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Costa Rica’s Rising Costs Discourage Tourists

Costa Rica is becoming a more expensive tourist destination, especially in comparison to its neighbors like Colombia and Mexico. This situation is partly due to the US dollar’s declining exchange rate at the Central Bank, which has fallen to its lowest point since reaching a record high the previous year. The tourism industry, exports, and foreign direct investment are under pressure due to this exchange rate issue, as highlighted by Rubén Acón, the president of the Chamber of Tourism. Additionally, former Central Bank president Rodrigo Cubero has raised concerns about possible job losses and economic consequences. Consequently, many locals are choosing less expensive vacation options abroad, and there is a call for government action to prevent potential company closures and economic crises.

Air Transat Expands Costa Rica Flights To Year-Round

Air Transat has announced a major expansion of its Montreal-Liberia flight route, upgrading the previously seasonal winter service to year-round operations starting May 1, 2024. The flights will now operate every Sunday, providing enhanced flexibility for travelers to experience Costa Rica’s spectacular natural landscapes during non-peak periods. Ange Croci, Chief Commercial and Communication Officer at Guanacaste Airport and member of VINCI Airports, welcomed the news and anticipates record-breaking Canadian tourist arrivals with the new 12-month option.

 Costa Rica’s Beaches Threatened by Vehicle Damage

The environmental impact of vehicles on beaches extends beyond just aesthetics, as wetland ecosystems and the diverse macroinvertebrates they support are feeling the pressure. These organisms play a vital role in recycling organic matter and maintaining the purity of our coastal waters and sands. However, the physical impact of vehicles, such as sand compaction, is causing a decline in these important populations and introducing pollutants such as hydrocarbons, grease, oils, and asbestos, which can threaten the health of individuals in contact with these areas.

Miss Universe Seeks Safety from Nicaragua

The Miss Universe organization has called on the Nicaraguan government to ensure the safety of affiliates of the local contest after Nicaraguan Sheynnis Palacios won the crown. The government had previously prevented the director of the Miss Nicaragua franchise, Karen Celebertti, and her daughter from entering the country. Opposition media also reported that Celebertti’s house was raided and her husband was temporarily detained. The organization has stated that the director and her family are safe.

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Miss Universe to Visit Costa Rica Amid Nicaraguan Regime Backlash

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Tarpon Land Lodge: Where Luxury Meets Nature’s Sanctuary in Costa Rica

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega Justifies Removing Nationality of Critics

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Legislature Moves to Ban Oil Drilling in Costa Rica

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