Costa Rica - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Costa Rica


Costa Rica legalizes same-sex marriage in first for Central America

May 26, 2020 - 3:13 PM

(UPDATED) Planned celebrations did not take place because of the coronavirus pandemic, but a special program about LGBT rights is broadcast on public television and online as the first weddings are held

SAME SEX MARRIAGE. In this file picture taken on August 4, 2018 members of the LGBTI community take part in a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in San Jose, to demand the legalization of same-sex marriage. File photo by Ezequiel Becerra/AFP

IMF approves $504-million loan for Costa Rica

Apr 30, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The funding for Costa Rica will 'support essential COVID-19-related health spending and relief measures targeted to the most affected sectors and vulnerable populations'

A worker disinfects the central market in the face of the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in San Jose, Costa Rica, on March 14, 2020. (Photo by Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP)

U.S. tourist is Costa Rica's 1st coronavirus case

Mar 07, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Health officials say the 49-year-old woman had contracted the virus before entering the country on March 1

SOLD OUT. Amidst fears of a growing coronavirus pandemic, signs for sold out face masks are posted in a Manhattan pharmacy on February 26, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP

Costa Rica seizes record 5 tons of cocaine

Feb 16, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The drugs are concealed in a consignment of ornamental flowers at the port of Limon which was destined for Rotterdam, Interior Minister Michael Soto Rojas says

Strong earthquake hits Costa Rica-Panama border – USGS

Jun 26, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) The earthquake strikes at a depth of 26 kilometers, about two kilometers from the nearest town of Progreso in Panama, USGS says, updating a previous alert that estimated the depth at 10 kilometers

More than 60,000 people flee Nicaragua crisis – U.N.

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:02 PM

The United Nations refugee agency says those seeking asylum in Costa Rica include 'students, former public officials, opposition figures, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders, and farmers'

PROTEST. Nicaraguan students from the Central American University (UCA) protest inside the university against the government of President Daniel Ortega in Managua on March 1, 2019. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Neymar hits back at World Cup critics

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:37 AM

The Brazilian football superstar breaks down in tears after a win, then gets criticized for showing 'fragility'

EMOTIONAL. Costa Rica's Bryan Oviedo talks to Brazil's Neymar as he cries after scoring a last-gasp goal during their Group E match. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Brazil nears World Cup knockouts after Costa Rica late show

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:23 PM

Neymar gets all emotional after securing the victory for Brazil

STIRRING TRIUMPH. Brazil superstar Neymar lets it all out after the match. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Costa Rica votes ex-minister as next president, spurns preacher rival

Apr 02, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Carlos Alvarado, a former labor minister under the current president, wins a convincing 60.7 percent of the ballots in the run-off elections

WINNER. Presidential candidate of Costa Rica's governing Citizen Action Party (PAC), Carlos Alvarado, celebrates victory in San Jose on April 01, 2018. Photo by Ezequiel Becerra/AFP

UN court says Nicaragua must pay Costa Rica $380,000

Feb 02, 2018 - 11:41 PM

The figure is well below the $6.7 million demanded by Costa Rica for the harm done to protected wetlands on the river San Juan, and to compensate its efforts to restore it

NICARAGUA AND COSTA RICA. Representatives for Costa Rica listen as judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (C) as International Court of Justice judges start reading their verdict in a compensation claim before the UN’s top court on February 2, 2018 in The Hague as the UN's highest court ordered Nicaragua to pay less than $380,000 to Costa Rica in compensation for damaging protected wetlands on the river San Juan. Photo by Jan Hennop/AFP

Winds seen as factor in deadly Costa Rica plane crash

Jan 02, 2018 - 7:23 AM

The plane burst into flames on impact, according to rescue officials and locals

10 Americans killed in plane crash in Costa Rica

Jan 01, 2018 - 10:15 AM

A list of the passengers given by local media shows 5 shared the same last name, suggesting they are related

PLANE CRASH. 10 Americans are killed in a plane crash in Costa Rica.

Strong earthquake rocks Costa Rica

Nov 13, 2017 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) The quake occurs at 8:28 pm local (0228 GMT; 10:28 am, Manila time) on the Central American country's Pacific coast, at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles), close to the popular tourist beach town of Jaco

Deadly tropical storm Nate kills 22 in Central America, heads for U.S.

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:35 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Forecasters predict it will strengthen into a hurricane headed for Mexico and the United States

TROPICAL STORM. Locals holding umbrellas wait at a bus stop during a downpour caused by tropical storm Nate in Cartago, 25 kilometers East of San Jose on October 5, 2017.Photo by Ezequiel Becerra/AFP

Venezuela ex-attorney general says contract killers set after her

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Luisa Ortega: I have information that the persecution is continuing against me and that the government has contracted hitmen to end my life

Venezuela's fugitive former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega speaks during a press conference at the General Prosecutor's office in San Jose on August 28, 2017. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP

Costa Rica drags Nicaragua to ICJ as territory row lingers

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:56 AM

The case involves a small slither of land between the two countries

Outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the ICJ, in February 2012. CIJ-ICJ/UN-ONU/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen/File

Costa Rica saw 'unprecedented' migration flow in 2016

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Tens of thousands of mainly Cubans Haitians and Africans are seeking passage to the United States via the country

Migrants by a banner that reads 'Welcome to Costa Rica' in an encampment of Africans in Penas Blancas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in the border with Nicaragua on July 19, 2016. Ezequiel Becerra / AFP

Hurricane kills 4 in Costa Rica

Nov 25, 2016 - 10:27 PM

UPDATED The hurricane – which weakened to a tropical storm before exiting into the Pacific Ocean – dumped a months worth of rain in just a few hours Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis says

Otto weakens to tropical storm after hurricane, quake hit Central America

Nov 25, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Nicaragua was caught in the middle of both events as the hurricane plowed into its Caribbean coast while the 7 0 quake occurred in the Pacific Ocean off its other coast

EVACUATION. People carrying belongings and a pet leave their house at "El Canal" neighborhood before Hurricane Otto hits Bluefields, Nicaragua on November 24, 2016. A powerful hurricane churned toward Nicaragua and Costa Rica with freight-train winds and heavy rains expected to trigger dangerous floods and mudslides. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Deadly hurricane descends on Nicaragua, Costa Rica

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:01 PM

Hurricane Otto which built up strength while sitting offshore in the Caribbean packs winds of 165 kilometers 105 miles per hour the US National Hurricane Center says

HURRICANE OTTO. People arrive from nearby communities to be taken to shelters before the arrival of Hurricane Otto in Bluefields, Nicaragua on November 23, 2016. Photo by Inti Ocon/ AFP

Costa Rica, Nicaragua brace for deadly Hurricane Otto

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED The slow moving system is expected to churn slowly through northern Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua over two day

Hurricane Otto heads toward Central America, kills 3

Nov 23, 2016 - 9:16 AM

Otto becomes the seventh hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic season

11 killed, 12 injured in Costa Rica bus plunge – emergency officials

Oct 21, 2016 - 2:40 AM

It looks like the bus brakes failed Esteban Gonzalez the son of one of the survivors tells a Costa Rican television network

Costa Rica frets as Panama allows migrants to cross border

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:58 AM

Costa Rica is already hosting around 2 500 migrants near its northern border with Nicaragua which in November boosted security along the frontier to prevent undocumented migrants crossing

Migrants by a banner that reads 'Welcome to Costa Rica' in an encampment of Africans in Penas Blancas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in the border with Nicaragua on July 19, 2016. Ezequiel Becerra / AFP

More than 1,000 migrants storm border into Costa Rica

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:32 AM

The incident risks reviving a recent crisis in which thousands of Cubans determined to make it to the United States became stranded in Costa Rica

Costa Rica splits from C.America body over migrant crisis

Dec 19, 2015 - 1:02 PM

President Luis Guillermo Solis says Costa Rica cannot participate in a body that does not respect a fundamental basic principle that is solidarity

LatAm states fail to find solution for Cuban migrants

Nov 25, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Latin American ministers fail to find a solution for thousands of US bound Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica

A Cuban shows off a Cuban flag in a shelter in the town of La Cruz , Guanacaste, Costa Rica, near the border with Nicaragua on November 17, 2015. Ezequiel Becerra / AFP

Costa Rica withdraws support for Donald Trump's Miss Universe pageant

Jul 02, 2015 - 10:55 PM

Costa Rica joins a number of Latino countries who have pulled their support for Trump s Miss Universe pageant

epa04550466 A handout made available by the Miss Universe Organization shows Ana Montufar Urrutia, Miss Guatemala 2014 (L) Yasmin Verheijen, Miss Netherlands 2014 (C) and Karina Ramos, Miss Costa Rica 2014 (R) pose in swimwear in Miami, Florida, USA, 07 January 2015. The 63rd annual pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown, to be decided in Miami on 25 January 2015. EPA/Miss Universe Organization HANDOUT

Another volcano erupts, this time in Costa Rica

Apr 24, 2015 - 3:25 PM

Airport officials said authorities are evaluating the situation at the airport – located 80 kilometers 50 miles from the volcano – saying it would not reopen until Friday morning at the earliest

TURRIALBA VOLCANO. Sunrise view with the Turrialba volcano in the background in Costa Rica, 13 March 2015. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Airport shut as Costa Rica volcano spews more ash

Mar 13, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Flights are suspended because of poor visibility at the airport while pedestrians in the capital shield their eyes to prevent ash going into them

TURRIALBA. View of the Turrialba ash volcano eruption, in the district of Santa Cruz, in the province of Cartago, Costa Rica, 01 November 2014. File Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Cuba's Castro to US: End embargo to mend ties

Jan 29, 2015 - 8:24 AM

Raul Castro: The establishment of diplomatic relations is the beginning of a process toward the normalization of bilateral relations but this won t be possible as long as the blockade exists

PATRIOTIC RALLY. Young Cubans participate in a rally to pay homage to national hero Jose Marti at the Revolution square in Havana, Cuba, 28 January 2015.  Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Three dead as tourist ship sinks off Costa Rica

Jan 09, 2015 - 8:54 AM

Ninety nine tourists and 10 crew are on the pleasure cruise when the ship capsizes off the Pacific coast

Dutch seize huge cocaine shipment in cassava roots

Nov 30, 2014 - 11:17 PM

The cocaine was in a container with cassava from Costa Rica packed with 3 003 packages weighing a total of 3 5 tonnes says the Public Prosecutor s office in a statement

7.3 magnitude quake off El Salvador coast – USGS

Oct 14, 2014 - 12:49 PM

UPDATED The rumbling of the earth was felt along the Central American coast stretching south to Nicaragua and Costa Rica and inland to Honduras

Super-sub keeper puts Dutch into World Cup semis

Jul 06, 2014 - 7:24 AM

The Netherlands advance to the semifinals after beating Costa Rica in penalty shootout 4 3 Substitute keeper Krul came up with 2 saves for Netherlands

SAVIOUR. Tim Krul comes up with 2 saves in penalty shootout to help Netherlands advance to the semifinals. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

[Mikael in Transit] Costa Rica:The storybook ending

Jun 29, 2014 - 8:30 AM

A trip to the beach watching the sinking sun bonding with other travelers – Mikael s Costa Rica adventures continue

[Mikael in Transit] Adrenaline rush, eye candy in Costa Rica

Jun 25, 2014 - 8:17 PM

A death defying jump the power of waterfalls newfound closeness with a group of strangers Mikael Daez s Costa Rica adventure continues

[Mikael In Transit] Saving the sea turtles on the other side of the world

Jun 22, 2014 - 5:46 PM

Actor and model Mikael Daez makes the trip to beautiful Costa Rica – read on to view the first of his travel series for Rappler

World Cup: Costa Rica advances after beating Italy, eliminates England

Jun 21, 2014 - 2:09 AM

Bryan Ruiz s goal in the first half sealed England s elimination from the World Cup and saw Costa Rica progress to the last 16 with a fine 1 0 win over Italy

COSTA TO COAST. Bryan Ruiz (C) of Costa Rica scores the game’s lone goal against Italy. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Italy vs Costa Rica #WorldCup

Jun 20, 2014 - 10:38 PM

Live blog of the Italy vs Costa Rica World Cup Group D match

Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

World Cup: Uruguay stunned by Costa Rica

Jun 15, 2014 - 9:09 AM

Costa Rica s victor comes just 24 hours after the Netherlands stunned and humiliated reigning champions Spain 5 1 in Salvador

CELEBRATION. Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keilor Navas (C) celebrates with his teammates after the FIFA World Cup 2014 group D preliminary round match between Uruguay and Costa Rica in Brazil, June 14, 2014. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Costa Rica to sue Nicaragua over territorial sea rights

Feb 05, 2014 - 3:27 PM

San Jose alleges Managua is seeking to have oil exploration work done in Costa Rican waters

Surprise contender in Costa Rica presidential vote

Feb 03, 2014 - 6:16 PM

Luis Guillermo Solis s stunning rise was as surprising as the collapse of Jose Maria Villalta who pre vote polls showed as having a chance at bringing the political left to power

FRONTRUNNER. Luis Guillermo Solis (C) speaks after hearing about the election results in San Jose, Costa Rica, 02 February 2014. Gabriela Tellez/EPA

Sustainable human development in the Philippines after Haiyan

Dec 22, 2013 - 9:01 AM

Rappler talks to Rebeca Grynspan UN Under Secretary General about human development in the Philippines

Miss Earth 2013 Fearless Forecast

Dec 06, 2013 - 3:49 PM

Who will win the Miss Earth crown? Here s Drew Francisco s fearless forecast

BEAUTIES WITH AN ADVOCACY. The 2013 Miss Earth Candidates, presented to the media. All photos by Jose Del

China's Xi in Mexico with trade gap on agenda

Jun 05, 2013 - 7:27 AM

Mexico is the third stop on a tour of Latin American and Caribbean nations that has already taken Xi to oil rich Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica

China's Xi heads to Latin America on second tour

May 30, 2013 - 11:38 AM

Xi s visit to Trinidad and Tobago Costa Rica and Mexico follows his first foreign trip to Russia and three countries in Africa

MORE FOREIGN TRIPS. Chinese President Xi Jinping will embark on a trip to Latin America on Friday, May 31. In this file photo, Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan get off the plane at Vnukovo airport outside Moscow on March 22, 2013. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

$6-B US fraud probe targets digital currency

May 29, 2013 - 10:23 AM

The United States on Tuesday May 27 unveiled the world s largest money laundering probe targeting the digital currency operator Liberty Reserve

USA defies snow to nip Costa Rica

Mar 23, 2013 - 10:43 PM

The United States defied snow to get their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a win over Costa Rica

Latin American leaders urge review of US pro-marijuana votes

Nov 13, 2012 - 9:55 AM

The presidents of Mexico Honduras Costa Rica and Belize called on the United Nations to hold a special session by 2015 to examine the successes and limits of current strategies against drug trafficking

A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3 , 2012. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA