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The struggles of living in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an amazing place. The land of Pura Vida, a sunny place for shady people, and paradise on earth. But it’s not all coconuts and rum punch down here. The struggle is real. Here are just a few. Feel free to add yours in the comments. Nobody ever has enough change or the right change. Gasoline costs an arm and a leg. Can’t get a decent cup of coffee. Imperial and Pilsen are probably the most boring beers in…

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New bus service announced serving routes between Tamarindo and San Jose daily

Looks like Alfaro Bus Company is getting some competition with the recent introduction of daily service from Tamarindo to San Jose with Tralapa Bus Company. They will offer daily departures leaving Tamarindo at 7:30am and arriving in San Jose at 2:00pm, and leaving San Jose at 7:00am and arriving in Tamarindo at 4:00pm. Here’s the official printout from Tralapa: For a complete schedule of bus service to/from Tamarind check out our Ultimate Tamarindo Bus Schedule.

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Can you use a credit card in Costa Rica?

The short answer is yes, you can use a credit card in Costa Rica. They are accepted almost anywhere in the country. Now, for the longer answer. There are a number of times when you either DON’T want to pay with a credit card or you CAN’T pay with a credit card in Costa Rica. First, the CAN’T pay times: If a purchase is less than $5 at a store, supermarket, etc… Some smaller stores and restaurants accept cash only…

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Hillary Duff visits Costa Rica with boyfriend

Seems like the celebrities just can’t get enough of Costa Rica and the land of Pure Vida. On the heals of the Kardashians visit, Hillary Duff visited the Four Seasons Papagayo with her boyfriend. You can see all the pictures here: http://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Hilary-Duff-Her-Boyfriend-Costa-Rica-February-2017-43186808?stream_view=1#opening-slide From the looks of her personal Instagram account she visited one of the several beautiful nature parks in the country. A post shared by Hilary Duff (@hilaryduff) on Feb 16, 2017 at 7:55pm PST

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The Kardashians think Costa Rica is an island.

If you’ve been out of the news cycle for the past week, you might have missed that the Kardashians visited Costa Rica for the weekend. The Kardashians are not known as being the brightest of celebrity stars, and Kourtney Kardashian made the rookie mistake of thinking that Costa Rica was an island in one of her Instagram posts while down here. Island ting. A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Jan 27, 2017 at 10:33am PST Don’t worry Kourtney!…

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Fly from Pavas to SJO airport for $50. New air taxi service.

If you’re looking to avoid the congestion between Pavas International Airport (Tobias Bolanos) and Juan Santamaria International (SJO) there’s a new air taxi service offering rides for only $50 and the trip takes around 5 minutes compared to the 30-45 minutes by car. The ALAS Aeorotour operates the service between 6am and 6pm every day. You can make reservations by contacting the company at the numbers below:   The two airports are located only 10kms from each other, but traffic…

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Dogs happiest when listening to Reggae

Researchers out of the University of Glasgow in Scotland found that dogs are happiest when listening to Reggae and soft rock. Researchers studied how dogs there responded to different styles of music. “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences,” said Professor Neil Evans. “That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behaviour.” The full study can be read…

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The Kardashians coming to Costa Rica this weekend

Turns out when the United States sends its people to Costa Rica, they’re not sending their best. According to US Weekly, the Kardashians are set to arrive in Costa Rica for the weekend. Sources say that Kendall, Kylie, Khloé, Kourtney, Kim, Kris and [her boyfriend] Corey [Gamble], all the kids, and Scott [Disick] are going. Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna, Caitlyn Jenner and Kim’s husband, Kanye West will not be joining the group. This won’t be the Kardashians first trip to Costa…

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Costa Rica sues Nicaragua over disputed northern border

If good fences make good neighbors, then dirty rivers make for nasty land disputes. Costa Rica has filed a complaint against Nicaragua at the International Court of Justice because Nicragua established a military post on Costa Rican soil. The Nicaragua military post is on the Isla Calero in northeastern Costa Rica. “(Nicaragua) has installed a military post in a small strip of that Costa Rican territory. We took diplomatic steps … so that they would remove it, which did not…

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