Trivia, Odd and Weird Facts About Costa Rica

Below are some interesting, odd, trivia, tidbits and weird facts about Costa Rica. Some will make you smile, relate to and may even be educational. All in all, if you have some more, please put them in the comment section at the end of this this article. FOOD The first fast food chain was McDonald, which began in operations in Costa Rica in 1970. But in May 2011 it was shut down (and another) … [Read more...]

Costa Rica’s Mediterranean Fruit Fly – X-Rays and Regulations

In 2011 National Geographic had a photo contest and ironically one of the winners in the nature category was a picture of a fruit fly resting on a green coffee bean in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Obviously unknown to the photographer, it  implicated one of Costa Rica's worst nightmares is alive, well, and continues to threaten Costa Rica's multimillion dollar agriculture business. The Mediterranean … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Costa Rica

A few weeks ago at the Auto Mercado in Jaco, it was very evident that even if Thanksgiving is not a Costa Rican holiday, is sure is one of the most celebrated American holidays in Costa Rica. Signs were up for the holiday and products were already being displayed. Frozen turkeys, stuffing mix (including popular brands like Stove Top), salad fixing, sweet potatoes, green bean casseroles, mashed … [Read more...]

Chifrijo – A Costa Rican Meal or Snack

Last week we got two interesting emails; one "What is Chifrijo?"  and the other, "I had this dish [Chifrijo] at a Sunday la feria (farmers market)  it was fantastic -  I had never seen it before -  is this something new in Costa Rica?  Surprisingly, a few days later, I read a friend’s Costa Rica Blog  where he rant and raved about Chifrijo he had at some local event. It got me thinking, when did … [Read more...]

Costa Rica’s Internet Future – IPv6, Competition and Fraud

The world’s most advance technology will have it  20th Birthday on Aug, 8th; thats when the “World Wide Web (www)” first gained a public face in 1991. CERN, which straddles the border between France and Switzerland, publicized the new World Wide Web project, two years after,  British scientist Tim Berners-Lee had begun creating HTML, HTTP and the first few Web pages at CERN. The World Wide … [Read more...]

American Football is Alive in Costa Rica – Invited to Football World Cup in Mexico City, 2012

Back in April, 2009 we wrote about how Costa Rica was forming the Costa Rica Federation of American Football (FCFA) -  since then, the game is becoming more popular with its 3rd season. For more info, contact Cody Gear at 321-218-9209 or via email at codygear (at) codylgearandassociates dot com. Costa Rica has also been invited to the World Cup of American Football to be held in  Mexico City … [Read more...]

Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean – A Pirates Treasure

In the 1600s pirates combed Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast in search of Indian gold and trading ship’s merchandise. However their greatest find is still undiscovered by many today. Its enchanting, uncrowded beaches, distinctive climate and charming, carefree culture make Costa Rica’s south Caribbean a true treasure yet to be known. For nature lovers, Costa Rica’s Caribbean holds a treasure trove … [Read more...]

Atenas, Costa Rica – Retirement and Vacation Community

In 2004 my family and I decided to make our first trip to Costa Rica as a “research” mission to see if the Central America country would be a good candidate to purchase a vacation and/or retirement home. I had met Gerardo Gonzalez-Porras back in the Florida  (part owner of Pure Life Development), and being Tico he had told many stories about  but would never embellish too much, wanting each … [Read more...]

Fast Food in Costa Rica – Junk Food & Poster Child for Ad Pollution

I can not remember when the first US fast food joint opened up in Costa Rica, but when it did, I first thought, "Well, there goes a country." And since that time (I/m thinking around 1982 and a McDonalds) the tiny Central American country has been overrun with American’s fast food joints. Cruising San Jose, and driving the main drag in Jaco, and even in San Jose Airport , I swear nowadays, … [Read more...]

Stalking in Costa Rica – Stop Violent Predators Against Women

Recently we received the above video  that was on a website,  Stalking in Costa Rica. The video was very disturbing in parts.  The sender asked us for our help in spreading the word on this violent crime on women, and cyber awareness to this one particular grave situation in a hope to bring justice against this violent predator who was first talked about in Rip Off Report a few years … [Read more...]

Costa Rica Jewish Community – Schools & Synagogues

Costa Rica may well be Israel’s best friend among the states of the world, unswerving in its friendship since 1948 and the only state to maintain its embassy in Jerusalem. A green and eco-friendly land, approximately twice the size of Israel, Costa Rica lies some ten degrees above the equator, between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, rising from tropical beaches through rain forests to … [Read more...]

Traffic Cameras To Be Installed in San Jose

This week, I had to laugh when I learned that sometime before the end of this year the Policía de Tránsito (traffic police) are expecting to put in cameras to control traffic and ticket offending drivers in various parts of San Jose. The areas targeted for this is Parque La Paz, the autopista General Cañas and the autopista Florencio del Castillo and other "unnamed" locations. Cesar Quirós, … [Read more...]