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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...

Two children in serious condition for parents delaying hospital visit for fear of Covid-19

Not going to the hospital on time, for fear of the coronavirus, caused complications in the health of two children, who are now in serious condition, reported the National Children's Hospital.   "People, out of fear, are not consulting in a timely manner in those patients...

Mobile sinks installed in downtown San José to combat Covid-19

The Municipality of San José, in coordination with the “Chepe se baña” organization, installed mobile sinks in the center of San José with the objective that passers-by and inhabitants of the street have where to wash their hands and thus combat Covid-19. "The mobile lavatories...

Coronavirus: What of San José’s Homeless?

The Municipality of San José said it will take measures so that the indigent are protected against the coronavirus. But the indigent of the capital city have another story, telling La Teja, on Friday, March 13, that neither the Ministry of Health nor the Muni...

“They did not stay home” despite the warnings and the risks due to Covid-19 (Photos)

Despite warnings from the Ministry of Health and call from the President Carlos Alvarado, that people stay at home as a measure to avoid Covid-19, the photos by Crhoy.com taken this Sunday demonstrates many are not taking the warnings seriously. On Saturday, President Alvarado demonstrated...

Costa Rica’s largest mall looks like a “ghost town” (Photos)

"Avenida Central" or "El Bulevar" (Central Avenue) in the heart of San Jose, ceased to be "the largest mall in Costa Rica". Now you walk that boulevard and you realize more that the situation, economically speaking, is truly ugly. In each block, you can see...

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This is how the International Woman's Day march was lived in Costa Rica

San Juan de Dios hopital staffer leaked fake news about the first case of a new coronavirus in Costa Rica

It was last Saturday, February 29. A staffer at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in the heart of San Jose circulated in a social network a test performed on a woman in that medical center, assuring that the result confirmed positive of the...

Lufthansa announced new direct Frankfurt – San José flight

Starting in October 2020, Lufthansa will increase from two to three direct weekly flights between Germany and Costa Rica, confirmed on Monday, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). The new direct flight between Frankfurt and San Jose will start on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, that...

Pavas Fire Station Has Become The Drop Point For Victims of Area Shootings

The firefighters of the Pavas station have more than battling fires on their hands, they have to deal, on average two times a week, gunshot victims left at their doorstep that for the most part die in their hands while being treated. The director of...

Work to build intersection in La Uruca exchange starts Wednesday, March 4

Beginning on Wednesday, March 4, traffic conditions in La Uruca are expected to get even worse than they currently are, with the expected start of the work of the construction of the three-level intersection of the Circunvalacion north. People traveling on the main road of...

Bye Bye To Gas Cylinders In The Mercado Central of San Jose

The Mercado Central de San Jose has become a little safer thanks to the elimination of gas cylinders used in the kitchens of the market's sodas, thanks to the gas piping work by the municipality of San Jose. The investment of ¢31.1 million colones connects...

Man who raped a dog pleads “Don’t take it away from me, it’s my girlfriend”

A 55-year-old homeless man, identified by his last names Rojas Araya, could become the first person to be convicted for mistreating, or rather raping, a dog whom he considered his girlfriend, as one of the witnesses narrated. Rojas, who has been in pretrial detention since...

If you carry 3 people in your car, you can drive during San Jose restriction without being sanctioned

A driver will not be sanctioned during the vehicular restriction day for the vehicle if carrying at least 4 people (including the driver). Construction and back to classes next week are expected to add to San Jose’s nightmare traffic conditions Facing growing congestion in the San...

Government studies options to subsidize electric train rates

Payments from the State to a company that obtains a service concession would ensure profitability and access for users is one of three subsidy models for the intercity electric train fares being studied by the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) - Costa Rican Railroad...

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