Shirley Álvarez to Host Costa Rica’s ExpoNovia

Costa Rica Events – Shirley Álvarez, best known as the presenter of the ballroom contest Dancing with the Stars, will now host Expo Novia for its 30th anniversary.

The event will be from March 16 to 18.

The fair will show off the new trends and many options related to wedding planning. The Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel will hold the event and the many concerts planned along with it.

Álvarez has previously participated in the event as a wedding dress model. Although her role will change, she doesn’t think her passion for weddings ever will. She is already married and loves how this event reminds her of the illusion of the process. She especially likes the hairstyles and makeup.

Anyone planning a wedding should be at this event. It’s the perfect way to find a variety of ideas all in one place. 80 companies will be there offering services.

The cost of tickets is just ¢5,000 and BAC Credomatic card users can enter for free.

Costa Rica Poas Volcano Lagoon Has Dried Up

Costa Rica News – The hot lagoon of the Poás volcano has vanished, drying up over the last 12 days.

Experts attribute this to a decrease of rains and an increase in the temperature of the bottom of the crater.

By March 5, only small puddles remained. Additionally, it became evident that the gas output increased. These changes were not expected. They were initially perceived by specialists on February 18th.

This is considered a natural event based on a decrease in the water supply to the volcano’s hydrothermal system. It has happened before and is not considered cause for concern.

There is no increased risk of immediate eruption, according to an expert, because the local seismic activity is very low, according to the National Seismological Network and the National Volcanological and Seismological Observatory.

Costa Rica Prepares to Export 10 Tons of Hammerhead Shark Fins

Ten tons of hammerhead shark fins, stored in Inversiones Cruz S.A’s warehouses, are awaiting export approval from the Costa Rican Fisheries and Aquaculture Institute (INCOPESCA).

Ten tons of hammerhead shark fins have been in storage in Costa Rican warehouses since March 1 of 2015, when the government issued a ban on the export of hammerhead shark fins as part of its Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) obligations. The fins were obtained and stored during the export ban and any attempt to export them is considered a violation of CITES. Thousands of individuals and 22 Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) from around the globe are petitioning the government to stop any export attempt.

In 2013, the Costa Rican government led an international campaign to list endangered hammerhead sharks under Appendix II of CITES, in an effort to limit international trade of shark products and improve hammerhead shark conservation in Costa Rica.

Cocos Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site off Costa Rica, is famous for its population of Scalloped hammerhead sharks. The island is visited by numerous tourists from around the globe each year, wanting to experience the island’s premier shark diving and world-class Costa Rica liveaboard diving.  Cocos Island is vulnerable to illegal shark fishing in and around its protected waters and the Scalloped hammerhead is listed as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. This hammerhead shark species, along with other hammerhead species, is in dire need of protection; both to secure the health of Costa Rica’s ocean ecosystem and the thriving marine tourism industry.

‘In March 1 of 2015, Costa Rica became one of the world’s few countries to ban the export of hammerhead shark fins. In spite of this bold and visionary step, the ban has had no positive impact on hammerhead shark conservation,’ stated Isabel Naranjo, the president of CREMA, a Costa Rican non-profit marine conservation organisation, in a letter to the President of Costa Rica dated February 19, 2018.

Naranjo explains ‘the Costa Rican Fishery authority, INCOPESCA, has allowed fishing efforts upon hammerhead sharks to continue at their current unsustainable levels, resulting in a stockpile of over 10 tons of hammerhead shark fins (possibly even 20 tons) in the port city of Puntarenas, waiting for a future approval to export.’

The letter, written on behalf of 12,000 individuals and well-known global NGOs including WildAid, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Fins Attached, urges the government to stop any attempts to export hammerhead sharks by issuing a Presidential Decree to permanently ban the export of stockpiled fins.

According to CITES, Costa Rica must determine if it is possible to remove hammerhead sharks from their natural environment without putting the species population at risk, or confirm if the international trade in hammerhead sharks from Costa Rica should be banned. Studies performed by Costa Rica’s CITES Scientific Authority Representative Council in 2015 and 2017 both confirmed it was not possible to export fins sustainably.

The government has since determined the sharks are not protected under the Wildlife Conservation Law and have granted the Costa Rican fisheries authority INCOPESCA the authority to undertake its own study. The results of this study will be released in March 2018.

“Obviously, INCOPESCA will recommend that fin exports be resumed, despite two panels composed of the country’s best scientists indicating that the activity cannot be done sustainably”, said Randall Arauz from the USA based organization Fins Attached. “Once again, Costa Rica is evading its CITES obligations in order to favor private interests, in this case the shark fin exporter, in detriment to the public’s interest and of course hammerhead sharks”

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Looking for a House in Costa Rica? Visit Expoconstrucción this Weekend

Costa Rica News – Expoconstrucción 2018 brings together 260 housing projects in the metropolitan area, San Carlos, Guanacaste and Puntarenas.

The fair started on Wednesday and will go until February 25th.

It takes place at the Pedregal Events Center. The cost is ₡1,000 for today and tomorrow and then ₡2,000 for Saturday and Sunday. It will be open 1pm to 10pm tomorrow and Friday and then 10am to 8pm on the weekend.

There are over 700 stands of companies offering new houses or materials to remodel and expand houses. Expoconstrucción offers a portfolio of 115 options for buying housing in buildings, 95 horizontal options and 50 projects for the sale of lots. 16 financial entities will be present to offer different credit options to buy or remodel.

The most affordable option is Los Frutales, in Orotina. Lots start at $20,000 and homes at $60,000.

An income level of ₡625,000 is required. The most exclusive, luxurious options are from Kirebe, in towns in the West of San Jose.

They can exceed $1 million. The same company offers studios in buildings at $120,000.

Severe Turbulence Injures 2 Aboard Air Canada Flight to Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – Two people were taken to hospital after an Air Canada Rouge flight encountered turbulence on the way to its destination in Costa Rica.

AC1806 was en route to San Jose when it encountered severe turbulence approximately 90 minutes into the flight, according to data from

The plane then turned around just over Asheville, North Carolina and returned to Pearson airport, where it landed without incident.

Peel Paramedics say two flight attendants were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Air Canada says passengers have since departed to San Jose on another aircraft.

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Manqala; Beers & Table Games in San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Entertainment – Manqala is one of the best bars in San Jose.

It opened last December with the idea of offering craft beers and over 250 table games to the clientele. Playing a table game is a great way to meet people.

The bar is in Barrio Dent, 100 meters south of the Cultural Center. The atmosphere is pleasant and fun. Alejandro Quirós is the administrator. He is a big fan of table games, with 110 games in his personal collection.

He based the idea for the bar on the Canadian restaurant Snakes and Laggers. He partnered with Roy González and Carlos Camacho and the rest was history. A bar where you can enjoy boards, dice and cards was born.

Interestingly, the place has staff dedicated to explain how to play the games. The waiters wear black and those in gray make game recommendations and explain the rules. Fine craft beers complete the picture.

Kenneth Tencio to Represent Costa Rica in Urban Cycling World Championships

Costa Rica Entertainment – Kenneth Tencio will represent Costa Rica and face off against the world champion in freestyle of the X-Knights, Australian Martin Logan.

Martin was the first winner in the history of the Urban Cycling World Championships.

Kenneth “Pollis” Tencio won the last three editions of the BMX freestyle modality in the Knights. He has excellent technique and a refined, explosive style. His tricks and combinations, like the Flip Whip and Tailwhip, are so smooth they appear effortless.

This will be the fourth edition of the event and it will feature five competitors, including Vince Byron, who won two golds, five silvers and two bronzes in the X Games. The world elite will impress us. Each driver will make two passes on the track. The three best scores advance to the final. The X-Knights 2018 will also include the Striders children’s competition.

Fans can purchase tickets at and at Servimás points of sale. The cost is from ¢12,000 to ¢35,000.

Cranes At Costa Rica Shipping Port Still Not Functioning

Costa Rica News – On August 29th we all saw the arrival of two Post-Panamax cranes to the port of Moín, Limón.

The press was there along with neighbors and multiple government authorities. The Port Administration and Economic Development Board of the Atlantic Coast (Japdeva) invited them.

The equipment left China on June 22. It is valued at $16 million and was purchased with the aim of increasing the number of containers that Japdeva moves per hour and thus increasing the entity’s revenues.

However, five months later the cranes are not being used due to electrical and mechanical problems. For every day they are not in use, the port entity loses out on $25,000 for loading and unloading of boats in Limón dock.

The supplier of the equipment has not been able to bring the spare parts from Spain because the failures coincided with Christmas. The contractor will solve the problem around the third week of February.

Costa Rica’s 1st Gay Marriage Suffers Bureaucratic Hitch

Costa Rica News – SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Costa Rica’s first same-sex wedding has been blocked by notaries who are refusing to recognize it until laws forbidding gay marriage are changed, setting them at odds with the president.

The marriage between two men was set for this Saturday after a top Latin American human rights court earlier this month ruled that countries in the region should legalize same-sex unions, pushing back against opposition from the Roman Catholic church.

The Inter-American Court, based in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, recommended that those rights be upheld via temporary decrees while governments pursue permanent laws.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis then directed government agencies to apply the ruling until lawmakers or the constitutional court formally adopt new laws.

However, the notary council of the Central American country said on Friday it would only authorize such unions if the local legislature or the court annul laws outlawing gay marriage.

“The rules that regulate marriage in Costa Rica … remain in force,” the council said, telling notaries to abide by them.

The court’s decision has triggered debate ahead of Costa Rica’s presidential election on Feb. 4, with some candidates vowing to fight it.

Solis is barred by law from seeking a second consecutive term.

Several Latin American countries, including predominantly Roman Catholic Costa Rica, still do not allow same-sex marriage.

However, that is changing, and in recent years same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and some parts of Mexico.

“There’s nothing stopping the road to equality, but the truth is we don’t know how long it will take to get there,” said Larissa Arroyo, an attorney representing the couple in Costa Rica who planned to marry on Saturday.

The country’s Justice Minister Marco Feoli said in a statement that the notary council’s stance went against both the executive branch and the Inter-American Court.

Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Dave Graham and Grant McCool

Mafalda Coming to Costa Rica

Costa Rica Entertainment – Mafalda, a famous caricature who has been loved for over five decades, has been in the Children’s Museum since December and the exhibition has been extended giving us a chance to see it until January 28th.

5,000 people have seen The World According to Mafalda so far and it’s been a hit. The 650 square meter exhibition has 13 modules where old and young can rediscover the beginnings of the comic strip and immerse themselves in Mafalda’s world.

It carries themes of the analytical power of the question and investigation and making a change as a society.

It can be seen during the normal museum hours and also at a special activity called Soup Night, in which visitors will enjoy a special soup menu, music from the 70s, a guided tour of the 13 modules, a souvenir, and some surprises.

This will be offered on a few nights, for 50 visitors per night.

Tickets can be purchased at