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Metropolitan housing options become unaffordable
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
An average worker with an average salary in the Gran Área Metropolitana, is unable to buy a house, according to a research published by the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The study was developed by student Carlos Gonzalez at the Escuela de Ingeniería at the Universidad de Costa Rica, as part of his thesis as a doctoral degree candidate.

Zamora said he did an analysis based on the average household income of the
Gran Área Metropolitana, as reported in the Household Survey of the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos in
2015, to compare it with the prices of the condominiums being sold.

González analyzed the cost of condominiums and apartments that are currently being offered on the market and what income is required to qualify for a loan by banks.

“Then we noticed that a large percentage of the population would not have access to that housing offer that is being given,” explained Zamora. ”Little less than 20 percent of the Gran Área Metropolitana population could actually afford what’s being sold."

The research says the market is, to a certain extent, satisfying effective
demand (with financial back-ups), but there is a potential demand (without financial back-ups) that is not being covered by the current housing options.

The situation could be more serious considering that financial institutions request a percentage of indebtedness
that represents a maximum between 30 percent and 50 percent of the monthly
net income of the household.

In this regard, the investigation shows
that loans would be granted mostly to those who have no other debts, since
bank analysis is done once the corresponding formal request for a loan
is filed.

“What was analyzed is if the applicant's salary is higher than what the calculation shows, which in turn is associated with the loan amount, to verify the ability to pay," the study said.

The research draws attention to the fact that, although the sales prices of housing projects are high, the area of ​​housing that is received in return is small.  For example, a 33 m2 apartment in Pavas costs about $100,000.
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The investigation shows that loans would be granted mostly to those who have no other debts.

The study also shows the most affordable housing projects are located in the districts of Ulloa, Alajuela, Pavas, Purral, San Antonio de Alajuela and San Rafael de Alajuela, while the most expensive housing projects are located in San Francisco de Heredia, Escazú, Pavas, Santa Ana, Mata Redonda and San Rafael de Escazú.

This means there is a situation where the market is not truly inclusive; this is why low-income households aspire to smaller, subsidized housing options.

"That is to say, there is a market, until now very little exploited, that could opt for a housing solution if the conditions were more accessible," the report explains.

The study raises the question of  “why developers have not realized that there is a considerable potential demand that is in need of another type of housing solution with a sale price lower than what is available today."

“It would be important to analyze the socioeconomic conditions of people or families who are currently buying housing projects to determine, for example, whether they are nationals or foreigners, couples, small families or even people who are not need the housing unit properly but purchase it for renting purposes. "

In this regard, the document adds that "those who end up owning the homes offered at high prices are people who have already satisfied their housing need and take advantage of market conditions to make a profit.”

"For example, it is common to see that in the most exclusive residential projects, and even in the most accessible, there are owners of several housing units that make them available to the population with rental options."

According to the 10th report of the Estado de la Nación, the metropolitan area region is mostly a middle class one with concentrations of poor people crowded into small areas."

Higher education missing quality approvals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Out of 1,800 careers offered by the all the universities registered in the country, only 126 have the quality assurance certification granted by the Sistema Nacional de Acreditación de la Educación Superior, according to the Sixth Report on the State of Education.

The Sistema is a national office in charge of promoting the permanent improvement in the quality of Costa Rican higher education.

The low accreditation level raises concerns about the effectiveness of the Institution. The lack of certification does not mean the degrees are invalid.

Out of 126 accredited careers, 58 percent are offered by one of the five state universities; the remaining ones are
taught in one of the 54 private colleges, according to the researcher, Valeria Lentini.

According to her findings, out of every
10 degrees awarded yearly, only three
are delivered from a public university, meaning the universities that have the least accredited degrees are the ones that are graduating most students.

In the past, the Sistema has responded to these claims saying they are adding more degrees to the accreditation list every
year despite it is a voluntary process.

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The accreditation process has been questioned
by the some experts

The academic center with the most accredited degrees is the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica with 32 percent from the total academic offer; followed by the Universidad Estatal a Distancia with 15 percent; the Universidad Nacional with 10 percent; and the Universidad de Costa Rica with 7 percent. All combined private universities account for seven of all accredited degrees.

The National Council of Rectors has criticized the Sistema for not getting closer to the universities and making the accreditation process attractive. The council also complained about the economics of the accreditation process. To join the Sistema, colleges pay $8,000 upfront and an additional $7,300 for each degree evaluated.

Other experts have proposed criteria of foreign examiners be included, stating the current process uses a subjective analysis and ignores important details of the Costa Rican context.



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New agreement encourages entrepreneurship
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social and the Municipalidad de Cartago have signed an agreement to push entrepreneurship among elder citizens.

The program seeks to support those who are developing a project and to help people to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for productivity. It also seeks to foster the creation of a local network of elder adult entrepreneurs so they can share that knowledge, according to the agreement.

The document signed by the Minister of Labor Alfredo Hasbum Camacho and the Mayor of Cartago and Rolando Rodríguez Brenes, looks to establish new ways to approach this part of the population.

"We are pleased to sign this agreement as part of the celebration of the month of the elderly, while strengthening our social,” said Hasbum. “They’re people strong enough to generate entrepreneurship  ideas that will keep them active at this moment in their lives, so we will always be in the greatest willingness to keep these initiatives alive:”

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Elder population seeking to do business
got government support.

The interinstitutional agreement resulted from the joint coordination between the Municipality of Cartago and the Department of Recreation, Promotion and Social Assistance to the Worker of the National Social Security Directorate, which will be in charge of the process of
implementing the agreement during the a fixed term of 5 years, which may be automatically extended for equal periods.

Animals affected by storm get special care
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Nearly 140 officials of the Servicio de Salud Animal at the  Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería are assigned to care for animals affected by the storm Nate.

Currently, they are focused on the delivery of food to and veterinary care of affected animals, in order to assess and improve their health status, as well as to the evaluate the damages caused in the farms and livestock establishments to which access has been granted.

Veterinarians from the Servicio, with the support of the Veterinary Medicine School of the Universidad Nacional, the International Humane Society and the Universidad Técnica Nacional are currently touring the small communities of Filadelphia, Guanacaste, with the aim of providing veterinary care to all animals with some type
of problem.

"Thanks to citizens and private companies, who have responded to the institution's call to collaborate with the emergency, we have managed to distribute 53, 000 kilos
of food for farming animals and pets," said Bernardo Jaén, general director at the Servicio.

But help is still needed.

More donations are necessary to feed farm animals, including hay, concentrates and nutritional powders.  In addition, pets are in need of food, drinking water, clean or new blankets, basic veterinary drugs, collars and leashes.
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Livestock should remain away from places
risking landslides and flooding.

These donations can be made at any of the eight Regional Directorates of the Sistema located throughout the country or by calling at 2587-1600.

Also, owners are reminded to keep livestock and farm animals away from areas of high risk for landslides and floods and move them to high, safe places with enough food.

Also pets should be kept in safe places, untied, photographed and properly identified.

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Hospital Calderón Guardia buys hundred of wheelchairs
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Almost 600 new wheelchairs have been recently acquired by the Hospital Calderón Guardia at a $208,000 price.  The wheelchairs will benefit the users of the Hospitals from San Ramón, San Vito, Guápiles, Santa Cruz and Heredia, among others.

The Calderón Guardia said its wheelchairs will be mostly used with patients from the Neuroscience and Psychiatry services, Emergency, obstetrics and gynecology,  Medicine, Intensive Care Units, Operating and Recovery Room, Surgeries, General Services and Transportation.

There are basic wheelchairs and the rest are bariatric chairs which are larger and bear greater weight. Among their features are devices for oxygen and foot elevation. The chairs are made of vinyl and chrome, which allow easy cleaning which helps resist infections. Staff has been
trained on use of the chairs said the Hospital on a press release.

According to doctor Taciano Lemos, general director of the hospital, Rafael Angel Calderón Guardia, these wheelchairs are a very important resource for hospital work.
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The Hospital Calderón Guardia will share part of
the purchase with other health care centers.

He said that the hospital has made significant changes in equipment used daily by patients with an eye to their comfort. The new wheelchairs will both increase the number available and replace older chairs. This is expected to decrease the time a patient spends waiting for a chair.

The purchase of the wheelchairs is part of an improvement process to replace old equipment. The program has been carried out since 2016.

Perez Zeledón Council Approved Bill Against Discrimination
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Municipal Council of Perez Zeledón, declared itself a discrimination free canton. The decision was taken during the meeting held on October 3. Municipal Council approved the motion unanimously.

Perez Zeledón now becomes the 40th canton to commit
itself to ensuring that human rights are respected.

The proposal came from Esteban Alfaro who was expelled from a bar along with his boyfriend because of his sexual orientation. The events occurred in January 2016.

"The following Monday we made the public denunciation in social networks and later I presented myself to the municipal council where I denounced the act of homophobia.

The previous municipal council agreed to create a special commission to study the complaint and to present a policy against discrimination, "said Alfaro.

He states that when the local government changed, new city councils failed to continue with the initiative, and they had to start the process again.

"We continued to see acts of discrimination.  The municipal president called me to a meeting to reach an agreement and then the agreement was filed and approved unanimously," he explained.

Jane Keith, representative of the Equal Rights Front, said that this declaration is a sign of political will on the part of the municipal authorities to advance human rights in the respective cantons.

According to the Frente data, a total of 40 cantons have been declared discrimination free.

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Group Calls out church on sexual diversity statements
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Support Group for Families and Friends of Sexual Diversity in Costa Rica said that the LGBTI community has not been treated with any respect by the church, as a way to answer recent  statements made by the Conferencia Episcopal about gender ideology.

The said statement, signed by José Rafael Quirós Quirós, archbishop of San José and president of the Conferencia, labels the government and education authorities as promoters of the  gender ideology, which according to him, seeks to indoctrinate students from all over the country.

The group said the concept mentioned above does not exist,
but acknowledged the existence of a number of social movements, such as Feminism and LGBTI human rights movements,  working for real or substantive equality for
all people;  regardless of gender, gender, sexual orientation, and gender  identity and expression.

This group supports the sexual education program that will be implemented starting next year in the country and calls into question the academic and intellectual trajectory of the Catholic Church because its leaders have decided to use the gender ideology to create a campaign of fear based on false ideas.
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The group expressed disappointment with church authorities.

It should be noted that these programs, promoted by the Ministry of Education since 2012, are aimed at enabling students to access tools for a better knowledge of their sexuality and education about the risks of an irresponsible exercise of it, such is the case of a teenage pregnancy or the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the group expressed on a press release.

Two cops injured on accident while patrolling
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An alert issued by the Fuerza Pública Communication Center on an alleged vehicle theft in Alajuela resulted in the arrest of four people.

The apprehension was carried out in the community of Brazil in the Mora district, San Jose after a police chase that took several minutes.

While chased by the police, the suspects fired several times against the officers, who in turn, used their weapons and hit the four wheels of the car.

The subjects failed to escape, as they were surrounded by officers and handcuffed.

Inside the car, officers observed a pistol-type firearm, four white guns, and a large amount of clothing.

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The identities of the suspects are being verified by the Police because they had fake banknotes.

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At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is and photo album can be found at
CODE 9267-9/28/17

Owner Financing in San Ramon
New Construction, and Ocean View 
Brand new home with 4-plus bedrooms and 3 baths all overlooking an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. Located only 45 minutes from the San Jose airport and about the same to the Pacific Ocean.  The lower level could be
used as a separate apartment or mother-in-law setup. Home includes HUGE master  suite, CLOSETS,
 custom cabinets, granite counter tops, high wood ceilings, and all in an area that is 70-80 degrees year round. 
Priced at $199,000. Completion date is January.  See the Virtual Tour CLICK HERE or see our site here If you would like to take a look at this amazing house, please give me a call at  Costa Rica # 506-8755-6743 or if from the States call # 509-570-1928 or email 

Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama


Fishing Lodge For Sale In Panama. To many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1 bedroom duplex, 3 hectares on the beach, 4 boats, boat storage,
boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:   Visit the site


Live the dream!
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:

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
Century 21

A Name You Trust,
Professionalism You Deserve

Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
in CR since 1979

Buying? Selling? Renting?
We Can Do It!
Let us help you live your dreams!
Beachfront, Views, Mountains,
Beaches, Houses, Condos,
Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
Commercial, Investments and more

 Century 21 Jacó Beach
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356

Remax Tamarindo The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  or click here

ReMax Playas del
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property

Link to Playas del Coco listings page HERE

Link to Playa Panama listings page HERE

Link to Playa Hermosa listings page HERE
Link to Peninsula Papagayo listings page HERE

Link to Playa Matapalo listings page HERE
Toll Free 1-877-293-1456

Real estate-related services (paid category)

Costa Rica Solar

Serving Atenas and Surroundings Areas

BUY NOW! Your solar hot water system, so in three months, we can calculate a lower install price for your PV system.  Perfect for homes and hotels. Save up to 40% of your electric bill. More Watts per Panel, Smarter and more Capable Enphase Micro Inverters mean Less Cost and more Flexibility for You.  Fully Guaranteed!

Office: 506-2446-0543
Andre 506-8314-8090
Paul 506-8898-9398


Browse timeshares for sale and rent by owner in Costa Rica at bargain prices. We connect existing timeshare owners with those looking to buy or rent a timeshare on the resale market. Timeshares on the resale market are up to 50% cheaper than those sold through the resort. Already own a timeshare and looking to sell? Stop saying “sell my timeshare” and let help you find a buyer or renter.



SMALL and LARGER jobs welcome !!!. We can build from any plan you bring us all work done by USA codes master electric and plumbing.  Better quality and lower prices than USA. We also install solar electric/ Hotwater. We do it all Right  + Reasonable. We can work with your budget. We can build your dream retirement home / financing available. Hire us to locate your building lot or farm.

Call us:
Toll Free 877-778-8515
CR phone: 506-8307-0164
For more info also see our sites:
CODE: 9249-10/28/17  
Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

Donated vessels will arrive
in late May
U.S. Embassy photo      
The US government is the closest ally in
the Costa Rican organized crime fight

The United States has donated Costa Rica two 110-foot vessels, following last year’s promise made by the Deputy Secretary of the US Department of State's Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs,
William Brownfield.

The two patrol boats are equipped with communication and navigation devices and belong to the Servicio Nacional de Guardacosta. The ships cost approximately $19 million, according to a press release from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.

Two groups of Coast Guard officers will travel to the United States before the ships are brought to Costa Rica, the United States Embassy reported. On 16 October, six Coast Guard officers will travel to Virginia to supervise
the total reconditioning of the boats.

They will return to the country on December 8.

On January 16, 2018, 44 more officers will depart to Baltimore and will receive special training in commanding, navigating and maintaining these ships.

These officers will leave the United States to return to Costa Rica on April 2, 2018, along with two US Coast Guard officers who have been in charge of vessels in the past.

Costa Rican crews are expected to arrive with their new ships from Baltimore to the country in early May.

The Minister of Public Security, Gustavo Mata, expressed gratitude to the US government and stated, "Through this new equipment, Costa Rica strengthens its capacity to continue developing humanitarian operations, anti-drug actions and the conservation of marine biodiversity. "

For US Ambassador Sharon Day, the handover of vessels highlights Costa Rica's commitment to becoming a regional leader in maritime operations and represents the efforts made by the Costa Rican government, the US Embassy and the Coast Guard of both countries to fight organized crime.

The two ships to be delivered will be transformed into Libertador class once they are transferred to Costa Rica.

Both boats have been on active duty for United States Coast Guard and are now in a process of adaptation to the needs of Costa Rican Coast Guard.

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News from the BBC up to the minute

Latin news from the BBC

Regional News from Voice of America

From our retirement guide

Real estate for sale (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama


Fishing Lodge for Sale in Panama. Too many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1-bedroom duplex, three hectares on the beach, four boats, boat storage, boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:   Visit the site


Versatile 2 Floors Building for Sale
Holley ad
Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby.

Approximately 323 meter construction. $295,000. Contact  Jim Holley, E-Mail: Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure.  For complete information click here

Contact Harv  in English and Spanish: Email   Contact Marco in Costa Rica (Spanish) : Email- -Phone- +506-84608000 or +506-86672823.   Web page: Or CLICK HERE FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION

Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray:
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: or call 517-484-3675

For more information Click Here:

Costa Rica Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

 Enjoy the most spectacular views in the valley in this 5 -story Penthouse.  One of a kind property on top of the Corobici / Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel plus other businesses.  Large Living Room, Elevator goes directly inside Penthouse.  Private hot tub deck and Dance floor with Spectacular views!!!  All exterior walls are glass or have windows. Commercial license is in place.  Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $695K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,500 per month on an annual basis.  This is a private condo residence and is Not associated with the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  

Go to  
U.S. contact: Carl Stratton, cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email
Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email:
 CODE 9229-12/6/17

Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized
in eco properties, eco consulting and green living.
Eco graphic
   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area

Romantic Country Bungalow Click Here
Dream Property River Click Here
Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Facebook: ecorealtorscr
In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR

Puriscal home
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
    Summary of House Features:

       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
Video Tour:
Community Web Site:
Photos: HERE!
Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email
CODE 9264-3/2/18
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Costa Rican companies set to pursue business in Panamá

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Procomer photo                                 
Several companies will attend the event seeking more exposure

With the aim of generating business opportunities and strategic alliances in Panama, 14 Costa Rican companies from the IT field will fly to a trade mission called Autopista a Panamá, which is organized by the Promotora del Comercio
en Costa Rica and will take place on October 11, 12 and 13.

Costa Rica’s exports in services for the first quarter in 2017 account for $2.454 million, with a growth of 4.3 percent. The main sub-sectors are tourism, transport and finances.

The national companies promoting their services in Panama City are: 4Geeks,
MBC Analysis, Armaximus, Auricom, Daytona Soft, DotCreek, Evicertia,
Gridshield, Infoware, ISS Consultores, MiWeb, Rossmon, Techinagro and Zews.

According to Alvaro Piedra, exports director of the Promotora, many Costa Rican entrepreneurs are interested in venturing into the Panamanian market.

“Panama is an economy in constant development and it shows great opportunities, since the quality services from Costa Rica are well accepted in this market and
little by little we have been doing a positioning job,” he said.

“The Highway to Panama program is of great interest to the Cámara de
Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación, since several partners have shown interest in exporting to Panama, and this market represents a very
important opportunity for the sector,” said Otto Rivera Valle, executive director
of Cámara.

“Currently, we have a percentage of exports close to 5 percent and there is strong link between Panama and Costa Rica, mainly due to proximity issues,” he added. “We consider it a very good opportunity to increase exports.”

Allan Porras, of the 4Geek company, said they expect to meet with Panamanian companies which can add value to their products and services.

"We believe Costa Rica has a lot of talent and possibilities to export to Panama,
a neighboring country fit to do business with.”

Delmi de Vega, From the Rossmon company, added that they have high expectations of creating businesses in that market, because the country is demanding computer solutions.

During the process for the Highway to Panama mission, the Promotora was supported by an expert consultant in the Panamanian IT sector who, along with
the institution, trained and guided the entrepreneurs involved in the visit.

In total, Costa Rican companies will have 70 business appointments and the opportunities that are generated in these spaces will have the support and
follow-up of the Promotora, both in the central offices in Costa Rica and the
Office of Trade Promotion in Panama.


A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Readers are invited to celebrate the Halloween season by entering the A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest.

Original fiction with a Costa Rica dimension will complete for the $100 top prize. The deadline is appropriately midnight Oct. 20, a Friday.

Authors may include an original drawing or photograph, but this submission will not be judged by the contest panel. Only the text will be considered.

Judges include the A.M. Costa Rica staff and established writers.

Here are the rules:

1. The submission must be original and not contain any extensive copyrighted material from elsewhere. The usual rules regarding fair use will apply. That means the author may include in the text short references and quotes for other sources. But the bulk of the story must be original. Any graphics submitted must be original.

2. The short story must contain a substantial relationship to Costa Rica.That could include actions of expats or Costa Ricans elsewhere. Or the author could describe an encounter with one of the many supernatural creatures that make up the mythology of the country. La Llorona, for example.

3. Authors are encouraged to create a suspenseful and/or scary story, and such an approach will earn bonus points in the judging.

4. Editors will make an effort to publish every short story submitted in the editions leading up to Halloween.

5. Authors are reminded that A.M. Costa Rica is read in 90 countries each weekday morning and some readers may not fully understand the meaning of Halloween, so some explanation might be needed in the story.

6. A poetic narrative will be accepted in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”

7. Authors will retain the copyright to their submission but by doing so they grant A.M. Costa Rica and its corporation, Consultantes Río Colorado S.A., the full right to publish their work in the daily newspaper, in any subsequent collection of news stories that may be compiled and anywhere else.

8. Short stories should be no longer than 1,200 words, and longer works will earn negative points in the judging.

9. The newspaper staff will seek to compile the works into a book of short stories to be published in time for Halloween 2018. Typically such books generate little income, but if there is interest from a third-party publisher, the newspaper corporation will share the majority of the resale income with the authors.

10. Authors should include a short biography that list their place of residence. They also may make a short pitch of other published works.

11. Authors are encouraged to use their given names, but pen names will be accepted particularly from readers who have established a readership under that name.

12. Authors must state in their email submission that they agree with these rules.

13. There is no charge for submission. Short stories should be pasted into an email (not sent as an attachment) to

The staff of A.M. Costa Rica has created this contest, in part, to showcase the many excellent writers among the newspaper readership.

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Latin America business news and analysis

Brazil, Mexico GDP Outlook Improve

Outlook for Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela worsens.

Ecuador Boosts Oil Transparency

The new government’s transparency drive set to help energy sector.

Cleary Gottlieb, Hogan Lovells Advise on LatAm Offers

Cleary Gottlieb, Hogan Lovells advise on Brazil, Mexico offers.

Latin America Sees IPO Boom

The value of Latin American IPOs jumps fourfold so far this year.

M&As Fall in Latin America, Jump in Brazil

Brazil M&As jump 29.3 percent during first nine months.

Latin America: Illegal Tobacco Hurts Trade

Impacts of the rising illegal tobacco trade in Latin America.

Here are the links
to key official Facebook pages

Banco de Costa Rica (BCR)
Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica (Fire Department)

Banco Nacional de Costa Rica (BNCR)
Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Social Security Administration)
Cruz Roja Costarricense
(Red Cross)
Direccion General de Migracion y ExtranjerÌa Costa Rica (Immigration)
Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA)

Instituto Nacional de la Juventud (MIDES-INJU)
Instituto Nacional de Seguros
(National Insurance Administration)
Instituto Meteorologico Nacional Costa Rica (Weather Institute)
Ministerio de Obras P™blicas y Transportes (Transportation Ministry)

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social (Labor Ministry)
Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ)

Policia de Transito de Costa Rica (Traffic police)

Municipalidad de San José
(San José Municipality)
Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI)
DefensorÌa de los Habitantes (ombudsman)

A.M. Costa Rica
users guide

This is a brief users guide to A.M. Costa Rica.

Old pages

Each day someone complains via e-mail that the newspages are from yesterday or the day before. A.M. Costa Rica staffers check every page and every link when the newspaper is made available at 2 a.m. each week day.

So the problem is with the browser in each reader's computer. Particularly when the connection with the server is slow, a computer will look to the latest page in its internal memory and serve up that page.

Readers should refresh the page and, if necessary, dump the cache of their computer, if this problem persists. Readers in Costa Rica have this problem frequently because the local Internet provider has continual problems.


A typical edition will consist of a front page and six other newspages. Each of these pages can be reached by links near the top and bottom of the pages.


Classified pages are updated daily. Employment listings are free, as are listings for accommodations wanted, articles for sale and articles wanted. The tourism page and the real estate sales and real estate rentals are updated daily.

Advertising information

A summary of advertising rates and sizes are available for display and classifieds by contacting a sales executive at 2223-1327.


A.M. Costa Rica makes its monthly statistics available to advertisers and readers. Advertising executives will be happy to provide a summary via email with no questions asked.

Contacting us

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Visiting us

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Useful links
Foreign Embassies
in Costa Rica
Ave Central at Calle 120
Pavas, San José. 920-1200
San Jose, Costa Rica
Call 506 2519-2000
after hours call
506 8863-4895

U.S. embassy logo
Click for Web
British logo
Click for Web
Apartado 815-1007
Edificio Centro Colon
(Piso/floor 11)
San José 506 2258 2025

Oficentro La Sabana
Building 5, Third floor
Box: 351-1007, San José 506 2242-4400
Canadian flag
Click for Web
Dutch flag
Click for Web
Oficentro la Sabana,
P.O.Box 10285-1000
San José 506 2296-1490

Torre Sabana, 8ƒ floor,
Sabana Norte.
Box 4017-1000, San José 506 2290-9091
After hours 506 8381-7968

German flag
Click for Web
Other foreign embassies in Costa Rica
Click HERE!

Costa Rican embassies in the world
Click HERE!

Teatro Nacional logo
Click for Web
Teatro Nacional
Drama, dance, theater
orchestras, concerts

Multiplaza Escazú
Multiplaza del Este


Terramall and Desamparados
CCM Cinemas
San Pedro, Alajuela, Heredia, Plaza Mayor, Cine Magaly, Cariari, San Ramon, San Carlos
Jaco Beach Cinema
Airline info
flight stats
Juan SantamarÌa in Alajuela
Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia
Other airports of the world

Weather and disasters
Current weather

Instituto Meteorological Nacional
Instituto Meteorological

U.S. National
Information Service



Turrialba volcano
Live camera
on Turrialba volcano

Arenal volcano is HERE!
but it is out of service

World Earthquakes


Live reports of quakes
recorder display
Instituto Nacional
de Seguros

Vehicle inspection

Riteve link
PoliceÌa de Tr·nsito
PolicÌa de Tránsito
Highway info

Autopista del Sol
Web Page

Autopista del Sol

Direccion General
de Migracion
main page is HERE!

Appointment to renew
cedulas for residents

900-00-34639 Or click HERE!
Banco de Costa Rica

Community groups
Association of Residents of Costa Rica
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica

Page 1 is HERE! Page 2 is HERE! Page 3 is HERE!
Page 4 is HERE! Page 5 is HERE! Page 6 is HERE!
Sports page is HERE!
Opinion is HERE! Classifieds are HERE!

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