Posts Tagged ‘Costa Rica’

Costa Rica government puts country in Jeopardy.

December 1, 2014

What is the government of Costa Rica thinking??? A 20% budget increase

over last year and NO budget cuts anywhere!!!! Come on!!!


Costa Rica

July 13, 2014

We will be starting a weeks series on Costa Rica’s Lake Arenal next week.

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Did you miss ‘Sloth Week’ in Costa Rica

July 5, 2014

VIDEO: Costa Rican sloths to be featured in ‘Sloth Week’

One Costa Rican mammal is creeping its way into the Internet spotlight… very… slowly.

That’s right, sloths are taking the InterWebs by storm with “Sloth Week,” six whole days of sloth-related Web content starting June 20. Sponsored by Animal Planet and Animalist, Sloth Week will be an online tribute to the sluggish creatures featuring daily footage from the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.

Sloth enthusiasts will be able to laze alongside the furry creatures all week at and Animal Planet’s website, enjoying daily updates of sloth facts, listicles and sloth videos. On June 21 at 8 a.m. EST, Animal Planet will also re-air their two-hour special, “Meet the Sloths,” which follows a year in the lives of five sloths at the sloth sanctuary.

Costa Rica named top tourism destination in new global survey

July 5, 2014

Selvatura adventure Park Monteverde Canopy Tour

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 12 months and which destination they would more recommend based on their experience there. The report, released Monday, ranked the top 65 most recommended destinations.

Austria came in second, followed by Israel, New Zealand and Italy.

Ukraine, Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Tunisia were the five least recommended destinations, according to the survey conducted by BDRC Continental.

While Costa Rica placed atop the list of most recommended destination, no other Latin American country made the top 10.

Latin America and the Caribbean placed among the least popular regions with only 6 percent of respondents saying they were “seriously” planning to travel to the region. Europe ranked the highest among potential travelers with 43 percent planning to travel there, followed by 27 percent in the Asian Pacific. Only 4 percent said they planned to take their holiday in Africa or the Middle East.

Costa Rica received a record-breaking 2.4 million tourists during 2013, according to the Costa Rican Tourism Board.

Here’s the list of the top 10 most recommended destinations (with a three-way tie for 10th place):

1. Costa Rica
2. Austria
3. Israel
4. New Zealand
5. Italy
6. Japan
7. Croatia
8. USA
9. Norway
10. Canada
10. Greece
10. United Kingdom

…and the 10 least recommended:

56. Bulgaria
57. Russia
58. Albania
59. Cambodia
60. India
61. Ukraine
62. Malaysia
63. China
64. Indonesia
65. Tunisia

Thinking of riding the beaches on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

September 8, 2012

Playa Chiquita Riding Adventures

Seeing Costa Rica’s Caribbean beaches & rainforest by horseback is the way to go.

July 14, 2012

Going to Costa Rica’s Caribbean side. If your going to be near Port Limon you may want to take a trip south to Playa Chiquita for a day or so. If your in the area don’t miss the chance to see the area up close & personal by horseback.  Check out this small local business Playa Chiquita Horseback Tours.

Horse Riding Tours of Playa Chiquita

Playa Chiquita Horseback Tours: Beach & rainforest trips

We offer a riding adventure for all ages and riding skills, from beginner to expert.

Come join us and experience the Caribbean ocean by horseback

Our rides start at Playa Chiquita de Talamanca going north to Puerto Viejo or south to Manzanillo. We also offer rides to local restaurants, weddings, birthday’s special events and requests.

Find us next to the Shawandha Lodge located in the town of Playa Chiquita de Talamanca on the Caribbean ocean. A family oriented & eco-friendly community with many diverse restaurants, resorts and points of interest.

2 ½ HOUR RIDE: $ 60.00 per person

 ½ DAY RIDE: $85.00 per person

We can arrange over night trips, Prices vary

Transportation into Punta Mona (, our local eco-friendly off grid farm of natural medical herbs and edible plants. There are only three ways to get there: hiking, boat or horseback.

Here in Playa Chiquita we have some of the most beautiful, clean, open beaches on the Caribbean ocean. The rain forest is breath taking with it’s plants and foliage of some of the most stunning flowers and plants you will ever see.

Riding through the forest allows you to see monkeys, sloths, Black and Brown Hawks, Toucan’s flying over head and other wildlife in their natural state. You will see some of the most exquisite colored butterflies as they shimmer through the sunlight that shines almost year around.

Experience for yourself riding out of the forest feeling the cool sea breeze on you as you see the clear blue ocean with white capped waves crashing on the clean sandy beaches as the sun shines to brighten an incredible day of riding.

(506) 8977-2738 (English & Spanish)

Why Are Americans Still Flocking to Costa Rica – Making Money in Costa Rica

July 13, 2012

Making Money in Costa Rica

Getting a work visa

In order to work in Costa Rica, you must either be a citizen of the country or have legal Permanent Residency. With other residency options (rentista, pensionado, etc.), you can own a business but you cannot work in that business. Your responsibilities must be limited to management of the business.

If you are highly skilled in an area where that job cannot be filled by a Costa Rican, your employer can apply for a work permit for one year but this can be very difficult to get. These laws are designed to protect workers here from foreigners who would take jobs that would otherwise be filled by a Costa Rican.

Setting up your own business

For information on setting up your own business in Costa Rica, see the Costa Rica Embassy website.

Making money overseas

If you’re interested in finding a way to fund your life overseas, there are a whole host of “jobs” that you can do from anywhere in the world. These are jobs that you can do from the front porch of your beach house…jobs that allow you to work in the morning, leaving the afternoon free for relaxing, reading, snorkeling, sailing…

These days, the world is more interconnected than ever and the possibilities for a portable paycheck are almost never-ending. You don’t need an MBA or thousands upon thousands of start-up cash to create a business for yourself that can easily fund your life overseas.

Why Are Americans Still Flocking to Costa Rica – Travel Info: How to get to Costa Rica.

July 12, 2012

Travel Info: How to get to Costa Rica

Flying to Costa Rica has become easier in recent years, thanks to improvements in its airports and a growing number of airlines that serve them. From the U.S. you can take Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Mexicana, Spirit, TACA/LACSA, United or US Airways. The many airlines that fly to Costa Rica from other destinations include Aeroméxico, Air France, Air Canada, Air Panama, British Airways, Iberia, and KLM.

Fares vary widely, depending on such factors as the day of the week and time of year and how far in advance you make reservations. If you made reservations a month in advance, for example, summer fares were recently less than $300 round trip from Miami to San José. Last-minute winter fares can be three times that amount.

Why Are Americans Still Flocking to Costa Rica- Expat Contacts.

July 11, 2012

Expat Contacts

When you move, or if you’re just thinking of moving, somewhere new, it’s a good idea to talk to people who have already done what you’re about to. Get in touch with expats in Costa Rica, they’ll be able to help you with any questions or concerns you might have and you’ll be able to compare notes on moving here.

Here are some resources you might find helpful:

  • International Living Facebook page: This is a great place to meet other like-minded, Costa Rica bound expats and get advice.
  • Association of Residents of Costa Rica, Box 1191-1007 Centro Colón, San José; tel. +506 2233-8068; e-mail:; website: There’s hardly an expat in the country who doesn’t know of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica. The ARCR is a non-profit arm of Casa Canada, a company that sells a wide range of services to foreigners who live in Costa Rica or who are considering a move to the country.
  • Canadian Club of Costa Rica (AsociaciónCanadiense de Costa Rica); e-mail:; website; This group emphasizes networking, social activities, and charitable works. Among the activities are monthly luncheons and periodic parties like the ones on Christmas and Canada’s Thanksgiving Day (the second Monday of October).
  • Newcomers Club of Costa Rica; tel. +506 2416-1111; e-mail:; website: This is a small women’s group. It’s an organization that can put members in touch with local residents, both Costa Rican and expats. The Newcomers Club sponsors many kinds of activities, including shopping trips, cooking lessons, lunches and dinners, tropical gardening lessons, and Spanish book clubs.

Why Are Americans Still Flocking-Moving to Costa Rica.

July 9, 2012

Moving to Costa Rica

Moving your household goods: No matter where you move to, transporting household goods and personal belongings can be challenging. For a move to Costa Rica, for example, you can choose an American moving company, but that firm will still have to deal with a local relocation company to deliver your goods in Costa Rica, a process that can entail tedious dealings with bureaucracy. To avoid this problem, experienced expats say the best strategy is to first select the Costa Rican company. This firm will then choose the American company that it wants to work with.

Moving with your pets: A rabies vaccination is required for pets that enter Costa Rica, and it must be administered between 30 days and one year before departure. You’ll also need to have your veterinarian fill out and sign the APHIS 7001 International Health Certificate from the United States Department of Agriculture stating that your pet is in good health. Birds require additional paperwork.

Firearms: The admission of firearms and ammunition into the territory of Costa Rica is subject to restrictions and import permits approved by Costa Rican authorities. Applications to import non-military weapons into the country may be filed by or through a licensed importer, authorized dealer or a particular person. You must register your weapon at the Ministry of Public Security’s Department of Firearms and Ammunitions once you arrive in Costa Rica.