Culture

A Real, Prickly Christmas Tree In Costa Rica Can Cost US$270 Or More

The Arboleda González, in El Alto de la Trinidad, Moravia, has more 2,500 cypress trees for sale for this Christmas season. Some stand up to four metres tall, as shown by Helberth Gonzalez.  Photo Diana Mendez, La Nacion Q COSTA RICA – How much would...

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Feed the Monkeys

Before moving to Costa Rica, I had no idea that feeding monkeys was harmful. Or that their main diet didn’t consist of grubbing on bananas all day. Fortunately, the Kids Saving the Rainforest organization set me straight. Founded by two young girls, this amazing nonprofit wildlife sanctuary in...

Its Time to Start Drinking Cold Brew Coffee

Photo by Ariana Crespo QCOSTARICA by Roberto Cruz, Vozdeguanacaste.com – Starting the day with a cup of coffee is routine for Ticos and for half of the world, but wrapping your hands around a hot cup of coffee while feeling the cool mountain air is...

Stone Walls A Part of History

QCOSTARICA byMitzi Stark – In sight of the busy highway on the way to Atenas and Jacó the remnants of an old stone wall can barely be seen from the windows of a car or bus this was once a very important part of...

Why I took my team to Costa Rica for a month

The day we founded Roadmunk we didn’t talk business plans or product strategy. Both me and Tomas, my co-founder, only had one topic on our minds: culture. It was a freezing winter day in 2012, so we holed up at Tomas’ apartment, made tea, and...

“Paradise Tattoo Convention 2016” Until Tomorrow

Megan Massacre QCOSTARICA – If you are into tattoos you can’t miss the “Paradise Tattoo Convention 2016” ongoing at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal, in Belen, until tomorrow. This is the 5th installment of the convention, characterized by a high attendance of international and national artists,...

Cinco de Mayo Is Not A Costa Rica Holiday. Or Mexican Independence Day

  QCOSTARICA LIFE – Today, Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is a day of margaritas and cervezas (beers), but not in Costa Rica: it is a Mexican holiday, but not what most people think. In fact,  most people don’t know the real story behind the Cinco...

3rd Edition Of InstameetCosta Rica on Saturday

QCOSTARICA – Since the earliest days of Instagram, people have been meeting up to take photos and videos together. As Instagram has grown, so too has the occurrence of InstaMeets. What’s an Instameet? An InstaMeet is a group of Instagrammers meeting up to take photos...

Expo Historia: A Paradise For Collectors

QLIFE – Expo Historia 2016 could be paradise for collectors, but for also those who want get to know the past to understand the present. The event is billed as the most important event of historical, artistic and cultural industry offered in Costa Rica. The tour...

20 Rules Italians Never Break. In Costa Rica Or Anywhere! (Video)

How to be an Italian by Marco in the Box QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica home is home to many Italians. It is estimated there are some 50.000 Italian expats living in the country and tens of thousands more visiting at any given time. Italians are world...

Galería Namu, One of the Great Treasures of Downtown San José

These shelves exhibit traditional women’s pottery from the Lenca tribe from Honduras. The paintings on the wall are folk art from the campesinas (the farming women) from the Arenal Volcano region, in Costa Rica. QCOSTARICA by Michael Miller – “I opened this gallery in 1998...

April 11 Is Juan Santamaria Day, A National Holiday

QCOSTARICA by  Mitzi Stark – April 11 is Juan Santamaria Day, a national holiday celebrated in Alajuela with high school bands and drill teams from around the country on parade and speeches by dignitaries to remind us that 160 years ago the Costa Rican...

A Platano is Not a Banana. So Make Patacones.

Patacones ready to eat. QLIFE – A platano (plantain) is not a banana. Tough it may look like a banana, feel like a banana, and even smell like a banana, it is not a banana, a plantain, like a banana, is a fruit that can...

Costa Rica Street Musician Uses Recycled Materials To Entertain

Photo downtown San Jose March 28, 2016. Photo Qcostarica QCOSTARICA – With a sandal, pvc pipes and other recycled materials, Charlie Street Drummer entertains street crowds in downtown San Jose Alajuela, and Cartago, among other places where people walk by. Charlie Street Drummer was born from...

Castration Campaigns Cut Back Stray Population

QCOSTARICA by Mitzi Stark – Years ago it was common to see packs of stray dogs roaming city streets, looking for hand outs around the central markets. Little by little that population has been reduced. Even now the few street animals who live in the...

Tope 2015 San Jose (Photos)

QCOSTARICA – As per tradition, December 26 in San Jose is the day of the Tope, a day when the horses and their riders take to the streets of the city. Though it was kind of chilly and sun only made it through the cloudy...

In Typical Soda Kitchen Staff Bring Their Meals To The Tables

In a typical Costa Rica soda (small eating place) kitchen employees (including the cooks) deliver the food to the tables COSTA RICA EXTRA – Something that is normal in sodas (small eating places) in Costa Rica and other countries in Latin America, kitchen employees (including...

The “Copo”

QCOSTARICA LIVING – Copo, in Spanish means “flake” and on nearly every beach in Costa Rica you can find vendors selling a Costa Rican copo, a shaved ice treat. I think nearly every tropical place on the beach has some version of shaved ice...

Friday The 13th Is NOT A Bad Luck Day in Costa Rica

Why do some superstitions linger, from fear of black cats to Friday the 13th or Martes 13? QCOSTARICA from the Macaroni Journal – Today is Friday the 13th. But if you are in Costa Rica (or anywhere else in Latin America), the cultural belief gloom...

Costa Rica’s Little Drummer Boy Welcomes The Gringos

QCOSTARICA by Joe Baur – Despite the research, casual reading, following local news and boning up on the language – I still had no idea what to expect. Traveling in of itself can be the most stressful portion of any trip or move, let...

“Families of Costa Rica” DVD About Family Life in Costa Rica

Estibaliz attends classes, does chores and walks to an island cemetary, then attends a soccer game and a dance. QCOSTARICA – For those of you who have children and would like to acclimate them to what Costa Rica is like, or for those of you...

Public Enemy Number 1, You Are Warned!

Lizeth Castro QCOSTARICA – In her blog, Lizeth Castro, journalist and tv personality, says she and some of her friends, after seeing the video on Facebook of the man videoing up a woman’s skirt, decided to compose a letter to any man who does this...

San Jose Book Fair (Feria del Libro)

Children paint a mural during the 16th International Book Fair in San Jose,, on Sept. 19, 2015.  According to the organizers, during the event expositors, lecturers, authors, scientists and artists will give talks on literary creation, and runs until Sept. 27. QCOSTARICA EXTRA- Organizied by...

A Few Days in San Jose

QCOSTARICA  by Ashleigh Timchenko – Little Girl, Big World  – Ask most people for a location recommendation in Costa Rica and the nation’s capital probably doesn’t top their list. Many travelers use San José strictly as a pass through to the coasts or valley, and rightfully...

How Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast Became ‘Little Jamaica’

Boutique hotel welcomes visitors to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Photo Bob Schulman QCOSTARICA via Examiner.com – The idea was to build a railroad across the steaming jungles of Costa Rica linking the country’s inland capital at San Jose to its main eastern port at Limon....

An “Arribada” In Costa Rica

Photo from Asoc. de Desarrollo Integral de Ostional – Pag Oficial QCOSTARICA – The beach of Ostional is the scenery for a rarely-seen biological wonder. In rainy season, the week before new moon, hundreds – and sometimes hundreds of thousand sea turtles take part in...

Bendigo woman teaches in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Hola! My name’s Hannah, I’m a 26 year old primary school teacher from Australia, and International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is sending me to San José, Costa Rica to teach English! I can’t wait!! I was first inspired to teach by my Year 2...

Life Isn’t Easy. The Relentless Search for Happiness.

Mayra always dreamed of being a police officer and although she went to the Ministry of Justice a little while ago, her age impeded her from achieving her dream. Photo by Marvin Castillo QCOSTARICA by Marvin Castillo, Vozdeguanacaste – Life isn’t easy. This could be...

Happy Mother’s Day Costa Rica! (Feliz Dia De Las Madres)

QCOSTARICA –  August 15 is a very special day in Costa Rica, a day celebrating a time-honored tradition when mothers are showered with gifts, flowers and goodies.  Costa Rican society revolves around tradition and family ties and the role of the mother is evident...

International Beer Day Today

Today, the first Friday in August, is International Beer Day (IDB). Founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California, the day is now celebrated in 60 countries and 6 continents. The main purpose of International Beer Day is to: Get together with friends and enjoy a beer Celebrate...

La Casona de Laly in Escazu Closed!

The world famous La Casona de Laly in Escazu (qCOSTARICA) The famous restaurant La Casona de Laly in downtown Escazu has been shut down by health officials. The La Casona de Laly in Escazy is one of three restaurants, the others are located in Santa Ana...

Antique Cars and Debi Nova in Escazu Today

Photo from Club de Auto Antiguos de Costa Rica Facebook page (QCOSTARICA) looking for something to do in San Jose today, then check out these two great events in Escazu. And best they are free. At Avenida Escazu they have over 120 antique cars on display,...

Pupusas A Real Delicatessen of El Salvador In San Antonio de Escazu

(QCOSTARICA) Via Escazu News Blog – It started a few weeks, going grocery shopping at the fair farmers inthe Agricultural Market of San Antonio de Escazu, which operates 5 am to 1 pm every Saturday, I met them ago, a family headed by Dona...

Residents of Heredia and San Jose Are The Happiest in the Country, Says Study

On average, Costa Ricans have a happiness level of 85.5%. (QCOSTARICA) The Happy Planet Index ranks Costa Rica #1 of all the countries analyzed. The country’s HPI 64.0 score reflects a high life expectancy, high levels of experienced well-being and a moderate ecological footprint. But, where...

MAC Brings Giant Shoes to Downtown San José

The display in Plaza de la Cultura, downtown San Jose, July 2015. Photo, the Q (QCOSTARICA) There are shoes in the Plaza! Not just any shoes. Giant shoes! Costa Rica’s national art museum, properly known as Museo de Arte Costarricense (or MAC), has brought a display...

Making Coffee The Costa Rican Way

Farmers in Costa Rica (where some of the least bitter freakin awesome coffee you’ve ever had comes from,) use one of these. It’s a tightly woven canvas sock with a metal wire sewn into the top. You don’t need the wood pedestal, … you...