounding...

Quepos and Parrita under water; heavy rains affected many areas Monday

(QCOSTARICA) The cantons of Parrita and Quepos are two of the most affected after the heavy downpours during the Monday afternoon and evening. Residents assure that more than 300 houses have been affected, as the tide and rivers came together in these sectors, so the...

Johnny Araya wants to connect the GAM electric train with a tram for San José

(QCOSTARICA) One day, possibly in the very near future, Costa Rica, at least in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), could have a modern public transportation system. Joining that effort are the plans by San Jose mayor Johnny Araya, who wants to connect the GAM electric...

2020 Light Festival Suspended; Zapote in Doubt

(QCOSTARICA) San Jose mayor, Johnny Araya, this Thursday morning, announced the cancelation of the traditional year-end Festival de la Luz (Light Festival), held every December, for this year The mayor cited covid-19 as the reason behind cancelation and added that his office is working with...

The perfect way NOT to use a mask

(QCOSTARICA) A large group of mayors, unionists and municipal workers gathered outside the Legislative Assembly today (Tuesday), in downtown San Jose, demanding legislators approve the "Law to support the local taxpayer and strengthen the financial management of the municipalities in the face of the...

A Downtown San Jose Without Cars?

(QCOSTARICA) A proposal seeks to transform the streets of San José into a walkway for pedestrians and cyclists. The initiative seeks to design "superblocks" (supercuadras in Spanish), which would give priority to pedestrians or cyclists which would be an impressive benefit to maintaining social distancing...

Costa Rican arthouse cinema reopened its doors and is bringing back customers

(Screendaily) Owners of the first arthouse cinema to reopen in Costa Rica say they have been encouraged by the response from audiences as they head into the second week of business. Cine Magaly in the capital San José opened its doors on Monday (May 11)...

Pandemic, what pandemic? Despite an increase in cases, Costa Ricans take to the streets

On the first day of the relaxed measures of the national emergency, downtown San Jose and in many communities and in particular the ferias (markets), one could say, what pandemic? Despite still being in the midst of the health emergency due to COVID-19 and the...

Costa Rica records seventh death from covid-19: an 80-year-old foreigner in Liberia and is

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica registered its seventh death by covid-19 this Sunday, May 10, when an 80-year-old man, who was hospitalized at the Enrique Baltodano Briceño Hospital, in Liberia, Guanacaste, lost his battle against the coronavirus. According to the Ministry of Health, the patient had multiple...

Is it over? It sure looked like it was in San Jose Friday

The streets of downtown San Jose this holiday Friday, May 1, seemed like a victory day, the fight had been won, it is over, was there ever a pandemic?  in the midst of a national health emergency by Covid-19. Photos shared on social networks told...

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...

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...

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