San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

About Us

The Tico Times is a daily English-language online newspaper based in San José, Costa Rica. Founded in 1956 by Elisabeth Dyer and a group of Lincoln School students, we offer a unique perspective on the news in Costa Rica, Central America and the world. For half a century The Tico Times established itself as the leading source of English-language news in the region, first as a weekly print newspaper, and later as a Web-only publication.

In January 2014, we launched our new-and-improved website and logo, aimed at delivering today’s up-to-the-minute news in an innovative and stylish format geared toward the 21st century. Check us out on your mobile device and tablet, as well as on our social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Tico Times, owned by Producciones Magnolia, is free to access, and our business is supported by advertising. While we are open to publishing sponsored content and paid advertising, we will never publish paid stories without clearly identifying them as such, including with a different design and presentation from standard news items.

Our aim is to continue The Tico Times’ legacy of quality reporting, investigative journalism, environmental coverage and quality photography, while adding more multimedia content and technological tools. We believe in providing substance with style.

Our staff is small and composed of a diverse balance of Costa Rican and foreign, English-speaking employees. We always have been, and remain, a Costa Rican company.

Contact Us

The Tico Times is located in San José’s historic Barrio Amón, one block west from INVU on Ave. 9, Calle 3.

Our phone number is +(506) 2258-1558.

To contact editors, or to send us a news tip, please email:

Katherine Stanley Obando, News managing editor

For sales, please call +(506) 2258-1558 or email:

To place a classified ad, call the same number or email:


1981: IAPA-Pedro G. Beltrán Award for distinguished service to the community
1985: Special Citation, Maria Moors Cabot Awards
1990: National Conservation Prize
1995: IAPA Grand Prize for Press Freedom
1998: Salvation Army Others Award, National Tourism Chamber Media Award

2015: The Alberto Martén Chavarría Award for best journalistic work in the area of social responsibility, American-Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce Social Responsibility in Action Awards

In Memoriam

Linda Frazier