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Otto becomes a Category 2 hurricane, approaches Caribbean coast

On Thursday morning, Hurricane Otto is approaching the Caribbean coast as a Category 2 storm.

What to do as Costa Rica braces for Hurricane Otto

Hurricane Otto is nearing the shores of Costa Rica, so we've collected a list of precautions you should take and donations you can make before and during the storm.

Vehicle insurance costs to go up in November

A spike of almost 30 percent in the number of traffic accidents recorded in Costa Rica during first eight months of this year prompted an increase in the price of the mandatory automobile insurance for 2017.

Civil Registry now issues digital birth, marriage and death certificates

Costa RIca's new digital certificates include an alphanumeric security code that allows any interested party to confirm the certificate’s validity.

What’s open, closed in Costa Rica for the holidays

As Christmas and New Year's approach, here are the holiday hours that Costa Rica banks, embassies, government offices and businesses are keeping this year.

Fiat trial on child’s fiery death seen renewing push for Jeep recall

Jurors are poised to view grisly evidence of the June 2012 death of 4-year-old Remington Walden in the back seat of a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The SUV erupted in flames after being rear-ended at an intersection as his aunt drove him to a tennis lesson. The family's lawyers alleged in court filings that the carmaker knew of the danger — caused by the fuel tank's placement 11 inches from the rear bumper — and ignored it for years.
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The History and Meaning Behind Costa Rica’s Lantern Parade

Every September 14th, on the eve of Independence Day, most towns and cities of Costa Rica celebrate the traditional lantern parade. Driven by educational...

Costa Rica Wildlife: Meet the Common House Gecko

They’re behind your clock. They’re in your curtains. They’re laying eggs in your knickknacks. They’re your constant housemates, so we might as well learn...

Empanadas in Costa Rica are as Easy as 1,2,3,4

All over Latin America, empanadas (turnovers) are eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack. They vary in taste according to the ingredients used...

Costa Rica Independence Day meal with a side of history

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