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“No new taxes!”(For at least the next two years). President-elect, Luis Guillermo Solis has recently made some pretty lofty claims and priorities since his election. It makes me nervous all these good vibes coming from don Luis Guillermo who has given us so little substance to back them up. Even the quick trip to Central […]…

SURPRISE! I’M THE PRESIDENT!

Nobody is more surprised that Luis Guillermo Solis is the President-Elect, than Luis Guillermo Solis himself. He admits this himself. This presents some unique problems of not really having psyched-himself-up for the job prior to winning the post as President, nor really applied his mind to the policies that will shape the new Government in […]…

A DOG BITE BILL?

“A bill introduced by Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) legislator, Ileana Brenes and currently being discussed in Committee, aims to establish regulations for “potentially dangerous” dogs. Source: QCosta Rica.com Hold it, hold it! In our family we have had dogs, lots including huskies and the most ferocious of them all was Camila, the cat. We called […]…

[OP-ED] SOON THE TOURIST SEASON WILL BE OVER, AND….

[OP-ED]If you believe in the numbers, I’ve got a nice bridge I can sell you. A Bailey Bridge, of course. A week prior to Semana Santa headlines read hotels will be 80% occupied. As we got to the middle of the week, one of many special interest groups (PROTUR) are claiming 782 Costa Rican Hotels […]…

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Costa Rican Committee Demands U.S. Explanation for Subversive Acts

Costa Rican Committee Demands U.S. Explanation for Subversive Acts

COSTA RICA NEWS – Costa Rica’s Solidarity with Cuba Committee urged Laura Chinchilla’s administration to demand an explanation from…

Bus Catches Fire on Paseo Colón

Bus Catches Fire on Paseo Colón

LAST MINUTE COSTA RICA NEWS – A bus of the Sabana-Estadio route caught fire Wednesday morning on Paseo Colón, San José, in front of the Quiznos fast…

Sounds and Lights Warn of Oncoming Train

Sounds and Lights Warn of Oncoming Train

DING DING DING DING and flashing red lights warn drivers at 27 train level crossings around San José and at some intersections Policia de Tránsito (traffic) officials…

New Government Calls For Resignation Of Key Officials Appointed After Feb. 2

New Government Calls For Resignation Of Key Officials Appointed After Feb. 2

The administration of president-elect Luis Guillermo Solís is calling on the resignation of all public officials appointed to key posts of the different public institutions, after February…

“We Worked For Years With Costa Rica Governent In Trying To Reduce Costs”, Intel CEO

“We Worked For Years With Costa Rica Governent In Trying To Reduce Costs”, Intel CEO

Since Intel announced the closing of its manufacturing plant in Costa Rica there has been speculation as to the whys and there is the feeling that neither…

No Private Plane For President-Elect Solís

No Private Plane For President-Elect Solís

  President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís, in his tour of Central America and the Dominican Republic, is flying commercial and in coach class, with the tab being picked…

Costa Rica, Ecuador Sign Maritime Boundary Deal

Costa Rica, Ecuador Sign Maritime Boundary Deal

QUITO – Ecuador and Costa Rica signed an agreement to delineate maritime boundary between the two nations here Monday, capping more than 30 years of negotiations on…

Fugitive Entered and Left Costa Rica Nine Times in Last Two Years

Fugitive Entered and Left Costa Rica Nine Times in Last Two Years

COSTA RICA NEWS – Sage Million, wanted in the United States and captured by Panamanian authorities last week, had made a number of trips to and from…

Weatherman Forecasts Low Temperatures and Heavy Rains For Coming Days

Weatherman Forecasts Low Temperatures and Heavy Rains For Coming Days

COSTA RICA NEWS – OK, the photo is exaggerating a bit, but, it will be cold for the next couple of days. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN)…

35.000 To Participate In Vigil for Canonization of John Paul II

35.000 To Participate In Vigil for Canonization of John Paul II

COSTA RICA NEWS – Starting at 10pm Saturday night and until 6am Sunday, 35.000 people will be able to participate in a vigil to be held at…

Costa Rica Aims To Launch First Satellite Into Space In 2016

Costa Rica Aims To Launch First Satellite Into Space In 2016

Costa Rica’s plans to launch its first satellite and the first in Central America, is moving forward with the goal of 2016 for a launch date. With…

U.S. Wanted Fugitive Caught in Panama Mocked Costa Rica Immigration

U.S. Wanted Fugitive Caught in Panama Mocked Costa Rica Immigration

The capture of an American fugitive by Panama authorities, trying to enter their country from Costa Rica once again proves the inefficiency of Costa Rica’s immigration service…

Union Calls On Workers To Massive March For May 1

Union Calls On Workers To Massive March For May 1

The Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados (ANEP) – Costa Rica’s national union of public and private employees – has made an official call for one…

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Lawyer Says Government Plans to Build Mega City and Port on the Golf of Nicoya

Lawyer Says Government Plans to Build Mega City and Port on the Golf of Nicoya

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste.com – Community development or mega ports and cities. These are the two options that,…

Yahnel Mar, Food with Peruvian Influence in Nicoya

Yahnel Mar, Food with Peruvian Influence in Nicoya

  By Luis Castro, VozdeGuacanaste – On Saturday, March 22, a new restaurant called Yahnel Mar opened in Barrio La Virginia in downtown Nicoya. This restaurant was…

Nosara Women Inspired to Surf

Nosara Women Inspired to Surf

  By Ariana Crespo Voz de Guanacaste – The group Nosara Ticas Surf celebrated its second anniversary this March. Adilia Zúñiga had the idea to form the…

Sports Center Was Open for 12 Years without Health Permit

Sports Center Was Open for 12 Years without Health Permit

By Henry Morales, VozdeGuanacaste – The Sports Complex in Nicoya was built in 2002 to host the National Games that the city had organized. Since its creation,…

Living Under the Shadow of a Tree

Living Under the Shadow of a Tree

By Arianna Mckinney, VozdeGuanacaste – When Ana Maria Vega Figueroa, now 77, settled on the shore of Ostional Beach 57 years ago with her husband and her…

Red Cross Operations Ready for Easter Week in Nicoya, Nosara and Samara

Red Cross Operations Ready for Easter Week in Nicoya, Nosara and Samara

By Henry Morales Navarro, VozdeGuanacaste – The Cruz Roja Costarricense (Costa Rican Red Cross) is prepared for  Semana Santa (Easter Week) on the Nicoya Peninsula. Some 200…

New Law Approved that Could Affect Some Coastal Communities

New Law Approved that Could Affect Some Coastal Communities

By: Arianna McKinney, Voz de Guanacaste – The Urban Litoral Zones law project (18592) was approved by 39 legislators on March 6, thus becoming law. The project…

No Dry Law for Nicoya During Easter Week

No Dry Law for Nicoya During Easter Week

By Emiliana Garcia, VozdeGuanacaste – For the second year in a row, the Municipality of Nicoya decided to forego the prohibition of liquor sales from midnight on…

Fiestas Patronales Profitable This Year

Fiestas Patronales Profitable This Year

By: Arianna McKinney, VozdeGuanacaste – With some adjustments in the dates and duration of fiestas, as well as some changes in organization, the communities in Nicoya canton…

“Guanacaste Will Remember Me as a Fighting Woman”, Laura Chinchilla

“Guanacaste Will Remember Me as a Fighting Woman”, Laura Chinchilla

By: Willberth Villalobos Castrillo, VozdeGuanacaste - Far from feeling intimidated by protests, President Laura Chinchilla toured with complete tranquility and much happiness to several parts of Nicoya.…

Families in San Martin Fear Having their Homes Repossessed

Families in San Martin Fear Having their Homes Repossessed

By: Arianna McKinney / VozdeGuanacaste - Neighbors of an urban development in San Martin of Nicoya are collecting signatures to petition for an extension to pay off…

Eat Termites and Wash with Seeds During Samara Trails Tour

Eat Termites and Wash with Seeds During Samara Trails Tour

By: Arianna McKinney / VozdeGuanacaste -  Before you sign up for the reality TV show Survivor, you could pick up a few tips from Alvaro Teran Sauter…

New Mural Adorns Music School in Nosara

New Mural Adorns Music School in Nosara

By Ariana Crespo /  Vozdeguanacaste – Throughout March, a mosaic-style mural on the side of the Nosara Development Association’s (ADIN – Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Nosara)building…

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FBI Suspected Child Molestor Taught in Nicaragua School

FBI Suspected Child Molestor Taught in Nicaragua School

TODAY NICARAGUA – The FBI is spearheading an international probe to determine how many students at elite private schools…

Explosions of Fuego Volcano in Guatemala Increases

Explosions of Fuego Volcano in Guatemala Increases

Fuego volcano intensified its explosions to moderate and strong, which generated alarm in the Guatemalan population located 35km from the volcanic perimeter, an official source announced today.…

Biofortified Tortillas to Provide Micronutrients in Latin America

Biofortified Tortillas to Provide Micronutrients in Latin America

(IPS) – Latin America is one of the regions in the world suffering from “hidden hunger” – a chronic lack of the micronutrients needed to ward off…

Drone Use in Latin America: Dangers and Opportunities

Drone Use in Latin America: Dangers and Opportunities

Drones are gaining popularity in Latin American surveillance due to their technological advantages, but their use currently lacks a legal framework. While people commonly associate drones with…

5.2 Quake Rocks Nicaragua Monday Night

5.2 Quake Rocks Nicaragua Monday Night

TODAY NICARAGUA – A 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook Nicaragua Monday night at 10:18pm. According to the official report by the INET, the epicentre as located 5 kilometres…

Uruguay Not a “Pirate”

Uruguay Not a “Pirate”

(IPS) – The Uruguayan government has made a controversial move to regulate the production and sale of cannabis. The government believes that this will help in the…

El Salvador: Confession Reveals Drug Kingpin’s Fruit Vendor Origins

El Salvador: Confession Reveals Drug Kingpin’s Fruit Vendor Origins

El Salvador authorities disclosed new details about the rise of a drug boss accused of moving 10 tons of cocaine into the United States, in a case…

Medellín, Colombia: from murder capital to model city

Medellín, Colombia: from murder capital to model city

TODAY COLOMBIA – Residents of Medellín’s poorest slums used to be suspicious of strangers. Who in their right minds would be wandering the winding steps up the…

Colombia’s Most Famous Author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dies

Colombia’s Most Famous Author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dies

TODAY COLOMBIA – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and…

Colombia Designer Introduces Bullet Proof Wear For Women

Colombia Designer Introduces Bullet Proof Wear For Women

TODAY COLOMBIA – With the aim of providing protection to women, Colombian apparel firm Miguel Caballero has unveiled its new 2014 collection of bulletproof clothing exclusively for…

2 Divergent Views on El Salvador Gang Truce, 1 Sad Conclusion

2 Divergent Views on El Salvador Gang Truce, 1 Sad Conclusion

Two wildly divergent views of what is happening with the truce between El Salvador‘s two foremost gangs converge in one important way: they both paint a bleak…

Children Under 15 to be Prohibited from Working in Mexico

Children Under 15 to be Prohibited from Working in Mexico

The relevant commissions of the Mexican Senate have initially passed a draft to reform the Constitution and prohibit children under 15 from working. The draft also establishes…

Nicaragua on Edge Over The Next “Big One”

Nicaragua on Edge Over The Next “Big One”

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (INETER) said today that the Apoyeque volcano has started “another process” that could lead to stronger earthquakes, renewing…

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Costa Rica Exports Stagnant for 2014 Q1

Costa Rica Exports Stagnant for 2014 Q1

Costa Rica’s exports registered virtually no change in the first quarter…

Franchising Experts To Meet in Costa Rica In First Central American Franchise Summit

Franchising Experts To Meet in Costa Rica In First Central American Franchise Summit

Without a question, international franchises have flourished in Costa Rica. McDonalds,…

Costa Rica Needs To Do Damage Control To Maintain Positive Image Abroad

Costa Rica Needs To Do Damage Control To Maintain Positive Image Abroad

President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís needs to do damage control, to maintain…

Semana Santa in Costa Rica No Longer Means Closed Stores

Semana Santa in Costa Rica No Longer Means Closed Stores

While government offices and state institutions like ICE, INS and AyA…

Billing Dollars And Charging In Colones Is A Common Practice in Costa Rica

Billing Dollars And Charging In Colones Is A Common Practice in Costa Rica

Quoting and billing in US dollars and charging or receiving payment…

Costa Rica Taking Constructive Approach For Creating New IT Jobs

Costa Rica Taking Constructive Approach For Creating New IT Jobs

Costa Rica’s information Technology (IT) sector is already taking a constructive…


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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

Retiring in Costa Rica by  Christopher Howard – Taxis and buses, are very affordable in Costa Rica when compared to…

Two Very Different “Gringo Gulches” in Costa Rica

Two Very Different “Gringo Gulches” in Costa Rica

A lot of the nightlife in San José, capital of Costa Rica, takes place in a section of town often…

Careful of the lottery in Costa Rica

Careful of the lottery in Costa Rica

When one hears the word lottery (lotería in Spanish) mentioned, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the…

Ice Skating in Costa Rica

Ice Skating in Costa Rica

When people retire they find themselves with a lot of spare time on their hands and have to decide what…

[BLOG] When is Daylight Saving Time in Costa Rica – Q Answers

[BLOG] When is Daylight Saving Time in Costa Rica – Q Answers

Yes today, the Norties (North Americans) awakened to their watches, clocks, timers, car clocks, alarms, microwave ovens and grandfather clocks…

In Costa Rica retirees won’t have to die of loneliness

In Costa Rica retirees won’t have to die of loneliness

I recently read an article about loneliness increasing one’s chances of dying prematurely. Can it actually happen? Apparently, according to…

Keeping Busy and Happy in Costa Rica

Keeping Busy and Happy in Costa Rica

From Live in Costa Rica blog – As we age we become more and more aware of the importance of…

Costa Rica’s health care options to Obama Care for retirees

Costa Rica’s health care options to Obama Care for retirees

From Live in Costa Rica Blog – Over the years I have many clients on my monthly relocation/retirement tours with…

Are There Gangs in Costa Rica?

Are There Gangs in Costa Rica?

By Christopher Howard, Live in Costa Rica -   Safety is a concern when moving to any foreign country. I remember…

5 Experiences To Enjoy Costa Rica in 2014

5 Experiences To Enjoy Costa Rica in 2014

If you’ve been complaining there is nothing to do in Costa Rica or you have been simply procrastinating, here are…

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Two Scoops Please!

Two Scoops Please!

COSTA RICA EXTRA! MAGAZINE – Ice cream…

Nosara Women Inspired to Surf

Nosara Women Inspired to Surf

  By Ariana Crespo Voz de Guanacaste…

Big growth spurt ahead for wearables

Big growth spurt ahead for wearables

Global shipments of wearable technology hit 19.2…


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