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International Art Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica

The 2012 International Arts Festival San Jose, Costa Rica. A long day but totally worth it. The 2017 International Arts Festival will be held June 29 – July 9 in San Jose.  I had a heck of a time convincing friends we should go to the International Arts Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica this March. It takes us a long time to get there, gas is expensive, we have to stay all night in a motel because I don’t like to drive at night here (potholes the size of moon craters) and finding someone to feed our dogs are all obstacles to us going to town for a day trip. I had read that the festival included booths from Columbia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Korea as well as Costa Rican art dealers, so I really wanted to go. Things started falling into place, in my favor, without me really even trying. […]

Proposed Limon International Airport in Matina, Costa Rica

By: Kimberly Beck, Matina Limon Costa Rica Promoters of a $700 million international airport in Limón said they had difficulty generating interest under the Laura Chinchilla government, but now the Solís administration appears to favor the proposal. The promoters said this when they met last week with members of the Matina chamber of commerce in the canton’s municipal office, to introduce a proposed international airport. Representing the MEL Group was Enzest Brown, Project Engineer. The company name reflects the first names of the principal partners, and the company is not related to the aviation company The MEL Group with headquarters in Suffolk, United Kingdom. Other executives of the firm are Lowell McLean, Marketing Director and Limón resident, and Michael Adden, President of MEL Group.  Adden was born in Limón and lives in Miami, Florida. The plan for an international airport in Limón was born in 2011 and subsequently introduced to the […]

Favorite regional destination for European tourists

Costa Rica is favorite regional destination for European tourists Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 – By L. Arias   Tico Times European visitors to Central America increased by 16 percent last year. Meg Yamamoto Caribbean beaches are very popular destinations among European tourists. Costa Rica received 248,996 European tourists in 2012, and it’s their favorite tourist destination in the region, followed by Guatemala with 172,160 visitors from that continent. The figures were published in a report released this week by the Central American Tourism Promotion Agency, adding that the region as a whole increased tourist arrivals by 16 percent in 2012. According to the report, 717,883 European tourists arrived in the region in 2011, while in 2012 the number rose to 832,576. Germany and the United Kingdom are the countries that most contributed to these figures, as visitors from those countries accounted for 9.7 and 7 percent of visitors in the seven countries of the region. Spanish […]