Hotel owners expect almost 80 percent occupancy by Dec. 24.
The Alajuela City Mall will be located near Juan Santamaria International Airport, outside of the capital, and will be ready by 2015.
Costa Rica ranked first in three categories – Natural Beauty, Environmental Friendliness and Hotels and Resorts – although the company that performed the study is the same one that developed Costa Rica's new brand.
A finance blog on Yahoo analyzes why the countries are so expensive.
Apple launched two new iPhones this week, including a lower-priced model.
Whale migration in Costa Rica's southern Pacific is an important tourism draw, and in line with the country's pro-environmental image.
The expansion project, which will help ease air transit in the popular tourism destination, will cost $18 million and take a year to complete.
The U.S.-based telecommunications company marks first office in Central America with a visit from Costa Rica's foreign trade minister.
Libertarian Movement Party lawmaker says the bill's current text is unconstitutional.
For years homeowners in Costa Rica largely have been locked out of the solar option by high pricing and lack of infrastructure. That’s quickly changing, making solar energy a viable option for energy consumers who want to save money and the planet.
hiring expectations for the fourth quarter in 2013 are below last year's numbers among Costa Rican companies.
Administration officials are relieved that a political stalemate in the Legislative Assembly seems to be over, as lawmakers approve a series of bills to help reduce the fiscal deficit. But will the measures work without reining in public-sector spending?
Local franchisee has already invested some $2 million in seven new locations.
Costa Rica’s Caribbean ports need a makeover to compete with 21st century shipping needs. APM Terminals’ Paul Gallie tells The Tico Times how his company can help draw foreign investment to a region that badly needs it.
Every Saturday in San José's Barrio Aranjuez, vendors at Feria Verde, a farmers market, offer healthy organic food that shoppers can't find in supermarkets. But getting the government to certify their products as organic isn't simple.
The parent company of La Nación will fire 156 employees and launch a new matchmaking website.
Beach destinations are favored among local tourists.
The business sector will present a different proposal next week.
Medical devices account for 18 percent of the country’s total exports in 2012.
Country climbed 21 positions from last year’s ranking.
Local franchisee expects to open four 50's-style U.S. burger joints by next year.
Foreign Trade officials expect the opening of new markets for Tico products to boost exports in coming months.
Trade agreement between Europe and Central America will enter info force Aug. 1.
The Colombian airline last month eliminated five direct flights to the country, angering many travelers and businesses that depend on tourism.
Apple announces a dramatic makeover of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, and a new desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks.
Rust fungus continues taking its toll on Central American coffee farmers. In Costa Rica, 35 percent of producers still do not have agrochemicals to fight the problem.
Costa Rica exported $64 million in goods to the South American country last year.
The trade fair runs through Thursday at Costa Rica’s Centro de Eventos Pedregal.
A company proposal includes a fleet of 3-5 Airbus types of aircraft to fill a gaping market gap left by Avianca-TACA, which recently cancelled five direct flights, including to the U.S.
Organic coffee farming's emphasis on ecology and prevention may well end up it's best chance for finding a way to coexist with leaf rust.
The Central Bank has revised economic activity figures for the first four months of 2012.
The new network will be 10 times faster than 3G.
Second Vice President Luis Liberman heads the Chinchilla administration’s economic team. Will his experience in the private banking system help Costa Rica weather rough economic seas?
Business owners suggested creating spaces exclusively for smokers.
Coffee rust could cause a decrease in production of some 200,000 sacks this year.
Three days of service industry demonstrations.
Government goal is to have 95 percent of the country’s energy come from renewable sources by 2014.
Humane Society International launches a program in Costa Rica to convince restaurant and store owners to better market eggs produced from free-range chickens. But consumers still need education, the head of the program says.
The project is slated to start generating energy in 2016.
The Justice Ministry, Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce and other groups created the Costa Rican Academy of Intellectual Property to help train public and private agencies to protect intellectual property rights.
The company's actions will lead to 20,000 fewer tourist visits a month, the chamber says.
Funds will be used to add a 300-meter dock to the current port.
Choices for electric and hybrid cars are limited, but alternative fuel-enthusiasts are pushing their growth.
The president also will attend the inauguration of Ecuador's Rafael Correa.
Chang hopes to raise money to produce a documentary video about how the plasma rocket engine he designed will function.
Exports to Europe exceeded $2 billion in 2012.
The company will offer daily flights from December-March.
The rate hike would only be applied to calls to other landline phones, while calls from landlines to cellphones would be cheaper.
Many Monteverde business owners have been begging for a new road for decades. This week, work began on a $16 million project that will ease travel to the popular tourist destination in north-central Costa Rica.
Travelers praise the country for its nature, adventure and friendly fellow travelers.
Company expects to hire 500 employees in the next two years.
The new nonstop flight is already available for booking at the company’s website.
Passengers must present their Costa Rican identity card or residency permit to take advantage of the offer.
The roya fungus has damaged 64 percent of coffee crops in Costa Rica, officials said.
Microprocessor components are still the top export product.
Outstanding tax debt totals some $26 million.
Those failing to pay corporate taxes will be blocked from doing business starting Feb 1.
Authorities say cruise ship staff are warning passengers that Limón is dangerous.
CANATUR President Juan Carlos Ramos said that the group’s recent survey is accurate and includes 120 companies.
A decrease in fuel prices prevented higher inflation.
New restaurant is located at Lincoln Plaza mall in San José.
The U.S. chain is selling $7 cups of a limited edition brew made from Costa Rica’s Finca Palmilera.
Officials hope to replace petroleum imports with cleaner natural gas.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, 40 percent of workers have unemployment insurance.
Nowadays, the People’s Republic of China is a huge open market, which offers vast opportunities for the construction industry.
For the rest of 2012 and into 2013, pressure on the Costa Rican colón’s exchange rate versus the dollar will be downwards.
President Laura Chinchilla signed three tax and finance bills into law on Tuesday that will help close tax loopholes and remove Costa Rica from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s “gray list.”
For the past 28 years, César Vindas has staked his plot on a beautiful piece of land in Los Santos region of southern Costa Rica. With the help of the National Fund for Financing Forestry, he’s able to reduce his carbon footprint and protect the forest. You can, too.
Economists from the National University said the unemployment rate could be 18.6 percent when counting the number of people who have stopped looking for work.
The real estate company hopes to increase Costa Rica’s attractiveness to international corporations with buildings that include shopping and offices under one roof.
A free trade agreement between Costa Rica and Peru entered into force on June 1.
Intense rains are expected to help decrease the cost of fuel-generated electricity.
Local facilities will handle the company’s main operations for Latin American customers.
Developers planned to invest some $450 million in the coastal project, partially located on a RAMSAR wetland site.
Hotel owners say they face unfair competition from private condo rentals.
Costa Rica Environment Ministry to investigate officials responsible for approving Caribbean marina project
The proposed 88-hectare project would affect protected territories inside Cariari National Wetlands, Costa Rica's Attorney General’s Office ruled this week.
The trust will help 250,000 mostly small coffee farmers make it through the 20 percent drop in production expected next year.
Motorists can use debit or credit cards or pay using text messages from cellphones.
The 382-room luxury hotel will replace the Paradisus Playa Conchal Hotel.
The Costa Rica Tourism Board hopes to arrange meetings with travel wholesalers, agents and specialized media.
Escazú Mayor Arnolodo Barahona and his progressive Yunta Progresista Escazuceña party wrested control from national political parties in 2010 elections. Two years later, the mayor tells The Tico Times what he’s accomplished.
Intel shares are 17 percent higher this year.
Agriculture and Livestock Ministry officials claim proposed legislation only aims to "strengthen" the farmer’s market program.
Italy: Costa Rica cannot use local cheese brands with Italian regional names.
Trade negotiations with the Caribbean island started in 2009, after the signing of a free trade agreement with the U.S.
Airlines are beginning to react to Avianca-Taca's cancellation of nonstop flights to Costa Rica.
Most Costa Rican companies in the Central Valley do not plan to hire new staff or make investments in the next six months.
Local businesses will hold 70 meetings with major distributors in three countries this week.
Officials will invite Chinese business leaders to participate in a regional fair in Costa Rica in November.
Airport expansion will help accommodate an additional 260,000 passengers per year, an 18 percent increase from the airport's current capacity.
Talks about building a new airport in Costa Rica's Southern Zone have gone on for nearly a decade. Officials now may be getting closer to a deal. Meanwhile, at least one lawmaker wants to build another airport in the Northern Zone.
The new route will stop in El Salvador.
Services have accounted for one-third of Costa Rica’s total exports during the first half of the current year.
Chang turned to KickStarter.com to help promote the launch of his plasma engine, which is set for a mission in 2014.
The proposed measure would affect rates for households and even public schools.
The per liter price of diesel will increase by ₡15.
The country’s economic situation has forced Ticos to cut leisure spending, says the National Tourism Chamber.
Several tourism companies are offering great deals for Costa Rican nationals in an effort to boost domestic tourism.
The operation will provide jobs to some 200 people over the next three years.
Hotel is in search of bilingual staff for administrative and operative posts.
The proposal received "yes" votes from unions and government council members, while employers voted against it.
Costa Rica becomes the second country in Latin America to sign an agreement to comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, FATCA.