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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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

T-Mobile Eliminates Exorbitant Data Roaming Charges In Costa Rica

T-Mobile and pop star Shakira came together recently to announce the end of the exorbitant roaming charges levied on their customers while traveling to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Columbia. Of course Sharkira was brought on as she is one of Columbia’s most popular exports. The new policy which took effect in November allows T-Mobile customers that are on the their Simple Choice U.S. data plan will gave access to unlimited data while traveling to the above listed countries, which […]

About Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Playa Hermosa is a beautiful beach town that is situated just 25-30 minutes away from Daniel Oduber International. In fact, it is the nearest beach town to the international airport in the whole of Costa Rica. This spectacular beach town is a simple and calm bedroom community which offers luxurious lifestyle with a blend of Europeans, Costa Ricans & Americans. The hills that surround Hermosa have spectacular luxury homes, condos, full time residences & second homes. Throughout the year, this […]

Pet Care in Costa Rica

Below are some answers to common questions in regards to pet care in Costa Rica.   Are there veterinarians in Costa Rica? Yes, there are veterinarians in Costa Rica but just as in other countries not all are created equal. For example, our local vet is great and highly effective for most issues but does not have all of the equipment to diagnose more complex problems. For more complex issues there is a vet located about 1 hour away will […]

Insurance for your hired help: Workers Compensation, are you covered?

I recently came across an interesting article shining light on an often overlooked practice when it comes to hiring workers to perform basic work round the house or even acting as an independent contractor yourself. Because the Costa Rican legal system can often be a mix of red tape and often places blame on unknowing expats I thought it would be a good idea to go over the laws regarding medical insurance and more importantly workers comp. The Facts The […]