D-Box Rocks Movie Goers in Costa Rica

D-Box Rocks Movie Goers in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA EXTRA – Movie goers in Costa Rica now have more options beyond digital, big screens and 3D and big…

The 17th Edition of “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica” Is Out

The 17th Edition of “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica” Is Out

Our good friend Christopher Howard has just released his 17th edition of the perennial best-selling guidebook, “The New Golden Door to…

First Thing In The Morning NOT The Best Time To Drink Coffee; Says the Science

First Thing In The Morning NOT The Best Time To Drink Coffee; Says the Science

COSTA RICA EXTRA (FORBES) — Drinking a cup of coffee first thing in the morning blunts the energy-boosting effects of caffeine…

“Bug” Takes A Bite At The Apple

“Bug” Takes A Bite At The Apple

AFTERBIZLIFE – A “bug” this time has taken a bite off the Apple, following problems the last few weeks, first with…

The Art of Costa Rica: Beauty and Wildlife

The Art of Costa Rica: Beauty and Wildlife

COSTA RICA EXTRA — Since he was a young boy, Nathan Miller, says he was drawn to nature. “loved animals and…

Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet

Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet

AFTERBIZLIFE (AFP) – The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the internet is…

Pepperoni Pizza Cake!

Pepperoni Pizza Cake!

COSTA RICA EXTRA — This is a pepperoni pizza cake, which is just a layer of pizza, topped with another layer,…

Kosher Accommodations in Costa Rica

Kosher Accommodations in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA TRAVEL (NY TIMES) — Extra sunscreen, extra bathing suit, extra pots and pans? For strictly kosher families, planning a…

Editor’s note: It has come to my attention that the comments section hasn’t been working. I am on it, working with Disqus to resolve.

Reducing Traffic Congestion In Costa Rica Is The Hands of Drivers

Reducing Traffic Congestion In Costa Rica Is The Hands of Drivers

COSTA RICA NEWS — Roy Rojas, an international consultant on road safety and project director for the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (COSEVI), explains that in Costa Rica there are too many cars for the amount of roads, but that’s not the only problem for the cause of the congestion.…

A Thousand New Cases of Breast Cancer Detected Each Year

A Thousand New Cases of Breast Cancer Detected Each Year

COSTA RICA NEWS — One thousand new cases of breast cancer are detected annually in Costa Rica. Of these, 30% are women between 25 and 35 years…

MOPT To Expand Intelligent Traffic Lights Network

MOPT To Expand Intelligent Traffic Lights Network

COSTA RICA NEWS — At a cost of US$2.7 million dollars, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) says it will install 85 new “intelligent” traffic…

Oscar Arias Has No Moral Authority to Propose Reducing Fiscal Deficit, Says Ottón Solís

Oscar Arias Has No Moral Authority to Propose Reducing Fiscal Deficit, Says Ottón Solís

COSTA RICA NEWS — Legislator Ottón Solís questioned the plan proposed by former president to improve the state finances. According to Solís, Oscar Arias (1986-1990 and 2006-2010)…

Pedestrian Overpasses To Get Elevators

Pedestrian Overpasses To Get Elevators

COSTA RICA NEWS — The elevators on three overhead pedestrian passes will be operational by December, says the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi). The three locations are:…

Oscar Arias Unveils His Plan To Reduce The Country’s Fiscal Deficit

Oscar Arias Unveils His Plan To Reduce The Country’s Fiscal Deficit

COSTA RICA NEWS — Former president Oscar Arias joined the chorus of voices seeking to present a solution to the country’s fiscal deficit. The Arias proposal would…

Gas Price Drop Approved

Gas Price Drop Approved

COSTA RICA NEWS — The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) approved a reduction in fuel prices, dropping the price of a litre of regular gasoline…

US Visa Lottery Begins Tomorrow; Costa Ricans Eligible To Apply

US Visa Lottery Begins Tomorrow; Costa Ricans Eligible To Apply

COSTA RICA NEWS — Every year the US Diversity Visa Lottery visas to individuals and families all over the world, winners are issued a US Green Card…

Employers With Illegals Subject To Fines

Employers With Illegals Subject To Fines

COSTA RICA NEWS — Employers with workers with “irregular” immigration status, ie in the country as tourists, are subject to fines ranging from two to twelve basic…

Nicoya Agronomist Sells Biodiesel Based on Kitchen Oil

Nicoya Agronomist Sells Biodiesel Based on Kitchen Oil

COSTA RICA NEWS — By Henry Morales Navarro , Vozdeguanacaste.com –Hernan Yglesias is an agricultural engineer and a business administrator by profession. For the past two years, he has had the goal of producing a more environmentally-friendly fuel. Yglesias, who has a workshop in the Chorotega neighborhood in Nicoya,…

Chicken Trucks Loses Control

Chicken Trucks Loses Control

COSTA RICA NEWS – It wasn’t a game of chicken when a truck carrying some 3.000 kilos of processed chicken lost control when its brakes failed, slamming…

Ostional Residents Take Trash to Nosara Dump Due to Lack of Municipal Service

Ostional Residents Take Trash to Nosara Dump Due to Lack of Municipal Service

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste – Residents of Ostional continue to take their garbage to the Nosara dump on a monthly basis, as…

Nosara Yoga Institute Mourns Loss of Benefactor and Friend Robin Williams

Nosara Yoga Institute Mourns Loss of Benefactor and Friend Robin Williams

COSTA RICA NEWS  – By Mary Smathers, Vozdeguanacaste - As the Nosara Yoga Institute (NYI) celebrates its 20th anniversary and the opening of its hotel complex expansion, the…

Dolphins, Whales To Be Honoured At Tourism Festival in Bahia Ballena

Dolphins, Whales To Be Honoured At Tourism Festival in Bahia Ballena

COSTA RICA NEWS  – From 2010 to 2013, the sighting of whales and dolphins boomed in Costa Rica if you consider that the number of tourists coming…

Kidney Disease in Guanacaste: Experts Say Herbicides Should Be Investigated

Kidney Disease in Guanacaste: Experts Say Herbicides Should Be Investigated

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Fabiola Pomareda, Voz de Guanacaste – Researches from the Regional Institute of Studies on Toxic Substances (IRET – Instituto Regional de Estudios…

First Women’s Hackaton in Costa Rica

First Women’s Hackaton in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA NEWS – Forty two women engineers and techs on Saturday began a race against time challenging their wits in the Primer Hackatón Femenino de Costa…

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…

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…

Nicaragua canal will wreak havoc on forests and displace people, NGO warns

Nicaragua canal will wreak havoc on forests and displace people, NGO warns

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS (The Guardian) — Shipping firms should pressure the Nicaraguan government and the Chinese backer of a proposed canal to ensure that the project does not force indigenous people off their land and inflict massive environmental damage on the country’s ecosystem, an environmental advocacy group has urged.…

With Savvy, A First Couple Runs Nicaragua

With Savvy, A First Couple Runs Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA JOURNAL (NPR) — Nicaragua’s gigantic transoceanic canal, if it gets built, will dwarf the neighboring Panama Canal. Ground-breaking is set to begin before the end…

Mapping Latin America’s Pretrial Detention Populations

Mapping Latin America’s Pretrial Detention Populations

LATIN AMERICA NEWS — A new report highlights the excessive use of pretrial detention in Latin America — a phenomenon that contributes greatly to prison overcrowding and…

Colombia: No to Sex Tourism in Medellín

Colombia: No to Sex Tourism in Medellín

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS — In July 2014, the Facebook page No to sex tourist was created, with the purpose of create awareness about sex tourism in Colombia.…

Guatemala Hands Over Another Narco Leader to US

Guatemala Hands Over Another Narco Leader to US

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — A high-ranking member of a powerful criminal organization in Guatemala has become the latest drug trafficker from this Central American country to be…

Half the Illegal Weapons in El Salvador Come from US: Official

Half the Illegal Weapons in El Salvador Come from US: Official

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – According to a US official, around half of the illegal weapons circulating in El Salvador come from the United States. This black market…

Colombia Installs Digital Kiosks

Colombia Installs Digital Kiosks

TODAYC COLOMBIA NEWS – Colombia’s Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones de Colombia (MINTIC) – Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications – has installed…

More Than Half of Nicaraguans Know “Little or Nothing” of Canal Project

More Than Half of Nicaraguans Know “Little or Nothing” of Canal Project

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – Although 53% of the population approves the construction of the canal, 55% know “little or nothing” of the mega project, that will cost…

Nicaragua: ‘Chinese Out!’  Say  Anti-Canal Protestests

Nicaragua: ‘Chinese Out!’ Say Anti-Canal Protestests

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – “Chinese out!” That was the chant from demonstrators in Nicaragua, where a planned new shipping channel to be built across the Central American…


From Our Bloggers

[BLOG] Costa Rica’s Postal (Zip) Codes

TICO BULL - I thought to post a list of Costa Rica’s postal code, no you didn’t read it wrong, the system has actually been in place since 2007 though few if any really use it. The code is made up of five digits, the first denotes one of the seven provinces, the second and […]…

[BLOG] Back In Time, Internet Wise

TICO BULL — It feels like I went back in time this morning, internet wise that is. Despite the assurances by the three major mobile internet service providers – Kolbi (ICE), Movistar and Claro – that internet services will not be affected by the maintenance work being carried out on the Maya-1 submarine cable, clicking […]…

What Do The Ruta 27 and Ruta 32 Have in Common?

TICOBULL – Last week, both the Ruta 27 (the San José – Caldera) and the Ruta 32 (San José – Limón) were severely affected by heavy rains, poor planning, construction and management. Fortunately, this time, there were no casualties. So, over the weekend I started to think about the commonalities of the roads and this […]…

[OP-ED] Investopedia

DEFINITION OF ‘BA1/BB+’. This is generally one of the lowest investment grade ratings that an agency assigns to a security or insurance carrier before the word “junk” comes into play. “This rating signifies a low to moderate level of risk for investors or policyholders. Entities that are assigned this rating generally possess adequate reserves and […]…

[OP-ED] MORE MONEY: POR FAVOR!

COSTA RICA OP-ED, By Juan Sebastian Campos –  I find it curious if not amazing how little Costa Rica donates to the world however it is always asking a price for more money. Don’t you think it is time to give back, or even give forward? After all we have this amazing vegetarian fauna that […]…

Finding a Place Called Home

COSTA RICA BLOG — Every expat who migrated to Costa Rica has looked and looked again to find comfort, a place we can call home. It is not simple and certainly not easy with so many choices and so many considerations. Most important, newbies to Costa Rica must think about crime. Corruption is inevitable, but […]…

“Costa Rica Introduces Postal Address System” – Gimme a Break!

TICO BULL – I read this amazing short story on the Beeb (BBC News) about Costa Rica introducing postal address system. The article says “Costa Rica has begun to reform its postal address system”. I checked with “Correos”, the Costa Rican post office and it’s true, they have been working on reforming the address system […]…

Subscribe to the QCostarica Newsletter


powered by MailChimp!

Q Indicators

Current ¢/$ Exchange Rate
► US$1: ¢534.02 Buy
► US$1: ¢545.52 Sell
► Prime Rate 7.15%
Rates at local banks



Living in Costa Rica

The 17th Edition of “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica” Is Out

The 17th Edition of “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica” Is Out

Our good friend Christopher Howard has just released his 17th edition of the perennial best-selling guidebook, “The New Golden Door…

The Secret To Living Happily in Costa Rica

The Secret To Living Happily in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA LIVING – By Scott Oliver – Over the last 14 years I have met a lot of expats…

Expat Life in Costa Rica

Expat Life in Costa Rica

LIVING IN COSTA RICA  – From Inter Nations: Whether it’s the relaxed lifestyle, the kind people, or raw, natural beauty…

Driver’s License Petition

Driver’s License Petition

COSTA RICA NEWS – Outlier Legal Services, a law firm dedicated to provide services to foreign nationals living in Costa…

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…

A most unusual profession

A most unusual profession

COSTA RICA LIVING – In many Spanish speaking countries including Costa Rica you find the widespread practice of mobile advertising…

A Look Back: Tortuguero, The Place of the Turtles

A Look Back: Tortuguero, The Place of the Turtles

Fifteen years ago, in June of 1999, this article appeared in Escape From America Magazine: Dr. Archie Carr was a…

The other side of Costa Rica — the New Chic

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…

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

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…

Where do people live better and worse in Latin America?

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.…

Costa Rica Life, Entertainment, Farandula & More... View All

The Art of Costa Rica: Beauty and Wildlife

The Art of Costa Rica: Beauty and Wildlife

COSTA RICA EXTRA — Since he was…

Pepperoni Pizza Cake!

Pepperoni Pizza Cake!

COSTA RICA EXTRA — This is a…

Media Myths About Sex and Latinas

Media Myths About Sex and Latinas

COSTA RICA EXTRA (SALON.com) — If you…


Costa Rica Photos View All

Travel & Tourism View All

Kosher Accommodations in Costa Rica

Kosher Accommodations in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA TRAVEL (NY TIMES) — Extra sunscreen, extra bathing suit, extra pots and pans? For strictly kosher families, planning a vacation in an exotic…

JetBlue Adds New Flight To Costa Rica

Costa Rica Continues To Top Happiest Countries InThe World List

Five Best Eco-Destinations in Costa Rica: USA Today

Take a 360° Virtual Tour of Costa Rica!