Movistar Launches Soccer Trivia Competition

Movistar Launches Soccer Trivia Competition

COSTA RICA EXTRA – Movistar Costa Rica has launched a trivia competition, “Club de los reyes de la Liga Movistar”. Customers…

Though Most Americans Speak English, America Has No Official Language

Though Most Americans Speak English, America Has No Official Language

  AFTERBIZLIFE – English is the de facto national language of the United States, with 80% of the population claiming it…

Paris Hilton Family: We’re Not Coke Smugglers!

Paris Hilton Family: We’re Not Coke Smugglers!

Hilton Family Denies Owning Property in Costa Rica, Less Involved in Drug Trafficking COSTA RICA EXTRA – A recent report by…

Five Best Eco-Destinations in Costa Rica: USA Today

Five Best Eco-Destinations in Costa Rica: USA Today

COSTA RICA TRAVEL  (USA Today) – Costa Rica knows which side its bread is buttered on. People don’t visit for the…

Is Apple Terrified of Samsung?

Is Apple Terrified of Samsung?

AFTER BIZ LIFE (Digital Trends) — Everyone seems genuinely excited about the larger iPhone 6 since Apple’s announcement. But I have…

Children Participating in Independence Day Celebrations

Children Participating in Independence Day Celebrations

COSTA RICA NEWS — Costa Rica celebrates its Independence Day on September 15th — the 193rd this year — commemorating the…

Flight Attendants Confess – Don’t Drink Coffee On Airplanes

Flight Attendants Confess – Don’t Drink Coffee On Airplanes

AFTERBIZLIFE (Wakeup-World) — A group of flight attendants as well as investigations by the EPA have exposed shocking revelations regarding the…

Light or Dark Roast Coffee, Which Has More Caffeine?

Light or Dark Roast Coffee, Which Has More Caffeine?

COSTA RICA EXTRA — Which coffee has more caffeine? The short answer: It depends. Let’s dispel the most common myth right…

Expansion of Caldera Port Almost Complete

Expansion of Caldera Port Almost Complete

COSTA RICA NEWS – The Puerto de Caldera (Port of Caldera), in Puntarenas, is almost ready to debut its new multipurpose quay for unloading grain. The structure will increase the number of ships that can dock at the same time, from only three ships today. The project, at a…

Landslide Near Railroad Has People In Cartago Restless

Landslide Near Railroad Has People In Cartago Restless

COSTA RICA NEWS – A landslide adjacent to the railway in Cartago, in the area of Quircot, has residents worried, many of whom use the commuter train…

Crime Forced Heavy Police Presence in Desamparados Independence Day Celebrations

Crime Forced Heavy Police Presence in Desamparados Independence Day Celebrations

COSTA RICA NEWS – The traditional independence day celebrations were somewhat different for this 193rd anniversary. Nestled in between the beating of the drums and parades of…

Country Well-Being Varies Greatly Worldwide

Country Well-Being Varies Greatly Worldwide

Costa Ricans are second to Panamanians to have the highest well-being globally COSTA RICA JOURNAL WASHINGTON, D.C. — One in six adults worldwide are considered thriving —…

Costa Rica Tourism Industry Challenges Sales Tax

Costa Rica Tourism Industry Challenges Sales Tax

COSTA RICA NEWS – Costa Rica’s National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) has challenged the government’s decision to start subjecting all tourism activities to the sales tax. The Ministerio…

Head of U.S. Southern Command Visits Costa Rica To Discuss Cooperation

Head of U.S. Southern Command Visits Costa Rica To Discuss Cooperation

COSTA RICA NEWS – Gen. John F. Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, on Thursday visited Costa Rica in order to talk mainly about human rights and…

Costa Rican Pineapples May Be Headed For China

Costa Rican Pineapples May Be Headed For China

COSTA RICA NEWS — Costa Rican pineapples could soon be heading for China following a visit by Ministro de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (Foreign Trade Minister)…

President Obama’s National Day Message for Costa Rica

President Obama’s National Day Message for Costa Rica

COSTA RICA NEWS (Press Release, US Embassy San José): Dear Mr. President: The American people join me in extending our best wishes to you and the people…

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 the Municipality of Santa Cruz does not offer trash collection services to the community. Juan Arrieta, a community resident who is in…

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…

“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…

Nicaragua: “Street Vendors Have Right to Work Every Day, as God Intended”

Nicaragua: “Street Vendors Have Right to Work Every Day, as God Intended”

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – President Daniel Ortega has come to the support of independent street vendors, telling municipalities that it cannot displace anyone who “earns a living honestly” in squares, parks and other recreation areas. Ortega, through the office of the Coordinadora del Consejo de Comunicación y Ciudadanía, headed…

Women – the Pillar of the Social Struggle in Chile’s Patagonia Region

Women – the Pillar of the Social Struggle in Chile’s Patagonia Region

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – COYHAIQUE, Chile (IPS) – In few places in Chile are women the pillars of community, grassroots rural and environmental movements as they are…

‘Italian Mafia Leader’ Nabbed in Argentina

‘Italian Mafia Leader’ Nabbed in Argentina

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – Authorities in Argentina have confirmed the recent arrest of an alleged high-level member of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia wanted in Italy for attempted murder,…

There Once Was A Meteorite

There Once Was A Meteorite

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS  — What are the chances? One in a million? Billion? The fact that Nicaragua is no more than a speck of dust on the…

Colombia’s Women Cycling Team Outfit Raises Eyebrows

Colombia’s Women Cycling Team Outfit Raises Eyebrows

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – A Colombian ladies’ cycling team taking part in one of Italy’s most important cycling races has raised eyebrows for their outfit, international cycling…

Nicaragua Condemns Blockade to Cuba

Nicaragua Condemns Blockade to Cuba

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS (Prensa Latina) — The president of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Nicaraguan Parliament Jacinto Suarez regarded the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed…

“Independence Torch” Arrives in Nicaragua

“Independence Torch” Arrives in Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – In step to the beat of the drums, 126.000 students will be participating in the activities commemorating 193 years of independence and the…

Critics Say Nicaragua’s Meteorite Theory May Be Meteor-wrong

Critics Say Nicaragua’s Meteorite Theory May Be Meteor-wrong

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – “Our hypothesis is still a meteorite. We are investigating the event with this idea,” explained Wilfried Strauch, scientific advisor to the Instituto Nicaragüense…

Questions Over Nicaragua ‘Meteorite’

Questions Over Nicaragua ‘Meteorite’

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – With a boom and a crater, it must be a meteorite. The is the logic behind the “meteorite” theory that narrowly missed the…


From Our Bloggers

[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 […]…

[blog] Let The Dust Settle

COSTA RICA BLOG – President Luis Guillermo Solís’ (LGS) infamous 100 Day discourse which some time ago was billed as a State of the Nation speech has won many kudos while at the same time raising more questions than answers. At first blush the PAC supporters or anti-Liberationists are, with good reason, his leading cheerleaders. […]…

Corruption And Promotion of Chaos in Government by Costa Rica’s Ruling Class

COSTA RICA BLOG – I read with interest the 100 days in office report of President Solis. In my opinion he has “hit the nail on the head”. Corruption and the promotion of chaos in the Government are the biggest challenges to Costa Rica going forward. Let there be no doubt, Costa Rica is a […]…

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 […]…

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