How To Spend Two Days In La Fortuna

About two and a half hours, 90 km northwest of Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela, the district of La Fortuna encompasses the Arenal Volcano. This magnificent and famous landmark serves as a storybook backdrop for a town that will have you reeling from its breathtaking views, together with the sights and sounds of exotic birds, […]

Jaco’s Farmer Market Full Of Freshness, Flavor and “Calidad”

Every Thursday night from around 6:30 until 10 pm, Jaco’s Feria, or Farmer’s Market, kicks into gear. It continues the following morning starting around 7 am and going until approximately 2 pm. You will find an extensive variety of fresh local and national fruit, vegetables, cheeses, chicken, baked goods, organic coffee and other treats. The […]

Compassion Drives Community Efforts In Wake Of Tropical Storm Nate

Today Costa Rican communities are assessing the damage done by Tropical Storm Nate which has affected most of the nation in some way.  It has caused heavy rains, landslides and flooding which has blocked roads, destroyed bridges and damaged houses.  Hundreds of thousands of  people are without running water and thousands are sleeping in shelters, according […]

Experience The Magic of Ancient Costa Rica at Braulio Carillo National Park

Enchanted Forests Located on the volcanic Cordillero Central Mountain range between San José and Puerto Limón, Braulio Carillo National Park is one of the least visited yet most pristine national parks in Costa Rica. It is named after the third president of Costa Rica, Braulio Carillo, the national benefactor who promoted the cultivation of coffee. […]

Tortuguero National Park Ranks in Top Five Favorites

The Tortuguero National Park is located in the Limón Province of Costa Rica in the northeastern part of the country. It is ranked among the top most visited parks in Costa Rica in spite of not being easily accessible. You can find eleven different habitats at the park that are suited to its  very humid […]

Traditions Persist in Costa Rica’s Independence Day Anniversary

One of the year’s most important holidays, Costa Rica celebrates its 196th Independence Day anniversary this Friday September 15th. Festivities begin traditionally on September 14th, when the Torch of Freedom arrives in Cartago. The   torch represents Central America’s freedom  from colonial Spain. Every year, it makes the journey south  from Guatemala through five nations, arriving […]

Jaco Community Gives Warm Welcome To “The Swell Dealer”

Carly McDougall is from Northern Ontario, Canada. She first visited Costa Rica in 2014 on a family vacation and, like many people who visit Costa Rica, she fell in love with “the culture, tropical climate and Pura Vida attitude.” She was inspired to return in order to learn Spanish and seek personal growth. Carly secured […]

IPAI School Connecting Strangers Through Love of Languages

Breaking Barriers August Cano moved to Costa Rica from his native Peru 27 years ago due to social and political unrest that had placed his family in danger.  He finished a Teaching and Translation degree at ULACIT, the Latin American University of Science and Technology. He founded IPAI, Instituto Pacifico de Idiomas, in the city […]

Farid Rueda Living His Passion One Mural At A Time

 Artify Jaco’s most recent project to cover the community walls with the work of international artists has brought the talent of painter Farid Rueda to our community. Many people have had the chance to meet him and see his work in process as he transformed the wall facing supermarket Mas por Menos’s entrance with a […]

Walking By Faith: Romeria Pays Homage to Patroness Saint

The annual Romeria to the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles is a tradition for many, a new experience for some, a demonstration of faith for others, that pays homage to the patron saint of Costa Rica. A romeria is a religious pilgrimage. The term comes from romero/romeiro, which originally referred to a person on […]