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[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 […]…

Dangerous Driving Days Ahead!

Image: 300 pcs jigsaw puzzle: Wasgij Original – Wasgij Original 1: Sunday Drivers I’ve said it before and will say it again, there are three dangerous driving time period in Costa Rica: between 2am and 4am any day, Sundays and holidays. During two hours after most bars close is dangerous to drive just about anywhere […]…

IS IT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES?

I am lost. I am heartbroken because almost every day I read the news emanating from the United States about senseless shootings, mass murder and rampant violence at what appears to be every turn in the road. As a knee jerk reaction I think about access to guns of war and their proliferation within society […]…

GOING, GOING…GONE!

A week ago we celebrated the swan song of Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) from eight long, really long years of owning the presidency, and with open arms we welcomed Luis Guillermo Solis as the surprise president elect of Costa Rica. Most importantly we lament to say farewell to ½ of Intel as well as all […]…

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Bill Aims To Regulate “Dangerous” Dogs

Bill Aims To Regulate “Dangerous” Dogs

A bill introduced by Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) legislator, Ileana Brenes and currently being discussed in Committee, aims to…

La Republica Upbeat On Replacing Intel, BofA

La Republica Upbeat On Replacing Intel, BofA

The business publication La Republica Tuesday published an upbeat article that seemed tailor-made to banish any negativity about replacing the loss of Intel’s manufacturing jobs. The paper…

Russian Travel Warning Urges Citizens to Avoid the Reach of US Law

Russian Travel Warning Urges Citizens to Avoid the Reach of US Law

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel warning telling Russians to refrain from trips abroad, especially to countries that have extradition treaties with the…

‘It is difficult to lower electricity rates, but possible’, Carlos Obregón

‘It is difficult to lower electricity rates, but possible’, Carlos Obregón

Carlos Obregón, who will take the reins of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) on May 8, spoke to La Nacion of the challenges he faces, in…

20% of  Water Is Lost To Leaks in Pipes

20% of Water Is Lost To Leaks in Pipes

For every 100 litres of water that leaves the supply tanks of the Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA), some 20 are lost to leaks in the 3.000 kilometres…

Legislative Committee Closes The Book On Presidenta’s Plane Scandal

Legislative Committee Closes The Book On Presidenta’s Plane Scandal

With only two weeks left in their mandate, the legislative Comisión de Ingreso y Gasto Público (Committee on Revenue and Public Expenditure) has filed away (closed) the…

Tránsito On Full Alert This Weekend

Tránsito On Full Alert This Weekend

With the objective of keeping the bloodshed on the roads to the minimum, the Policía de Tránsito (Traffic Police) have intensified their presence on heavy traffic routes…

“Prohibition” Applies in 29 Communties

“Prohibition” Applies in 29 Communties

Today and Tomorrow are national holidays in Costa Rica. And two days where the “Prohibition” (Ley Seca) still applies in 29 communities across the country. They are:…

Six in Ten Victims Of Domestic Violence Under Protection Are Women

Six in Ten Victims Of Domestic Violence Under Protection Are Women

65% of the victims of domestic and sexual abuse under the protection of the Poder Judicial are women. The other 35% are men and children, according to…

Avoid Being Victim Of Crime During the Holidays

Avoid Being Victim Of Crime During the Holidays

For many Semana Santa  is a time for reflection and rest, taking the time to visit the beaches and resorts. But for others it is a to…

Future MOPT Minister Says Officials With “Bad” Practices Must Be Restless

Future MOPT Minister Says Officials With “Bad” Practices Must Be Restless

Speaking on the live radio talk show, Nuestra Voz, the future minister of Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT), Carlos Segnini, said that “good” professionals can rest easy,…

Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change

Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica (IPS) – The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has few sanctuaries left in the world, and this is one of them. But…

Solís  And Libertarians Discuss Options To Reduce Cost of Electricity

Solís And Libertarians Discuss Options To Reduce Cost of Electricity

President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís, for more than three hours Tuesday, met with the elected legislator members of the Movimiento Libertario discussing the options for the next Legislative…

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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.…

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…

Baseball for Fun in Samara

Baseball for Fun in Samara

By: Arianna McKinney / Vozdeguanacaste – In June of 2013, Steve Philips took the initiative to introduce baseball to Samara. The group now includes about 20 children,…

Vice Presidential Candidate Ana Elena Chacon Visits Nosara

Vice Presidential Candidate Ana Elena Chacon Visits Nosara

  Marvin Castillo- Citizen Journalist Nosara, Vozdeguanacaste – Franklin Corella, congressman-elect for Alajuela of the Citizen’s Action Party (PAC – Partido Acción Ciudadana), will be the representative…

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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…

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…

Mexico Cartel Involved in 7 Ton Colombia Cocaine Load

Mexico Cartel Involved in 7 Ton Colombia Cocaine Load

TODAY COLOMBIA – More details have emerged on the transport and seizure of a record seven tons of cocaine at the Colombian port of Cartagena, revealing that…

El Salvador: Extortion hits small business owners hard

El Salvador: Extortion hits small business owners hard

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Salvadoran micro-entrepreneurs are overwhelmed by gangs’ constant extortion demands. Seventy-nine percent of the 585 National Small Business Council of El Salvador (CONAPES)…

Nicaraguan Promoter/Drug Trafficker Has Sentenced Reduced

Nicaraguan Promoter/Drug Trafficker Has Sentenced Reduced

TODAY NICARAGUA – Nicaraguan businessman, Henry Fariñas, convicted on drug trafficking and other crimes had his sentenced reduce from 30 to 18 years behind bars, by the…

Colombia Launches Operation Against “Pots”: Demolishing Houses

Colombia Launches Operation Against “Pots”: Demolishing Houses

   TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered the demolition of numerous buildings used as drug sales points, a strategy that seems to have…

Nicaragua: 3 Earthquakes in 24 Hours

Nicaragua: 3 Earthquakes in 24 Hours

  TODAY NICARAGUA – Two earthquakes four minutes apart were recorded Friday in the Nicaraguan Pacific. Add to those the earthquake on Thursday at 5:27pm in Xolotlán…

6.2 Earthquake Rocks Nicaragua

6.2 Earthquake Rocks Nicaragua

(TODAY NICARAGUA) First lady and government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo declared a “yellow alert” and is calling on Nicaraguans to remain calm and “clear all exists to your…

Colombia’s Breadbasket Feels the Pinch of Free Trade

Colombia’s Breadbasket Feels the Pinch of Free Trade

(TODAY COLOMBIA) – “Things are getting worse and worse,” Enrique Muñoz, a 67-year-old farmer from the municipality of Cajamarca in the central Colombian department of Tolima, once…

Panama Murder Rate Declining

Panama Murder Rate Declining

(TODAY PANAMA) Panama has seen a 19 percent drop in murders over the last five years despite its critical role in the international drug trade and a…

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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…

Citi Group Cuts Costa Rica Growth Forecast

Citi Group Cuts Costa Rica Growth Forecast

Costa Rica’s growth forecast has been cut by Citigroup after Intel…

It’s Official: Intel Cutting 1.500 Jobs In Costa Rica

It’s Official: Intel Cutting 1.500 Jobs In Costa Rica

U.S. microprocessor chipmaker Intel announced on Tuesday, officially, that it is…


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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…

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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…

CNN selects Costa Rica as one of the 10 best places to visit in 2014

CNN selects Costa Rica as one of the 10 best places to visit in 2014

In an article published ivy CNN on January 1, 2014 Costa Rica was mentioned as a prime destination for tourists.…

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Two Scoops Please!

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Nosara Women Inspired to Surf

Nosara Women Inspired to Surf

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Big growth spurt ahead for wearables

Big growth spurt ahead for wearables

Global shipments of wearable technology hit 19.2…

Good news for retirees who use taxis in Costa Rica

Good news for retirees who use taxis in Costa Rica

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Stunning Costa Rica Homes Open Their Doors To Vacationers

Stunning Costa Rica Homes Open Their Doors To Vacationers

Costa Rica had a record year for tourism in 2013, reaching a record 2.42 million tourists, a 3.6% increase over 2012, according to the Instituto…

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