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A Veteran’s Advice for Your Costa Rica Wedding May 26


Costa Rica: The Perfect Wedding Destination.

Whether you want to an add an exotic touch to your big day, or have fallen for a Costa Rican and are planning your wedding in the country, you couldn’t have chosen a better place to get married! Costa Rica is a stunning location for a wedding, with your choice of volcano, cloud forest, rainforest or beach as the event’s perfect backdrop. Those being just a few benefits, Katie High, Project Manager of Costa Rican Vacations, lets us in on the others along with some caveats for the first-time wedding planner.

Katie relocated from her native Waynesville, North Carolina to live in Costa Rica in 2005. On May 3rd 2008, she married Alfonso Straffon, her Tico partner of almost three years. The wedding took place in La Mariposa Hotel, located in beautiful Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast. Having initially met at the gym, Alfonso sweetly offered to help Katie home with her grocery bags, as Katie feigned a sore back from an extended workout. The plan worked like magic and “the rest”, Katie says, “is history!” more…

10 Signs Christmas is Coming to Costa Rica May 25

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Maria Jose of Latin American Idol Helped Inaugurate the Children’s Museum Decorations.

1. In the first official event of the Christmas season organized by the Municipality of San Jose, the Oxcart and Saints Parade, 300 oxcarts hit the streets of Costa Rica’s capital city this past Sunday, Nov. 30. This 12 year-old tradition unites colorfully painted oxcarts, oxen and their drivers from all over the country, each one carrying the statue of a saint. The parade began in La Sabana Park and finished on 2nd avenue with spectators lining the streets despite the inhospitable weather.

2. Next come the decorations. Last night, Monday, Dec. 4, marked the inauguration of the manger scene in front of the National Theater in San Jose (the baby Jesus will be added on the 25th). There was also a celebration held for the lighting of nearly 8,000 colored bulbs gracing the facade of the Children’s Museum, which included a musical performance and fireworks. Yet to come is the lighting of the tree in front of the Children’s Hospital, which is to represent the light of hope for those inside. With the town fully lit, including Christmas lights strung over the streets, a presentation was held at the National Theater in honor of the manager scene, which was followed by the first of three nights of Christmas Carols, which will be performed by national choir groups, a traditional event organized by the Theater each year. This free event will take place tonight and Wednesday night as well at the Plaza de la Cultura in front of the National Theater. Each evening will see 90 minutes of traditional and modern Christmas carols starting at around 6 p.m. more…

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Calle 13 scheduled to play 2009 Palmares Festival Jan 09

palmares-bull-ring-costa-ricaPalmares Festival completed the schedule of international artists that will be performing during the festival which begins next Wednesday Jan. 14th.  The festival is a 12 day event which is actually a combination of parties thrown by different associations. The Palmares Festival is the largest festival in Costa Rica and draws hundreds of thousands of people from Costa Rica but also international tourists.

A massive concert by Puerto Rican urban music group Calle 13 will close the festival on Sunday, Jan. 25th at 12pm. For those who know the band, Residente and Visitante will be singing to a smaller paid crowd on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the mainstage of Imperial Bar. 

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Residente of Calle 13

Other notable line-ups for the festival include:

Friday, Jan. 16th – Los Pericos, a reggae nouveau music group
Location: Marlboro Bar mainstage

Saturday, Jan. 17th - Mexican ranchero artist Ana Barbara
Location: Bull Stadium – paid concert

Saturday, Jan. 17th – Deep Dish live performance
Location: Marlboro Bar mainstage

Sunday, Jan. 18th - Kumbia Kings and ex-lead vocalist Pee Wee
Location: unknown

Thursday, Jan. 22nd - DJ Roger Sanchez for spin fans
Location: Marlboro Bar mainstage

Friday, Jan. 23rd - Argentinian music group Miranda! is back!
Location: Marlboro Bar mainstage

Check local papers for additional information or you can try this site which did not work for me but is published as a source for information about the event

The 411 on 911 in Costa Rica Jan 07

Every year thousands of tourists visit Costa Rica with ideas of experiencing adventure, tropical rain forests, wild animals, and surfing. While the majority of these adventures are safe and relatively low risk, it is the alternative activities or spontaneous decisions that pose very high risks. What are some of these alternatives? Suffice to say, anything in which your participation when gone awry could cause grave injuries. Why?

While Costa Rica boasts the traditional 911 emergency number, it is nothing remotely similar to the USA, Canada, or European systems. To demonstrate differences, just a few basics about the other countries system: US,CA; rapid response under 10 minutes, stabilization for transport and trauma care at hospital, European;rapid response under 10 minutes, stabilization & trauma care brought to scene. All have Enhanced-911 services; callerID with physical address, coordinated radio command & control of fire-police-EMT. And all come equipped for the job.

In Costa Rica, while authorities may claim rapid response is a high priority it does not exist. Furthermore, the noted basics of the other countries systems does not exist here. When you dial 911 in Costa Rica, you are sent to a central office in San Jose where they attempt to coordinate a response.

Red Cross Central Operations upgraded in 2001 from donation by Japan

Red Cross Central Operations upgraded in 2001 from donation by Japan

Often, when they call the local Red Cross or Cruz Rojo there is no answer. If you become incapacitated during the call, no luck locating the origin of the call, hence, no location information. When a response is received and the Red Cross arrives they often are ill-equipped to deal with any emergency other than their training. Equipment is often non-functional, or non-existent and hospital transport can be upwards to 2 hours depending on your location and that meter begins after they arrive on the scene which can take up to an hour. more…

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