Visions Becoming Reality: Jaco Walk Focuses On Positive Growth

  Recently we had the opportunity to talk with Francisco “Chico”  Gonzalez, one of the administrators responsible for the ongoing development of Jaco Walk. Francisco is a “Jacobeño nativo,” a Jaco native. He was born in Jaco, grew up in Jaco and has deep roots here. His grandparents were part of the first family to […]

Turning Lifestyles Into Businesses: Hamburguesìa and LoVe Designs

Today, as many citizens of the U.S. and tourists celebrate the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, we are reminded of two things that never go out of style: hamburgers and bikinis. Both Adrian Vega of Hamburguesìa restaurant and Lorena Vera, of LoVe Designs, respectively, know this . Their businesses were created around and are […]

Community and Family Values Connect Jaco Walk Business Owners

Jaco Walk is quite the talk of the town lately. The new shopping center defies traditional style with an innovative, creative layout. Located in the center of Playa Jaco leaning more toward the south end, many new businesses have made their home here. Additionally, several established businesses have moved to this great location to be part […]

The Diverse and Historical Province of Alajuela

The city of Alajuela is also known as the “City of Mangos” due to the large number of mango trees found there. It is the capital of the second largest province in Costa Rica and located about 11 miles (17 km) northwest of  San Jose, along the General Cañas highway. The province contains one of […]

Temperamental Volcano Turrialba

The beautiful Turrialba Volcano is covered in dense vegetation and looks out over approximately 3,900 acres (1,577 ha) of mostly mountainous rain forest. It is the second tallest volcano in Costa Rica (Irazu being the first). A large area of the national park is composed of both primary and secondary rainforest, where it is common […]

Six Tips To Best Enjoy Easter Week In Costa Rica

Holy Week or Semana Santa is one of the busiest and most popular times to vacation in Costa Rica. Besides the international tourists that arrive, national public employees here have off all week. Schools are closed which means many Costa Rican families take this time to head to Guanacaste or other popular beach towns. Holy […]

The Exotic Hot Springs of La Fortuna

People come to Costa Rica for various reasons but it is a fact that many come to have a true vacation. Hot springs offer the opportunity to rest and experience rejuvenation by soaking in the thermal waters heated to therapeutic temperatures by a volcano. The majority and most well-known springs are located in the La […]

Scarlet Macaws and Crocodiles: A Visit To Carara National Park

Carara National Park ranks among the most popular of Costa Rica, perhaps due to its location. It it just an hour’s drive south of San Jose and 9.3 miles (15 km) north of the popular beach town of Playa Jacó. Established in 1978 as  a biological reserve, it was upgraded to a national park in […]

Prioritizing Education: Costa Rica Invests In Its Future Workforce

According to World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, Costa Rica performed highest for quality of education system in Latin America. Education has been free and mandatory since 1870. Literacy rate is near 98% and the number of Ticos learning English as a second language continues to grow daily.  The country’s educational system has […]

ExPats Enjoy Excellent Health Care Options

Health Care Overview Costa Rica has earned a solid reputation as having some of the best healthcare in Latin America. There are two systems available to expats including the government-run universal healthcare system, Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, known as Caja, and the private system. Both health systems are continuously being upgraded with new equipment […]