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Remembering La Penca, 35 years later
Crime
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Crime
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Remembering La Penca, 35 years later

The Tico Times - May 31, 2019

May 30, 1984, was a tragic day in Costa Rica's history. Seven people were killed and 21 wounded during a press conference called in La Penca, Nicaragua,…

Help The Tico Times celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing your story
Books
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Books
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Help The Tico Times celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing your story

Tico Times Staff - January 25, 2019

Give us some lovin'. Do you have a story of love (romantic or platonic) with a Costa Rican connection that you'd be willing to share? Did you…

Around the world in a Costa Rica Nativity scene
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Around the world in a Costa Rica Nativity scene

Elizabeth Lang - December 24, 2018

At Christmas time in Costa Rica, Nativity scenes, or portales, come in all different shapes and sizes, with just as many variations in the way they are…

The perfect Costa Rican Christmas in 10 easy steps
Holidays
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Holidays
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The perfect Costa Rican Christmas in 10 easy steps

The Tico Times - December 24, 2018

In Costa Rica, we don’t have sleigh rides or the white Christmases of movie fame – but we do have celebrations filled with delicious food and drinks,…

Why May 1 is much more than Labor Day for Costa Rica’s government
Legislative Assembly
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Legislative Assembly
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Why May 1 is much more than Labor Day for Costa Rica’s government

L. Arias and Tico Times Staff - May 1, 2018

You won't find Costa Rica's lawmakers marching in the streets or grilling steaks at the beach on this May 1. At least, chances are low. After the…

Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José

Robin Kazmier - January 8, 2018

Despite the best efforts of many a telescope-wielding nature guide, I fell in love with birds while sitting at my desk in San José, editing a field…

Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year

Ed Bernhardt - December 16, 2017

A warm holiday greeting from the garden to all our readers. Another year has come to an end, and it’s time to celebrate and give thanks. Here…

WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica

Andrés Madrigal - December 1, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DXrpDS0M3g Doña Flor Arguedas, 71, has been making tamales since she was 22. That was the year she got married. Her new mother-in-law told her, "Get ready.…

5 things you might not know about patacones
Cooking
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Cooking
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5 things you might not know about patacones

Jack Donnelly - November 6, 2017

Take a hard green plantain (plátano), cut it crosswise into rounds, fry them in oil, mash them flat, and fry them in oil again. If this doesn’t…

Road safety in Costa Rica: the law of the jungle must rule no more
Newsletter
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Newsletter
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Road safety in Costa Rica: the law of the jungle must rule no more

Roberto Guzmán - October 23, 2017

In the wake of the killing of another athlete in Costa Rica by a drunk driver, we feel impelled to republish this op-ed from Jan. 2017, which…

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