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Living in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Fun Facts

 COSTA RICA FUN FACTS Costa Ricans refer to themselves as “Ticos” (males) and “Ticas” (females).  Foreigners are often called “Gringos” (males) and “Gringas” (females). “Pura vida” is the national saying, which means “pure life,” a sunny, feel good expression used as a greeting, goodbye, or if someone asks how you are doing. It’s not a big deal to see someone walking around with a machete. Although it’s more common in the countryside; ticos use machetes for everything and often keep one […]

Costa Rica Government Saves INBioparque

Great News for Costa Rican’s and all persons living in this tropical paradise!  One of the great parks, INBioparque was in danger of being closed due to lack of funding.  This would have been a great loss to the many people that enjoy the diversity of animal and plant life that can be found there.   http://www.inbioparque.com/   INBio is the National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica, a non-profit organization founded in 1989 dedicated to scientific research and promoting the importance […]

Eat Healthy on a Reasonable Budget

Many people ask, “Is it possible to eat healthy and still keep to a reasonable budget in Costa Rica”? The answer is an overwhelming, YES!!   The “how” to this question is to get out and explore the community. Get to know what’s readily available and where to buy it at the best price!   There are several grocery stores in the area that you will need to familiarize yourself with. One is the Auto-Mercado. Auto-Mercado is an air-conditioned store, […]

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 […]

A Day at the Feria

Cost of 3 medium pineapples = ₡1000   or   $1.87    Yes….you read that right! These are the juiciest, best tasting pineapples ever!                 The feria (farmer’s market) in Liberia is open on Thursday afternoons and all day on Friday. Each of the vendors sets their own prices and they are competitive. And yes, you can even negotiate with them! In addition to fruits and vegetables, you can also buy homemade smoked cheeses, fresh farm […]

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 […]

Turrialba Volcano Erupts!

Turrialba Volcano blows! Turrialba volcano erupts! Last Wednesday night (Oct. 29) a huge volcanic eruption spewed ash, rocks and possibly magma from the Turrialba Volcano, located 60 kilometers northeast of Costa Rica’s capital, San José. As strange as it may sound, this is a dream — especially if you are a volcanologist!  Among the observations by volcanologists conducting inspections in the area around Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano were craters in the earth measuring up to one meter in diameter – […]

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 […]

Medical Marijuana in Costa Rica?

It’s true! Did you hear that Costa Rica may join a handful of countries in the Americas to legalize Medical Marijuana? I just read this in the Tico Times (link embedded below). I think this may spark some controversy. It always does and that definitely makes for interesting dinner or Happy Hour conversation. So will that “feature” be yet another valid reason people yearn to return to Costa Rica – whether on vacation, invest or live? This gorgeous country is […]

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 […]