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San José, Costa Rica            Published: Monday, January 29, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.129

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The highest fiscal deficit in three
decades was reached in 2017

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In December 2017,  Costa Rica’s fiscal deficit registered its highest figure in three decades according to the Central Bank. 

Data issued by the Ministry of Finance indicated that the difference between income and expenditure of the Government reached 6.2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), higher than the 5.3% recorded in December 2016.

The primary deficit, which constitutes debt-free expenditure, stood at 3.1% of GDP, higher than the 2.4% reported in December 2016.

Taking into consideration that each percentage point is equivalent to 330.783 million colones, the fiscal deficit exceeded 2 trillion colones in December, while the primary deficit exceeded one trillion colones.

The vice president of the Republic and finance minister, Helio Fallas, said the absence of a new Income Tax Law, a Value Added Tax and other new fiscal rules prevents the country from healing its public finances.

According to the Treasury Department at the Finance Ministry, tax revenues grew only 5.3% in 2017, the lowest figure in the last five years; while expenses increased 9.1%, which is the highest figure since 2009.

"The deceleration of economic activity and the sales tax with respect to the current productive structure, are factors that affect its collection, which from 2013 to 2017 decelerated, going from 4.7% to 4.4% of GDP," explained Fallas.

He added: "The law that regulates it dates back to the eighties and currently the productive structure is based mainly on services, which, for the most part, are not taxed. This reaffirms the need to transform it into a value-added tax (VAT), a proposal that has been awaiting approval in the Legislative Assembly since 2015.

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  The fiscal deficit has increased also due to educational and road infrastructure.

The authorities pointed to three main factors that trigger the fiscal deficit: the constitutional and legal obligations to increase transfers from 7.5% to 7.9% of GDP from 2013 to 2017; the increase in debt, which has caused a substantial increase in interest rates, going from 2.5% to 3.1% of GDP in the same period; and investment in road and educational infrastructure, which translated into an increase in capital spending from 1.6%  to  2.0% of GDP.


Politicians trade drugs for votes,
says presidential candidate

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The controversial and conservative lawyer Juan Diego Castro, the presidential candidate of the National Integration Party (PIN), said the "old school" parties offer drug addicts marijuana and crack in exchange for votes.

"These people give a cell phone to addicts so the latter take a photo to the ballot in exchange for drugs," said Castro in a video released on his social networks.

The presidential candidate, former Minister of Justice and Security, said that "old parties offer to buy votes from people with addiction problems."

Castro's statements have made him apologize at least on two occasions: first to women and then to the candidate of the Christian Social Unity Party, Rodolfo Piza.

He had to apologize to women a few months ago after saying that in order to advance in the judiciary they would perform oral sex for superiors.

He apologized to Piza after referring to Piza’s deceased father as someone who drank whiskey while working.

Castro has also had controversial episodes for his attacks on the press, mainly against the newspaper La Nación and the Semanario Universidad, which he said are carrying out a dirty campaign against him.

La Nación has been described as a "diabolical publication" and its journalists as "psychopaths." Castro recently published a book about it.


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Castro continues to hit the headlines
due to his comments.



Juan Diego Castro has placed himself at the top of the polls with his tough-line speech against crime and corruption, but analysts and opponents call him populist and demagogue.

On February 4, 3.3 million Costa Ricans are summoned to the polls to elect the president and the 57 legislators of Congress for the period 2018-2022.

The surveys say that there is a high probability that a second electoral round will be necessary on April 1. About 30% of the population says they are still undecided.

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Venezuelans in Costa Rica want their ambassador out

By AM Costa Rica staff

On Sunday, the New Venezuela Movement and the organization Un Mundo Sin Mordaza protested outside the Venezuelan embassy, ​​in San Pedro de Montes de Oca, demanding that the current ambassador, Jesús Javier Arias Cárdenas leave the office.

Roberto Blanco, leader of the movement, denounced the actions carried out by the government during El Junquito protests in Venezuela.

"That day is going to be remembered in sad Venezuela as the El Junquito massacre, a place that was dyed in the blood of Venezuelan brothers; where seven citizens were executed, where the death penalty was applied against them," said Blanco.

The activist launched a call for Venezuelans in exile in different countries to raise their voices against the injustices of the Venezuelan Government.

Blanco pointed out that the international community remains unaware of the regime and Venezuelan officials who are in complicity with the dictatorship.


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"It is incredible that the world is not seeing what is happening, that is why we call on all presidents, all governments of the world to address the Venezuelan issue," said David Sánchez, who has been working for approximately 6 months in the country.

More than 27,000 Venezuelans currently live in Costa Rica.


Unused hydroelectric dams will be used to store water

By AM Costa Rica staff

Hydroelectric dams whose useful life for the generation of energy are about to expire will continue in use to provide water for human consumption.

The Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) seeks an agreement with the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and the National Light and Power Company (CNFL) in order to re-purpose these plants.

The manager of AyA, Manuel Salas, explained that this initiative aims to take advantage of the installed capacity and water resources already existing in the dams.

"There is a possibility of an agreement where we could take advantage of some of the premises which already fulfilled their mission in energy production and that could be turned into storage or treatment plants," he said.

Some of these initiatives could occur in the Central Pacific region and the Guanacaste province.

This model already exists in other important projects. The fifth stage of the metropolitan aqueduct, known as Orosi II, aims to take advantage of water from the El Llano reservoir, where the Costa Rican Electricity Institute has a hydroelectric plant. This project is scheduled for 2023.


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The Orosi II aqueduct would benefit from the agreement in 2023.

Salas pointed out that water for human consumption is a priority over other uses, so in case of future conflict, human consumption should prevail.




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Government turns to foreign funding
to extend San Ramón road

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Due to the lack of interest shown by state banks to fund the pre-construction phase of the extension of the road between San Ramón and San José, the government is exploring international options for funding.

The Minister of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), German Valverde, explained that they have contacted different companies in other nations. Although the names of the countries are not disclosed, he did say that they are located in Europe and Asia.

"What happens is that there are a lot of interested parties, but we need further analysis to eventually announce the incorporation of any friendly country within the project," said Valverde.

Other financial groups, such as the National Bank and the National Insurance Institute (INS), refused to participate.

The San José-San Ramón project manager, Leda Muñoz, said that although the procedures have been carried out, finding interest in the pre-construction phase of any initiative is difficult, which is why she admitted concern about the situation.

"Obtaining financing for this stage is a bit complex, in fact financing interests are aimed at construction and design when all the feasibility studies are finished, because the risk becomes lower," said Muñoz.

The manager pointed out that part of the reason the National Bank and the INS to refused to participate in  the project is that they require a more detailed preliminary draft of the pre-feasibility study, as well as a clear and precise definition of the costs.

On this last aspect, there is a lot of uncertainty, because it is necessary to define the amount of the work needed and tolls expected during the preoperative phase.

Muñoz said they hope that the Popular Bank will end up opting for and contributing to the work. Help from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) is also being sought.


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Foreign investment is sought in case national financial groups do not show interest in the project.

The period for receipt of letters of interest will close at the end of this month and it is expected that financial responsibility for the project will be defined at that point.

The preoperative phase consists of a search of all the necessary permits for the construction of the work, as well as the expropriations.

The extension of the route between San José and San Ramón is structured in three sections. The first goes from Sabana to the Monumento al agua (approximately one and a half kilometers), the second from that point to Juan Santamaría Airport (12.6km),  and the last from there to San Ramón (41km).

The project also includes intersections, streets, pedestrian crossings, and bus bays, among others.

The Bank of Costa Rica manages the trust with the MOPT as the trustor.

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Gender gap payment is the biggest theft in history, says U.N.
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Globally, women earn on average 23 percent less than men, a situation that the United Nations (UN) states is, "the biggest theft in history."

The problem, according to the data collected by the organization, is the same for all countries, sectors, ages, and qualifications.

"There is not a single country, nor a single sector in which women earn the same salaries as men," UN Women adviser Anuradha Seth said to international media.

According to this agency, the wage gap cannot be explained by one or two causes, but by the accumulation of numerous factors that include the undervaluation of women's work, their tasks without remuneration in the home, their lower participation in the labor market, the type of positions they assume and discrimination.

Women earn less in general because they work fewer paid hours, because they work in lower-paid sectors or because they are less represented in the higher echelons of companies.

They also receive lower salaries than their male colleagues to do exactly the same job, according to the data handled by the UN.

Overall, the organization's estimate is that for every dollar a man earns, on average a woman earns ¢77 cents.

The differences between countries, however, are important.

Among the members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in which many of the most advanced economies participate, there are countries with a difference of less than 5% like Costa Rica or Luxembourg and others with up to 36%, like South Korea.

The comparisons are complicated since the numbers vary depending on the source and the methodology.

In Spain, for example, the gap is 11.5% according to the 2014 data used by the OECD and 24% according to figures from a report published a year ago by the UGT union.

According to the most recent calculations of the OECD, many rich countries have a higher wage gap, for example, Japan (25.7%), USA (18.9%), the United Kingdom (17.1%), or Germany (15.7%).
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According to the U.N., the wage gender gap in Costa Rica is about 5%.


The difference in wages between men and women tend to worsen with age, especially when women have children.

The latest estimates suggest that with each birth, women lose an average of 4% of their salary with respect to a man, while for the father the income increases by about 6%.

This shows, says Seth, that a good part of the problem is unpaid family work that women continue to carry out disproportionately.

In sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, for example, the gender pay gap is 31% and 35%, respectively for women with children, but only 4% and 14% respectively for childless women.

Despite all the incorporation of women into the labor market during the last decades, the number of active women is still much lower than that of men and  in many cases, women spend less time in their jobs.

According to data from 2015 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), 76.1 % of men of working age are part of the active working population, while the percentage is 49.6% in the case of women.

The UN warns that at the current pace it will take more than 70 years to end the gender wage gap, so the organization urges new specific measures to tackle the problem.

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All our handcrafted products are made in Sarchi with pride and quality by artisans who are dedicated to designing, crafting, and delivering our furniture to you. Please visit our website and send us a picture and specifications of what YOU like, or just send us pictures from anywhere you wish. We will quote you right back with a more than competitive price and an on-time delivery date. Delivery and set up available throughout Costa Rica. We have different Costa Rican woods from which you may choose. 
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E-mail: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com
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Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR click here
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US (310) 827-4241
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                     Legal Services
Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary
A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
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Rica's
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San José, Costa Rica        Published: Monday, January 29, 2018           Vol. 18,  No.129
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A sensory theater project will be staged next weekend

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A play made for the public to enjoy with their eyes closed will be staged by Okarina Producciones next weekend.

The play is called “Sensory Theater: When the lashes are kissed,” and tells the life of Marina, the cook of a restaurant.

The spectators are blindfolded so that they can immerse themselves in the play in which taste, hearing, and smell take a leading role.

The public will receive stimuli through food, smells, sounds, and textures, explained the director of the show, Karina Mora

The project was the winner of the National Program for the Development of Performing Arts (PROARTES) of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, a state initiative that grants financing to innovative cultural and social projects.

Mora explained the idea seeks to create a more inclusive theater and to achieve a more personal experience with art.

"In Costa Rica, the theater is performed mainly for visual enjoyment, the viewer concentrates on visual input for understanding and to enjoy or question what he sees on stage," explained Mora. “We have set ourselves the challenge of creating a story that can be supported in all aspects except in sight."

“The essential is not in what we look at, nor in the representation itself but in what each person can feel and live with their senses at that moment. Each experience is very personal," she said.

Okarina Producciones has already made adaptations of its plays for diverse audiences.  In 2015 they staged the story of Costa Rican writer Carmen Lyra, "Tío Conejo and the Cheeses" at the National Children's Hospital for infants who, due to their medical condition, could not leave the facility.

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The play seeks to provide a more personal relationship between the audiences and the performing.


The group also presented the play “The Little Mermaid” adapted to sign language at the Teatro Espressivo.

“Sensory Theater: When the eyelashes are kissed” is designed for an audience of 10 people at a time. Those interested should write to eventosokarina@gmail.com to make a reservation.

The plays are scheduled for February 3, 4, 10 and 11, at 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the Multicultural Tree of Cas space, in Sabanilla. Tickets are ¢7,000 colones.

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Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot
By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica &  James J. Brodell
A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise.
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New World Meditation: Focusing Mindfulness Healing Awakening
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Bohemian Road Trip
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"Makin' it Real--a Road Trip," is basically three themes running concurrently: A motorcycle racer who betrays himself by quitting... who looks at his watch one day... and realizes he's thirty now... and if he was going to be a star, he would be by now. So he quits racing and takes a year long trip to see who else might be in his reflection.
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Writing a will ? Expecting an inheritance?
Most estate planning books focus on legal formalities. Pa$$ing On: What’s Fair in Family Inheritance? delves deeper, helping you avoid emotional minefields and create a will that’s fair to your survivors. Former Costa Rica resident Ruth Dixon-Mueller, Ph.D. brings a unique perspective to bear on inheritance practices in the United States. Published Sept. 2017; $14.00 plus shipping at Amazon. Click Here

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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon to preview or purchase Click Here

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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise                                     
By James J. Brodell
Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions.
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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
By Christopher Howard
This guidebook was published to HELP people of all ages and budgets move to Costa Rica SUCCESSFULLY and make their dreams come true.
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Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley   
A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea.
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Make gifts from dollars or colones
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. Preview or purchase at Amazon. Click Here

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The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson
Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1million, but it comes with one condition... the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Buy the book on Amazon. Click Here







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Sixth News Page
San José, Costa Rica       Published: Monday, January 29, 2018        Vol. 18, No. 129
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About Us
Leaf cutting ants beware!

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After almost 6 years gardening in Costa Rica you would think I would know how to rid the area of those (insert favorite cuss word here) leaf-cutter ants.

I don’t.

At least not completely and not all at once.

They are sneaky little devils with huge nests and lots of workers. But I have developed some tactics to keep them at bay, so here are some tips and suggestions.

Pick your method of destruction! I am partial to Myrex and Omitox, chemical compounds that kill the fungus that the ants grow in their “gardens”. They have a lot of gardens. For those of you partial to a more “natural” method, I suggest Bimbo White Bread.

Yes, bread. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is “natural” because it is the chemical fungicide in the bread that does the job of killing the fungal gardens. Both methods work and both have the same requirements. The product has to be on an active trail and kept dry. You knew there was a catch, right? Dry in our climate? Here’s how:

Several large empty soda bottles, washed and dried. Make a cut leaving a canopy to keep the material dry and cover the ants as they enter and exit.

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Fill the bottles with what you hope will be the ants’ favorite “snack.” Set the bottle on an active trail with the opening pointing toward the nest. Tilt the bottom up slightly to prevent water from entering and allow some of the “snack” to slip into the opening.

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Place the bottle in a shady area. If you have to place the bottle in the sun, cover it with dried grass and leaves or the bottle will sweat and ruin the “snack.” You should also make sure the bottle will not roll if it is windy. Your main objective here is to keep the contents of the bottle dry and the bottle in one place. The ants will not take Omitox or Myrex if it is wet. Pieces of Bimbo bread may also be placed in a bottle.

How much “snack” should you use? That depends on the size of the nest. A large nest can take a kilo or more in multiple containers over at least a week. Just keep at it until you find no more foraging ants coming from the next.

Now it is a wait-and-see game. I have had ants that were partial to Omitox but ignored Myrex and vise-versa. All the ants seem to like the bread but it takes longer for it to do its work. Just get out there daily to make sure the traps are dry and keep them refilled and you should find that you are able to get control of the marauders.

Plant for the Week
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This is a great little berry from a little ground cover we have growing here and there. Although not edible (no, I haven’t tried), it does make a lovely natural dye for cloth. Sorry, no name yet.


Victoria Torley, gardener columnist, can be reached at victoriatorley1@gmail.com.




Real estate for sale (paid category)
For Sale Versatile 2 Floors Building in La Sabana
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Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. In La Sabana, San Jose. 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. Asking $295,000.
Contact Jim Holley
E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com
Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

Code:9333-7/23/18

SPORT FISHING BOAT, TOURS AND REAL ESTATE BUSINESS FOR SALE

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Sport Fishing boat and charters, Tours and a Real Estate Business for sale. Retiring from 15+ yr old businesses in the Flamingo / Potrero area in Guanacaste. I will make it a great opportunity to the right party. Las Brisas Fishing Charters and Capt. Tom's Tours are on Tripadvisor. Also check www.casitaoasis.com. $75k Call Capt. Tom USA phone: 1 800 360-9084 / CR phone: (506) 2654-7070 Email: capttom@casitaoasis.com
Code: 04/15/18

44 LOTS FOR SALE IN GATED COMMUNITY

PLAYA AVELLANA, TAMARINDO, GUANACASTE
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Condominio Monte Donato II, is an unpretentious gated community, offering 44 lots at very accessible prices starting at only $19.995 and a monthly HOA fee of $28.

Located near Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla, at 3 miles from the beach. The project is located in a very quiet rural area. You will only hear sounds of birds and monkeys. Playa Avellanas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and a Surfer’s paradise.

Common areas: Swimming pool, Rancho, shower, restroom, soccer field, play ground

Water: The project has its own well and a 13,200 Gallon storage tank.

Security: Guard lives on the premises. Perimeter enclosure.

Construction: No zoning plan. You can build when you want, what you want!

Lot Sizes around 250m2 / 2700 sq. ft.

For detailed information www.montedonato2.com/index

Cell: +506-8479-2384 - US Toll-Free: 1-888-263-2631

-English spoken
- Se habla español
- On parle français
- We spreken Nederlands

CODE 9267-2/28/18


Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

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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: aquaad@hawaii.rr.com
Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com
Code:9284-3/22/18

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
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Email: info@c21jaco.com
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9215-3/22/18


ReMax Playas del
                          Coco
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
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Link to Playa Hermosa listings page HERE
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Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18

Real estate for sale (paid category)

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JACO BEACH - FIRE SALE
SUPER VIEWS
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100' above sea level & one mile to beach. Safe & secure neighborhood. 3 bedroom one bath,remodeled totally 3 years ago. Adding another bath right now. All new kitchen, windows, tile floors, AC, electrical, plumbing, yard for dogs, everything. Very low electric and water bills. Owner has deposit on another property and needs to sell. Possible financing.
Call Glenn at (506) 6214-0056
Email: goodbuyflorida47@gmail.com
Code:9332-4/26/18


EXOTIC DEVELOPMENT LAND
FOR SALE

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Londres, near Quepos, is an authentic Tico town just 10 miles east of Quepos, but worlds apart. The government FINALLY paving 616 road, and after 13 years has begun construction of the new High School. 5.77 acres (23,368 M2) of flat and fertile development land and in the heart of this up and coming "suburb" of Quepos. Quepos offers
world class Sports Fishing and is the gateway to world famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Londres is located on Rio Naranjo, just after the London Bridge, and it is the gateway to most of the adventure tours sold in Quepos. Christmas to Easter Rio Naranjo becomes a lazy river, and the locals favorite beach. The onsite creeks offers a tranquil place to relax and commune with Nature. All utilities to the property, mature Construction Grade Bamboo, fruit trees and 500 feet of creek frontage as the southern boundary. The existing 7 room facility is currently operated as a B&B, and could be used as a learning center, senior care, employee housing or B&B. The expat owner has been living in Costa Rica for 28 years and can offer development suggestions. the Mono Titis and several types of parrots have been frequent visitors.
Excellent bird watching too.

Visit our web: DevelopmentlandQuepos.com
Phone: 506-8351-8878
Email:
askelena@gmail.com
Code: 04/16/18


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 cap@lightsurfer.com

Contact Marco in Costa Rica (Spanish) :
Email- marvama05@gmail.com
Phone- +506-84608000 or +506-8667-2823.

Web page: www.costarica-house.com

Or CLICK HERE FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION
9266-12/5/17


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

Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray: jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9261-3/2/18



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A.M. Costa Rica's

Seventh News Page
San José, Costa Rica        Published: Monday, January 29, 2018        Vol. 18, No.129
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Despite better conditions, Poás Volcano Park will remain shut

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Poás Volcano National Park, located in Alajuela, will remain closed despite the improvement in conditions it has shown during the last weeks.

According to Lidier Esquivel, spokesperson of the National Emergencies Committee (CNE), despite the apparent tranquility, the volcano continues to vent dangerous gases. This means that the volcano remains too dangerous for tourists.

"While gases are venting, although in some moments they may be perceived as having low concentration, they can increase quickly," he said.

On January 20, the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) reported that the lagoon located in the crater reappeared.

The lagoon was one of the main attractions that Ticos and foreigners visited in Alajuela. The Poás Volcano is the second most visited National Park in the country, with 400,000 visits per year.

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The emission of toxic gases keeps the park
closed to visitors.



In the meantime, the authorities are working on the recovery of trails and the installation of signs and gas sensors in order to ensure that the park is in the best condition at the time of re-opening.
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