Mamón Chino Are Sold On Practically Every Corner in Costa Rica

Mamón Chino Are Sold On Practically Every Corner in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA EXTRA -  Mamón chino are sold on practically every corner in Costa Rica between the months of July and…

Costa Rica Among 10 of the World’s Best Nighttime Adventures

Costa Rica Among 10 of the World’s Best Nighttime Adventures

COSTA RICA TRAVEL – Costa Rica is listed among CNN’s “10 of the world’s best nighttime adventures”. As CNN puts it,…

Felipe Gregorio Cigar Brand Is Looking To Costa Rica To Reblend

Felipe Gregorio Cigar Brand Is Looking To Costa Rica To Reblend

COSTA RICA BUSINESS NEWS – While it seems that so much of the premium cigar industry is turning to Nicaragua for…

Costa Rica’s Cruise Ship Season Begins With The Arrival of the Carnival Legend

Costa Rica’s Cruise Ship Season Begins With The Arrival of the Carnival Legend

COSTA RICA TRAVEL – The cruise liner season in the Costa Rican Pacific began with the arrival Sunday of the Carnival…

THOR in Ticolandia!

THOR in Ticolandia!

COSTA RICA EXTRA – The list of celebrities reaching the Costa Rica beaches includes Thor himself,  Chris Hemsworth and his wife…

British Tourist in Nicaragua Rescues Endangered Turtles Tied Up and Left To Die

British Tourist in Nicaragua Rescues Endangered Turtles Tied Up and Left To Die

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – A British man on holiday in Nicaragua has rescued two large loggerhead turtles from potentially ending up…

Guatemala, Honduras Presidents Blame US, Ignore Own Problems

Guatemala, Honduras Presidents Blame US, Ignore Own Problems

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – Children have fled in massive numbers. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says close to 63,000 unaccompanied…

“Dirty” Traffic Cops Trial Starts Today

“Dirty” Traffic Cops Trial Starts Today

COSTA RICA NEWS – Today begins the trial of eight Tránsito (traffic) officials accused of dereliction of duty. According to the…

Municipalities Move Towards Free Internet For Its Citizens

Municipalities Move Towards Free Internet For Its Citizens

COSTA RICA NEWS – Still spotty, but municipalities in Costa Rica are recognizing that the internet is important for everyone, even those who cannot pay. This year, two municipalities, Montes de Oca (San Pedro) and Nicoya, announced FREE internet service in public places. And although the range is limited…

Is “Popeye” Headed For Costa Rica? Now Free, Pablo Escobar’s Top Hitman Wishes To Visit Our Country

Is “Popeye” Headed For Costa Rica? Now Free, Pablo Escobar’s Top Hitman Wishes To Visit Our Country

COLOMBIA JOURNAL – At 9:03PM Tuesday night, Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, aka ‘Popeye’, left Colombia’s Cómbita prison amid tight security. The caravan passing through the gates of…

Colombian Power Producer Buys Guanacaste Wind Farm

Colombian Power Producer Buys Guanacaste Wind Farm

COSTA RICA BUSINESS – Celsia S.A., Colombia’s fourth-biggest power producer, is turning to Central America for its first international expansion, buying stakes in seven power plants in…

State University Joins Effort For Rights of Persons With Disabilities

State University Joins Effort For Rights of Persons With Disabilities

COSTA RICA NEWS  – Translated from UNED:  Around 60 students from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic were impacted with the…

“Aqui Tiene Abuela”, 88 Year Old Begs For Change Outside the International Airport

“Aqui Tiene Abuela”, 88 Year Old Begs For Change Outside the International Airport

COSTA RICA NEWS – At 88 years of age she leaves the house every morning at 6:00am to take to buses from Naranjo to the international airport…

Vehicle With No Marchamo For The Last 8 Years

Vehicle With No Marchamo For The Last 8 Years

COSTA RICA LIFE – In the unbelievable but true department, the Fuerza Publica (police) and Policia de Transito (traffic police) report the stopping of a vehicle that…

Drones Flying Uncontrolled Over Costa Rica

Drones Flying Uncontrolled Over Costa Rica

COSTA RICA NEWS – Be it for sport or surveillance, one thing is clear, drones are flying uncontrollably through the skies of Costa Rica. According to José…

Super Gasoline Price Drop of ¢36 and ¢30 For Regular Approved

Super Gasoline Price Drop of ¢36 and ¢30 For Regular Approved

COSTA RICA NEWS – The price of fuel has been an issue, as prices keep rising, to the point Costa Rica now has the highest gasoline prices…

Again Shots Fired Outside President’s House?

Again Shots Fired Outside President’s House?

COSTA RICA NEWS – For the second time in the last few months shots have been fired outside the residential home of President Luis Guillermo Solís. The…

American Business Group Proposing Construction of Modern Airport in Limón

American Business Group Proposing Construction of Modern Airport in Limón

COSTA RICA NEWS – Representatives of the Mel Group, based in the U.S.,  met with legislative members of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) to negotiate the construction of a modern airport in Limón, with a main runway of 11.000 feet or about 3.5 kilometres long. The investment, according…

Students in Nosara Raise over $1,000 for the Electrocuted Monkeys

Students in Nosara Raise over $1,000 for the Electrocuted Monkeys

COSTA RICA NATIIONAL  NEWS – By Students of Academy del Sol and HomeSchool Beach Academy, Vozdeguanacaste – On Sunday July 20, Academy del Sol students and staff…

“The Idea Still Exists that the Chorotegas are Part of the Past,” Karen Stocker

“The Idea Still Exists that the Chorotegas are Part of the Past,” Karen Stocker

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Roberto Acuña Ávalos , Vozdeguanacaste - Karen Stocker is not Guanacastecan or even Costa Rican, but without a doubt, she knows more…

Nicoya Prison Could Relieve Other Facilities in Country

Nicoya Prison Could Relieve Other Facilities in Country

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Henry Morales & Ariana Crespo, Vozdeguanacaste – Nicoya may become the site of a penitentiary used to relieve overcrowding in prisons throughout…

Landslide Displaces Kids From Turrialba Youth Centre

Landslide Displaces Kids From Turrialba Youth Centre

COSTA RICA NEWS – A series of earth slippages has so damaged the community center building in the village of Jesus Maria in Turrialba that the Health…

Road To San Carlos Could Be Completed Next Year

Road To San Carlos Could Be Completed Next Year

COSTA RICA NEWS – The project with almost three decades in the making is nearing completion, still missing are 25% of land expropriations and loan approval from…

From Butan to Costa Rica: the Four Pillars of Holistic Education

From Butan to Costa Rica: the Four Pillars of Holistic Education

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Henry Morales Navarro, Vozdeguanacaste – The first Innovation in Teaching Conference (Congreso de Innovacion de la Docencia), organized by the University of…

Government to Intervene on Nosara-Samara Route  Until It Is Paved

Government to Intervene on Nosara-Samara Route Until It Is Paved

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Wilbert Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste -For more than 10 years, the town of Nosara has been told that route 160 will be paved…

Drought: Mr. President… Baptize Guanacaste!

Drought: Mr. President… Baptize Guanacaste!

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste – During the solemn session of the Government Council the morning of Friday, July 25, held in the…

Nicaragua Seizes 900Kg of Coke Near Costa Rica Border

Nicaragua Seizes 900Kg of Coke Near Costa Rica Border

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – Nicaraguan police and military forces have seized more than 900 kilos of cocaine in four separate drug operations in Rivas province, on the country’s west coast near the border with Costa Rica. “These successes are largely due to the professionalism and stability of the Nicaraguan…

Anti-Groping Squad Goes To Work In Colombia’s Capital City

Anti-Groping Squad Goes To Work In Colombia’s Capital City

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – It’s early in the morning and with her juvenile looks and a rucksack with a flowery pattern dangling from one shoulder, 22-year-old Laura…

British Tourist in Nicaragua Rescues Endangered Turtles Tied Up and Left To Die

British Tourist in Nicaragua Rescues Endangered Turtles Tied Up and Left To Die

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – A British man on holiday in Nicaragua has rescued two large loggerhead turtles from potentially ending up on a dinner menu. Chris Skone-Roberts,…

Venezuela Perceived As Most Dangerous Country In the World

Venezuela Perceived As Most Dangerous Country In the World

TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – According to the results of Gallup’s 2013 Law and Order Index — which is based on a poll measuring self-reported theft, confidence in…

Guatemala, Honduras Presidents Blame US, Ignore Own Problems

Guatemala, Honduras Presidents Blame US, Ignore Own Problems

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – Children have fled in massive numbers. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says close to 63,000 unaccompanied minors have been picked up at…

Venezuela Wants All Supermarket Shoppers Fingerprinted

Venezuela Wants All Supermarket Shoppers Fingerprinted

TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS -  Attention Venezuelan shoppers: Please proceed to the supermarket checkout for fingerprinting. That could be a reality if a plan announced earlier this week…

Interpol Offers Latin American Airlines ‘I-Checkit’ System To Identify Stolen Passports

Interpol Offers Latin American Airlines ‘I-Checkit’ System To Identify Stolen Passports

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – In an effort to prevent people from using stolen passports to board commercial flights, Interpol has offered the “I-Checkit” system to airlines in…

Nicaragua Welcomes Daughter of Cuban Antiterrorists

Nicaragua Welcomes Daughter of Cuban Antiterrorists

NICARAGUA NEWS – The National Assembly of Nicaragua, welcomed today Laura Labañino, daughter of the Cuban anti-terrorist Ramón Labañino, arrested in the United States since 1998. Ramon,…

Panama Canal to Have Four More Gates in September

Panama Canal to Have Four More Gates in September

TODAY PANAMA NEWS – Four other gates for the Panama Canal expansion will be ready next month, according to a report by the administration of the waterway, which…


From Our Bloggers

It Pays To Complain!

TICO BULL – Following up on “Lessons in Tico living the AyA water and sewer bill”, happy to report that I got my service changed from “ordinario” to “domiciliar”, and what a difference. This month’s (August) water bill will only be ¢9.159 colones,  big different from ¢37.871 and the average of ¢25.000 – ¢28.000 the […]…

ENOUGH ALREADY!

COSTA RICA BLOG – It is just amazing the amount of sad, tragic even disgusting news that has perforated the global media this last week. I really do care, but I am at the point perhaps for personal health I should not. And you readers as well. We have our little piece of land and […]…

We Need More Alegría – Happiness

COSTA RICA BLOG – In so many ways we are a country of sadness hoping for the better. The truth be told, with more than a 20% poverty rate, a government filled with corruption and confusion as well as so many families trying to hold on to its middle class rating; we need help. For […]…

[BLOG] Is The Honeymoon Over?

TICO BULL – For the first time in his 100 days in office, President Luis Guillermo Solís, ran to avoid questions from the press. And for good reason, don’t you think? Just in the past week he has had to distance himself (fire) from the man who put him in power, Ivan Barrantes, who was […]…

[OP-ED] Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells- Jingle all the Way To The Bank!

COSTA RICA BOG – If there is one thing Costa Rica adopted from the United States it is the value of retail sales However, unlike the U.S. the sell/buy season is exaggerated out of proportion. Year after year the schedule is like this: Mother’s Day (A buying spree unto itself and a necessity unto itself […]…

Was There Really A Bomb Scare At The Isreali Embassy in San José?

TICO BULL – It’s been a few days and still I have not been able to find anything relating to a bomb scare at the Embassy of Israel in San José, as reported by only one English language online news media. I am sure that, if in fact there was some type of threat, serious […]…

And, Robin Williams

The internet has been awash with tributes, kudos and the achievements of Robin Williams. He has been compared to the ultimate Bob Hope. For expats, maybe this is not all bad. “Yes,” it is emotional, very emotional that at the young age of 63 the man has died. However, his private life yet remains that […]…

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The Secret To Living Happily in Costa Rica

The Secret To Living Happily in Costa Rica

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Expat Life in Costa Rica

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Driver’s License Petition

Driver’s License Petition

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Why We Retired To Grecia

Why We Retired To Grecia

COSTA RICA LIVING From International Living – When my wife Jen and I chose Costa Rica as the country we…

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A most unusual profession

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A Look Back: Tortuguero, The Place of the Turtles

A Look Back: Tortuguero, The Place of the Turtles

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The other side of Costa Rica — the New Chic

LIVE IN COSTA RIC A – The majority of my readers are those thinking of relocating or retiring here or…

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Retirees will be pleased to know that Costa Rica’s postal service has made great strides in recent years

LIVE IN COSTA RICA – There was a time when nobody in there right mind would use the country’s postal…

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Where do people live better and worse in Latin America?

LIVE IN COSTA RICA – What is the country best country in Latin America in which to live? Costa Rica.…

Costa Rica: The Expat Abandoned

Costa Rica: The Expat Abandoned

When considering living abroad, many expats make the serious mistake of considering disability, advancing age and death of a partner.…

Good news for retirees who use taxis in Costa Rica

Good news for retirees who use taxis in Costa Rica

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