Recent reforms to its tax administration have seen Costa Rica leap 18 places in World Bank rankings of the world’s easiest tax compliance regimes, moving from 156th place to 138th. Continue reading
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For Ticos, Semana Santa, or Holy Week – Costa Rica’s most important Catholic celebration – means vacation from work, and most government offices and banks are closed, transportation services are reduced, and non-tourism-related commerce comes to a halt during Holy Thursday and Good Friday (April 5 and 6). Continue reading
Careless driving now costs only ¢20.000
The Sala IV gave another blow to the Ley de Tránsito and the efforts of traffic officials to reduce the carnage on Costa Rica’s roads.
The latest decision by the Sala Contitucional (Constitutional Court) reduces the ¢351.585 colones fine for speeding 20 km/h over the limit to the maxim of ¢20.000 of pre March 2010, when the new traffic law went into effect. Continue reading
Recycling is Catching on Throughout Costa Rica.
Costa Rica has a reputation for being green, and in many ways, this reputation is well deserved. Thousands of protected acres grace the country’s geography, its environment is strongly protected by law, and Costa Ricans are finding new ways to recycle every day. In recent news, three communities — both business and personal — have made efforts to recycle the country’s leftovers, making treasure out of another man’s trash. Continue reading
A traditionally mild, not over-spiced cuisine, the Costa Rican food has absorbed influences from the Caribbean, South America and Europe into its culinary cauldron. Many dishes are simple with the staples of rice and beans tending to form the basis of most rural cooking. Costa Rican’s are also heavily dependant on locally grown fresh produce, particularly members of the squash family including courgette (or zucchini), zapallo and chayote (known as the “Christophine” throughout the Caribbean). Other tropical fruits and vegetables are also widely available and usually of good quality. The plantain, like in most of the neighbouring Caribbean, is a particular favourite and can be served in a variety of ways; from just simply fried in butter, to being served in a honey and sugar sauce. Continue reading
In Key West, Florida, and plans to retire to the Southern Zone of Costa Rica where the weather is beautiful and the cost of living means his dollar will last longer. Now, he’s thinking it may make more financial sense to retire early rather than continue to pay the exorbitant property taxes, insurance, medical fees and living expenses of Key West. Calculating current costs, Steve discovered he can save just over $25,000 a year if he moves now rather than wait for retirement. While he still hasn’t decided whether he should stay or go, he knows that once he gets there he will enjoy everything there is to offer: delicious food, affordable health care, beautiful outdoor living and a chance to retire in comfort. For more on this continue reading the following article from Pathfinder. Continue reading
New rates will be published in “La Gaceta” on March 21 and will take effect from midnight on that day.
The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) approved on Tuesday new fuel rates by applying automatic adjustments for January and February plus tax-based variations. Continue reading
In a news article aired by the National Radio Chamber of Costa Rica (CANARA in Spanish), renowned agricultural and ecosystems expertAlexander Bonilla Duran gave some interesting insight behind Kolbi, ICE’s amphibian choice for branding of its popular wireless communications and data services. The powerful government-sponsored ICE consortium currently enjoys the lion’s share of the lucrative Tico wireless market. Continue reading