As Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado receives press criticism for his recent $4,000 beach weekend, we defend him. Costa Rica needs more people spending money… Read More »In Defense of President Carlos Alvarado’s Beach Weekend in Guanacaste
Switzerland of Central America
The number of years since army was abolished in Costa Rica.
The number of foreign visitors who visited Costa Rica pre-pandemic.
The percentage of protected land in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Stories, Information, and Opinion
Costa Rica welcomes its 30th (or 29th if you count La Amistad) National Park with Isla San Lucas joining the club. This article contains a… Read More »Costa Rica Designates Isla San Lucas as its 30th National Park
An interview with Christi Bettinsoli from Lola’s restaurant on Playa Avellana, south of Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Bettinsoli talks about the impact the economic crisis has… Read More »How Lola’s in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica is Helping Out in Tough Times
Since Costa Rica announced its guidelines and entry requirements for tourists, it has faced mounting criticism. Some of this criticism has been fair, and some… Read More »It’s Time to Simplify Tourism to Costa Rica
We’ve seen some confusion on social media over these past few days about the COVID-19 test requirements to enter Costa Rica. Let’s try to break… Read More »A Few Words About COVID-19 Testing to Enter Costa Rica
While IATA criticizes Costa Rica’s mandatory INS insurance plan for foreign tourists, the Caja chief doubles down on the plan. Meanwhile the first tourists arrive… Read More »As the First Tourists Arrive in Costa Rica, the INS Insurance Debacle Drags On
As Costa Rica prepares to receive the first 194 foreign tourists to enter the country in 138 days, we offer them a big, fabulous pura… Read More »Costa Rica Ready to Receive its First 194 Tourists in 138 Days
As the government appears to backtrack over forcing tourists to buy their Costa Rica insurance from the INS, we look at the outcry and wonder… Read More »Government Appears to Backtrack over INS Costa Rica Insurance for Tourists
At least 40 percent of stores in Costa Rica’s shopping centers have closed their doors because of the COVID-19 restrictions says the retail sector. Many… Read More »Four out of Ten Stores in Costa Rican Malls are now Closed
On a day of COVID-19 confusion and mixed messages in Costa Rica, we try to cut through the crap and read between the lines. And,… Read More »COVID-19 Confusion Reigns in Costa Rica