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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 […]


Costa Rica See’s Increase in Tourism in 2013

It is no secret that Costa Rica has started to see a resurgence since the market collapse in late 2007 and the evidence is even more clear with the numbers the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) have just released. In 2013 Costa Rica received some 2.4 million tourists visiting the country which shows a nice increase of 3.6% from 2012. Of the tourists visiting Costa Rica the largest increase was a from the number of people flying into the country […]


Secure Summer an the Beach – Laura Chinchilla Visits Playas del Coco

This past Saturday January 11th 2014. Our President, Laura Chinchilla and our Minister of Security visited the Guanacaste beach town of Playas del Coco in order to inaugurate: “Verano Seguro en la Playa” (Secure Summer an the Beach). The visit and the “Secure Summer at the Beach” program are a significant step forward in helping the local police handle the booming crowds that can be found in the normaly quite beach towns during the Christmas and New Year holidays through […]


Retire in Costa Rica – Global Retirement Index 2014

International Living magazine has released it’s yearly report on the best countries in the world to retire in or “Global Retirement Index”  and it comes as no surprise that Costa Rica finds itself highly ranked as usual. Costa Rica finds it self ranked #4 on the list just behind Panama, Ecuador and Malaysia. When deriving it’s ranks International Living ranks countries in 8 specific categories and then takes there overall average to reach there rankings. These categories include; Real Estate, […]


Costa Rica’s New Border Tax (must read if you are going to the border)

Costa Rica has just recently passed and started enforcing a new exit tax of $5 (USD) on people leaving Costa Rica at both its northern and southern borders. While the fee is very minimal and a common practice at many border crossing through out the world, Costa Rica’s implantation of the new tax can only be considered one thing, a complete failure. As anybody attempting to cross the border over the last week can tell you, the system suffered not […]