HOWLER Cost Rica Real Escapes September 2023

Page 1 Since 1996 Discover the enchanting birds of Costa Rica your gateway to the Costa Rica experience september 2023
Af Turning Dreams I www.marvis US (888)414-1836 CR

ffordable Luxury

Into Reality +506 8387 8888

Why is it Important to Work with a Licensed Real Estate Agent and a Long Standing Real Estate Company?

Buying Real Estate? The Basics

What our Reasons Why Love Living Here?

How Do People Enjoy Life Here? CLICK OR


What are our 99 Reasons Why We Living Here?

Are Real Estate Agents Licensed in Costa Rica?


Can I Make Money Renting My
Buy or Build?


welcome video

Sleep Deprivation in Paradise: The Costa Rican Rooster's Nocturnal Serenade

Ah, the elusive Costa Rican Rooster, also known in local folklore as "El Gallito de la Noche" or "The Little Rooster of Neverending Noise." While most roosters around the world have the common decency to crow at the first hint of dawn, the Costa Rican variant adheres to the "Pura Vida" lifestyle and crows whenever it darn well pleases.

You see, in the land of enchanting beaches, lush jungles, and coffee that can charm even the grumpiest of morning people, roosters have cultivated a taste for the unconventional. A bit of jazz, a sprinkle of salsa, a flair of unpredictability – that's their secret recipe for a never-ending serenade.

Should you embark on a quest to find this rogue rooster, be prepared for a journey unlike any other. Picture Indiana Jones, but instead of seeking a lost ark, you're in pursuit of a feathered fiend with a penchant for keeping the entire village awake at ungodly hours.


You may even find that he's hired an entire orchestra of crickets, frogs, and other nocturnal critters, all part of his grand symphony.

It's said that the Costa Rican Rooster is a fan of irony and timing. Just as you're about to drift into that sweet dream where you've won the lottery and are sipping a piña colada on a hammock, he'll belt out a crow that could wake a hibernating bear.

Local farmers have been known to consult this crowing phenomenon for agricultural advice. "Why bother with those fancy weather apps when we have Señor Rooster?" they'll say, laughing at the befuddled tourists who've had their slumber stolen.

Many have tried to reason with this rooster, offering him treats, sweet lullabies, or even a spot on "Costa Rica's Got Talent." But no, he marches (or rather, struts) to the beat of his own drum.

Should you finally locate this mythic creature, remember to approach it with caution and respect. Any attempt to stifle his creative expression could lead to a crow-off between villages that lasts well into the night, turning the serene Costa Rican landscape into a battleground of melodious mayhem.

In the end, perhaps it's best to embrace the "Pura Vida" philosophy yourself. Let the rooster's untimely crowing remind you that life is unpredictable, vibrant, and full of surprises. Besides, who needs alarm clocks when you have a feisty, free-spirited Costa Rican Rooster to start your day?

Click this logo for exploring more editorials:

Click Here

You'll notice a fresh look with the Howler Media platform in August. The platform includes the digital magazine, website and social media.

• "Click" means an action is required.

• "Real" is the opposite of pretending, fake, myths or false.

• "Escapes" mean a way out of a situation that is not good to be in at the present time.

Is Costa Rica your cure-all?

That answer is a strong "no," but a framework does exist in Costa Rica to provide the opportunity to escape, even if it's for a two-week vacation.

Howler has been publishing Costa Rica to the world for over 27 years. We hit an all-time high number of unique readers in 2022 with over 5 million. We're on track this year to surpass that number.

In August we will soar over 1 million translations! Spanish being #1 out of the 12 languages.

We so appreciate our advertising partners and you, our readers, for your participation.

Thank you for reading, sharing and being a part of the loudest voice of Costa Rica to the world!

Click this icon on the magazine page to go to the complete article and more resources. Click on the WORD to go directly to that section. CLICK SECTION TITLE UPFRONT TRAVEL & ADVENTURE REAL ESTATE ACE PURA VIDA LIVING DINING & RECIPES

The September edition of Howler Real Escapes magazine focuses on various aspects of Costa Rican life and culture. The main highlights include:

1. Natural Wildlife: The magazine emphasizes the unique bird species found in Costa Rica, such as the Boobie, as well as other animals like the long tongue bat that feeds on nectar.

2. Travel Features: There is a continuation of the 40-day world journey series. Also a soulful spotlight on the experience of visiting Costa Rica.

3. Surfing and Wellness: This edition explores post-surfing relaxation and rejuvenation, promoting wellness through massage therapy.

4. Art, Culture, and Entertainment: The celebration of Costa Rica's Independence Month is covered, including an exploration of the power of music.

5. Fashion Trends: The magazine delves into the latest trends in fashion, including eyewear and men's clothing.

6. Business Insights: The edition provides an exploration of the legal process of marriage in Costa Rica.

7. Culinary Experiences: Culinary insights are shared, particularly focusing on recipes involving pineapple.

8. NEW CATEGORY: WILDLIFE Howler sectioned one of the most read article topics into it's own category now.

Overall, the September edition of Howler Real Escapes provides readers with a multifaceted view of Costa Rican culture, ranging from wildlife and travel to fashion, cuisine, and local customs.


Ben Almadin: Business writer, Reporter and Author from Dubai, UAE

Gloriana Arrieta. Paralegal, GM Attorneys at Law

Sylvia Barreto Benites. Writer, teacher, tutor and founding director of IREN Renaissance Institute, a Costa Rican nonprofit organization focused on innovative learning solutions for children and adults.

John Brockmeier. Writer and activist inspired by diverse interests and international life experiences.

Isabel Brown. Costa Rican medical aesthetician, focusing on skin care and permanent makeup, and creator of Avatar Lifting Therapy. Conducts accredited seminars on specialized beauty techniques in Costa Rica and the U.S.

Terry Carlile. Served as a U.S. Navy journalist for eight years, and is also a workshop trainer and keynote speaker.

Mariana Castilla. Local writer, teacher and graphic designer.

Dr. Gilberth Cavallini. Veterinary Doctor, owner Cavallini Veterinary Services, Villarreal (MegaSuper Plaza)

Frank Deloria. Health and wellness writer, currently in Costa Rica but traveling the world.

Audrey Vargas Gil has lived in the Tamarindo area for over 20 years she is originally from Cali, Colombia, and is now a citizen of Costa Rica. She started Ordry's Spa in Tamarindo 16 years ago and has many local and tourist clients.

Karl Kahler. Author of "Frommer's Costa Rica 2017," former travel editor of the Tico Times and former national editor of California's San Jose Mercury News.

Andrew Nichols: Media Manager World Surf League (WSL) North America


Jenn Parker. An avid writer, traveler, and nature lover on a mission to surf the earth and share her stories.

John Quam. Howler Magazine Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, who has called Costa Rica home for nine years.

Tom Schultz. BS in Biology and Geology, avid birder and nature photographer, retired software executive.

Patricia Sterman. Argentinian fashion design graduate, living in Costa Rica for 20 years. Owner of Azul Profundo Boutique, jewelry manufacturer and co-founder of SalveMonos animal protection group.

Valerie Taylor. A native of the western U.S., enthusiastic about herpetoculture and nature in general. An avid photographer who has extensively explored biodiversity and ecotourism in Costa Rica.

Victoria Wagner: From Aspen Colorado currently traveling the world and writing about interesting places and things.

Captain Paul Watson. Globally renowned ocean conservationist and environmental activist, advancing marine ecosystem protection initiatives through the new Captain Paul Watson Foundation. Co-founder of the Greenpeace Foundation and founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Karen West: Nutritionist and healthy food chef from Boulder Colorado. Loves to teach people how to eat healthy and what foods have benefits for your health.extensively explored biodiversity and ecotourism in Costa Rica.



John B. Quam executive director - Terry Carlile

account executive

Mary Fernández

Editorial Staff

Laurie Quam - Copy Editor

HOWLER (™) 2017

Cont act

John Quam - Managing Partner




CR Office: (506) 4701-5942

Howler Magazine Costa Rica @howlercostarica @thehowlermag @howlermagazine

The Howler Gold Coast CR S.A. Ced. Juridica: 3-101-725213

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Howler organization or its advertisers.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission requests write to:

The Howler Magazine does not assume responsibility for the content of its advertisements.

Images not credited are acquired from stock photography services.

Copyright © 2023

The Howler Gold Coast CR S.A

Copyright © 2023 Howler Media Holding, Inc. Panama

The Howler Gold Coast CR S.A.

Ced. Juridica: 3-101-725213


Read all current and past articles online #S earch F ind Howl SEPTEMBER 2023 Vol. 32 No. 9

Click on the section to go directly to those pages.


The Beautiful and Bountiful Birds of Costa Rica

• I Love Boobies

• Scarlet Macaws Making a Comeback

• Pallas' Long-Tongued Bat

• The Best of "Through the Lens' Birds


• Considering

• Raising Kids

• Are There Good

• The Best Bedtime

• Pet Care: Water

• We are Children

• Discover the A Tropical Powerhouse

Editorial: Sleep Deprivation in Paradise: The Costa Rican Rooster's Nocturnal Serenade


• Exploring Doha, Qatar: Contrasts, Adventures, and Ramadan Experiences 30 Hours in Doha (Around the World Part 1)

• Soulful Escapes in Costa Rica


• Surfing with the Moon: Understanding Tides and Waves

• Leilani McGonagles's Remarkable Journey

• Post-Surfing Massage Benefits

• Tide Chart, Sun, Moon Schedule

• Spanish: Asking


• Celebrating Independence

• The Festive Dance

• The Magic of

• Snapshots of CR FASHION

• Lisbeth Valverde

• Costa Rica Produced

• Selecting the

• Del Toro: Costa

• Let's Talk About

• Almara


• Saudi Arabia

Uniting for Tourism Investment

• Marrying in Costa Requirements


Considering Retiring?

Kids in Costa Rica

Good Schools in Costa Rica?

Bedtime Story

Water Health & Safety

Children of the Flowers

the Health Benefits of Noni Fruit:


Asking for Directions


Independence Day

Dance of Costa Rica of Music of Costa Rican History


Valverde is the New Miss Costa Rica

Produced 100%: Guarantee SDI the Best Ladies Sunglasses

Costa Rican Made Bikinis

About the Men


• Tres Amigos

• Horizon Pacific

• Sun Real Estate

• Grupo Tropical

• Force One

• Casa Boaz: Where Howler Monkeys Serenade You, Now for Sale!

• Hotels for Sale

• Carao Penthouse

• Los Colinas Casa


• Pineapple Ginger Juice Recipe: Discover the Ultimate Refreshing Twist

• Pineapple-Infused Sweet and Sour Chicken: A Tropical Twist

• The BEST Pina Colada?


• The Beautiful Birds of Costa Rica

• Hundreds of Wildlife Stories

and Costa Rica:

Tourism and Costa Rica: Legal Requirements and Process

Celebrating Independence Day on September 15read the story!

The Birds of

The birds of Costa Rica offer a fascinating glimpse into the incredible diversity and beauty of the country's avian population. With over 900 species calling Costa Rica home, it is no wonder that birdwatching has become a popular activity among locals and tourists alike. From the striking Toucans with their vibrant beaks to the majestic Scarlet Macaws soaring through the rainforest, these birds showcase both the country's natural wealth and its commitment to conservation efforts. Click logo to continue reading:

These photographs are from Tom Schultz's story "Birds of Gondwanaland?"

of Costa RicaWILDLIFE newSeethe section:

I Love Boobies

Where can we see boobies in Costa Rica?

Okay, stop giggling . The Booby family is one of my favorite pelagic birds . Pelagic means they spend most of their time at sea. Boobies spend most of their time just offshore, not very far out at sea, and nest on land. Beautiful to watch in flight, and always good for a laugh when they are on land due to their silly walks, at least silly to us.

Their name does not derive from where those of you still chuckling like Bevis and Butthead think it does. Their name is actually Spanish- bobo. Bobo is Spanish for fool or silly person, and since they are very clumsy and have a silly walk on land, they started being called bobos. The name got anglicized to the plural of boobies. Here in Costa Rica we also use bobo for the Motmots, but that is because that is how the motmot call sounds - an onomatopoeic name.

In the world, there are a total of only 6 species of boobies, and most people think of the Galapagos as the place to go see them, and they are correct. There are many to see there, and you are able to get close to them, especially the famous Bluefooted Booby, known for their incredible mating dances . But, there are only 3 of the six species to be seen there: the Red and Blue-footed and the Nazca.

Do you know where you can actually see all six species?

Brown Footed Booby searching for the next meal

See the rest of the story:

WILDLIFE newSeethe section:

Pallas' Long-Tongued A Fascinating Nectar-Loving of South and Central America


Long-Tongued Bat: Nectar-LovingAmericaMarvel

The Pallas' Long-tongued bat (Glossophaga soricina) is a fascinating mammal native to South and Central America. Its exceptional metabolism and preference for nectar, akin to hummingbirds, make it a crucial player in its habitat's ecological balance.

WILDLIFE newSeethe section:

With a long specialized tongue, this bat reaches deep into flowers to extract sweet nectar, and it occasionally supplements its diet with insects for added diversity. Its hovering feeding technique allows precise and efficient access to nectar.

Apart from its dietary habits, the Pallas' Longtongued bat unknowingly aids in pollination and seed dispersal, contributing significantly to the reproduction and genetic diversity of plants in its habitat.

Despite its ecological importance, this species faces threats like habitat destruction and climate change. Conservation efforts are essential to safeguard this unique creature and its vital contributions to the ecosystem.

See the rest of the story:

Josh Bogle Photo by Nicolas Macchi Photo by Shivam Rajdev

Return of the Scarlet Macaws

Depicted as the fiery god of light, Itzamna, in ancient Mayan legends, the scarlet macaw (Ara macao) is unmistakable. With a wingspan of nearly five feet and a squawk that can’t be ignored, these majestic birds are crowd pleasers that seem to love the attention. Always a treat for tired eyes, the lapas rojas, as it is known in Spanish, appears on the must-see list of most visitors to Costa Rica.

But it was almost not to be. From near extinction through ultimate survival and revival, the macaw’s Costa Rican comeback is an inspiring story of committed conservationists.

As the 20th century dawned, the species was widespread across 85% of the entire country. By 1980 it was almost gone. What happened?

Click logo for the rest of the story

Video by Mark Barkan
WILDLIFE newSeethe section:

Through the Lens

Howler Editions

Howler has three "Through the Lens" magazines filled with spectacular Costa Rica photography. Edition one is available on Amazon. Click the Amazon logo to order your copies. Makes great Christmas gifts, house warming and for your "showing off Costa Rica" magazine on your coffee table.

Greivin Araya Montero

Crested Caracara hawk landing sequence

See the logo to see the website article


The following pages features birds from these editions. Click the button to explore the "Through the Lens" editions.

Edition 2022 #1

Edition 2022 #1

Edition 2022 #2

Mario Arana

Ornate hawk eagle

See the logo to see the website article


See the logo to see the website article

Birds feeding - yearly migration at the salt ponds of Chomes


WILDLIFE newSeethe section:

One of Howler's most prolific and enduring writers and photographers

Tom Schultz
Haskell Rosette Spoonbill on the Tarcoles river See the logo for the website article
Lori Anne

Luis Felipe Murillo

See the logo to see the website article WILDLIFE newSeethe section:


features dozens of articles about birds.

Click on the bird to go to that article.


Who Will Help Me Settle In When I Move?

Click the logo for more videos:
Click the logo for website: Are There Good Dentist, Doctors and Hospitals?


In this edition: (bold)

• Lisbeth Valverde is the new Miss Costa Rica!

• Costa Rica Produced 100%: Guarantee SDI

• Women's Sunglasses

• Del Toro: CR Made Bikinis

• What About the Men?

• Almara

• Fashion & Fishing?

• Sport Fashion

• Makeup with Cannabis Arrives in Costa Rica Thanks to Revlon

• Beach Fashion for the Holiday Season

• Dressing for the Dampness

• You've Come a Long Way, Bikini

• Stay Happy in the Rain

• Clothes Can Make Your Mood

• A Crowed-Pleasing Creativity Showcase

• Underwater Fashion Photography

• Dozens more...

See the FASHION section:

Costa Rica Produced 100%:

SDI Conexion is aimed at dress in a distinguished personality.

Under the concept "Prêt-à-porter", llevar", "ready to wear" TO SHINE, SDI Conexión and products designed Rica.

SDI Guarantee, which means ourselves verify that they made in Costa Rica, visiting factories, atelier's or workshops are produced. We want that everything that is available produced in Costa Rica.

The design and production be of the highest quality, handmade, professional,

Click logo for more information, contact links and map to Liberia store.

100%: Guarantee SDI

at people who want to distinguished way, with sense and "Prêt-à-porter", "listo para or better yet, READY Conexión offers all garments and made in Costa means that we they are products visiting the different workshops where they people to be sure available in the store is Rica. production of the articles must quality, whether they are professional, or industrial.

links store.

Lisbeth Valverde Brenes: Empowering Miss Costa Rica 2023 with Social

A Remarkable Achievement

In a dazzling spectacle that unfolded on the stage of Televisora de Costa Rica (Teletica) on August 16, Lisbeth Valverde Brenes emerged victorious, clinching the title of Miss Costa Rica. This exceptional 28-year-old, hailing from the charming town of San Ramón, has not only secured the coveted crown but also aims to illuminate her remarkable social endeavor, "Manos Unidas Costa Rica."

A Radiant Symbol of Costa Rican Beauty

Lisbeth Valverde, not only a symbol of Costa Rican beauty but also a beacon of inspiration, is more than just a titleholder. Her passion for her community shines through her commendable social project,

"Manos Unidas Costa Rica," which underscores her commitment to making a positive impact. Beyond the dazzling exterior, her dedication to creating change truly sets her apart.

An Array of Prizes Await the Queen

Lisbeth's victory comes with a magnificent array of rewards, each signifying the admiration and recognition she deserves. Designed by the renowned Jorge Bakkar, her crown graces her with regal elegance. Alongside this, she will receive a substantial cash prize of ¢3 million, a new car, and access to specialized care. From the Kaver Dental Clinic to the Fumero Medical & Skin Center, her wellbeing is undoubtedly valued.

Click for the rest of the story:

Brenes: Social Impact

Howler Staff the the story:

Women's Sunglasses


When it comes to choosing the best women's sunglasses, several factors should be taken into consideration. Firstly, it is important to select a style that complements your face shape and personal taste. For instance, aviator sunglasses with their classic design often suit most face shapes, while cat-eye frames are ideal for those looking to make a retro statement. Additionally, consider the lens color and material for both fashion and practical purposes; darker lenses provide better protection against harmful UV rays, while lighter ones offer enhanced visibility in low-light conditions. Moreover, pay attention to the frame material - acetate is lightweight and durable, while metal frames exude a sleek aesthetic. Lastly, ensure a proper fit by checking the sunglass dimensions before purchase or trying them on in-store if possible. With your investment and diligence, you can confidently find the perfect pair to shield your eyes from sunlight while staying stylishly on trend.



• Choosing the right pair

• Taking care of your investment

• Detecting the frauds

• The differences in the tints

See the rest of the story:

Sponsored Content

Del Toro Bikinis is a brand that was born in 2011, in the midst of the Guanacaste sunsets, its beautiful landscapes, the sea breeze, and the joy of its people and visitors.

Our inspiration is the various women who visit every day to browse and purchase our bikini fashions.

Our motivation is to imagine all the beautiful moments that our clients will enjoy with Del Toro Bikinis - with family, friends, as a couple or just relaxing alone.

We see them playing sports, dancing, relaxing, and on their travels. We hear their laughter and see their happiness.

Those realities are what encourage us to continue making bikinis.

Our store is located in Tamarindo where we offer a wide variety of designs, colors, and patterns.

We are 100 meters from the Hotel Tamarindo Diria towards the roundabout.Hours: Daily 10 am to 8 pm



What About the Men?

For some men, including my own husband, buying clothes is not fun. He would rather be at the hardware store, where he can spend hours looking for tools, than inside a clothing store, where he will only spend minutes. For many men, shopping means you go, you ask for what you NEED and you go home.

Luckily, other men see fashion as a way of expressing themselves. They are willing to take their time to shop and choose. This type of man — my favorite as a fashion business owner — might run the risk of looking too feminine for the hardware store guys. But there’s a new generation of men who are changing things; they are influenced by “YouTubers” and movie stars.

FASHION FLASH Continue the story:


First published 2018

Continue story:

CARAO PENTHOUSE - Reserva Conchal - Brasilito

Type: Residential

Style: Condo

Bedrooms: 3 + loft

Bathrooms: 3.5

Half Bathrooms: 1

Garage: 2 titled underground parking spaces

Size: 3,000 sq. ft.

Year Built: 2008

Condo Fees: $849.31(includes parking spaces, water, insurance, grounds maintenance)

This condo has many amazing features such as:

• Only 3 units in Carao have penthouses with a loft and vaulted ceiling

• 40% owner financing available

• Guaranteed rental income for 2 years

Click here for more information:


Brasilito - Guanacaste

2023 January February March April JANUARY2023 Costa Rica's Loudest voice to the World Since 1996 SURFING Costa Rica FEBRUARY2023 Costa Rica's Loudest voice to the World Since 1996 Up close in Costa rica MARCH2023 Costa Rica's Loudest voice to the World Since 1996 LEGENDS OF Cocos Island Click the page to see 2023's editions. Click the cover to discover.
you to our advertising partners for your support.
appreciate our readers for
sharing, and enjoying Costa Rica's loudest voice to the world. May June July August


In this edition (bold):

• Celebrating Independence Day

• The Festive Dance of Costa Rica

• The Magic of Music

• Snapshots of Costa Rican History

• Kids Rock at Camp Experiences

• Reggae's Infectious Rhythm of Costa Rica

• Castillo de Lilo

• Costa Rica's Unwavering Love for Soccer

• Colplay Sets a New Standard

• Sloth's Poetic Serenity

• Protecting hte Indigenious Tribes

• Sebastian Kaya Salgueiro

• Muralist Returns to Restore Atenas Mural

• The Language of Wood

• Rolo's History Collections

• Marching to the Rose Parade Beat

• Earth Without Humans

• Artist: Allan Murillo

• Liquor Factory Legacy

• Hundreds of more articles

Click for the ACE Section of Howler:



Celebrating Independence Day

Discover a few interesting facts about Costa Rica Independence Day and rejoice for its 201 years of freedom with the country on Sept. 15!

You'll notice businesses, homes and vehicles are proudly displaying blue, white and red Costa Rican flags, banners and decorations.

1. On Sept. 15, 1821, a crucial Central American congress signed “The Act of Independence” asserting that Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica were free and unbiased of the Spanish Empire.

2. Even though Sept. 15 is the day the independence was declared, it wasn't until October 13 that the news reached Costa Rica. The messenger had to travel by horseback from Guatemala with the official declaration.

3. There was no fight required for independence in Central America. With its resources depleted by the battle with Napoleon Bonaparte, and a few Latin American wars, Spain really supported independence because the area had ended up as a burden.

4. Costa Rica ultimately became a totally independent country in 1838, when it separated from the Central American Republic.

5. Sept. 15 is a countrywide holiday, with agencies, banks and other establishments closed.

Click here for:

• the rest of the story

• Student's free download booklet with coloring sheet and quiz

• National Symbols

• National Anthem

• National Flag

• Online puzzle

• Festival videos and more...

Source: Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín

The Festive Dance of Costa Rica

Photos by Perry The dancers and band from Villareal High School performing at the opening ceremonies for the Fishing Rodeo at Flamingo Marina in August.

The native Costa Rican festive dance is a magnificent celebration of rich traditions and exuberant culture that fills the heart with sheer exhilaration. The dancers, adorned in vibrant traditional costumes, ignite an electric atmosphere with their energetic movements and rhythmic beats. Every step is meticulously synchronized to the pulsating music played by a lively ensemble of drums, maracas, brass, xylophone and flutes.

Carlile Perry Carlile

The dance is a captivating display of skill and agility as performers gracefully whirl and twirl to infectious melodies. The air becomes thick with joyous laughter and contagious excitement as onlookers are irresistibly drawn into the mesmerizing rhythm.

This jubilant spectacle not only showcases Costa Rica's indigenous heritage but also embodies their profound connection to nature, history, and collective spirit.

Witnessing this spellbinding performance leaves one electrified, fully immersed in the captivating symphony of sights and sounds that honor the country's vibrant past while embracing its ever-bright future.

Read and watch more videos:

Snapshots of Costa Rica

Going Bananas

During the first half of the twentieth century, the United Fruit Company (UFCo.), a multinational corporation founded in 1899 in order to exploit the agricultural wealth of the Caribbean, was responsible for considerable amounts of propaganda, newspaper ads, postcards, books, etc. These were linked to the commercial and tourism activities of the United States in Caribbean countries.

The goal of UFCo was to influence the imperial vision of the Central American and Caribbean area from an iconographic point of view. In that world of images, postcards were very important as artifacts in which a visual discourse imposed an ideal of social imagination that was stimulated by the banana company.

See the rest of the store and discover more historical photographs

Photos courtesy of Facebook Group: Fotografias Antiguas Indígenas de Costa Rica

Rica History


Snapshots of Costa Rica History

1920 and 2023 San Jose Costa Rica

Central avenue and 2nd street (view to the south).

Old photo: Manuel Gómez Miralles. Comparison 2023: Facebook - Rolando Alpízar (Rolo).

1871 - 2023

San Jose Costa Rica.

View to the east on First Avenue.

In the photograph of 1871, the old Hotel

San José was portrayed, which was located in the northeast corner, of the intersection between First Avenue and Central Street.

Credits: photo shared by Jorge A. Salazar Navarro. Comparative edition 2023: Facebook: Rolando Alpízar (Rolo).

See more historical photographs:

The Magic

Howler has compiled a variety of artist's videos to demonstrate the range of genres.

Music has a remarkable ability to touch our souls, evoke powerful emotions, and transcend language barriers. Throughout human history, music has played an integral role in various cultures and societies, serving as a means of expression, communication, and connection. From the soothing melodies that

heal our hearts beats that make has a magical captivates and Here in Costa wide-range of We'll dive into world of music, profound impact


Magic of Music

hearts to the energetic make us dance, music magical quality that and uplifts us.

Costa Rica offers a of music venues. into the enchanting music, exploring its impact on emotional

well-being, the fascinating science behind its effects on the brain, its therapeutic applications, its ability to bridge cultural gaps, unlock memories, foster social connections, and even enhance our daily lives. Join us on this journey to unravel the captivating magic of music.

Read more and listen to the variety of music videos:

Discover Your Dream: A Gardener’s Paradise Awaits Near Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Ifyou’re on the lookout for an exceptional property in close proximity to the stunning Playa Grande beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, your search ends here. Nestled within this beautiful landscape lies a true haven for nature enthusiasts and gardening aficionados alike. With its lush greenery, magnificent trees, and a myriad of remarkable features, this property beckons you to explore its potential. Let’s delve into what this garden paradise has to offer.

Spanning over an expansive 3000m2 (approximately 3/4 of an acre), this mini organic farm is a canvas for your green dreams. Imagine the possibilities as you explore the abundance of space that can be sculpted according to your vision. Cultivate your own oasis, utilizing the rich soil and optimal climate that this region offers.

A Home Designed for Tranquility and Comfort

At the heart of this haven stands a meticulously crafted house, encompassing 1800 square feet of American construction excellence. The attention to detail is evident in the ceiling and woodwork, thoughtfully crafted from cypress, providing a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The spacious kitchen is fully equipped to cater to your culinary adventures, while the adjoining laundry room offers convenience with a full-size washer and dryer, along with ample storage.

Luxurious Amenities for Your Delight

Sponsored Content Click

Step into the walk-in closet, adorned with true cedar shelves, offering a fragrant retreat for your belongings. The expansive bathroom adds a touch of luxury to everyday living. Two lofts provide versatile spaces that can be customized to suit your needs.

here for more information, photographs and map.
Download the 2023 Real Estate edition! Click the cover:

Click to review some ideas on our Holiday Gifts page for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's presents!

Palmex since 2006 in Costa Rica: Small Team, Big Achievements

Sponsored Content

Let our work and clients speak about us:

Our Palmex roof really makes the whole look and feel of our house and we feel that it is a very high-quality material and the installation was professionally done. We had planned on a roof of tin, insulation, and teak... a fairly standard choice in our area, but made a late decision to use Palmex. I cannot imagine this house without Palmex and we are so happy that we made the right decision. When I am in a neighbor's house with a tin roof and the rain starts coming down it sounds like a Jamaican steel drum marching band and I can't wait to sit in my house and quietly watch the rain fall. Palmex has so many benefits in the tropics. Thanks!

Thank you again, we couldn’t be happier with the new roof!-John

Tonight we had neighbors visiting and they are so excited about the Palmex! In addition, the engineer for our architect was here today and he asked us to provide him with your information. He thinks the product is beautiful.

-Best regards, Mary and Lee Addleman

The roof is looking great! Of course, as you can imagine, already there have been many admiring passers-by. Who knew that putting on a roof would pull in so many new acquaintances?

Why Palmex when it comes to your roof? Click here.

Our Team
Since 2006 in Costa Rica 100% recyclable heavy-duty tropical roofing material with a 20-years warranty. Certified ISO 9001 Techos Tropicales Palmex - Tel. (506) 2786-5126 -
Centro de visitantes Parque Nacional Tortuguero, Arq. Ibo Bonilla, Constructora REYCO

Home Houses Production

Page Farms

Production Land & Hotels & Land & Our Farms Beachfront Airbnb Development Team

Travel & Adventures

In This Edition:

• Around the World In 40 Days: Exploring Doha, Qatar: Contrasts, Adventures, and Ramadan Experiences

• Soulful Escapes in Costa Rica

Other favorites:

• Around the World in 40 Days: Introduction

• So You Want to Travel Around the World?

• The Best Time to Visit Caribbean Costa Rica

• Howler Monkeys: Fascinating Creatures of Costa Rica's Forests

• Pacific Screech Owl What's the Huge Nest In the Tree?

• Fred's Bird Adventures

• Surrounded by the World's Largest Sunflower Field

• Should I Use a Travel Agent?

• Coatis the Clowns of the Forest

• A Sticky Subject

• Gyrocopter Girl Returns!

• Jungle Hiking Tips

• Planning Your Holiday Vacation Early

• Plus hundreds of other articles

Click for more:



Exploring Doha, Adventures, and

Series feature stories, videos and photos by


Qatar: Contrasts, Ramadan Experiences

The first leg of our “Around the world in 40 days” trip took us from our home in Costa Rica through Miami then on an over 14 hour flight to Doha, Qatar, arriving around six in the evening. The city was still aglow with the lights and sounds of the recently ended World Cup, and also our discovery that we had arrived after sunset during Ramadan to the almost Christmas market-like evenings . For the next 30 hours from our base in the Souq Waqif , the ancient traditional market area of Doha, we experienced a land of extreme contrasts, from ancient

traditions to modern skylines. Camels slept next to skyscrapers, burka clad women shopped in jewelry stores. We learned about living and experiencing Ramadan, even the tradition of the Iftar cannon. We visited beautiful museums, had amazing vegetarian meals, got to sail in a traditional Dhow, and almost got arrested while birding. Enjoy the first part of the “Around the World in 40 Days” Video series .

Read more, watch the video, and see more photographs:

Doha at night

Soulful Escapes in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a land that beckons the adventurous, the dreamers, and the seekers of wonder

As you delve deeper into the heart of Costa Rica, allow yourself to be enchanted by the kaleidoscope of experiences that await. Venture to the misty cloud forests, where emerald foliage shrouded in ethereal mist creates an otherworldly ambiance. Wander through moss-covered trails, where every step feels like a pilgrimage into a sacred realm. Here, the air is alive with the whispers of ancient trees and the delicate fluttering of iridescent hummingbirds. As you immerse yourself in this mystical realm, let the tranquility wash over you, rejuvenating your spirit and reminding you of the profound connection between all living things.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Costa Rica offers a playground of thrilling adventures. Strap on a harness and soar through the treetops on a zipline, feeling the exhilaration as you glide through the air, surrounded by a breathtaking panorama of dense forests and cascading waterfalls. Plunge into the depths of roaring rivers on a whitewater rafting expedition, navigating through exhilarating rapids that will leave you both breathless and invigorated. The spirit of adventure thrives in this vibrant land, urging you to push your boundaries and embrace the unknown.

Read more:


Anti-stress serum therapy

Do you need to renew your energies?

With the anti-stress serum therapy treatment, you will release accumulated stress and feel more relaxed.

Give yourself a moment to improve your quality of life!

Hormone Implants

For men and women


• Greater energy.

• Metabolic control.

• Anti-aging process.

• Improves physical and intellectual work.

• Helps reverse damage caused by diseases.

Bioscanner study

The objective is to anticipate diseases, to visualize the body functioning according to chronobiology or biological rhythms, and to treat the person as a whole and not in parts, as is usually done.

5 minutes from Brasilito

The Basics of Home Security

Home security is an essential aspect of our daily lives that helps keep our homes and loved ones safe from potential threats. By investing time and effort into learning about home security, we can establish a secure environment that allows us to live worry-free.

It is essential to secure all entry points to our homes. This includes doors, windows, and even pet doors. Installing deadbolt locks on all exterior doors provides an added layer of protection against forced entry.

Reinforcing windows with shatterproof glass or window security film can also deter potential burglars.

Additionally, securing pet doors or considering alternatives can prevent unauthorized access.

Regularly checking all entry points and ensuring they are locked and secure is a simple yet effective way to enhance home security.


Click camera for


How many indigenous groups call CR home?

Who helped settle Monteverde in 1951?

12:00 pm 6.63 6:04 pm 2.31 1:32 pm 7.61 7:39 pm 1.26 Tue 04 1:49 am 7.60 7:52 am 0.90 2:09 pm 8.12 8:16 pm 0.71 5:34 AM 5:49 PM 4:52 PM 4:36 AM Thu 06 3:03 am 8.27 9:01 am 0.27 3:17 pm 8.95 9:26 pm −0.13 5:33 AM 5:49 PM 6:26 PM 5:51 AM 4:26 pm 9.26 10:38 pm −0.38 5:43 pm 8.92 11:58 pm 0.02 Tue 11 6:12 am 7.91 12:08 pm 0.66 6:28 pm 8.52 5:31 AM 5:49 PM 11:11 PM 9:54 AM 2:00 pm 1.43 8:25 pm 7.61 ft 4:33 pm 1.50 10:56 pm 7.47 Sun 16 5:07 am 1.07 11:35 am 7.87 5:47 pm 1.04 5:28 AM 5:49 PM 2:50 AM 2:56 PM Tue 18 1:03 am 8.29 7:08 am 0.21 1:28 pm 9.11 7:42 pm −0.15 5:27 AM 5:49 PM 4:18 AM 4:43 PM 3:00 pm 9.86 9:14 pm −0.83 4:25 pm 9.66 10:39 pm −0.62 Sun 23 4:53 am 8.75 10:50 am 0.13 5:07 pm 9.24 11:20 pm −0.23 5:25 AM 5:50 PM 8:07 AM 9:15 PM Tue 25 12:03 am 0.28 6:22 am 7.84 12:16 pm 1.23 6:34 pm 8.04 ft 5:24 AM 5:50 PM 9:52 AM 11:01 PM 2:00 pm 2.28 8:19 pm 6.90 ft 4:15 pm 2.53 10:31 pm 6.54 Sun 30 4:39 am 2.05 11:10 am 6.94 5:19 pm 2.25 11:31 pm 6.72 5:22 AM 5:50 PM 2:00 PM 1:56 AM
Day High Low High Low High Rise Set Rise Fri 01 3:19 am 10.11 ft 9:27 am −0.68 ft 3:40 pm 10.02 ft 9:47 pm −1.01 ft 5:30 AM 5:48 PM 7:25 PM 6:57 Sat 02 4:06 am 10.49 ft 10:15 am −0.93 ft 4:28 pm 10.04 ft 10:33 pm −1.03 ft 5:30 AM 5:47 PM 8:09 PM 7:53 Sun 03 4:52 am 10.55 ft 11:02 am −0.89 ft 5:15 pm 9.80 ft 11:18 pm −0.76 ft 5:30 AM 5:47 PM 8:54 PM 8:47 Mon 04 5:38 am 10.31 ft 11:50 am −0.56 ft 6:02 pm 9.31 ft 5:29 AM 5:46 PM 9:40 PM 9:42 Tue 05 12:04 am −0.24 ft 6:26 am 9.80 ft 12:39 pm −0.02 ft 6:52 pm 8.64 ft 5:29 AM 5:46 PM 10:29 PM 10:38 Wed 06 12:52 am 0.47 ft 7:15 am 9.11 ft 1:30 pm 0.65 ft 7:46 pm 7.92 ft 5:29 AM 5:45 PM 11:20 PM 11:33 Thu 07 1:43 am 1.26 ft 8:10 am 8.36 ft 2:28 pm 1.30 ft 8:48 pm 7.27 ft 5:29 AM 5:44 PM 12:29 Fri 08 2:43 am 1.98 ft 9:12 am 7.71 ft 3:34 pm 1.81 ft 9:58 pm 6.85 ft 5:29 AM 5:44 PM 12:12 AM 1:23 Sat 09 3:54 am 2.49 ft 10:21 am 7.30 ft 4:48 pm 2.03 ft 11:12 pm 6.77 ft 5:29 AM 5:43 PM 1:05 AM 2:14 Sun 10 5:12 am 2.63 ft 11:31 am 7.20 ft 5:57 pm 1.94 ft 5:29 AM 5:42 PM 1:58 AM 3:01 Mon 11 12:18 am 7.00 ft 6:21 am 2.44 ft 12:32 pm 7.37 ft 6:52 pm 1.67 ft 5:29 AM 5:42 PM 2:49 AM 3:45 Tue 12 1:10 am 7.40 ft 7:14 am 2.05 ft 1:22 pm 7.67 ft 7:37 pm 1.32 ft 5:29 AM 5:41 PM 3:38 AM 4:26 Wed 13 1:52 am 7.85 ft 7:57 am 1.60 ft 2:04 pm 8.01 ft 8:14 pm 0.98 ft 5:29 AM 5:41 PM 4:24 AM 5:04 Thu 14 2:29 am 8.28 ft 8:33 am 1.15 ft 2:42 pm 8.32 ft 8:47 pm 0.68 ft 5:29 AM 5:40 PM 5:09 AM 5:40 Fri 15 3:03 am 8.66 ft 9:08 am 0.75 ft 3:17 pm 8.54 ft 9:19 pm 0.47 ft 5:28 AM 5:39 PM 5:53 AM 6:15 Sat 16 3:35 am 8.95 ft 9:41 am 0.45 ft 3:51 pm 8.65 ft 9:51 pm 0.37 ft 5:28 AM 5:39 PM 6:37 AM 6:51 Sun 17 4:08 am 9.12 ft 10:14 am 0.28 ft 4:25 pm 8.61 ft 10:22 pm 0.39 ft 5:28 AM 5:38 PM 7:22 AM 7:28 Mon 18 4:40 am 9.15 ft 10:47 am 0.26 ft 4:58 pm 8.44 ft 10:54 pm 0.53 ft 5:28 AM 5:37 PM 8:09 AM 8:08 Tue 19 5:12 am 9.06 ft 11:22 am 0.38 ft 5:33 pm 8.17 ft 11:28 pm 0.76 ft 5:28 AM 5:37 PM 8:59 AM 8:51 Wed 20 5:47 am 8.84 ft 11:59 am 0.62 ft 6:10 pm 7.82 ft 5:28 AM 5:36 PM 9:52 AM 9:40 Thu 21 12:05 am 1.08 ft 6:25 am 8.52 ft 12:40 pm 0.95 ft 6:53 pm 7.45 ft 5:28 AM 5:35 PM 10:49 AM 10:34 Fri 22 12:47 am 1.44 ft 7:10 am 8.14 ft 1:28 pm 1.31 ft 7:44 pm 7.10 ft 5:28 AM 5:35 PM 11:49 AM 11:33 Sat 23 1:40 am 1.81 ft 8:06 am 7.75 ft 2:27 pm 1.62 ft 8:49 pm 6.90 ft 5:28 AM 5:34 PM 12:50 PM Sun 24 2:46 am 2.08 ft 9:16 am 7.49 ft 3:37 pm 1.74 ft 10:05 pm 7.00 ft 5:28 AM 5:34 PM 1:50 PM 12:36 Mon 25 4:05 am 2.05 ft 10:34 am 7.54 ft 4:51 pm 1.54 ft 11:19 pm 7.47 ft 5:28 AM 5:33 PM 2:46 PM 1:39 Tue 26 5:23 am 1.64 ft 11:47 am 7.92 ft 6:00 pm 1.05 ft 5:28 AM 5:32 PM 3:38 PM 2:42 Wed 27 12:24 am 8.20 ft 6:31 am 0.95 ft 12:49 pm 8.49 ft 6:58 pm 0.42 ft 5:28 AM 5:32 PM 4:26 PM 3:42 Thu 28 1:19 am 9.02 ft 7:28 am 0.19 ft 1:44 pm 9.09 ft 7:50 pm −0.19 ft 5:28 AM 5:31 PM 5:12 PM 4:39 Fri 29 2:09 am 9.76 ft 8:20 am −0.48 ft 2:33 pm 9.56 ft 8:38 pm −0.65 ft 5:28 AM 5:30 PM 5:58 PM 5:35 Sat 30 2:56 am 10.29 ft 9:07 am −0.93 ft 3:20 pm 9.82 ft 9:23 pm −0.88 ft 5:27 AM 5:30 PM 6:43 PM 6:31 SEP 6 3rd Quarter New Moon SEP 14 1st Quarter SEP 21 Full Moon SEP 29 ECLIPSE IN OCTOBER CLICK HERE
Leilani McGonagle Photo by WSL/Kenny Morris
CLICK FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE SPONSORED BY: MOON Set 6:57 AM 7:53 AM 8:47 AM 9:42 AM 10:38 AM 11:33 AM 12:29 PM 1:23 PM 2:14 PM 3:01 PM 3:45 PM 4:26 PM 5:04 PM 5:40 PM 6:15 PM 6:51 PM 7:28 PM 8:08 PM 8:51 PM 9:40 PM 10:34 PM 11:33 PM 12:36 AM 1:39 AM 2:42 AM 3:42 AM 4:39 AM 5:35 AM 6:31 AM

Costa Rica's Leilani a dream run Open of Surfing taking down some premier performers. her campaign toward solid Round of 48 competitor Ariane advanced. McGonagle a brilliant Round one of the upsets qualification hopeful


Leilani McGonagle

Leilani's Remarkable Surfing Journey: Wallex US Open to EDP Vissla Pro

Leilani McGonagle enjoyed run through the Wallex US Surfing presented by Pacifico, some of the Challenger Series performers. The Costa Rican started toward a Semifinal finish with a victory over higher-seeded Ariane Ochoa (EUK), who also McGonagle then backed it up with of 32 showing that provided of the event, helping eliminate hopeful Alyssa Spencer (USA).

The 23-year-old continued her incredible flurry to the Round of 16, taking down then ranked Challenger Series No. 1 Isabella Nichols (AUS), now ranked No. 2. A Round of 48 rematch witnessed McGonagle get the best of Ochoa once again, this time in an all-important Quarterfinal matchup. McGonagle looked to be one to beat in the event heading into Finals Day, her first of the 2023 Challenger Series season, against former Championship Tour (CT) star and former US Open of Surfing winner, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS). But, Fitzgibbons was able to regain her ground over McGonagle and the Costa Rican's run fell just short of a Finals appearance.

Photo by WSL/Kenny Morris
Click for more: Can she make the olympics? Click here to read the update.

Surfing with the Moon: Understanding Tides and Waves


Moon: Waves

The moon phases play a significant role in the sport of surfing, as they directly influence the tides and ocean conditions. The moon's gravitational pull affects the Earth's tides.

During a full or new moon, when the Earth, moon, and sun are roughly aligned, we experience higher high tides, known as spring tides. Conversely, during a quarter moon, the gravitational forces from the sun and moon partially cancel each other out, resulting in lower high tides, known as neap tides. Understanding these phenomena is essential for surfers as they rely on tides to create the optimal waves for riding.

Read more:


Post-Surfing Massage Benefits: Rejuvenate Your Body After Surfing

Surfing is exhilarating, but it can take a toll on your body. The waves, the sun, and the wind combine to create an unforgettable experience, but they can also leave your muscles tired and tight. That's where the magic of a post-surfing massage comes in. Say goodbye to the soreness and embrace relaxation as we delve into the world of rejuvenation through massage.

Enhancing Muscle Recovery

After a thrilling surfing session, your muscles might feel fatigued and tense due to constant paddling and balancing on the board. A massage aids in enhancing blood circulation, helping to flush out toxins that build up during physical activity. This increase in blood flow delivers essential nutrients to your muscles, promoting faster recovery and reducing stiffness.

Read more:


Benefits: Surfing Gil

We do lots of post surfing massage and understand its importance

Click and follow us!

CASA BOAZ: Where Howler Monkeys Serenade You, Now for Sale!

Sponsored Content

Imagine waking up to the soothing sounds of nature in your own tropical haven. Welcome to Casa Boaz, a unique property currently offered for sale in the serene surroundings of Tamarindo. This property is for a special buyer who loves tranquility and beautiful surroundings. Currently, it is used as a house but can easily be converted into a vacation rental or a boutique hotel.

Monkeys Sale!

Your Own Tranquil Retreat:

Nestled within a gated compound, Casa Boaz offers the perfect blend of seclusion and accessibility. Six beautifully designed poolside studios and seven bathrooms await you, each room was designed with natural beauty and comfort.

the Howler for more:
Rock Patterson Partner Grupo Tropigala S.A. United States 1 (407) 535-9939

Planning Your 2023/2024 Escape

One of the beautiful aspects of Costa Rica is the variety of opportunities for adventures. Literally there is something for everyone. The extremes are real, from being lazy chillin’ in a hammock by the beach to trekkin' a volcano trail to adrenaline rush jumps.

Deals in Costa Rica presents a small fraction of the adventures that await your next vacation/escape. We highlight examples in just five regions to intrigue your adventuresome spirit. Click on the buttons for more information.

There are two major international airports. Check to see which one is nearest your desired locations to visit.

Brought to you by Deals in Costa Rica

Small and Large Beach & Mountain Properties

Turn-Key Investment Opportunities In Costa

Sun Real Estate specializes in the Guanacaste Real Estate Market.

We have a significant amount of unique Mountain Real Estate, Beach Properties or just beautiful Farm Land to offer.

As an independent Real Estate Broker, our experts cover a variety of locations ideal for living, retiring or investing in Guanacaste.

Hot Springs and Mountain Farms, such as Residential and Building lots, Commercial Land, Hotels, Titled Beachfront Farms, for development also very huge properties.

Business ideas are what Sun Real Estate listings include.

Johannes Valentin Beriè, known as Hans is a German entrepreneur and the owner of different companies, working as a proven and successful businessman, for 30 years in Costa Rica, with different kinds of views, and greatly connected everywhere, to get things done.

With Sun Real Estate he formed a team of specialists and solvers of critical situations, for any type of happenings, to lead the clients to a positive outcome.

Hans never lets his clients run alone before and after a successful closure, he always watches them and makes sure they are in a safe place.


Private flat land, 4 km from Liberia Luxury Oceanfront Villa, private access to Carrillo

Properties for Sale Costa Rica

(506) 2668-1133 Skype Facebook Website
Carrillo Beach Property in the Mountains of San Juanillo Teak wood farm with horse stables, river frontage and 5 homes for sale, La Cruz

Pura Vida Living

For Ticos, the term "pura vida" is an expression of happiness, optimism, and is impossible to visit Costa Rica without hearing this phrase continuously. In This Edition

1. Considering Retiring?

2. Raising Kids in Costa Rica

3. Are There Good Schools in Costa Rica?

4. The Best Bedtime Story

5. Pet Care: Water Health & Safety

6. We are Children of the Flowers

7. Discover the Health Benefits of Noni Fruit: A Tropical Powerhouse

8. Spanish: Asking for Directions

Past Favorite Articles

• Simply Spanish: Typical Costa Rican Dishes

• Manicures and Pedicures are Healthy

• Why Are Ayahuasca Retreats in Such High Demand?

• Negative Capability

• Another Flat Tire?

• Swedish Massage

• Spanish: Looking for Adventure

• Victory for the Whales in Iceland: A Rescue Quest

• Diabetes #5 Killer

• Sailing into Harm's Way

• Pickleball Sweeps Costa Rica

• Gringo Gardners in Costa Rica

• dozens more...

Click for more:


living life to the fullest. It

See all Pura Vida articles which are translatable into 12 different languages, top 4:

English Spanish German


Retirement: Why Costa Rica?


Ten chapters that discuss:

• the beauty of Costa Rica

• cost of living

• healthcare and safety

• climate and lifestyle

• legal and immigration considerations

• real estate and houseing options

• retirement activites and opportunites

• adjusting to a new culture

• finding the best lawyer

• finding a real estate agent and ensuring they are licensed and legal Click

Read and/or download Howler Media's FREE 36-page magazine when considering this critical
here for your FREE copy!
Click the QR code

puzzlesEnjoy the online and children's resources at HOWL

• books

• coloring books

• art supplies

• games

• learning resources

• gifts

• legos

• puzzles

• toys

• pinatas

• . . . more

Paseo Del Mar Building, 2nd floor Huacas, Guanacaste Phone 8695 3910 Click:

"Are there good schools in Costa Rica?"

Journey School of Costa Rica: Empowering International Education Across Borders

In the realm of private education in Costa Rica, Journey School of Costa Rica stands out for its excellence, fostering growth, curiosity, and social-emotional well-being from preschool to twelfth grade. Enter Journey School of Costa Rica, a very special establishment that has been shaping young minds since its inception in 2017.

From the very foundation, Journey School has committed itself to delivering unparalleled bilingual, project-based education. US accredited by Cognia, as well as by Costa Rica's Ministério de Educativo Público (MEP), the institution's dedication to quality shines brightly. It comes as no surprise that it's on the path to becoming an accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) school in the coming weeks.

Click logo for more information

the joy is in the





Raising a Child in Costa Rica

Living in Costa Rica means your children will get megadoses of outdoor time.

Many expat parents move to Costa Rica with an idyllic vision of their children living a different life — one full of freedom and an intimate connection with nature.

Even for those who come to see it as the best decision they ever made, the transition may be tougher than imagined. Perhaps they didn’t foresee the kinds of struggles and cultureshock that are part of the pura vida dream package.



Relocating to a different country is an adventure of mind-boggling proportions. You have to deeply contemplate the positive and negative life-changing impacts, especially when kids are in the picture. It always takes a leap of faith, with knowledge as your safety net. Thorough research is the key to making informed decisions with confidence and mindfulness about what to expect.

Click logo for:

• Education

• Cost of Living

• Health care

• Quality of life

• Expat Insights

The Best Bedtime Story

Costa Rica and Horizon Pacific Management and Rentals hold children in the highest regard. Therefore, in honor of Children's Day on the 9th of September, we share with you a bedtime story of unforgettable memories...

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a family with dreams of adventure. They yearned to explore new horizons, to see the world through the eyes of their children, and to create memories that would forever be etched in their hearts. And so, they set their sights on the Pacific Gold Coast of Costa Rica, a land of vibrant jungles, beautiful beaches, and wild wonders waiting to be discovered.

But as any family knows, embarking on an international journey with little ones in tow can be a daunting task. Questions abound: Is it safe? Are there enough activities for the kids? And how can we make the most of our budget?

Before they took flight, the family learned place called Horizon Pacific Management in the heart of Costa Rica's Gold Coast, their properties beckoned with promises of comfort, convenience. With fully equipped kitchens they provided a home away from home where be prepared, and laughter could echo through convenient living spaces.


learned of a magical Management & Rentals. Nestled their vacation rental comfort, safety and kitchens and cozy amenities, where meals could through spacious and

As they arrived at their Costa Rican haven, greeted by Horizon Pacifics helpful and kind staff, a world of enchantment unfolded before their eyes. The Gold Coast revealed itself as a playground for family adventures, where every step was a chance to grow.

Click logo for the rest of the story:

Vacation Rentals • Property Management • HOA Management 888-795-7373 (US & Canada) • (011) 506-2653-0390 • Find us on Social Media:

CRIA is proud to provide a wonderful learning experience to students from around the world. We are a U.S. accredited international private school in Costa Rica with a focus on college preparation with Advanced Placement and dual enrollment programs.

We serve a diverse international community and respect all creeds, religions and points of view. We strive every day to inspire a passion for learning and to provide children with the skills, values, and courage to become responsible leaders in their communities and the world.

Click to explore more

Taking Care of Our Pets Water Health & Safety

We are surrounded by water environments with ocean and pools, exposing us to both salty and freshwater that can sometimes prove to be problems for our pets. The following information will provide you with some ideas on how you can prevent water issues for your pet and what you can do when they do occur.



Click logo to continue the story and more information:

• Ear infections

• Swimming pets

• Skin issues

• Paws

• Drinking salty water


1. Requirements for dogs to enter Costa Rica

2. Dogs in the rainy season

3. When your dog is snake bitten

4. Teaching your dog to retrieve your adult beverage

5. If your dog is not obedient, please use a leash when on the beach

6. Please pick up your dog's poo on the beach

We are the Children of Flowers

Two hundred million years ago during the Triassic period, the world changed dramatically. Prior to the Triassic, the landscape was a somber and endless panorama of green and brown, of plants that struggled to survive and reproduce with only the wind and water to spread their pollen.

To survive and flourish, plants evolved a wondrously beautiful way to reproduce by harnessing the bodies of animals to spread their seed. This created an intimate interdependence between animals and plants.

This was the evolution of the Angiosperm, the flowering plant, and the beginning of millions of years of seduction of animals that resulted in the flowering fruit bearing plants that today are the most dominant members of the plant family.


Flowering plants are the mothers of the modern animal world.

The emergence of flowering plants began the evolution of animals that could adapt to a permanent partnership with the plant world.

It was a mutually beneficial relationship. Animals assist with the reproduction needs of plants by spreading pollen and seeds and plants rewarding animals with sugary fruits.

This interdependence is the reason that humans, plants, and most other animals exist today.

The sex lives of plants involves a partnership between plants and insects, birds and mammals, so much so that most species of plants and animals cannot survive without each other.

To seduce animals, plants evolved to produce flowers and fruit. The flowers are the seduction to enable them to exchange pollen and the fruits are the reward for spreading the seeds.

The seduction involves color and smell, and the distribution of seeds relies on taste and texture.

This amazing interspecies sexual relationship led to competition amongst the plants to be as beautifully seductive as possible by exhibiting an attractive appearance and producing an alluring perfume.

Plants are not trying to seduce other plants. They are very much fixated on the seduction of animals.

For the rest of the story, click here

Discover the Health Benefits of Noni Fruit: A Tropical POWERHOUSE

Noni fruit, also known as Morinda citrifolia, is a tropical fruit that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. It is native to Southeast Asia but is also grown in other tropical regions around the world. Noni fruit has gained popularity due to its potential health benefits. While scientific research on noni fruit is limited, it is believed to offer several health advantages. Here are some of the potential health benefits associated with noni fruit:

Noni fruit is rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, which can reduce oxidative stress and cellular damage.

Anti-inflammatory compounds such as scopoletin and quercetin are found to be contained in the Noni fruit. These compounds may help reduce inflammation in the body, potentially benefiting conditions like arthritis and inflammatory diseases.

Read more:


Asking for Directions

Hello (words used in greeting before asking directions on the street) — Hola, buenas.

Where is …? — ¿Dónde está …? Or ¿Dónde queda …?

Are you familiar with … ? — ¿Usted conoce … ?

How far is it? — ¿A qué distancia es? directions — direcciones location — ubicación right — derecha left — izquierda straight — derecho or directo sign — rótulo

crossroads — cruce

How many kilometers? — ¿Cuántos kilometros?

Is the road bad? — ¿El camino está feo?

How long? — ¿Cuánto tiempo?

gas station — bomba or gasolinera

bus station — parada de bus or terminal de buses

May God be with you — Que Dios le acompañe (common expression after someone gives you directions)

Click for more:


Hotel for sale

Hotel Diversion Tropical

• 45 minutes from Liberia International Airport

• Brasilito, Guanacaste

• 1 km from the most beautiful beach in the region, Playa Conchal

• 10-12 restaurants and shopping within 1 km

• Built in 2006

• Ten rooms

• Turnkey operation

• Future growth is possible

Click here for more details.


In this edition:

• Marrying in Costa Rica: Legal Requirements and Process

• Saudi Arabia's Ambitious Plans for Tourism and Investment in Costa Rica

• Marketing with Howler

• Banking • Building • Real Estate • Doing Business Right • Entrepreneur • Residency • Insurance • Investments • Property • Automobiles • Buying/Selling • Lawsuits Hundreds of CR BIZ articles on: Rica Click here for the business section:

Marrying in Costa Rica: Legal Requirements and

Can foreigners legally marry in Costa Rica?

Yes, you can marry in the Pura Vida land! Many visitors come to celebrate their dream wedding and get married in Costa Rica while they enjoy its beauty.

There are legal requirements that must be taken into consideration and fully complied with:

1. The person must have cognitive and voluntary capacity, knowing what they are doing.

2. To be of legal age (at least 18 years or older).

3. To be single (never been married), legally divorced, or widowed.

4. Two witnesses that shall attest to the person’s legal capacity and current marital status.

5. Valid and current identification documents (passport or DIMEX) of future spouses and witnesses.

Also, they must provide the following documentation and information:

– Full name and surname, marital status, profession, exact physical address, a copy of the passport, and the full name of the parents of the future spouses.

-In case either or both future spouses are foreigners:

• They must bring a certificate of marital status duly apostilled or certified by the Costa Rican consulate of the country where the certification was issued. Suppose they do not comply with this requirement. In that case, they must execute an affidavit and sworn statement in Costa Rica before a CR Notary Public about their marital status, place, and date of birth.

– In case either or both future spouses are divorced:

• A divorce decree issued by the country’s competent authorities where they are citizens and got married is required; it must be duly apostilled or legalized and certified by the Costa Rican consulate of the country where the certification was issued.

– Certification issued by the “Registro Civil” of Costa Rica that confirms that the future spouses are not legally married in Costa Rica.

CR BIZ Legal Ease

Rica: and Process

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Costa Rica since May 26, 2020, due to the Supreme Court of Justice ruling. Costa Rica was the first country in Central America to recognize and perform samesex marriages.

You cannot “remarry” in Costa Rica if you are legally married. You may celebrate or renew the vows, but it will be a social event, not a legal one.

However, if you are a Costa Rican and marry abroad, you can register it before Registro Civil following the following process.

Arrieta Click here for the rest of the article.


• New Obligations for Inactive Corporations

• Options for Real Estate Subdivision in Costa Rica

• New Capital Gains Tax in Costa Rica

• Corporation Basics: Benefits and Obligations

• Costa Rica Residency

• Home Luxury Tax 2022

• FAQs for Expats

• Mandatory Registration of Rental Properties for Non-Traditional Tourist Accommodations

• The Eviction Process in Costa Rica

• Advance Directives for Medical Decisions

• New Laws Provide Second Chance for Corporations Being Dissolved or Already Dissolved

• Digital Nomads: Work Remotely From the Land of Pura Vida!

• Chartering in Costa Rica for International Vessels is Allowed


Saudi Arabia's for Tourism ASharedVision

In a world where connectivity knows no bounds, Saudi Arabia and Costa Rica have joined hands to embark on an exciting journey of promoting tourism and nurturing investment opportunities. Both countries, diverse in their landscapes and cultures, share a common goal: to attract global adventurers and investors alike. In article, we'll delve into the collaborative efforts of Saudi Arabia and Costa Rica unlock the untapped potential of their partnership.


Arabia's Ambitious Plans Tourism and Investment

knows Costa embark promoting diverse global this collaborative Rica to their

Unveiling the Saudi-Costa Rica Nexus

A Paradigm Shift in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, known for its rich oil reserves and cultural heritage, is keen on diversifying its economy. The nation is strategically shifting its focus towards sectors like tourism and technology to reduce its dependency on oil revenue. The Vision 2030 initiative, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, envisions a transformed Saudi Arabia, open to the world and welcoming travelers with its arms wide open.

Costa Rica's Allure

Costa Rica, on the other hand, boasts breathtaking landscapes, encompassing pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and abundant wildlife. This Central American gem has long been a favorite for eco-tourists and adventure seekers. With a commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation, Costa Rica aligns perfectly with Saudi Arabia's vision of responsible tourism.

Read more:

Small and Large Beach & Mountain Properties

Turn-Key Investment Opportunities In Costa

Sun Real Estate specializes in the Guanacaste Real Estate Market.

We have a significant amount of unique Mountain Real Estate, Beach Properties or just beautiful Farm Land to offer.

As an independent Real Estate Broker, our experts cover a variety of locations ideal for living, retiring or investing in Guanacaste.

Hot Springs and Mountain Farms, such as Residential and Building lots, Commercial Land, Hotels, Titled Beachfront Farms, for development also very huge properties.

Business ideas are what Sun Real Estate listings include.

Johannes Valentin Beriè, known as Hans is a German entrepreneur and the owner of different companies, working as a proven and successful businessman, for 30 years in Costa Rica, with different kinds of views, and greatly connected everywhere, to get things done.

With Sun Real Estate he formed a team of specialists and solvers of critical situations, for any type of happenings, to lead the clients to a positive outcome.

Hans never lets his clients run alone before and after a successful closure, he always watches them and makes sure they are in a safe place.

Huge Horse Farmland with residential opportunity with over 100 approved properties Monteverde with municipal public interest


Sun Real Estate always offers you the best-dreamed close to Monteverde. This amazing farm is very It is located in a small town named Guacimal which Monteverde. Here you will have enough space to everything according to your wishes. Even though the main beaches of the country, its high altitude wonderful view from the ocean of Puntarenas and The 505 acres of the huge dream horse farmland are for sale.

Click here for more

Properties for Sale Costa Rica

community project properties close to interest

(506) 2668-1133

Skype Facebook Website

best-dreamed horse farmland very beautiful and calm. which is 20 km from to build and do though it’s not far from altitude lets you appreciate a and the Gulf of Nicoya. farmland close to Monteverde

Beachfront Private Titled Property for sale close to La Cruz, beautiful nature land, ready to build Click

Sun Real Estate Costa Rica offers you a unique beachfront property for sale. The land for sale is located in La Cruz a city located 1 hour away from Liberia Airport. This land is very special because it’s part of the 1% of the beachfront properties that are entitled. Normally these types of beachfront properties are a concession of the government, just a few of them are entitled, and this is one of them. The beachfront private titled property for sale is very beautiful, surrounded by lots of big and old trees. There is a rainy-time river that passes through the property providing a water supply eight months of the year.

here for more

Dining & Recipes

In this edition:

• Health Benefits of Noni Fruit

• Pineapple Ginger Juice Recipe: Discover the Ultimate Refreshing Twist

• Pineapple-infused Sweet and Sour Chicken: A Tropical Twist

• The Best Pina Colada?

• plus dozens of other articles online


Pineapple Ginger Juice Recipe: Discover the Ultimate Refreshing Twist

When it comes to invigorating and revitalizing beverages, nothing quite hits the spot like a glass of freshly made pineapple ginger juice. Bursting with flavor, nutrients, and a delightful zing, this concoction is a fantastic way to kick-start your day or enjoy a rejuvenating pick-me-up in the afternoon. In this article, we present you with a detailed guide on crafting the perfect pineapple ginger juice at home that's not only delicious but also offers a plethora of health benefits.

The Power of Pineapple and Ginger

Pineapple and ginger are two superstar ingredients that come together to create a sensational blend of flavors and benefits. Pineapple, with its naturally sweet and tangy taste, is a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, and bromelain – an enzyme known for its anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. On the other hand, ginger brings a spicy and warming kick to the mix, while also boasting anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Ingredients You’ll Need

To embark on your journey to crafting the most exquisite pineapple ginger juice, you’ll need the following ingredients:

• Fresh, ripe pineapple

• Fresh ginger root

• Lemons

• Honey (optional, for added sweetness)

• Ice cubes

Click here for the recipe:


Recipe: Ultimate Staff

Pineapple-Infused Sweet A Tropical Twist

Wf you're on the lookout for a mouthwatering and satisfying dish that beautifully balances the flavors of sweetness and tanginess, your search ends here with the Pineapple-infused Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe. In this article, we'll take you through the step-by-step process of creating this delectable dish, offering valuable tips and techniques to ensure culinary success. Let's dive into a world of exquisite tastes and aromatic delights!


Sweet and Sour Chicken:

Click for the recipe and more recipes:


• Step-by-step instructions

• Achieving crispy perfection

• Crafting the exquisite sauce

• Bringing it all together

• Common questions

• More related articles

Click for more video recipes and leave your favorite recipe in the comment section.

the Soda Dining

What's Your Favorite Pina Colada Recipe?

Oh my goodness, get ready for the most pina colada experience ever! This recipe down the best one out there, and it's transport you straight to a tropical paradise

Picture this: creamy coconut milk blending sweet pineapple juice and a hint of tangy lime, together with ice for that refreshing slushiness. forget about the star of the show - smooth adding just the right amount of kick to elevate buds to a state of pure bliss.

It's like sipping sunshine in a glass, complete garnish of fresh pineapple wedges and colorful umbrellas. So gather your friends, put on some and get ready for an unforgettable pina colada Cheers to paradise in every sip!


Dining ExperienceFavorite Recipe?

most mind-blowing recipe is hands it's guaranteed to paradise with just one sip.

blending perfectly with lime, all swirled slushiness. And let's not and velvety rum, elevate your taste

complete with a colorful cocktail some beachy tunes, colada extravaganza.

Howler Staff

Leading Costa Rican Pineapple Exporter: Tropicales del Valle S.A.

Sponsored Content

With 100% Costa Rican capital, Tropicales del Valle S.A. was established in 2008 on a foundation of work, innovation and great success in agribusiness. This fresh pineapple exporter, producer and packer has set benchmarks for the area, the country and the main international markets, in supplying one of the main Costa Rican export products.

Located in the northern community of San Carlos, in the Alajuela province, Tropicales del Valle provides work for dozens of people in the region. By exporting around 120 containers per week, we reach some of the most demanding global markets in Central and Eastern Europe, the Nordic countries, Russia, the Mediterranean and the main supply regions of the United States.

Click here for more:

Click for more and take the wine survey:
Located just south of Huacas in Guanacaste Click:
VISIT for hotels, shuttles, adventures, and more!

Turn static files into dynamic content formats.

Create a flipbook

Articles inside

Leading Costa Rican Pineapple Exporter: Tropicales del Valle S.A.

pages 150-153

What's Your Favorite Pina Colada Recipe?

page 148

Pineapple Ginger Juice Recipe: Discover the Ultimate Refreshing Twist

pages 144-145

Properties for Sale Costa Rica

page 141

Marrying in Costa Rica: Legal Requirements and

page 134

Asking for Directions

pages 126-128

Discover the Health Benefits of Noni Fruit: A Tropical POWERHOUSE

pages 124-125

We are the Children of Flowers

pages 122-123

The Best Bedtime Story

pages 114-115, 117-119

"Are there good schools in Costa Rica?"

page 110

Post-Surfing Massage Benefits: Rejuvenate Your Body After Surfing

page 94

Moon: Waves

page 93

Leilani McGonagle

page 91

The Basics of Home Security

page 87

Soulful Escapes in Costa Rica

pages 80-86

Qatar: Contrasts, Ramadan Experiences

page 79

Palmex since 2006 in Costa Rica: Small Team, Big Achievements

pages 72-75

Discover Your Dream: A Gardener’s Paradise Awaits Near Playa Grande, Costa Rica

pages 69-71

Snapshots of Costa Rica

page 62

The Festive Dance of Costa Rica

pages 58-61

Celebrating Independence Day

page 57


pages 43-45

Women's Sunglasses

page 42

Lisbeth Valverde Brenes: Empowering Miss Costa Rica 2023 with Social

page 40

Through the Lens

pages 24-28

Return of the Scarlet Macaws

pages 22-23

Have you seen these bats?

page 21

I Love Boobies

pages 18-19

Sleep Deprivation in Paradise: The Costa Rican Rooster's Nocturnal Serenade

pages 8-9
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.