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    Saprissa defeats Mexico’s Tigres UANL behind Venegas goal

    Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa defeated Mexico’s Tigres UANL, 1-0, on Tuesday at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League round of 16. Johan Venegas’s header in the 73rd minute proved the winning margin for Saprissa against the Liga MX side. The victory was another positive result for Saprissa’s […] More

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    Costa Rica 101: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

    Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) is both the first and last destination for the majority of tourists to Costa Rica. Air travel can be stressful enough before adding the uncertainty of an unfamiliar airport in a foreign country. The Tico Times is here to make that easier. Arriving at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) Prior to […] More

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    ‘Somos Campeones’: A step in the right direction

    In late January, Cine Magaly in Barrio Escalante, San José, held a special screening of the 2018 hit film, “Somos Campeones” (“We Are Champions”), in an effort to promote social inclusion for people with disabilities. The event was organized by Plura (a social enterprise) and Fundameco (an NGO) in partnership and received a significant turnout […] More

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    Artists ask for approval of $31 million loan to restore National Theater

    Dozens of artists visited Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly on Monday afternoon to request that lawmakers approve a $31.3 million loan that the Costa Rican government had negotiated with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) to restore the National Theater. This loan was negotiated during the previous political administration; however, wavering from several members […] More

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    An afternoon with Frida Cartas

    “I didn’t come out of any closet; I came out of my mother’s uterus!” Frida Cartas is the LGBTQ community’s best-kept secret. Writer, trans activist, essayist, columnist — the list goes on. She recently found herself in San José, promoting her new book, “Cómo ser trans y morir asesinada en el intento” (“How to be […] More

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    Herediano hosting Atlanta United F.C. in CONCACAF Champions League

    Costa Rican clubs Deportivo Saprissa and Club Sport Herediano will welcome international competition this week as the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League kicks off across North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Saprissa hosts Mexican side Tigres UANL on Tuesday at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in Tibás. Herediano welcomes Major League Soccer’s reigning champions, Atlanta United […] More

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    Slothy Sunday: Saving sloths in Costa Rica

    Kids Saving the Rainforest is a wildlife rescue center that has rescued about 3,000 animals. The organization has planted thousands of trees so that monkeys, sloths, and other animals will have food and a natural habitat. Click on the photo for a full-resolution version, or click below to read our 2018 feature on Kids Saving […] More

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    United States sending Costa Rica $40.7 million to fight narcotrafficking and crime

    The United States is expected to send more than $40 million to Costa Rica to help the country fight narcotrafficking and organized crime, the Foreign Ministry announced. The funding, which is part of a budget signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, amounts to a 33-percent increase over last year, according to the Foreign Ministry. The […] More

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    Costa Rica demands Maduro-accredited diplomats leave country

    The Costa Rican government demanded three Venezuelan diplomats accredited by President Nicolás Maduro leave the country within 60 calendar days, or before April 15, Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry announced Friday. Costa Rica is part of the group of some 50 countries that has recognized the authority of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has proclaimed […] More

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    ‘School of second chances’ opens in Costa Rica

    Kimberly Marín Jarquín, like many Costa Ricans, never received her high school degree.  She stopped attending school in the 8th grade. But today, at 22 years old, she is back in school and hopes to receive her high school diploma. Last month, The Costa Rican School of Opportunities opened in San José and has 75 […] More

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    Maduro blasts US for ‘stealing’ billions and offering ‘crumbs’

    President Nicolas Maduro hit out at the United States on Friday for “stealing” billions of dollars and offering “crumbs” in return as humanitarian aid, as Washington sanctioned five officials close to the Venezuelan leader. Tons of US aid is piling up in Colombia close to the border with Venezuela as opposition leader Juan Guaido has […] More

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    Arias and second Costa Rican politician reportedly accused of additional sexual crimes

    Costa Rica’s sudden introduction to the #MeToo movement is not showing signs of slowing down. Thursday afternoon, the daily La Nacion and Costa Rican journalist Amelia Rueda reported new accusations against prominent political figures. Rueda, via her website,, reported that Costa Rica’s Deputy Minister of Economy, Industry and Trade, Laura Pacheco, appeared at the […] More

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