The Panama Canal was built to solve problems of global circumnavigation that first began to dawn on human minds during the Age of Exploration, five hundred years ago. Today, the Panama Canal serves the global shipping industry.
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Animals Q: I am moving to Costa Rica and debating flying or driving…taking my time and taking a few things from home. Do you think travel with 2 big dogs will be a problem? What about pulling a trailer? A: Take an inventory of the things you are taking and be prepared to give some […]
Costa Rican officials have officially announced a tax reduction that aims to not only lower the price of used cars but to also reduce pollution caused by older cars. The current (old) import taxes brakes down as follows: New Cars and vehicles up to 3 years old = 30% Tax Vehicles from 4-5 years old […]
The longstanding restrictions on foreigners buying property along Mexico’s coast and borders were loosened on Tuesday after Congress’ lower house voted on a proposal that drew stiff criticism from some quarters. The measure, which passed 356-119 in the Chamber of Deputies, still needs approval from the Senate and a majority of the country’s 32 state […]
Former ABC Coast FM staff member Gemma Snowdon is in La Ticla, Mexico, known for having the best waves on the west coast. Intense violence between the Mexican Government and the Indigenous community has marred the region in recent years but, as Gemma reports, surfers are now starting to return. Listen to this awesome NPR style […]
I have been traveling to Baja for 35 years—it is likely the one place on the planet that has served up some of the best waves of my life. For the last few years Baja has been plagued with negative media and unwelcoming stories. Coyote Adventures, started by Ivan Feerman, was born out of one surfer’s desire to change all that.
MEXICO CITY — As a U.S. Marine, Jon Hammar endured nightmarish tension patrolling the war-ravaged streets of Iraq’s Fallujah. When he came home, the brutality of war still pinging around his brain, mental peace proved elusive. Surfing provided the only respite. “The only time Hammar is not losing his mind is when he’s on the water,” […]
Costa Rica suffered remarkably little damage from September 4ths magnitude-7.6 quake — a few blocked highways, some collapsed houses and one death, of a heart attack caused by fright. Officials credited the relatively deep location of the quake and building codes that Costa Rican officials call as strict as those in California and Japan. The […]
Costa Rica is most famous for its lush national parks, evergreen rainforests, white beaches, and thermal springs. The country’s parks draw an average of 300,000 tourists per year, generating approximately $2.1 billion a year that makes up roughly 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Unfortunately, Costa Rica’s parks, jungles, and marshes do not […]