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August 31, 2020

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Puerto Limón is an attractive place for tourists to visit due to the beautiful beaches, wildlife, and exploring this area has to offer. This city is located in the province of Limón, which stretches along the entire Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Being the seventh-largest city in the Central American country, Puerto Limón is home to a population of over 50,000 Afro-Costa Ricans. This diverse community traces some of its roots to Jamaica, Italy, and China. This region is considered to be one of the most pristine areas in the country as the city prides itself on its efforts in being sustainable and the respect they have for Mother Nature. Puerto Limón’s beauty is a must-see. Here are some of the top things to do when visiting this amazing city.

Veragua Rainforest Park

Visiting the Veragua Rainforest is a great way to see the nature that lies within this stunning province. There are hundreds of species of animals that live in this rainforest. Some of the ones you might be able to see during your visit include monkeys, sloths, birds, frogs, and butterflies. These animals can be seen by walking through the hiking trails that lead to a waterfall, or up above in the treetops, through the aerial tram.

Playa Bonita

If you’re looking for a more relaxing approach to your visit, I definitely recommend visiting Playa Bonita. Going to this amazing light-sand beach with crystal-blue waters is a perfect way to spend the day. You can surf, watch an amazing sunset, and eat delicious local food.

Reventazón River

If you’re someone looking for something more active to do in Limón, definitely go rafting on the Reventazón River. Taking part in this activity is a great way to have fun with your friends and family. Since the river’s habitat is home to a bunch of wildlife, you might see sloths and other animals as you’re rafting down the river.

Puerto Limón is a great place to visit with your entire family. Although this city might not be as popular as some other areas in Costa Rica, the traditions, culture, and nature are what makes this place stand out. No matter what you enjoy doing, I can assure you there’s definitely something out there for you! Visit Puerto Limón, you’ll love it!




Most Popular Dog Breeds in Costa Rica

Most Popular Dog Breeds in Costa Rica

August 22, 2020

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If you are a dog lover, you are probably wondering about popular dog breeds in every country you plan to visit or live in. When it comes to the most popular dog breeds in Costa Rica, the situation is a bit unique.

Costa Rica is a tropical country that is very pet-friendly. It has a lot of animal shelters, and most of its cafes and restaurants allow dogs. In fact, this country has one of the biggest dog shelters on the American continent, Territorio de Zaguates, which is a home of more than 1300 homeless dogs! After hearing this, you won’t be surprised to know that Costa Rica has many dog lovers. In fact, studies show that more than half of Costa Rican households own up to two dogs. This article will go over the most popular dog breeds in Costa Rica and explain what makes the dog situation in this country so special.

 

Most Popular Dog Breeds in Costa Rica

 

Poodles

Everyone loves poodles, and Costa Ricans aren’t an exception! Poodles are one of the most popular dog breeds in this Central American country. And why wouldn’t they be? Poodles are energetic, social, and, most importantly, the most intelligent dog breed out there. Even though they aren’t a territorial breed, it is still one of the most common dogs to have in the home. Not only that, but poodles are loved by people who want to style and groom their pets in a unique way. You can’t imagine a poodle without a specific coat shape owners groom its fur into!

 

Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas are temperamental dogs that can become relatively aggressive and borderline annoying – but they are small and cute, so they are forgiven. Despite their size, they have a big personality and can guard a house equally well as larger breeds. Sure, they don’t look scary, but they won’t hesitate to bark loudly, alerting everyone of the danger. Chihuahuas are excellent house dogs, which makes them one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide.

 

American Staffordshire Terriers

Despite being wrongly characterized as aggressive dogs, American Staffordshire terriers are still among the most popular dog breeds in Costa Rica. These canines are smart, reliable, and above all, good-natured. They are loveable dogs that are suitable even for families with little children. All of this makes them a broadly loved dog breed, no matter the reputation they didn’t deserve.

 

Miniature schnauzer

What’s cuter than a schnauzer? A miniature schnauzer! The bushy beard and eyebrows make this breed irresistible. Created as farm dogs, miniature schnauzers have quickly adapted to the comfort of a cozy home. They are small enough to be kept in an apartment but energetic enough to patrol a big yard. You can easily train them and teach them tricks, and they can even be – small but efficient – guard dogs. All of this made them extremely popular, even in Costa Rica.

 

Mixed breeds

Surprisingly, the most commonly owned dog in Costa Rica is a mixed breed dog. Most canines in this country are a mix of two or more dog breeds, making every dog one of a kind. In fact, mixed breeds are so popular that many dog shelters, starting with Territorio de Zaguates, have begun naming breeds according to a particular dog’s DNA. For example, there you may find a Long Legged Irish Shnaufox, a mix of an Irish fox terrier and a schnauzer. Other popular dog breeds are the Freckle Terrierhuahua, and the Chubby-Tailed German Dobernauzer. A truly unique practice!




Costa Rica’s Blue Zone

Costa Rica’s Blue Zone

August 18, 2020

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Blue Zones are regions around the world where according to explorer and author Dan Buettner, people live longer than average (over the age of 100!). This term first came about in the National Geographic magazine in November 2005 when Buettner published his story “The Secrets of a Long Life” claiming that there were five of these zones around the world, one of them being in Nicoya, Costa Rica.

Here are some of the ways that Nicoyan centenarians have been able to live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Have a “Plan of Life”

You must have some sort of plan, either broad or detailed, of the major goals you want to achieve in life. Nicoyans utterly believe in feeling needed and contributing to the community. Having a plan will allow you to always have a goal to work towards.

Drink LOTS of Water

Drinking water has many benefits such as improving memory and mood, helping maintain your weight, and preventing and reducing the risk of diseases and infections. The water in Nicoya is known for having the highest calcium content in the country, which explains why Nicoyans have stronger bones, fewer hip fractures, and also low rates of heart disease.

Keep Connected with Family

Staying in touch with family is among the main characteristics of living in the Costa Rican Blue Zone. This is important since family members can provide a person with many forms of support; they can make you feel happy and can give you a sense of belonging. Nicoyans commonly make an effort to visit their families as frequently as possible. They believe that these interactions help them keep their brain and heart-healthy.

Work Hard

Hard work is a key way to learn how to be a disciplined, dedicated, and determined individual. Nicoyans place a large value on working hard. Elders usually continue working or remain active to keep their minds and bodies healthy.

Get Some Sun

Being exposed to sunlight is great as your body will produce Vitamin D. This vitamin is known for promoting overall health, protecting against inflammation, and lowering high blood pressure. Since the Nicoya Peninsula has a tropical climate, Nicoyans get a reasonable intake of the sun simply by having an active lifestyle.

 




Beaches in Costa Rica

Beaches in Costa Rica

August 11, 2020

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Going to the beach is a great way to release some stress and clear your thoughts. Costa Rica, bordered by the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches around the world. Here are five of the best beaches to visit in Costa Rica.

Conchal is located in the province of Guanacaste, north of the town of Tamarindo. A unique characteristic of this beach is that the beach itself is made up of white shells instead of sand. Conchal is ideal for snorkeling as it contains a variety of coral as well as marine life. To get to this beach, you must take a 15-minute walk across Brasilito. However, two resorts have their private access to the beach, the Westin Conchal, and the W Costa Rica. Conchal beach is a perfect place to relax and swim as the weather in the area is sunny almost year-round.

Just north of Conchal Beach, you will find Flamingo Beach. This beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Costa Rica as it has soft waves and is located in a highly developed area. Flamingo is known for its lovely sunsets, which can be seen from the hotels and condos in the area. This beach is also famous for its fishing, sailing, and diving.

Manuel Antonio is considered by many to be the best beach in Costa Rica. Located in the province of Puntarenas, this national park has four amazing white sand beaches with clear turquoise water. Since the park is filled with wildlife, as you walk from the park’s entrance to the beach, you will have the chance to see a variety of animals including monkeys, sloths, and iguanas. Manuel Antonio beach is a great place to explore, as there are several hiking trails you can hike through.

Are you into surfing? If so, Tamarindo is the beach for you. This touristic beach in Guanacaste is known for its waves, wildlife, and nightlife. Tamarindo has tan sand and bright blue waters. Due to its proximity to Las Baulas National Park, if visiting between October and February, you might get the chance to see leatherback sea turtles swimming around. After a long day of surfing and relaxing on the beach, head over to the town of Tamarindo and check out all the dining and nightlife options they have to offer.

In the Nicoya Peninsula, south of Guanacaste, you will be able to find the beautiful beach of Santa Teresa. Although slightly difficult to get to, Santa Teresa is the perfect place for surfers and yoga enthusiasts. If you are looking for a secluded white sand blue water beach, this is a great place for you.




Education in Costa Rica: A Role Model Across the Americas

Education in Costa Rica: A Role Model Across the Americas

July 31, 2020

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When it comes to education, Costa Rica is often viewed as a role model across the Americas given its successful literacy rate of 96% – one of the highest in the region. The country’s established leadership position can be heavily attributed to its government funding.

 

Their education system consists of four levels: pre-school, primary school, secondary school, and higher education. Article 78 of the Constitution of Costa Rica states that every child must attend pre-school and primary school. These levels are free of charge, as all costs are financed by the Costa Rican government.

 

The Ministry of Public Education (MEP), currently lead by Giselle Cruz Maduro, is the governmental organization in charge of developing an accessible education system that promotes the growth of individuals and the society as a whole. Additionally, the MEP supervises all public and private educational institutions and has the power to approve, revoke, or modify any decisions determined by the directors of the ministry.

 

Costa Rica’s public higher education system is considered by many to be one of the best in Latin America. After graduating from secondary school and attaining a baccalaureate degree, students have the opportunity to apply to universities. There are five public universities in Costa Rica: Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC), University of Costa Rica (UCR), National University (UNA), National Technical University (UTN), and Distance State University (UNED). The baccalaureate program for university students is usually four years. After graduating from a university, students will then have the option to pursue a licentiate degree, which corresponds to three additional semesters of study.

 

The Costa Rican government continues the efforts made on December 1st, 1948 by President José Figueres Ferrer when he abolished the army and decided to allocate such resources to education instead. By following in Figueres Ferrer’s steps, the government is sending a message to the world regarding the importance and need for free education, and at the same time, deviates from what is considered the norm — pumping millions of colones into funding a military defense — and establishes itself as one of the few countries with no active military force. By prioritizing education over a standing army, Costa Rica has popularly gained the nickname of “The Switzerland of Central America”.

JM




Costa Rica has started opening airports to some countries.

Costa Rica has started opening airports to some countries.

July 24, 2020

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Costa Rica officially stated that it will start opening its borders this August 1st. However, this would only apply to tourists from countries like the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Canada. While Costa Rica is monitoring changes in origin countries in order to allow more countries to come in, the Juan Santamaría International Airport and the Daniel Oduber Quiros will be the only two airports that will accept international travelers and commercial operations to occur in Costa Rica.

Nevertheless, Costa Rican citizens and residents are still going to be permitted entry regardless of the country that they are coming from.

This was explained yesterday by the Minister of Tourism, where all visitors entering the country must comply with a series of measures which include:

1. Filling an epidemiological survey before entering the country
2. Testing Negative for COVID-19 at least 48 hours prior to entering the country
3. Complying with all the health measures that the airport requires such as wearing a mask and temperature checks
4. Having insurance that would cover events related to health problems and stay.

We truly believe things will be constantly changing and the announcement of Costa Rica’s reopening is good news for us as we hope to be back slowly on a lot of people’s agendas once again.




What is Zac Efron up to in his new documentary and why did he travel to  Costa Rica?

What is Zac Efron up to in his new documentary and why did he travel to Costa Rica?

July 7, 2020

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As part of Netflix’s new documentary called “Down to Earth”, well-known High School Musical star and actor Zac Efron undergoes a unique adventure where he travels around the world to learn about the ways in which people are taking action towards a more sustainable world and future. The main idea of the series is centered in how humanity has to rethink the way in which it consumes food, energy, and material goods. Throughout his journey he is also looking to delve into the cultures of different countries through their food and well developed ecological practices.

Amongst other countries such as France, Puerto Rico, Iceland, Peru, and England, Costa Rica was a place where the famous actor formed a unique and special bond. Zac Efron had already visited the country back in 2016, where he touristed places such as the Osa and Papagayo Peninsulas and was pictured in wonderful waterfalls and beaches with his closest friends.

The documentary is set to release on July 10th, and in it we are expecting to see an in-depth view and perspective of every culture and the sustainable practices that are in place in the aforementioned countries. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see what these green pioneers are up to around the world as well as Zac Efron’s adventures along the way.




Benefits of Working from Home

Benefits of Working from Home

July 6, 2020

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Working from home a few years ago was a luxury  only business owners could take advantage of  or  was simply an idea presented in deceitful television ads. Currently, the tables have turned ever since the COVID 19 pandemic has forced thousands of businesses into sending a great part of their workers to their respective houses to perform their jobs. Be it through Zoom or Skype calls, the way in which we are able to interact in a workplace has most definitely changed, and maybe this could be for the better.

 

This shift towards an at home work experience helped millions of workers with problems arriving at their workplace because of the large distances from their home to the installations. Not only is this reducing the stress involved in travelling these long distances, but this is also optimizing both the companies’ and workers’ time. Nonetheless, in a company , there is always a need to create a welcoming and family like environment within its very own installations, and to do that, businesses are trying hybrid models in which their workers are able to work 1 to 2 days in the office and the rest from the comfort of their homes.

 

In order to thrive under this new experience, a comfortable and relatively spacious environment is highly recommended to be able to fully imitate the setting of an office but in a more personalized manner.It is important to equip your home office properly: organize your workplace, provide good light, a comfortable chair, and even take care of fresh air using an oscillating fan, such as these from Unclutterer, which will increase your productivity on hot days.In addition to this, a stable internet connection is essential to connect appropriately with other workers and possible clients related to your job. In most cases, when a person doesn’t have the financial ability to afford a stable connection, this is an expense that the company has to assume to aid the worker in the better performance of his job. Either way, shifting toward a remote work experience can save companies money allowing for more efficient workspace usage.

 

With no need to rush at lunch time and no long office hours away from your family, working at home has the potential to improve the health of its workers by reducing their stress and creating an improved work-life balance. Moreover, remote employees also show an increase in their work productivity as there is no need to take long coffee breaks or speak to other coworkers for large amounts of time.

 

Our reality has been forever marked by the events taking place as of now and working from home is now a phenomenon that is unquestionably here to stay after the pandemic.




Costa Rica’s Iconic Bird El Yigüirro

Costa Rica’s Iconic Bird El Yigüirro

June 15, 2020

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El Yigüirro, also known as the clay-colored thrush, was declared the national bird of Costa Rica on January 3rd, 1977 and has become an emblem for Costa Rica’s nation. It has also been known to play a significant role in Costa Rican literature and traditional music, celebrating the importance of this bird with The National Day of El Yigüirro taking place on December 16th.

Admittedly, this bird might not be the most beautiful or colorful, but its constant and melodious singing is what sets it apart from the other birds. This bird may go unnoticed due to its small size and plain brown color, however, if you were to closely pay attention, you would be hearing the bird’s friendly singing. El Yigüirro’s song consists of low-pitch cries in a steady tempo and slurred manner. Interestingly enough, this song is composed of different tonalities due to the fact that El Yigüirro uses sounds it has previously heard.

The reason this bird has been appreciated and praised so highly by Ticos is due to its tradition to indicate the rainy season, or planting season for many of Costa Rica’s laborers. According to popular tradition, one of the reasons why this bird is considered to be special is because it’s presumed that it’s the bird’s singing itself which attracts water and thus joy for the agricultural laborers. Another reason why this bird is considered to be noteworthy is because of the fact that the bird doesn’t reject any form of contact with humans; although discreet sometimes, it is always present and nearby.

El Yigüirro’s mating season usually lasts from April through June, which is why as we come into the end of this season, I invite you to go to your backyard in the morning and see if you can identify this iconic bird.




How has Costa Rica dealt with Coronavirus?

How has Costa Rica dealt with Coronavirus?

June 5, 2020

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One of the reasons Costa Rica has been one of the top countries when it comes to dealing with the Coronavirus is due to their extensive and strict protocols, throughout the nation.

Here are a few of the many measures Costa Rica has taken to combat the virus:

  • Since March 18th, Costa Rica officially closed their borders to any foreign travelers, only allowing Costa Rican citizens and residents entry to the country. In addition to this, Costa Ricans that arrive in this time period will have to complete a mandated 14-day quarantine, where any violation of this quarantine is found may be penalized with Jail time!

 

  • A telephone hotline (1322) dedicated to Coronavirus inquiries were set up on March 13 in an attempt to reduce congestion from 911 services.

 

  • As of March 15th, the Costa Rican health department ordered the indefinite closure of all bars, clubs, casinos, and amusement parks.

 

  • Costa Rica has also set up daytime and nighttime vehicle restrictions as counteracting measures to the spread of the virus, thus restricting vehicle transit from 10 pm to 5 am during the week, alongside other daily restrictions based on ending license plate numbers.

 

  • The Ministry of Health issued new guidelines for supermarkets and commercial stores. These guidelines emphasized specific sanitary procedures and also offered specific hours for elderly customers.

 

  • Hospitals have developed rigorous protocols to deal with patients who show symptoms with regard to the virus. Additionally, a hospital dedicated to just treating COVID-19 patients has been set up in the San Jose area.

These numerous measures have allowed the government to contain many cases of COVID-19 and minimize the spread of this virus. If you want more information about how Costa Rica is dealing with this crisis, you can visit the Ministry of Health’s Website for official live updates. Remember to stay safe, wear a mask if you go out, and wash your hands!



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