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¡Felicidades! Costa Rica on Your 192nd Year of Independence

Today, all of Costa Rica is celebrating and rejoicing its 192-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500's and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. continue reading »

Happiest Latin American Countries

Recently, the World Happiness Report was released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Using data acquired by the Gallup World Poll, 150 countries were ranked by happiness. Five Latin American countries were named in the top 25. continue reading »

JUST IN:  6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Costa Rica this Morning

The United States Geological Service (USGS) is reporting a 6.0 magnitude earthquake has struck the Guanacaste province in Liberia, Costa Rica this morning, 6:29 a.m. local time. continue reading »

HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Former Astronaut Frankling Chang Diaz Honored in His Home Country of Costa Rica

Former Costa Rican-American astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz on Monday received an honorary doctorate from the state-run Universidad de Costa Rica, or UCR, for his contributions to science, technology and education on the global level. continue reading »

No Casualties in Shooting at Colombian Embassy in Costa Rica

No one was hurt when assailants in a passing car fired shots at the Colombian Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica's security minister said Friday. continue reading »

MasterCard Introduces First “Black” Card in Latin America

MasterCard and Costa Rica's state-owned Banco Nacional, or BNCR, have introduced the first "Black" debit card in Latin America, a product aimed at high-income customers. continue reading »

Matt Damon Vacations on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

U.S. actor Matt Damon, famous for such films as "Invictus" and "The Bourne Identity," is currently vacationing on the Pacific coast beaches of Costa Rica, media reports said. continue reading »

Top 5 Most Innovative Latin America Countries

The World IntellectualProperty Organization (WIPO), Cornell University, and INSEAD have released the annual "The Global Innovation Index" (GII). continue reading »

Illegal Gold Mining Threatens One of Costa Rica’s National Park Treasures

Illegal gold mining is posing a threat to Corcovado National Park, home to Costa Rica's most biodiverse forest, media reports said. continue reading »

Top Medical Tourism Destinations in Latin America

As healthcare costs continue to rise in the United States, many are looking to Latin America as a major medical tourism destination. continue reading »

Highest Life Expectancies in Latin America

Life expectancy is the average number of years a person would live if the mortality rate remains constant in the future. Variables such as the quality of healthcare, ongoing wars, obesity, and HIV/AIDS infections affect each country's life expectancy. continue reading »

WATCH: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano Roar (VIDEO)

WATCH as Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano roars to life early Tuesday morning which has resulted in more than 160 mini-earthquakes, according to the Observatorio Vulcanologico. continue reading »

Woman Dies from Lethal Butt Injections in Costa Rica

Costa Rican authorities are reporting the death of a 33-year-old woman from illegal buttocks injections. The unidentified victim received butt shots as a cosmetic procedure that became infected. continue reading »

Costa Rica Continues to Combat Coffee Fungus

Costa Rican authorities will begin on April 22 the distribution of packs of agrichemicals that will enable coffee growers to combat a fungus known as leaf rust, which affects some 65 percent of the country's coffee plantations. continue reading »

Costa Rica to Bring Internet Access to Every Public School

The government of Costa Rica announced Friday a plan to install access to the Internet in every public school in the country in order to reduce the digital divide and have better teaching tools. continue reading »

Costa Rican Hotels Focused on Offering Guests ‘Green’ Experience

In Costa Rican news, the hotel industry is now focused on offering guest a truly 'green' experience by constructing environmentally sustainable properties. continue reading »

Costa Rican Volcano Park No Longer Charging Admission Due to Violence

As the violence at Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal) continues, park officials have made the decision to no longer charge admission to the park. continue reading »

Costa Rican Zoo Welcomes First King Vulture Born in Captivity

Costa Rica's Zoo Ave has managed the first birth in captivity in Latin America of a king vulture, the zoological park said Wednesday. Zoo Ave, a respected animal rescue center, operates a zoological park located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. continue reading »

18 American Tourists Held at Gunpoint While Hotel Rooms Ransacked in Costa Rica

Costa Rican authorities in Talamanca, Limon are reporting 18 American tourists were held at gunpoint while their hotel rooms were ransacked. continue reading »

Costa Rican Murder Rate Down in 2012

The murder rate in Costa Rica fell slightly during 2012 to 8.9 per 100,000 residents from its level in 2011 of 10.3 per 100,000, authorities said Thursday. continue reading »