DEPARTMENTS

Volcanoes of Costa Rica. Part 1 – Turrialba Volcano

The Turrialba Volcano is an active stratovolcano (a type of conical volcano of great height composed of multiple layers of hardened lava). This volcano is located in the district of Santa Cruz, in the cantón of Turrialba, in the province of Cartago.

Costa Rica History Lesson: Juan Santa María

Juan Santamaría is much more than just an international airport. He was a man and a legend who sacrificed his life for his country 160 years ago. Today — April 11th — marks the day that this drummer boy died heroically in battle in 1856.

Costa Rica Declared War On This American Man

Today in Costa Rica it’s Juan Santamaría Day which is a national holiday. All the public schools and most government offices are closed in honor of the death of a young Costa Rican soldier who died whilst trying to defeat the American “adventurer” William Walker, who had appointed himself the president of Nicaragua as part of his mission to conquer all of Central America.

Living in the Beautiful Lake Arenal Area of Costa Rica – A video interview with Lake Arenal Resident Debra Huls

Debra Huls has been a resident of Lake Arenal for over 5 years, and although she’s lived in other countries around the world, Costa Rica has captured her heart like none other.

The IRS could stop you from flying. Here’s how…

Imagine arriving at your local airport one morning for a domestic flight to a neighboring city. You approach the security checkpoint and the TSA lackey asks for your identification. After handing him your driver’s license, you prepare to be groped as you pass through the checkpoint.

Jaco Beach, Costa Rica to host the World Surfing Games from August 6-14.

Among surfers, the ISA World Surfing Games are generally considered to be the Olympics of surfing and Jaco Beach will play host to the 2016 contest this August.

Prominent Costa Rican Citizens Named In Massive New Panama Offshore Scandal.

This week we see the results of of a massive dump of data, a ‘Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption'”where millions of documents show heads of state, criminals and celebrities using secret hideaways in tax havens…”

Costa Rica Birds. It’s nest building time in Brasil de Santa Ana, Costa Rica with free video.

It’s that time of the year when the birds are rushing about gathering twigs, moss and other useful materials including string (??) to build their nests.

How Much Quality Time Do You Have Left? (QTL)

The majority of you that are reading this newsletter are probably closer to the end of your life than the beginning. Almost all of you are at least half way through it. QTL people, QTL!

What Sort of Home Do You Get For Your Money in Atenas, Costa Rica?

Once again, Costa Rica is the best country to retire and also ranked highly for a healthy, comfortable retirement, according to the 2016 Best Countries rankings and Annual Global Retirement Index.

Will Your Retirement Be Forced to Bail Out Uncle Sam?

It’s not a popular thing to say, but the US is broke. Busted. Bankrupt. If Uncle Sam were a corporation, it would have been declared insolvent decades ago.

Lake Arenal Is a Mountain Bikers Delight: Recap of ‘La Vuelta del Lago.’

Every spring, mountain biking enthusiasts from near and far come to Tilaran to participate in La Vuelta del Lago. What started with a group of less than 100 riders back in 1992 now has thousands of participants flocking to the area for this spectacular 2-day event.

The Man Behind The Most Perfectly Manicured Little Park in Costa Rica.

As you walk through Zarcero’s central park, Don Evangelista Blanco Brenes looks like any ordinary gardener trimming the hedges. That is, until you get a glimpse of his striking blue eyes. Then you know he’s special. This must be the man behind the jardín.

How To Make Pottery With The Chorotega Indigenous People in Guatil, Guanacaste.

The other day wife and I had the pleasure of accompanying my son on a school field trip to Guatil in Guanacaste to learn the ancient techniques of pottery making that the local Chorotega indigenous people have been using for almost four hundred years.

We’re In Antigua, Guatemala For Semana Santa (Holy Week). “Please leave a message…” With free slideshow video.

Guatemala is a much cheaper place to live than Costa Rica however, if like me, you are accustomed to a secure and comfortable life in the US, Canada, Western Europe or Costa Rica – You might visit Guatemala but you would probably never consider living there…