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Lower Gas Prices in Costa Rica

When gas prices drop in Costa Rica it is a big deal for consumers!  Costa Rican’s pay some of the highest gas prices in all of Central America.  This decrease has been one of the largest and thus, most exciting for Costa Rica. The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) approved a new decrease in the per-liter price of fuel, the second consecutive one during January.  the approval will mean a ₡43 drop in the price of Super gasoline, a ₡49 decrease for Plus gasoline, and […]

Costa Rica Explores New Special Economic Zones with China

  New Special Economic Zones with China was just one of the topics of discussion during President Solis’s recent trip to China. Costa Rica’s president met with China’s president Xi Jinping and signed a strategic partnership agreement focusing on trade, manufacturing, and exports. 2015 will be a challenging year for Costa Rica as this small country has seen a significant decrease in its foreign trade and economic indicators. The move may well be a bid for the next Intel, as […]

The British airline, Thomson just announced its first scheduled route to Liberia, Costa Rica. New airline service consisting of one time per week, non-stop flights will start Nov. 15, 2014 (capacity: 291 passengers) between London’s Gatwick and LIR in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This is great news for Guanacaste and especially the beach areas of Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco, Ocotal and Panama.  Attracting tourists, visitors and guests from foreign destinations such as Europe continues to be a challenging task without […]

President Solis Gets Good Marks – 1st 100 days in Office.

President Luis Guillermo Solis of Costa Rica has recently completed his first 100 days in office. Recall, Solis, a professor and not a career politician beat the Liberation Party and vowed to get Costa Rica back on track (Tico Times link below).  I am no political analyst and will refrain from any political ranks — especially in a country where I am a simple resident and not a bonafide citizen, I will however, comment that Solis has his work cut […]

San Jose Airport Expansionto to Begin in July

According to a recently released official statement an expansion will begin in July on the Juan Santamaria (San Jose International) Airport. The expansion will consist of a new 3,100 square meter terminal on the east side of the property that will include two new boarding gates. The goal of the expansion is to increase the airports ability to receive some 3.5 million passengers by the year 2015. Along with this the goal is to provide the ability to accommodate larger […]

Mobile Data and Voice Outages Planned in Costa Rica

Are you ready for the Costa Rica’s new 4G network? Judging by the planned service outages that will effect all Kolbi wirless services, ICE is clearly not. On March 25th and 26th the areas including Nuevo Arenal, San Ramon and Tilaran will be affected with outages. Then on the 26th and 27th there will be a nation wide outage from 10pm to 10am, so if you count on your mobile service for anything be prepared. The outages are part of […]

Shrimp Trawling in Costa Rica – Flip Flop…

Flip-flop, flip-flop… What is that sound you hear?  That is sound of the Costa Rican government repeatedly flopping back and forth on the topic of shrimp trawling in Costa Rican waters. In what was originally seen as a large victory for the environment, last year Costa Rica passed a law that would in all effect ban shrimp trawling by not renewing or issuing new trawling licenses to anybody in Costa Rica. That victory for environmentalist was short lived though, as […]

What is happening in the Guanacaste Real Estate market?

To give a short and brief run down, the market has picked up considerably from the lows of 2009 to 20011. We stated see more buyers coming from the US now that the stock market had been on a 3 year rise.  Now that the Canadian dollar is hovering around 90 cents to the US dollar the buyers from Canada are slowing down a bit, but those that are tired of the cold winter months are still coming down.  More […]

Costa Rica Rushes into Loan from China to build Highway to Limon

Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee has approved a $465 million loan to finance a 107 kilometer road expansion from San Jose to the Caribbean province of Limon. While most agree the road expansion is needed and will help improve business and tourism in the province of Limon ,there are many that are raising questions about Costa Rica rushing to a decision. The first major red flag to many local professional associations is that the loan is coming from the […]

Starbucks Opening a New Store in Costa Rica

Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks is getting ready to open it’s 4rth store here in Costa Rica this coming March. The new Starbucks will be opening in the Plaza Freses in Curridabat and will be the first located in eastern San Jose. Based mon the information released by Starbucks Costa Rica Manager Monica Bianchini the new location will be 180 square-meters and will have a planned 25 employees. The History of Starbucks in Costa Rica The first Starbucks in Costa Rica […]