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Living in Costa Rica

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 […]


Paul McCartney Live in Costa Rica

That’s right, tickets are officially on sale to see Paul McCartney live on May 1st at San Jose’s National Stadium. This show will be one of two dates added onto the end of his 2013 “Out There” tour in support of the album he released in October 2013, entitled “New.” Along with San Jose Costa Rica, McCartney will also be playing a show in Chile on April 23rd. While the tickets do not come with a cheap price tag (especially […]


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 […]


Costa Rica Nets in Stricter Tuna Fishing Regulations

During the Fourth Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW) in Playa Herradura, Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla used her opening remarks as a platform to announce stickter tuna fishing regulations. The new law will require fishing vessels to “show proof” of their knowledge of the Costa Rican law that bans the use use of any Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs). Many people believe that the use of these devises has played a major roll in the over fishing of many of […]


Thanks to the great response from many generous people, the Paya Hermosa School Backpack program was a success!! 24 Children received a backpack with new shoes, socks, uniforms, pens, pencils, rulers, books and binders. The group that organized this were able to give children in need the opportunity to go to school and learn.Thanks to all that donated it is really appreciated.


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 […]


Costa Rica: No Alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday?

For those of you that are not aware, Costa Rica is currently in full election mode with the primary presidential election being held this coming Sunday, February 2nd they same day as the Super Bowl. No big deal right… Wrong! The current Costa Rican law says that municipalities can ban the sale of alcohol of election day. This has been the case for all of recent memory but is coming under fire with the election falling on the most watched […]


Meet the Candidates in the Costa Rican 2014 Presidential Elections

If it feels like it has been a slow week in the news here in Costa Rica, you are not alone. Like in most countries when there is an election is taking place the focus of the media becomes locked on the candidates, both positive and negative. Over the last couple of weeks this has been the case, from a “Photoshop scandal” to the always popular “candidate promises to change/improve  ________,” just fill in the blank with any hot button […]


Costa Rica – No More Paper Bills for Water Utilities

The Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute (AyA) has just announced that this year (2014) they will stop printing and delivering paper water bills to customers. Instead the AyA will send the bills through email or text message to customers. The plan to go paperless with billing in Costa Rica actually began in 2013 with several selected rural communities and several areas of the central valley. The small experiment must have proven successful because the full paperless launch will begin […]