Category Archives: News about Costa Rica

In Costa Rica a bottle of Coca Cola has been in jail for ten years and is now on death row

Yes, you read that right! Sounds like trivia from “Ripely’s Believe it or Not.” Usually Coca Cola is for quenching one’s thirst and even mixed with rum to make a drink called a “Cuba Libre.” However, one bottle of Coke is doing time in a type of Costa Rica jail. In reality it is not … Continue reading In Costa Rica a bottle of Coca Cola has been in jail for ten years and is now on death row

Costa Rica has a Super Bowl Champion

Few people including expat retirees know that Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and his famous wife, model Gisele Bündchen, have a beautiful hill-top home in Costa Rica. There house overlooks the small town of Santa Teresa on the country’s Pacific Coast. The Brady’s visit their paradisiacal getaway several times a year to unwind. The couple … Continue reading Costa Rica has a Super Bowl Champion

Actually the Kardashian’s visit to Costa Rica is good for the Country

As the saying goes any publicity, good or bad, is good. That is actually holds true for Costa Rica. Over the years many of the rich and famous have discovered Costa Rica which has enhanced the country’s reputation. Among those who have come to Costa Rica are: Bill Gates, football star Tom Broadband his model … Continue reading Actually the Kardashian’s visit to Costa Rica is good for the Country

Potential retirees should know that Costa Rica is near the top of the list when it comes to individual freedom

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a country to live or retire is personal freedom. According to the Human Freedom Index, Costa Rica ranks second in Latin America. The aim of this study is to see which countries in the region respect individual freedom, religious freedom, freedom of association and the … Continue reading Potential retirees should know that Costa Rica is near the top of the list when it comes to individual freedom

Two great articles which extoll Costa Rica for retirees, trend setters and political malcontents from the U.S.

Today, November 8, 2016, I read two articles about Costa Rica that attest to fact that the country is one of the best places in the world to live. The first article is titled “The 5 current trendiest destinations in the world.” Iceland is mentioned because of its exotic landscapes and the quaint small-town city … Continue reading Two great articles which extoll Costa Rica for retirees, trend setters and political malcontents from the U.S.

Christopher Howard’s Responses

Costa Rica ranks among healthiest, most comfortable retirement destinations and stands as the best in some categories Costa Rica is a top option for a healthy, comfortable retirement, according to two recent surveys. The country ranked fourth overall in International Living’s 2016 list of Best Countries to Retire. (CH: International Living provides a lot of … Continue reading Christopher Howard’s Responses

More good news about Costa Rica for potential retirees

Recently there have been a lot of very favorable articles written about Costa Rica. First, News and World Report just rated Costa Rica as the best place in the world to retire. International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index ranks and rates the best retirement havens around the world in 10 categories. The publications touts Costa … Continue reading More good news about Costa Rica for potential retirees

More good news for those who want to retire in Costa Rica

U.S. News and World Report touts Costa Rica as the best place for comfortable retirement in an article published on January 21, 2016. The best Countries rankings, conducted in partnership with brand strategy firm BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, asked more than 16,000 survey participants from four regions to … Continue reading More good news for those who want to retire in Costa Rica

Future retirees should read between the lines

When doing research about retiring or just living in Costa Rica many future expats turn to the local on-line publications in English. Unfortunately, some of the information that is feature is alarmist in nature and should be put into the proper perspective. Anyone considering moving here should read between the lines, consider the real statistics … Continue reading Future retirees should read between the lines

Retirees will be happy to know that Costa Rica is still the safest country in the region

A study by the pollster CID-Gallup Latinoamerica recently revealed that Costa Rica is the safest country in the region. Thousands of adults were questioned and accordings to the findings, Costa Rica is by far the safest country with less robberies and violent crime. On the other hand Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras were the most crime-ridden … Continue reading Retirees will be happy to know that Costa Rica is still the safest country in the region

Good U.S. Style shopping for retirees in Costa Rica

The Growth of the Wholesale Supermarket Business in Costa Rica From Qcostarica — Those who don’t live or have visited Central and South America, PriceSmart is a company most have probably never heard of. PricesSmart is the company that owns and operates membership shopping warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean, selling perishable foods and … Continue reading Good U.S. Style shopping for retirees in Costa Rica

The JT Insider Food Guide: Costa Rica

Top chef Carlos Andrés Meléndez of El Silencio Lodge tells us what makes Costa Rica an exciting culinary destination, from Caribbean flavours to the taste of the highlands. Food of the Nation Costa Rica is privileged to have an abundance of produce, with culinary creativity that traces back to our grandmothers and their wood stoves; … Continue reading The JT Insider Food Guide: Costa Rica

What Do The Ruta 27 and Ruta 32 Have in Common?

Retirees should know Last week, both the Ruta 27 (the San José – Caldera) and the Ruta 32 (San José – Limón) were severely affected by heavy rains, poor planning, construction and management. Fortunately, this time, there were no casualties. So, over the weekend I started to think about the commonalities of the roads and … Continue reading What Do The Ruta 27 and Ruta 32 Have in Common?

Proposed Metro (Subway) for San José Could be ready in 2021

COSTA RICA NEWS – The Colegio de Ingenieros y Arquitectos de Costa Rica (CFIA) is proposing the construction of a metro (subway) connecting San José to Desamparados and Guadalupe, streamlining public transport in San José’s metropolitan area. The first of the three lines proposed by the CFIA would cost US$600 million dollars and be ready … Continue reading Proposed Metro (Subway) for San José Could be ready in 2021

Push to legalize la maricucha *

Recently, Citizen Action Party lawmaker Marvin Atencio introduced a bill  that would legalize medical marijuana (uso médicinal) and hemp (cáñamo) cultivation, production and distribution in Costa Rica. The bill would not legalize recreational cannabis use (uso recreativo) and would not alter current drug legislation. If the bill were to be passed, it would make Costa Rica one of a handful of … Continue reading Push to legalize la maricucha *

The Most Important Phrase to Know When Visiting Costa Rica

COSTA RICA TRAVEL – First-time visitors to Costa Rica will notice a particular saying that flows from the lips of every local, one that seems to be very flexible in terms of its use and meaning. Pura Vida (pronounced POO-rah VEE-dah) literally means “Pure Life,” but the meaning of the phrase goes well beyond its … Continue reading The Most Important Phrase to Know When Visiting Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Mysterious Stone Spheres Declared World Heritage

Precolumbian chiefdom settlements with stone spheres of the Diquís COSTA RICA NEWS – Four archaeological sites containing the mysterious stone spheres, ranging in size from cannon ball to higher than a tall man, are now part of the United Nation’s World Heritage (UNESCO). In this elite list are some of the globe’s great treasures, natural … Continue reading Costa Rica’s Mysterious Stone Spheres Declared World Heritage

USA Today: “5 things to know about Costa Rica”

Costa Rica has stunned the world with two back-to-back wins on the football (soccer) field and against twoworld champions. Is there a third in store, when they play England on Tuesday? USA Today has taken to letting the world know a little bit more abour Costa Rica, in an article “5 things to know about … Continue reading USA Today: “5 things to know about Costa Rica”

Costa Rica named top tourism destination in new global survey

From: Ronald Reyes/The Tico Times Rain forests, volcanoes, world-class beaches, great weather, sloths, what’s not to like? A new global survey confirmed that tourists love Costa Rica, naming the country most recommended tourism destination in the world. The Global Tourism Monitor Survey asked 23,000 globetrotters from 26 countries where they had traveled during the previous … Continue reading Costa Rica named top tourism destination in new global survey

Costa Rica is supposedly the Second To Nicaragua in Safest Country in Central America BUT…

In the recently published 2013-2014 Human Development Regional Report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) which  focused on Citizen Security, Nicaragua was featured as the safest country in Central America in terms of homicide rate, assault victims rate, and authority of the National Police. Costa Rica is second. This report indicated that Nicaragua’s homicide rate is 8.7 per every 100,000 inhabitants, while … Continue reading Costa Rica is supposedly the Second To Nicaragua in Safest Country in Central America BUT…

Costa Rica Leader in Central America In Terms of Labour Rights, Ahead of the US: Report

In Costa Rica, although workers regularly take to the streets, such as the case of the more than 15 day old teachers strike, and despite laws, workers are exposed to unfair work practices. That is the conclusion of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), an alliance of regional confederations of trade labor rights advocates worldwide. … Continue reading Costa Rica Leader in Central America In Terms of Labour Rights, Ahead of the US: Report

The good and bad of Laura Chinchilla’s presidency

Laura Chinchilla, first female president of Costa Rica, will leave office on May 8. She was the sixth woman to be elected president of a Latin American country. When Costa Ricans elected a women for the first time to the highest office, there were high expectations among the people that this would be a positive … Continue reading The good and bad of Laura Chinchilla’s presidency