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San José, Costa Rica            Published Wednesday,  February 21, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.221

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The U.S will help Costa Rica evaluate
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica will assess its aquifers to gain greater clarity about the availability of water resources through a project signed yesterday between the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the U. S. Geological Survey.

The initiative is named "Mapping of the underground water resource in Costa Rica" and will be possible through the use of a high technology called WATEX, which allows obtaining images of groundwater without interference from infrastructure, rocks or vegetation.

According to MINAE, this technology will save money and improve the success rate of drilling.

The process combines geophysical and geological data and will be useful in developing a groundwater resource management strategy to help minimize future impacts of drought and climate change.

The process will also guarantee the technical security of water availability for the population and  sustainable economic growth and will expedite the generation of aquifer protection measures and regulation plans for the municipalities.

The project is led by an expert from the Geological Survey in conjunction with the MINAE, and is valued at $1.46 million. The cost is being paid through standard water bills.

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  The joint project will cost $1.46 million.

Robin Matthewman, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy, explained at a press conference that this project is important because the protection of water resources is a priority for both countries.

The minister of Environment and Energy, Edgar Gutiérrez, said that the initiative, "represents a further step towards the correct direction of having science behind decisions in public management."

"The uncertainties that occur in natural environments, ecosystems and climate change, lead us to use science to manage resources intelligently and responsibly," he said.

Police arrest key members of international drug trade gang
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff   

Costa Rican authorities arrested a Mexican and a Colombian man on suspicion of leading an organization that was trafficking cocaine by land through Central America to Mexico.

The suspects were arrested Tuesday in a series of six raids carried out by the authorities in the provinces of San José and Heredia.

In the operations, two Nicaraguans were also arrested as well as a Costa Rican

The attorney general of Costa Rica, Emilia Navas, explained that the operation was under the control of the Office of the prosecutor against organized crime with the objective of arresting the, "criminal group that trafficked cocaine via land from Costa Rica to Mexico."

The minister of Public Security, Gustavo Mata, explained in a press conference that the investigation of the case began in April 2017. During the process of the investigation several seizures of cocaine were made, including one of 277 kilos in a vehicle and another of 213 kilos that was being transported in a minibus.

"This organization received the cocaine in Costa Rica and it was transported in buses (minibuses). We managed to stop them with six raids where five subjects were arrested, including the head of the organization," said Mata.

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Prosecutor Navas said that electronic devices, weapons, money not yet quantified and vehicles were seized in the raids.

The Prosecutor's Office will request a court order for preventive detention against the detainees, said Navas.

Drug trafficking is one of the foremost security problems in Costa Rica, whose authorities seized a total of 30 tons of cocaine last year.

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Central Bank publishes the first supplies index
for public transportation

By AM Costa Rica staff

Monday the Central Bank of Costa Rica published, for the first time, two indexes which will allow the public to know how the prices of goods and services required by providers are set.

Both indexes have weights (relative importance of each input) that belong to a representative production cost structure for 2015. The publication Monday covered the period from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the fourth quarter of 2017.

The calculation of the indexes will be made quarterly and the data can be consulted in the section of economic indicators of the Central Bank's website in the first 15 days after the end of the quarter.

The components that will be detailed for each index are: fuels, maintenance services, spare parts, administrative expenses (applies only to bus), payments of law, remunerations (for the weightings of this concept a salary was imputed to independent workers), and other production expenses.

"The construction of these indicators began in January 2016 and their development is part of a bank initiative that began approximately a decade ago, with the objective of providing the country with more and better statistics for the analysis of its economy." explained Eduardo Prado, manager of the Central Bank.


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The data seeks to make it easier for authorities
to set up a bus, train or taxi fare.


Input price indexes for transport are added to other indicators calculated by the Central Bank, such as the index of inputs for construction. It is expected that, during the course of 2018, the publication of agricultural price and foreign trade price indicators will also begin.

Burned Catholic church in Copey of Dota will be rebuilt

By AM Costa Rica staff

The architect Hazel Naranjo, a native of the Los Santos area, will donate the redesign of the heritage church of Copey de Dota, which was reduced to ashes on the night of Aug. 6.

The 41-year-old professional, trained at the University of Costa Rica, heads an inter-institutional commission made up of the owner of the land, the Temporalidades de la Iglesia Católica, the Municipality of Dota and the Center for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage.

All of them seek to agree on a proposal that preserves the collective memory of the building and mixes it with the current needs of the community.

"I volunteered for the architectural design of the first phase. It was done in a participatory way, taking into account the opinion of the members of the community,” explained Architect Naranjo.

These opinions were taken from two of the workshops, organized on Aug. 17 and Sept. 6, by the heritage center that included the participation of the pastoral council, catechesis and community leaders of Dota. It is expected that a third meeting will be held in April to define how the reconstruction of the church will look.

Until now, the plans aim to preserve similarities in the facade, which varies as the size of the property increases, respecting concepts of proportionality. It is expected that in the coming months three proposals will be defined and then submitted to popular vote.

"At this moment, based on these ideas, a proposal is being worked on. This would be the preliminary phase. The idea of the priest is to present three design proposals each with differences. Perhaps one would have the biggest bell tower, another one that has a bigger and bigger capacity, and the use of different materials among other things,” said the architect.

Among the changes confirmed, the capacity will increase from 125 to 300 people, and this will involve changes in the altar and the main hall, known as the ship. In addition, the structure will comply with the current construction regulations, the seismic code, the electric code and have a fire protection system, overcoming the shortcomings of the destroyed heritage structure.

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The plans of the new building will be donated by the architect Hazel Naranjo.

Until now it has not been possible to calculate the value of the construction, but it is foreseen that the amount will be covered by donations. The donation of the architect is equivalent to 1.5 percent of the total cost of the work, according to the rates of the Federated College of Engineers and Architects.

The director of the heritage center, William Monge, explained that when dealing with a new building, they seek to get involved to respect elements that are still standing, such as zinc cans, pieces of wood, segmentations and the imprint on which the church was built.

It has been proposed that the future infrastructure incorporate a small museum with heritage relics.

As an initiative of its own, Monge devised a souvenir that takes advantage of the remains of burnt wood with a digital insert to be put up for sale so that neighbours can keep a remembrance of the church.

The church of Copey de Dota was built in 1928 and 76 years later, by decree N°28296-C, it was declared an architectural heritage.




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Government organizes plan to attract
workers into formal status

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Tuesday the representatives of the social sectors signed an agreement to implement the Comprehensive Strategy of Transition to the Formal Economy in Costa Rica.

The document outlines a plan which aims to facilitate the transition of working people and economic units from the informal economy to the formal economy.

The strategy sets a 2025 goal for the percentage of the employed population with informal status to be 10 percent lower than the average of the 2012-2016 five-year period, which was 42.6 percent. This would mean that informal work would be only 32 percent of the labor force.

The basis of the strategy is Recommendation No.204 of the International Labor Organization and its 12 guiding principles which stem from four fundamentals: tripartite social dialogue, decent work, a human rights approach and gender equality of non-discrimination and inclusion.

The event was attended by the president of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solís, who also signed the agreement as an honorary witness.

"This has been the dynamic that we have promoted to continue strengthening the best conditions for the working population and to reinforce the social peace of Costa Rica," said President Solís.

The minister of Labor and Social Security, Alfredo Hasbum Camacho, pointed out the importance of social dialogue in the construction of integral solutions regarding national issues, while acknowledging that "this process is of the utmost importance since the issue of informality is something that we must attack as a state priority. The best way to do it is through agreements between the government and the social sectors, through dialogue processes," he added.

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Government, trade unions and business chambers
took part in the initiative.


"The informal sector represents an unfair competition for those who operate under the formal structure and which UCCAEP represents. Bringing informal companies closer to formality will have a positive impact on tax collection, on expanding social security contributions and will undoubtedly result in a better country for all,” said Franco Arturo Pacheco, president of the private employers organization, the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado.

The International Labor Organization, (ILO) was a key actor in this process which began in October 2016.

“Our new challenge is to implement this strategy, evaluate it, and generate the expected results," said Leonardo Ferreira, the deputy director of the ILO office for Central America, Haiti, Panama and the Dominican Republic

The strategy signed this afternoon will revolve around the four fundamental axes of intervention in this process.

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San José, Costa Rica           Published Wednesday,  February 21, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 221
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Authorities release the first State of the Environment report
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Minister of Environment and Energy and the National Environmental Council have officially presented the first Report on the State of the Environment in Costa Rica.

This report provides a common information framework for a sectoral and integrated approach to environmental issues in order to help diagnosis and identify those activities and events that generate pressure and impact on the environment as well as the main challenges that must be faced in the near future.

"The findings shown in this document demonstrate two elementary factors that are necessary to address: on the one hand, that economic inequality is affecting the use of natural resources and on the other, an inescapable obligation to transform our habits and consumption patterns, in order to ensure the conservation of these resources," said Edgar Gutiérrez, minister of Environment and Energy.

The report is made of five major sections, each of which contains an analysis of around 56 topics.

The policies and actions for sustainable development are analyzed, proposing a systematization of the main public policies, strategies and actions that have been adopted from various decision-making mechanisms of the Costa Rican society.
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Economic inequality affects the use of natural resources, according to the report.



The official statistics of the State of the Environment Report are the first statistical annex by the Ministry of Environment and Energy where people can find information related to the sustainable development goals, the statistics of the environmental accounts and the statistics reported to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on environmental matters, according to a press release.

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San José, Costa Rica      Published Wednesday,  February 21, 2018     Vol. 18, No.221
Calendar
Tourism
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
...Food
About Us

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CRUSA foundation fosters electric efficiency
among small businesses


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

With the objective of facilitating access to financing for micro and small companies that seek to implement energy efficiency measures, the Costa Rica-United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) in alliance with BAC Credomatic has set into operation the Guarantee Fund for MIPYMES Verdes, that is green small and medium enterprises.

This initiative allows the CRUSA Foundation to provide a partial credit guarantee to support small and medium-sized companies that would otherwise have difficulty accessing financing. The foundation has $400,000 for this project with a maximum credit guarantee of $25,000.

"For the CRUSA Foundation, it is very important to be able to contribute to the generation of investments aimed at energy efficiency and the implementation of alternative sources of energy self-consumption by MIPYMES. In this sense, CRUSA has sought to innovate in the financing mechanisms available to the Costa Rican productive sector, particularly those micro and small entrepreneurs," said Marisela Bonilla, project director of the CRUSA Foundation.

So far, eight companies have benefited from this fund, which has allowed them to obtain loans for the installation of solar panels. In these cases, the panels remain as collateral for the bank for 75 percent of the credit and the CRUSA guarantee covers the other 25 percent.

"For BAC Credomatic, this alliance with CRUSA is a breakthrough in a model that manages to combine mitigation practices with climate change, investments in energy efficiency and renewable energies, with a financial inclusion mechanism, such as guarantees," said Adolfo Haug, manager MIPYMES of BAC Credomatic


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The use of solar panels is highly encouraged
by the fund.


Together, these companies have installed 914 solar panels, which not only lowered their electricity bill, but also reduced their carbon footprint by 21.3 tons per year, thereby helping the country in its goal of achieving carbon neutrality.

To be beneficiaries of this Aval Fund, companies must be qualified as small or medium enterprises by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce. In addition, they must be from the tourism and agro-industrial sectors.


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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.
Read a sample and purchase the book Click Here

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New World Meditation: Focusing Mindfulness Healing Awakening
By Lucinda Gray Ph.D.
You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.
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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
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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













San José, Costa Rica   Published Wednesday,  February 21, 2018   Vol. 18, No. 221
Calendar
Tourism
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
.....Food
About Us

International Arts Festival will take to the streets
of San José April 6-15


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Under the motto "The window to discover art," the 2018 International Festival of the Arts will gather more than 1,100 professionals on stage in seven main venues with theaters, halls, plazas, and 11 complementary venues open to the public.

The festival will have peace as a concept and Colombia will be the guest country.

Of the seven main venues, five will be: National Theater of Costa Rica, Melico Salzar Popular Theater, La Aduana Theater, Dance Theater and the 1887 Theater.

"We will have two open-air venues: Plaza Máximo Fernández (known as Roosevelt Square in San Pedro) and Plaza de la Cultura, where people can enjoy programs in a spacious public place," added Ada Acuña, director of the Artistic and Cultural Production Center of the Ministry of Culture and Youth.

The complete program of the festival, as in 2017, will be shared through a web application in March, where the public will be able to find all the information of shows, artists, venues, schedules, and cost of the tickets, as well as how to buy them.

Within the framework of the 2018 International Festival of the Arts, the Artistic and Cultural Production Center, and the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce is inviting everyone to be part of EXPOPYME 2018.

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The FIA 2018 is the most important cultural
party in the country.



In addition, the second weekend of the festival will be the turn of the "Fair of the Costa Rican Craving,” organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. The event, which has attracted up to 30,000 people in the past, will be held at the Costa Rican Art Museum on April 13, 14 and 15.


Real estate for sale (paid category)

COLINAS DEL SOL
Fenced Gated
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* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled parcels.
* 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.
* Parcels 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

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Code: 9342-090318
Casa Bella Vista
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Looking for a special property with amazing views? This is it! 2 Houses (main and guest), in ground pool, 3 acres (almost 100% usable) with Panoramic Ocean Views. 7 minutes off the coastal highway up a newly PAVED road. 10 minutes from the beach (Playa Bejuco & Esterillos) 2 hours from San Jose. Furnished and turnkey. Must see to appreciate the view. Brokers Welcome $399,000 More information click here http://www.richcoastrealty.com/958-ocean-view
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Contact:
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011-506-8718-9891
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Code:9340-05/03/18


NALU Eco Development
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14 titled lots from $21,999, lot/house combos from $68,720 Walk to the beach (800 meters), Gated with onsite caretaker. Communal Organic Gardens. No time limit to build. 2 hours from San Jose, halfway between Jaco and Manuel Antonio at Playa Palma. All services and new hospital just
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Contact:
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USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011-506-8718-9891
www.RichCoastRealty.com
Code:9340-05/03/18

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

JACO BEACH - FIRE SALE
SUPER VIEWS


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100' above sea level & one mile to beach. Safe & secure neighborhood. 3 bedroom and one bath, totally remodeled 3 years ago. Adding another bath right now. All new kitchen, windows, tile floors, AC, electrical, plumbing, yard for dogs and most importantly - very low electric, water, taxes and insurance bills. Possible financing. Owner has deposit on another property and needs to sell. $139,900
Call Glenn at (506) 6214-0056
Code:9332-4/26/18

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

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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



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THREE CABINS FOR SALE
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In La Fortuna San Carlos. Price $145,000 USD
Three cabins for sale fully furnished with AC, hot water, micro waves, refrigerators, flat screen TV. three years old.Lot is 22 meters by 49 meters. fenced and gated with private drive.Fish and shrimp pond on property with several tropical plants as well as several fruit trees.Room for more new construction house or cabins. This property is in the country but close to Fortuna central.Cabins advertised on AirBnB. Good income property.
Call Harry +(506)
-8682-9219 Email: lagringo2003@yahoo.com

Code:9344-081518

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: 9328-04/15/18


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
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CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH

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A Name You Trust,
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Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

Buying? Selling? Renting?
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or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
Code:9215-3/22/18

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San José, Costa Rica    Published Wednesday,  February 21, 2018     Vol. 18, No.221
Calendar
Tourism
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Real Estate
Lifestyle
....Food
About Us

Letter to the Editor: War on Drugs

Dear A.M. Costa Rica,

The U.S. Government continues to toss vehicles, planes, and boats at Costa Rica to maintain the country's allegiance to the never-ending, never-winning War on Drugs. When will the politicians learn that this "support" enslaves Costa Rica to a lost cause? The result of these bribes is to keep a tiny nation in the crosshairs of international drug traffickers whose resources, including weaponry and money, outstrip ours.

The only way to escape the worsening battle is to legalize ALL drugs, but especially marijuana, which is not even a drug. If Costa Rica would study the example of Colorado, the country would see the huge potential for financial gain, private sector employment, and the diminution of gun violence that results from legalizing pot. It's time to tell the U.S. Government enough is enough.

James Saxon,
San Jose Costa Rica


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Useful links
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Today's international flights

- Juan Santamaría, San José airport click here
- Daniel Oduber, Guanacaste airport click here

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Foreign English-language 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
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Embassy located in Mexico,
Rubén Darío No.55 street, Colonia Polanco , Delegación Miguel Hidalgo CP 110000, México D.F., México
Phone: (0052) 55 1101 2200
Email: australianembassy.mexico@dfat.gov.au
Immigration
Immigration
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
HERE!
Community
                      alliance
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica
www.actionalliancecr.com



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