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Corporate Tax Day Approaches in Costa Rica and Only 9 out of 10 Businesses Have Paid

Last Friday was the dreaded date for annual corporate taxes in Costa Rica to be paid. And either many businesses in the country forgot or they do not intend on paying continue reading »

Costa Rican Authorities Investigating Death of Hundreds of Sea Turtles

A formal investigation was launched Tuesday to determine the cause of death of about 280 sea turtles in the Gulf of Dulce, on the southern Pacific coast, a situation that was denounced by environmentalists, the Costa Rican Environment Ministry said. continue reading »

Woman on Trial for Killing Husband in Costa Rica, Says He Committed Suicide

Woman on Trial for Killing Husband in Costa Rica, Says He Committed Suicide

This week marked the start of Anne Maxin Patton’s trial. Patton is accused of killing her wealthy husband and is also facing charges in relation to the trafficking of diamonds. continue reading »

Property Taxes on ‘Luxury’ Homes in Costa Rica Increase 10-Fold

Property Taxes on ‘Luxury’ Homes in Costa Rica Increase 10-Fold

The Ministry of Hacienda Tax in Costa Rica has readjusted the property values of ‘luxury’ homes therefore increasing real estate taxes ten-fold. continue reading »

Costa Rican Women Protest Want to be Able to Breastfeed in Public

Costa Rican Women Protest Want to be Able to Breastfeed in Public

About 100 women on the weekend nursed their babies in public in this capital to protest the decision by a Costa Rican shopping center to prohibit one of their number from doing so last week. continue reading »

Former Model’s Rear Disfigured by Costa Rican “Plastic Surgeon”

Former Model’s Rear Disfigured by Costa Rican “Plastic Surgeon”

A former model is suing the Costa Rican doctor she says caused severe deformities to her butt. The doctor, who only had his last name released (Vargas Scott) reportedly performed an “ae continue reading »

Costa Rica to Receive $100M Loan to Improve Preparedness Against Natural Disasters

Costa Rica to Receive $100M Loan to Improve Preparedness Against Natural Disasters

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $100 million contingent loan to help Costa Rica cushion the impact that severe or catastrophic natural disasters could have on its public finances. continue reading »

WATCH: Filmed in Costa Rica, Will & Jaden Smith Star in ‘After Earth’  (VIDEO)

WATCH: Filmed in Costa Rica, Will & Jaden Smith Star in ‘After Earth’  (VIDEO)

Earlier this year, we reported Will Smith and his son Jaden were filming M. Night Shyamalan's science fiction thriller After Earth in Costa Rica. Now, we finally get to see the trailer for the upcoming film, and we have to say -- It looks amazing. continue reading »

Costa Rica to Boost Innovation with $35 Million Loan

Costa Rica to Boost Innovation with $35 Million Loan

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of a $35 million loan to Costa Rica for a program that will help boost productivity by supporting innovation and human capital formation in strategic sectors. continue reading »

Swiss Passenger on Spanish Airline Stung by Scorpion on Plane

Swiss Passenger on Spanish Airline Stung by Scorpion on Plane

A scorpion stung a passenger on a flight from Costa Rica to Spain, which forced the sealing of the Iberia airlines Airbus 340 at Madrid's Barajas International Airport, a continue reading »

Costa Rican Authorities Seize More a Kilo of Cocaine

Costa Rican Authorities Seize More a Kilo of Cocaine

Costa Rican authorities announced Thursday the seizure of 1,068 kilos (2,352 pounds) of cocaine aboard a fishing boat off the country's Pacific coast. The Costa Rican-flagged vessel was intercepted Wednesday b continue reading »

Starbucks Sells $7 Costa Rican Coffee - Its Most Expensive Yet

Starbucks Sells $7 Costa Rican Coffee - Its Most Expensive Yet

Coffee giant Starbucks recently began selling a Costa Rican cup ‘o’ joe for up to $7 per cup. Starbucks is now offering Costa Rica Finca Palmilera, which is made from Geisha, continue reading »

Costa Rica to Improve Education Infrastructure with $167M Loan

Costa Rica to Improve Education Infrastructure with $167M Loan

Costa Rica will improve the physical conditions of educational infrastructure, the learning environment, and the efficiency in elmentary and secondary schools with a $167 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). continue reading »

EU, Latin America End 20 Year “Banana War”

EU, Latin America End 20 Year “Banana War”

Officials from the European Union and 11 Latin American nations gathered here Thursday at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization to sign a pact ending a two-decade-long dispute over banana tariffs. continue reading »

Missing Mexican Journalist Body May Have Been Found in Costa Rica

Missing Mexican Journalist Body May Have Been Found in Costa Rica

Investigators are trying to determine whether a body found last week in a vacant lot in San Jose is that of a Mexican journalist who disappeared in June, the press reported. continue reading »