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Popular brand PuercoSpin opens its own store in San Pedro

The Costa Rican designer Federico Martínez and Chilean designer Pablo Ruiz took their brand PuercoSpin to a new level last week when they inaugurated their own store in San Pedro, east of San José.

5 things you should know about the newly opened City Mall

The long-awaited City Mall opened its doors in Alajuela, north of the capital, on Wednesday to a crowd of more than 1,600 that included Costa Rica’s president, Luis Guillermo Solís. Before you head out on your next shopping spree, here are a few things to know about the giant mall.

Black Friday in Costa Rica: Half of Ticos surveyed plan to shop

Costa Ricans have wholeheartedly embraced the U.S. shopping phenomenon that is Black Friday.

Street painters in San José

San José is full of hawkers, and most of them sell junk. But every once in awhile, you run into an actual artist dabbing paint onto canvas.

Shopping in San José: the good, the bad and the tchotchkes

Avenida Central is packed with tiny stores, dubious hawkers, and assertive panhandlers. Yet thousands of people shop here year-round. In the hectic days leading up to Black Friday, Robert Isenberg wondered: Why shop in San José?
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How to Plant a Tropical Tree in your own Backyard

Since June 15 was celebrated around the planet as tree day, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight a special tree you can...

How a Tiny Parakeet Named Verde Changed My Day

In the area of Guanacaste where my family and I have lived for the last 12 years it is almost impossible to go through...

Costa Rica Receives IMF Approval for $500 Million After Economic Reforms

The IMF executive board allowed for the disbursement over $500 million to Costa Rica on Friday after a successful review of the Central American...