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John Koger, owner of A Safe Passage, dies at 61

Twenty-year Costa Rica resident John Koger, the owner of bus-ticketing and travel service A Safe Passage, died of a heart attack on Nov. 9, 2015, at the age of 61.

Suspect in US aid worker’s killing in Costa Rica: ‘I have no fear’

In an interview with The Tico Times on Friday, the 23-year-old former boyfriend of Sondra Elizondo, who was arrested last week in connection with her killing in a Barrio La California hotel room, claimed he was not at the hotel when the 46-year-old U.S. woman was stabbed to death.

Can I still renew my Costa Rican visa through Peñas Blancas?

Border runs are never convenient but if you have to renew your Costa Rica visa in Nicaragua this week your timing is worse that usual. A rush of Cuban migrants through the region has caused border closures and delays.

Does Costa Rica have postal codes?

Ten years after Costa Rica adopted a formal postal system the country has struggled to convince Ticos – even the government – to adopt it.

La nave: the joys and mysteries of San José buses

Costa Ricans, looking down the street to see their bus approaching, might say, “Allí viene la nave” – “there comes my boat.” The first time I heard my husband say this, years ago, I was charmed, and I have thought of the city’s buses that way ever since.

7 things to consider before retiring abroad

Retiring overseas can be both more enticing and and more affordable – depending on the locale – than retiring in the United States. But a smooth transition requires careful planning. Here are some of factors to think about before you sell your belongings and buy a one-way plane ticket.

US man dies in boating accident in Costa Rica, marking third deadly incident this month

Thomas Russell Tomlinson, a 68-year-old U.S. citizen and Costa Rican resident, died from injures sustained when the boat he was traveling in collided with another boat near the Caribbean town of Parismina around 4:00 p.m. Thursday, according to OIJ spokeswoman Paula Madrigal.

After 80 days, investigation continues into US man missing in Costa Rica

More than two months after his father disappeared, Jeff Hogue hasn’t lost hope. As Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) continue to search for Brian Hogue, who has been missing since June, Jeff Hogue traveled to Costa Rica to meet with his father's friends in search of clues to his whereabouts.

What Costa Rica taught me about motherhood, whether I like it or not

A Costa Rican mother might run around town with her baby in her arms, while a Gringa might be more relaxed about letting her baby play in the dirt. It’s all summed up by the common phrase cada loco con su tema: every nut has his own pet subject. It’s especially true for parents, who are crazy with love.

Eulogy for Elaine

Elaine Fendell, who died on July 17 at age 66 of complications from several autoimmune disorders, deserves a eulogy. I should know: We grew up together.

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