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Many Ticos and expats believe the law that assesses a yearly tax on companies in Costa Rica is dead because of a recent Sala IV ruling that found parts of it unconstitutional. Some people are still years behind in their payments and are not a bit worried.

They should be. The law is still alive. The Registro Nacional still has the right to dissolve any company with three consecutive periods in arrears. The agency has the power to assess any past due amounts against any assets of the company.

For those unfamiliar with the tax, it is called the Impuesto a las Personas Jurídicas or Ley 9024. The tax started on April 1, 2012. It is now 3 years old, but four years of taxes are due at this time because as of Jan. 1 of each year, the whole year is due and payable.

Costa Rica’s constitutional court, the Sala IV, found only articles 1, 3 and 5 of the law unconstitutional in a decision Jan. 28. These articles were the heart of the legislation:

Article 1, created the tax on all mercantile,  limited companies and foreign branches in Costa Rica.

Article 3, set the tax amount and divided the payment into two types, one for active and another for inactive companies. Inactive entities pay 50 percent less than active ones.

Article 5, set the sanctions and fines for not paying the tax.

Now the not-so-funny part. The Sala IV said the creation, the amount and the sanctions to enforce it were illegal, but the country could still collect the illegal taxes due from April 1, 2012 to next Dec. 31.

Quizzing several legal professionals about the subject found they knew very little about the matter. Some of them did not even know about the Sala IV ruling. One CPA in an interview Saturday said he felt the law was dead. However, he also thought no one has to pay the past due amounts either, which is not the case.

In fact, the law is still in effect, and Article 6 is its bite. It reads as follows in English:

Non-payment of the tax imposed by this law for three consecutive terms shall be grounds for dissolution of the corporation, sole proprietorship, limited liability company or branch of a foreign company or its representative. The National Registry will send the notice of dissolution to the official newspaper, in accordance with Article 207 of the Commercial Code, and shall cancel the registration and entry of assets.

Debts arising from this tax constitute a legal mortgage or preferential preferred lien, respectively, in the case of real estate or personal property owned corporations, individual limited liability companies or branch of a foreign company or its representative.

Note the last three critical words, or its representative. This means if the national
registry cannot collect what is due for the tax against assets, it can go against any  legal representative personally:  Not just for the tax but also for interest, collection expenses and attorney’s fees.
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This could happen to those who do not pay

An active company that has not paid its taxes from the beginning of the law owes roughly 900,000 colons today or around $1,700. An inactive company owes roughly half that amount or 450,000 colons or around $850. When calculating collection costs for a debt in Costa Rica it is customary to estimate an additional 50 percent over and above the amount due.

Most legal professionals do agree about one thing. The national registry will not wait much longer to take action on collecting what is due now that the Sala IV has made a ruling.

One attorney estimated 275,000 out of the 575,000 estimated mercantile companies registered in Costa Rica are defunct. They are part of an estimated 420,277 companies currently behind on the tax, as reported by the Banco de Costa Rica in 2014.

The tax department wants its past-due money and more in the future. Will the legislature amend the current law? Will it be fixed by 2016? Will another new law replace the old one?

Attorney Allan Garro of Garro Law believes the law will be fixed but in Tico time. He said in an interview that he recently had a conversation with an important Costa Rican businessperson and politician. The contact said to him that no one is really doing anything about the matter at this time. Garro added that as things happen in this country, lawmakers will probably do something at the last moment. The country does not want to lose this money source.

In reality, it will probably not be very hard for the legislature to fix what is broken. The only reason the Sala IV found articles 1, 3 and 5 unconstitutional is due to a technicality. Those particular parts of the legislation were not properly published after changes had been made to them.
So, Law 9024 created the assessment on companies in Costa Rica. The meat and potatoes of the law creating the tax, amount and fines were found unconstitutional due to a technicality.

However, the highest court of the land says everyone still has to pay the illegal tax, and if they do not, their assets can be auctioned off by the national registry.

Garland M. Baker, a certified international property specialist, is a 45-year resident and naturalized citizen of Costa Rica. His firm’s team provides multidisciplinary professional services to the country’s international community.  Reach him at  Baker has undertaken the research leading to these series of articles in conjunction with A.M. Costa Rica.  Find the collection at, a free reprint is available at the end of each article.  Copyright 2015, use without permission prohibited.

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Police bag man with birds in a bag

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Residents of San Antonio de Bagaces were concerned that a vendor was keeping parakeet chicks in a sealed plastic bag as he strolled the streets looking for buyers. So they called police.

Police liberated the four chicks Saturday and detained the man as a possible violators of the wildlife laws.

Job seekers became prostitutes, agents say

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three women are accused of trapping women in San José into prostitution. Judicial agent detained the trio Friday in Tibás and Paso Ancho.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said the trio advertised for help in two San José bars and offered the employees housing on the premises. After a few weeks they would accuse the employees of taking money from the cash register and give them the remedy of working as a prostitute to make up the missing money.

Agents said that there were 16 women in the locations when agents arrived.

Robbers kill guard at isolated finca

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents said that robbers killed a guard at an isolated finca over the weekend.

A neighbor found the guard, who had the last name of  Hernández mortally wounded Saturday. The 68-year-old man died later at the Hospital de Guápiles from a bullet wound in the stomach, agents said.

The finca is in the mountains at a location called Colonia Kubujuki de Sarapiquí.  Intruders sacked two homes on the finca, agents said.

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After two years in Washington, D.C., the exhibition “Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed,” will travel to the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City, where it will open April 18 and remain on view through next Feb. 29,  said the Smithsonian Latino Center. The exhibit includes some Costa Rican ceramics.

"This incredible exhibition highlights the ancestral heritage and celebrates the cultural patrimony of Central America, said the Smithsonian. The exhibit includes more than 200 pieces of ceramics along with gold and jade.  The exhibit is a collaboration between the Center and the National Museum of the American Indian.

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The Inter American Press Association has expressed solidarity with Mexico’s Grupo Healy newspapers and condemned a media campaign initiated by the Baja California state governor to discredit three of its newspapers that had published reports about wrongdoing in the government.

Gov. Francisco Vega de Lamadrid and the mayors of five cities in the state published an announcement in local and national Mexican newspapers, claiming to be victims of blackmail and of defamatory reports by the Grupo Healy newspapers, said the press organization. They stated that in reprisal they would stage a commercial boycott of those papers.

This came after the newspapers La Crónica in Mexicali, Frontera in Tijuana and Frontera Ensenada in Ensenada, belonging to Grupo Healy, published a series of reports on the precarious economic and social situation in the state, and in particular on certain properties acquired by the governor during his term in office and his refusal to provide information about them.

Press organization President Gustavo Mohme expressed the organization’s solidarity with Grupo Healy. “This campaign to discredit,” he said, “shows that the newspapers are doing their job rather well.”

Mohme, editor of the Lima, Peru, newspaper La República, condemned the commercial boycott which he said takes a special dimension when the one carrying it out is the very government, “constituting an unlawful and illicit action with irreparable aggravating circumstances by its being the government itself the one that contravenes constitutional principles, going against private property, and limiting the public’s right to know about matters regarding the public administration.”

Grupo Healy rejected the complaints and said in an editorial by its president and editor-in-chief, Juan Fernando Healy, that “we do not extort, we report.” He added, “We defend the right to freedom of expression, not because we feel it gives us the power to say what we want, but to communicate to the people what we believe is important for the development of a more plural, participative and democratic society.”

Maduro gets his expanded powers

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuela's parliament granted President Nicolás Maduro new powers Sunday, enabling him to legislate by decree until the end of the year.  He says parliament's action Sunday allows him to defend the country from threats from the U.S. government.

Maduro asked for the expanded powers after the U.S. placed sanctions on several Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations.

Opposition leaders say the new powers are nothing more than a power grab designed to detract attention from Venezuela's domestic issues, including food shortages.

The president said he has prepared a letter for the people of the United States, denouncing what he said is U.S. aggression in Venezuela.

“I have a letter ready for the people of the United States and President Obama telling them the truths of Venezuela, denouncing the aggression of the decree that he signed, demanding in the moral name of the people of Bolivar that Barack Obama repeals the presidential decree that threatens our country,” said Maduro.

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Volcano remains calm on the exterior, but there is internal activity
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Turrialba volcano had not erupted since 9:07 p.m. Friday, as of 1 a.m. today.

That is typical of the volcano that has established a long routine of eruption and periods of calm.

The volcano experts warn, however, that the danger is not past. Experts at the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica say that the low emission of gas from the volcano suggest that there is some blockage inside the mountain. This will remain until the interior pressure of the volcano is high enough to remove it via another eruption, they said.

Volcán Turrialba did little damage in its week-long period of eruptions. And emergency officials were able to check their plans for a bigger event. Only four schools that are close to the volcano will remain closed today.

The chaos caused by the volcano was outside the emergency commission's game plan. Thousands of travelers were stuck at Juan Santamaría airport when officials closed the runways Thursday afternoon due to ash that had cut visibility and could have been damaging to aircraft engines.

Traveler's report on airport chaos

The airport did not reopen until Friday afternoon, and then operations were not at 100 percent. The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo said it sent bilingual guides to the airport to help travelers, but there were many reports of unhappy travelers who were not getting accurate information.

The tourism institute said that some 16,000 persons entered and flew out of the airport Saturday and that the passenger load was 30 percent higher than normal.

The institute also said that some airlines sent bigger aircraft to carry more passengers. United Airlines operated 12 flights Saturday.

The airlines took no responsibility for housing or feeding stranded passengers.
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Another view of an erupting Turrialba.

Those working with the emergency commission know how bad an eruption can be. They may have been children when Volcán Arenal erupted July 29, 1968, but they have seen reports. That disaster buried at least a dozen square kilometers under rock and ash. The volcano destroyed three communities, killed 87 persons and countless livestock.

Boulders the size of Volkswagens were propelled hundreds of meters, and hundreds of acres of agricultural land were ruined by gas and ash.

The Red Sismológica Nacional said that although there have been no eruptions since Friday night at Turrialba, there have been swarms of low-level earthquakes under the mountain. These show that the mountain still is active.

Brakes blamed for runway mishap

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A single-engine aircraft lost its breaks and skidded off the Quepos runway Saturday just before noon, said the Fuerza Pública.

The Cessna aircraft struck a fence alongside the runway. Damage was confined to the propellor and the cowling, said police.

The pilot was identified as David Castro and the copilot as Sabrina Suárez. Police said they were the only persons aboard.

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Airline customer service was non-existent on flight to nowhere Friday
By Peter Aborn*
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

While many people in Costa Rica were enjoying their sleep for the night, a group of travelers were preparing early Friday what they thought might be a short, uneventful trip to Managua and beyond.

Do you remember when travel, visiting other countries were exciting, you could barely sleep the night before, anticipating of a great adventure?

Well, this adventure was far from enjoyable.

It was 4 a.m. when the taxista rang the front doorbell. It wouldn't be light for another two hours. There was almost no traffic traveling to Juan Santamaria. Little did we know what lay in store for us and many thousands like us? When we arrived we noticed that there were more people than expected at this hour. We would soon realize that they were stranded since Thursday when the airport closed at 4 p.m. It was apparent that the airlines and airport authorities were not prepared to address emergency situations resulting from the awakening of the Turrialba volcano affecting the climate, air quality and conditions of the tarmac.

We were met by COPA Airline representatives who informed us the airport was closed and directed us to the check-in counter. This COPA employee provides details about the emergency closing and checked us in. She informed us that the airport is scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m. and our flight would leave shortly thereafter. That was to be the end of any information offered, courtesies or interest shown by any COPA representative.  

We continue to security to follow the protocol that will lead us to our departure gate. We arrive at Gate 6. This would be our home and for a lot of other travelers for the next eight hours

The information screen at the gate kept flashing delay, and that the next schedule advisory would be at 8 a.m., four hours later. It was the only reliable source of information anyone of us would receive all day.

For most of the time, there is no one to ask, for information. The COPA employees we all notice occasionally came to the gate area but to only share stories and jokes among themselves. They showed no concern for the growing numbers of travelers who are overwhelmed with the turmoil.

Meanwhile, with every passing minute, the airport swelled with more arriving people expecting to board their flight. New friendships and acquaintances are quickly formed. There was not much else to do. At last it was 10 a.m., but with another notice that they will make another announcement at 12 noon. After six hours waiting without any regular updates, sitting in chairs that make the back ache, nowhere to go, people began to complain: COPA is not caring about the well being of its customers.

COPA’s response: “Why are you so angry? It’s not our fault 
or responsibility.” There were elderly, people with histories of medical problems, mothers nursing infants. Did not the
 airlines care to make conditions tolerable? One employee did pass out some coupons for breakfast, but only to people who complained the loudest. Other employees ridiculed customers who were upset. "Why are you complaining?"

FYI: the food court, sells a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich for $13 and a drink for $8. After 10 a.m., the word is passed around by the other waiting travelers, NOT THE AIRLINES, that COPA is scheduling a flight at 5 p.m. to Managua but with limited space.

We soon realized that these continuous false promises and arrangements by COPA  were not realistic. Even if we were to travel to Nicaragua on the 5 p.m. flight, the day was lost, and we were paying the hotel just to sleep for the night.

COPA canceled the 5 p.m. flight to Managua at 2:30 p.m. The representatives at the airport refused to help with lodging and food. “The problem is neither the fault nor responsibility of COPA,” they said. It was later reported on the Channel 7 news that COPA decided to make flights to Panamá a priority and cancel other trips!

We were now told by a COPA rep at the desk that we can reschedule the flight with no penalty. We accepted the offer, and say adios and good luck to many new friends. We were told we need airline personnel to walk us out of the airport, retrieve our baggage and receive credit for the departure tax.

We returned to the COPA check in counter. By this time, there was a sea of humanity filling the entire floor of customer check-in for all airlines. People squeezed together to make room for us to pass. At the counter we were handed a small piece of paper with the number of their call center. "Please call this number." It was obvious these employees barely had time to breath.

I wondered where do these people think they were going? Why was COPA checking them in when COPA knew it was not going to fly them out?

After another taxi ride home, we tried the call center number. Their response: ‘'What problem? I don’t need to hear your story. You have until the 19th to use your ticket. Your schedule is not our problem" and on and on.

These people gave rudeness, disrespect, arrogance new meanings. No matter who we called, we were met with the same obnoxious disregard.

We decided to apply for a refund. We are told COPA will apply an $85 penalty per ticket. Huh?

Heads up. Be forewarned. If you use this airline, you may have the same experience.

To date everyone I have spoken with confirm our experience with COPA airlines providing even worse scenarios,

*Dr. Aborn is a long-time Costa Rican expat.

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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $950/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

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Conveniently located on the main road in Sabana 250 meters west from Pops Sabana. Alarm installed and fenced. Outside parking for 7 cars and 2 additional. Two story house, each 200m2, total of 400 m2. All services. Indoor garage for 4 cars. Large areas and patio. Roofed terraces. Rent $2,800. Contact: Gerardo Ortuño, 8820-0640 or 2253-3613. Email:

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Common areas of entertainment and internal parking. Office on the 5th floor reception, storage and monthly maintenance included, 2 parking spaces per office. Area 60 m2 per office (I have 2 offices)
Security building with reception 1st floor. Rent $900 without remodeling Contact: Gerardo Ortuño at 8820-0640 or 2253-3613 Email:

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Conveniently located just a 200-meter walk to the beach. In the favorite community of Las Palmas, this condo is a perfect vacation home and/or great for vacation rental income.  The condo is located on the 2nd level offering beautiful vaulted ceilings, front and back balcony, pool and mountain view. Screens in every window/door, Air condition in both bedrooms and at living room. The condo is in perfect condition. It has been recently painted and super well-kept, new appliances, fully furnished. Wired to have own washer dryer. It has been the residence of the owners since they built it. Never rented out to third parties. The owners are selling as they are moving to the Central Valley.  The community has a great-size pool and beautiful landscaping and large parking. Just step out your condo and in less than 5-minute walk be swimming in the ocean! A must see! Rate $795 per month. Contact Bob Mobile C.R. ( 506 ) 8392-7520. E-mail:

Two houses for rent inside Sarchí working coffee farm. We will be renting out only one of them, so choose which suits you best.

Casita - Roomy, fully furnished 1 bedroom/1 bath/ 1 guest room, office or storage room. Hi-speed     WiFi, private phone line, hot water, balcony with lovely view across the Central Valley. Includes
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(except for TV), Sky satellite, private phone line, washer and dryer, alarm system.  There are lovely verandas with views of Poás and Central Valley, raised beds for gardening and lots of fruit trees. A well-behaved pet MAY be negotiable. Rent is $750 plus utilities for long term tenant.

Our farm is in a small, quiet and very safe neighborhood in Sarchí Sur and is gated and guarded 24/7 and we live on-site. It's totally private and quiet, but less than a 5-minute drive to Sarchí central and 15 minutes to Grecia.  There are great places to walk as well. More info and photos at

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Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
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We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
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Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
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Tiny Vanuatu devastated
by category 5 cyclone Pam

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Relief supplies began flowing into Vanuatu Sunday after a devastating tropical cyclone slammed into the South Pacific island nation late Friday and Saturday.

Cyclone Pam, carrying winds up to 300 kph, destroyed entire villages, reduced buildings to timbers, tore off rooftops, downed power lines and toppled trees.

Aid workers described the situation as catastrophic.

Authorities have confirmed at least eight deaths and more than 20 injuries, but the toll is expected to rise as rescuers reach the most remote islands in the archipelago.

Aid workers were particularly worried about the southern island of Tanna. An official with the Australian Red Cross said an aircraft had managed to land there and aid workers confirmed there was widespread destruction.

Aid workers say virtually every building not made out of concrete has been flattened. Authorities have declared a state of emergency.

With communications and power lines down, officials have had a difficult time getting information as to the extent of the damage.

". . . even if information is limited, it is important to prepare for the worst," said Hannington Alatoa, head of the Vanuatu Red Cross.

Alatoa spoke from Japan where he was attending a U.N. conference on disaster risk reduction, along with Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale and other country officials.

Aid officials said the disaster could be one of the worst the Pacific region has ever experienced.

The cyclone affected at least half the population of Vanuatu, including about 54,000 children. Oxfam said water, sanitation and hygiene supplies are an urgent priority.

Witnesses in the capital of Port Vila described sea surges of up to eight meters (26 feet) and widespread flooding as the category 5 cyclone hit. Residents said the storm sounded like a freight train. Port Vila was strewn with debris and looked as if a bomb had gone off.

Formerly known as the New Hebrides, Vanuatu is a sprawling cluster of 83 islands and 260,000 people, 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) northeast of the Australian city of Brisbane.

It is among the world's poorest countries and highly prone to disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and storms.

Aid officials said the storm was comparable in strength to Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in 2013 and killed more than 6,000 people, and looked set to be one of the worst natural disasters the Pacific region has experienced.

Police shooting suspect
says cops were not target

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in the U.S. Midwest have made an arrest in connection with last week's shooting of two police officers during a protest outside of police headquarters.

The shootings took place early Thursday morning, just hours after the city's police chief resigned following a U.S. Justice Department report accusing the department of racially biased policing.

One officer was shot in the shoulder, the other in the face.  Both are expected to make full recoveries.

St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch said 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams told authorities he was firing at someone with whom he was in a dispute, not at the police officers.  Williams is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of armed criminal action.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the arrest "sends a clear message that acts of violence against our law enforcement personnel will never be tolerated."

U.S. delegation returns
to Cuba for more talks

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. delegation was traveling to Cuba Sunday for a third round of talks between the two countries about re-establishing diplomatic relations and easing economic and travel sanctions imposed decades ago.

Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson is heading up the U.S. delegation set to meet with Josefina Vidal, director-general of the U.S. division of Cuba's Foreign Ministry.

The historic talks between the U.S. and the Castro government began earlier this year. The development is opposed by many Cuban-Americans and others who say it legitimizes Cuba's Communist government that has been tightly controlled by Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl.

U.S. officials have said that discussions with Cuba would include improving the human rights situation in the country.

Ms. Jacobson said the two sides have discussed establishing civilian air links between the U.S. and Cuba, but that the date for human rights discussions has not yet been set.

Later this month, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is due to visit Cuba as a next step in talks aimed at boosting trade relations between the 28-nation bloc and the Communist state.

Ms. Mogherini will meet with her Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodríguez, her office announced Saturday. She is the highest-ranking EU diplomat to visit the island.

Ms. Mogherini's March 23-24 visit comes at a crucial time for negotiations between the two sides, the statement said.

"Cuba is facing a very interesting period, and the European Union is keen to see how we can take the relationship forward with strong momentum," it said.

The EU has been in talks with Cuba for the past year to increase trade and investment. Brussels lifted the sanctions on Cuba in 2008 after half a century.

U.S. cancels consular service
in Saudi Arabia for two days

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh has canceled consular services for Sunday and Monday in the Saudi Arabian cities of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran because of heightened security concerns.

In a statement issued Saturday, the embassy said the telephone lines would not be open either.

Fox News, citing an intelligence source, said the threat was serious enough that the facilities would have only essential staff over the next two days.

The embassy advised U.S. citizens to cancel all nonessential trips to Saudi Arabia and be extra cautious when traveling through the country .

The statement did not specify reasons for the extra precaution. It advised all Americans to avoid crowds, identify safe areas and prepare for emergencies while in Saudi Arabia.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the embassy statement or the Fox News report.

Friday, the embassy warned that Western oil workers in Saudi Arabia might be the target of militant attacks. The message did not identify the militants.

Survey says U.S. citizens
most irked with government

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It’s not the economy, immigration or terrorism. For the fourth month in a row, Americans think the number one problem in the United States is its government.

Eighteen percent of Americans said dissatisfaction with government is the top problem facing the nation, while the economy and jobs came in second place with 10 percent each, according to a Gallup poll which was conducted March 5 to 8.

“While dissatisfaction with government is by no means a new issue to the American people,” wrote Gallup’s Justin McCarthy, “it has not in recent months been as clearly the leading problem as it is now, given that fewer Americans mention the economy.”

Terrorism (6 percent) and national security (4 percent) are also still on the minds of many people.

The results aren’t a complete surprise. Recent polls show about three-quarters of Americans are unhappy with Congress, which is often accused of being out of touch when it comes to issues of importance to average Americans.

For example, a great partisan fight over immigration reform is currently taking place on Capitol Hill, despite recent findings from the Public Religion Research Institute that there is a consensus among Americans, 60 percent or six of every 10 people, about creating a path to citizenship for immigrants now living in the country illegally.

“The majority of residents in all 50 states say their preferred policy solution would be that immigrants that are in the country illegally should be allowed to become citizens provided they meet some basic requirements,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute. “This shows the debates we see at the elite level among partisans in Congress don’t always reflect the opinions of Americans on the ground.”

President Barack Obama fares a little better than Congress when it comes to public opinion. The most recent polling gives the president a 49 percent approval rating, while 50 percent disapprove.

Brazilians take to streets
seeking ouster of president

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets of cities across the country Sunday demanding the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff over government corruption.

Much of the public anger toward Ms. Rousseff stems from revelations of a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, which prosecutors call the biggest corruption scheme ever uncovered in Brazil. At least $800 million was paid in bribes and other funds by the nation's biggest construction and engineering firms in exchange for inflated Petrobras contracts.

Dozens of political figures, including close allies of the president, and former Petrobras executives, are under investigation. No one has been convicted yet, but 22 deputies, 13 senators and two governors have been implicated in the bribe-taking allegations. Some of the alleged wrongdoing took place while Ms. Rousseff was chairwoman of the Petrobras board. She is not being investigated.

In addition to the corruption scandal at Petrobras, Ms. Rousseff also is facing rising inflation and a Brazilian economy that is on the brink of recession.

Sunday's gatherings were mostly calm and festive, with little of the violence that tarnished a wave of massive demonstrations in 2013 when Brazilians protested spending to host the 2014 World Cup of soccer.

By late morning, thousands of residents, many dressed in the blue, green and yellow of Brazil's flag, crowded along Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beachfront, singing the national anthem and shouting "Dilma, Out!"

Bus crash toll in Brazil
is at least 49 persons

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At least 49 people died Saturday in southern Brazil when a tour bus plunged off a cliff, local officials said.

Authorities warned the death toll at the crash site in Santa Catarina state, in southern Brazil, could rise.

The bus, en route from the neighboring state of Parana, swerved off a curve and fell dozens of meters before crashing in a wooded area. Rescue crews were still trying to rescue survivors and recover the bodies of the victims late Saturday.

Police did not know how many passengers in all were aboard the bus or whether the driver was one of the victims. Rescue workers said at least six survivors have been pulled from the wooded ravine where the bus landed.

Pope speculates on length
of his time in top office

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election Friday with a prediction that he would not be pope for long.

"I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief — four or five years," he told Mexican broadcaster Televisa. "I don't know. Or two or three. Well, two have already passed."

Francis said he did not dislike being pope but missed his freedom.

"The only thing I would like is to be able to go out one day without anyone recognizing me and go to a pizzeria to eat a pizza," he said.

The Argentine-born pontiff has indicated he could retire like his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Last year, Francis jokingly said he might die in two or three years.

Commemorating his anniversary Friday, the 78-year-old pope also announced an "Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy." The year will begin Dec. 8.

The last two extraordinary holy years were 1933 and 1983, marking the 1,900th and 1,950th anniversaries of Jesus' death and resurrection.

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Francis has been hailed for his openness and tolerant approach to issues such as homosexuality and divorce.

Within the church, his views have not been received well by everyone, but they have drawn praise worldwide.

During his two years as pope, Francis has visited Eastern Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.

In September, he is set to become the fourth pope to visit the United States since Pope Paul VI traveled to New York City in 1965.

Francis is traveling to the U.S. to attend a global conference on families in the eastern city of Philadelphia. Speaker John Boehner of the U.S. House of Representatives said this month that Francis would also visit Washington and address Congress. Church officials have said the United Nations in New York will most likely be another stop on his trip.

Three teens held in London
for plan to join terrorists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Three male British teenagers allegedly seeking to join Islamic State extremists in Syria have been arrested in London, after being deported from Turkey.

Scotland Yard police Sunday did not identify the three suspects but said they were detained Friday in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Turkish media reports say the trio, two age 17 from northwest London and a third age 19, were arrested after a flight from Barcelona.

All three face charges of violating Britain's 2006 Terrorism Act.

Turkish sources say the 17-year-olds were arrested after tips from British authorities, while the 19-year-old was detained after questioning by airport police.

These arrests come just weeks after three British schoolgirls gained international attention by fleeing London for Istanbul.  Days later, Turkish authorities said the girls had crossed into war-torn Syria and likely joined the extremist group.

Western security analysts estimate that 600 young Britons have gone to Syria or Iraq to join militant groups, including the purported executioner featured in Islamic State videos showing beheadings of hostages. 

In revised figures released last month, U.S. analysts say 20,000 foreign fighters from 19 countries have joined Islamic State, including at least 3,400 recruits from Western countries.

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A typical wind farm with many turbines.

Scientists seek efficiency
in wind farm turbines

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Modern wind turbines usually operate in groups or so-called wind farms, some of them with more than 100 turbines.  But the air turbulence they create decreases their overall efficiency. Scientists at Vanderbilt University are trying to solve this problem.

Wind energy is cheap and sustainable, and the number of installed wind turbines is rising everywhere in the world.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, wind turbines now supply nearly 5 percent of electrical power in the United States.

The average efficiency of wind turbines is about 50 percent.  But because of the turbulence they create, their interactions with each other in a wind farm tends to lower that number.

Observing what they call the conversation of three turbines placed in a wind tunnel, scientists at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, are trying to find a way to reduce the adverse effects of the wake turbulences.

Engineering professor Doug Adams, the team leader, says the turbine blades are fitted with sensors.

“We use that sensor to track the motion, to do motion tracking of the blade but monitor also what we call the dynamic response.  So every time a blade moves we are monitoring it and that tells us something about that conversation that is happening from one turbine to the next,” he said.

Adams says the sensors feed data to computers, which constantly adjust the rotors' blades compensating for the loss of energy due to the wake effect.  The benefit comes not only in increased output but also in the reduction of wear on the turbine’s mechanical parts.  Savings of only 2 to 3 cents per kilowatt hour, he says, could mean a lot for turbine operators.

“That is a game changer from the standpoint of the viability of wind energy.  It becomes absolutely competitive with the fossil fuels that we rely on today.  Without subsidies it starts to become cost-competitive,” says he.

Adams says mutually-adjustable turbines could lead to wind farms producing more energy with smaller numbers of units, while reduction of fatigue may prolong their usefulness by as much as 10 years.

Intel science search draws
sophisticated research

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Some of the brightest high school students in the United States showcased their ground-breaking math and science research at the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Forty high school seniors, who came up with new technologies and scientific breakthroughs, competed for the top prizes of $150,000. Their innovations included a blood testing kit for smartphones and a computer that identifies potential new drugs to combat disease.

Diseases like cancer, tuberculosis and ebola kill millions of people each year. By combining computer technology with biochemistry, 17-year-old Anvita Gupta identified new medicines to combat these illnesses. She used an innovative technique to get a computer to look for potential drugs, earning a third place award at the competition, and $35,000.

“I actually found four new tuberculosis drugs. They’re natural compounds that have been screened from the ocean, isolated from the ocean near China,” said Miss Gupta.

The search to cure skin cancer began as a personal quest for Emily Ashkin, after her mother was diagnosed with the disease. She took a novel approach to enhancing a treatment that uses the body’s own immune system T-cells to help fight melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  

“I discovered how to make the cancer cells more recognizable to the killer T-cells by using chemotherapy treatment, by using drugs to manipulate the cancer cells, slow them down, and make them more vulnerable and susceptible to the killer cells to be able to recognize them,” said Miss Ashkin.

Early malaria detection can save many lives. A smartphone that detects the parasites that cause malaria and other blood diseases may be the wave of the future, especially in developing countries.

Tanay Tandon created a low-cost microscope lens that attaches to a smartphone camera. Photos of patient blood samples give rural doctors a tool to quickly identify parasites.

“The thing that I was targeting this towards is in rural areas," say Tandon. "There’s devastating parasite mortality rates because a lot of times these diseases go undetected.”

Cutting edge technology is helping these high school students make real scientific advances, according to Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation, sponsor of the competition.

“Most of these students are doing work that’s certainly sophisticated enough that it would be at the senior levels of university level research," she said.

And that includes the work of Dhaivat Pandya, who thinks he’s found a way to increase the available bandwidth on large computer networks, including the Internet, which continues to grow worldwide.  
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The price is right!  Asking only $140,000 with terms, but your cash offer will buy it for less in this distress sale.  This clean and modern two-bedroom, one-bath home wastes none of its 102 m2 and the very large 1,129 m2 lot was intended for an apartment project that divorce terminated prematurely.  The emotionally-bruised owner has returned to the U.S., never to return to Costa Rica, has no heart to manage even this very desirable rental property from a distance, just wants out.  Her plan was excellent, but now someone else gets to benefit instead.  Only a three-minute walk to central park in La Fortuna yet quiet and private, the property features a superb volcano view.  Perfect for the future retiree who wants to buy now and have the property carry itself until that time comes while earning perhaps 6%-12% on their investment in the meantime, or for today’s retiree who wants to build the apartments and retire on a very comfortable income.  Not everyone’s cup of tea but money to be made for the right person.  For interior pix email or phone 8377-8402.

Finca home
 Little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica.       

16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 k) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos.  We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. For more  information: In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 720-951-7928 or email In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515

Barrio Peralta
Barrio Francisco Peralta
Grom Casa Italia, 200m south and 200m east, dead end, last property on the left side. Land size 461.15 m2, construction 340 m2 Part of the existing furniture can be negotiated by separate of the purchase. Contact: Gerardo Ortuño at 8820-0640 or 2253 3613. Email:

Escazu house
Residential area. 5 minutes from center of Escazú
Lot 489 m2 (5,166 sq ft). Building 220 m2 (2,368 sq ft + 50 m2) Living room, kitchen 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, walk-in closets bedroom for domestic, laundry, hot water tanks, maid’s room, 2-car garage, additional parking space All services. Financing available. Sale $275,000. Rent $1,500 Contact: Gerardo Ortuñ,o 8820-0640 or 2253-3613. Email:

cndo rollover

In Alajuela , Penthouse in best location with views from all rooms. Quiet and private. Cheap to run. Extra large kitchen and balcony. Financing possible. Completely well furnished with $20,000 cost, including custom large kitchen and many cabinets. 10 minutes to Multiplaza, airport and close to highway 27, beach 45 minutes. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + office. Open plan granite kitchen to living room. Wheelchair accessible, covered parking place by entrance. Large pool, jacuzzi, gym and tennis. Areas for walking and running. The best location in the complex. Close to all and only $127/month maintenance. Price $125,000. Write or call at:  8391-2080, 2220-2243.

Arenal home
LAKE ARENAL - Like new 3-bedroom, 3-bath, furnished, super views of lake, volcano, ranches, forests, mountains, 1 mile from town, gated. $195K. Contact Joe, Phone number 506-2694-4538. Email: Web:

Playas del Coco home
Playas del Coco  Unique opportunity, multiple possible uses, project property! i.e. large home, b&b, hostel, rooming house, retreat, or business?

The property consists of 2,200 sf of construction, pool, bodega, garage, 1,126 m2 lot (adjacent 550M2 vacant lot available to purchase), and is only a 3-minute walk to the beach. Google @: 10˚54’23.80”N  85˚70’41.40”W There is a well for irrigation, in ground sprinkler system, 5,000 liter in ground reserve water tank, fruit trees, palm trees, shrubs, and many flowers. The property is walled on 4 sides with 2 entrances. There is hot water throughout the house. The property has municipal water, telephone line, Internet, and cable. The property is in a clean & up to date LLC for easy transfer. The property taxes are less than $600. on a valuation of approximately $196,000.
Price $159999. Less than replacement. Contact for more info & pictures: 6283-1172 CR  or 00507 6620 3201  Panamá.

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:  
Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085  
Email:   Web:

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Total area of the property is 23 hectares at $425,000. There's an option to buy 2 sub lots, the first one is land with no construction of 890 sqm at $19,900. The second, 1,700 sqm including a small house, for the price of $65,000
Located 300 meters from the south Jacó . First house is 110 sqm with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom,  private pool, A/C, kitchen and separate laundry. Second is a 120m, two-story house with 2 bedrooms, There's a small lot has its own entrance and is perfect for building  $280,000.
This 115 sqm condo is located four blocks from the heart of Santa Ana. It is a corner unit with a view of the green area from your living room. Two bedrooms, a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Kitchen is clean and modern. Home is in good condition, and ready to move into. $132.000.
Contact Jo-Anne  Cell phone number: 506 8310-2915
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Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

Atenas home
This developer's prime lot with super house is being offered in Roca Verde, 7,006 M2 of gentle grade, all landscaped for tropical effect, 3 bedrooms 2 baths with tile floors and hardwood kitchen, near the entrance of the neighborhood. Great floor plan on this one! There is a double carport, and a large patio and pool, wheelhouse style living room and many other features. View, large usable lot, close to town, nice, oh yeah. $495,000.

Maneul Antonio
Manuel Antonio Estates focuses on building vacation homes for clients within Manuel Antonio Estates and Palmas Pacifica. We take care of the details from permits and design to supervision of construction and management of the rentals, if needed. We provide privacy and security, and our gated community offers shared common recreational facilities, beautiful landscaping and parking areas. Our homes and lots are located just minutes from the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you've ever considered buying a second home, just minutes from the beach, do not hesitate, if you have any questions or would like to request more information please take full advantage of our Costa Rica real estate services and contact us today!
Manuel Antonio Estates    1 800 346-9724  (506) 8815-9606.

Ciudad Colon
Great Deal!! Apartment in condo with pool and extensive green areas:
Ciudad Colón, San José $112,000
The apartment has a master bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom with bath tub, and a smaller second bedroom/office with air conditioning. It has a second full bathroom, living/dining room, laundry room with hot water tank and storage area. The kitchen comes with granite countertops, a breakfast bar and new dishwasher. It has 82 m2 of construction. 2 balconies with beautiful views of the river and mountains. Private parking for one car. Elevator and a well presented reception area. Located in a very quiet and private neighborhood just 400 meters from the centre of Ciudad Colón. Within minutes to all major amenities in Santa Ana and Escazú. Easy access to the beach (less than 1.5 hrs).  24-hour security, visitor parking, pool, extensive and lush green areas, BBQ area, children’s playground and its own water treatment plant. Contact (506) 6022-9294 or 6022-9967, for further info or to arrange a viewing.

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Outrageous blowout prices on oceanfront condos in Los Sueños!

Located in the private Bay Residence enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Sueños Resort and Marina, there are three gorgeous units available at unbelievable bargain pricing from $589,000.  All of these beautiful units are three bedrooms and two baths, 2,200 square feet, fully furnished and ready to move in.  Development includes a gym, access to 3 pools, jacuzzis, BBQ areas and the Beach Club.  If you’ve always wanted to own in Los Sueños, now is the time!  Contact  or call 8702-0778.  From U.S. call 209-482-1788.

Top floor unit: $649,000   Second floor unit: $675,000  Garden unit: $589,000

Newly available in Roca Verde
Well-built home of 215 m2, 3 bedrooms, two bath on 1,150 m2 of lot, with attractive rock retaining wall, carport, and a pool. Indoors there are high, vaulted hardwood ceiling, bright rooms, a laundry room.  The floor is ceramic tile in pastel shades. $247,000. Photos: 2446-5587.

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya.7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 ft. elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. $199,000 Contact   Check out slide show HERE!


Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at  See property video here:

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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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Fantastic location for condo/ hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot. incredible views. Flexible zoning $2.3 M 
Easy to get liquor license.
Low interest financing
Call Bruce at: (506) 8307-0164.

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:   Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085   Email:   Web:

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Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact:

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San José, Costa Rica, Monday, March 16, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 52
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One way to speed up the garden clock!

“The only way to buy time,” said my friend Shirley “is to buy a mature fruit tree.”   Hmmm.  She’s right, you know.  You can go to most any vivero and buy a little fruit tree in a gallon pot for less than $10.  Then you go home, dig a suitable hole, fertilize it properly, and wait. That
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wait can take seven or eight years, and then you find out that the variety isn’t what you wanted.   When we moved to Costa Rica, there were spindly orange trees in all the wrong places so we moved them.  Three years later, they have no fruit.  Bah!

But waiting?  As was said in “The Princess Bride:” “I hate waiting. 
Isn’t there anything I can do to speed things up?”  (Shirley answered that one).  But we have found a new place to buy fruit trees, mature ones; fruit trees that will reward you with oranges or pink grapefruit or just about anything you want in less than two years. Quite often, the trees are delivered with buds that will produce fruit in months.  Where is it?  Cocobolo Tree Farm ( between Cañas and Liberia. 

This is no tiny vivero tucked into someone’s yard (I love those) or spread out over a hectare, this is 17 acres of trees of all sizes and ages.  On our walk through with the garden club, we were offered ripe, sweet, red grapefruit from some of the trees and they were quite a treat.   Those are the trees we had delivered. 

Yes, there will be transplant shock, and we will do everything we can to reduce its impact.  No, I don’t really expect a huge harvest next month but I am not going to have to wait for years for that harvest either.  I am buying time.

Buying time is important to me right now because I am mumble-mumble years old.  I get cranky thinking about waiting for even five years before harvest.  Do I have waiting-to-harvest trees?  Yes, my coconuts.  They are now 2 years old and won’t fruit for another four or five.  So much for coconut cake, but it is, after all, not my favorite.  Grapefruit, real sweet red grapefruit, is a favorite, and I am willing to pay for an early harvest.

So, there we are.  If you bought a property with a large mango or manderina tree that is already producing fruit, or a vigorous avocado to enjoy with breakfast, you are fortunate.  But if you want to buy time, look for a mature tree and dig a nice big hole.  You won’t regret it.

Plant of the Day
My newly delivered Valencia orange is today’s plant.  This 30-gallon tree will be moved by ox cart to a new spot in the yard.  My biggest worry now is that the leaf cutter ants are going to take one look, rub their feelers together in joyful anticipation and decide that this is what’s for dinner.  Fingers crossed!

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Cheaper euro might revive European economy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The surging dollar and plunging euro are making problems for U.S. exporters and bargains for American tourists and shoppers. Some top economists say the currency mismatch could, eventually, help revive the sagging European economy.

The euro has fallen sharply, hitting its lowest level in 12 years compared to the dollar. 

Carnegie Endowment international economist Uri Dadush said Europe’s faltering economy is hurting its currency. 

“A big gap has opened between the performance of the U.S. economy in particular and the Europeans,” said Dadush.

European officials are working to revive economic growth by pushing down long-term interest rates through a complex program called quantitative easing. 

Lower interest rates make it easier for businesses to borrow the money needed to buy new buildings and equipment to expand operations and hire more people.

Low interest rates also mean investors take their money elsewhere, however, in search of better returns. That reduces demand for euros and causes the value of the currency to fall.

By contrast, the United States cut interest rates some time ago, has resumed growing, and is getting ready to raise interest rates. That is attracting more investment, boosting demand for dollars, and raising the value of the greenback.

PNC Bank economist Gus Faucher said the expensive dollar is creating some headwinds and slowing down  the U.S. economy. 

“The stronger dollar against the euro that makes imports to the United States less expensive, makes exports from the U.S. abroad, to Europe and other places, more expensive, so that’s a drag on growth,” said Faucher.

Faucher says the strengthening U.S. economy will overcome these headwinds and continue growing, cutting unemployment and boosting wages this year.

In the meantime, the weak euro is making European exports a relative bargain on world markets, boosting demand for them and helping the companies and countries that export products.

“It is definitely going to help, the Europeans in particular," said economist Dadush.

The current sharp differences between the U.S. dollar and the euro may ease over time. When Americans buy a lot of foreign goods, but sell fewer exports, the resulting trade deficit subtracts from economic growth and will tend to reduce the value of the dollar. The cheap euro will boost European exports, and tend to increase economic growth, and strengthen that currency.