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La Sele Is One Step Closer to FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

Image result for la seleSoccer -Futbol- is the passion of the Ticos, there is no doubt about it. When La Sele (the National Team) plays, the country goes wild. This last Friday, September 3rd, Costa Rica had an important game in Haiti.

La Sele is seeded in Group B of the 4th round of the CONCACAF (North and Central America and all the Caribbean islands) qualifiers with Panama, Haiti and Jamaica. Costa Rica came to this Friday´s game needed only 1 point to advance to next round, with two games left to finish the round – one against Haiti and one against Panama).

The scenario for the Ticos looked good and everyone was confident Costa Rica was going to be present in the next and final round before the World Cup. The game was boring. Haiti has raised his playing level a lot, but still the game did not offer any excitement. The Ticos were happy with an even score because that would give them the point they needed, so there was no need to risk an injury or another difficult situation.

The first half finished with a 0-0 on the board. The second half was no different. However, in the middle of the half, Randall Azofeifa caught a rebound outside and box, and kicked it hard into the net, in what turned out to be an amazing goal; nothing the Haitian goal keeper could do despite the good game he had. This goal was enough for La Sele to win the game and win the three points from the game.

Now, La Sele will join Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago in the next round. Two more spots are available and the last two qualified teams will be decided Tuesday when the final round of this staged is played. The teams with the best chances to advance are Honduras and Canada, who will play each other; and the US, Guatemala still has a mathematical chance but it is almost impossible that they will advance.

Costa Rica will be facing Panama in San Jose, in a game that will decide who advances first and who advances second in Group B.

La Sele has given the Ticos another chance to celebrate and enjoy. Costa Rica goes wild when La Sele plays and wins, and the best stage of the qualifiers is about to begin, in November 2016.

10 Reason Why You Should Visit A Fresh Market Next Time You Are In Costa Rica

Costa Rica is well-known around the world for its green rain forest, its pristine beaches, its flora and fauna, its active volcanoes, but also for the freshness of its mangoes, bananas, pineapples, cantaloupe melons, and pretty much all of its vegetables and produce.

Every town in the country has a fresh market – or feria, the local Spanish term for Fresh Market – where local producers come by for a few hours or days to sell what they grow in their family farms. Bigger cities like Tibás and Zapote in San José have their fresh markets on Saturday mornings. Smaller towns like Liberia, Guanacaste have a two day feria during the week, Liberia´s feria is on Thursday and Friday of every week.

So, why should you visit a Fresh Market in Costa Rica? Here we give you ten reasons why you should do it.

  1. Vegetables and fruits are super fresh. They come straight from the farm to your table.20160512_113815

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. All your produce, fruits and vegetables are dirt cheap, and we mean cheap! You can get tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, pineapples, celery, cilantro and more enough for one week for less than $10 (for a family of three)20160512_113802

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Want to hear stories about the Costa Rican farmers? Any of them will be glad to tell you about their life while you shop… it is a worthwhile experience20160512_113659.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Cheap Costa Rican bananas!!! No kidding, you can get like 10 bananas for half a dollar!20160512_113640

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Fresh homemade cheese and source cream…the best there is!
  1. Pineapple, cantaloupes and watermelons for 500 colones (about $1)…really, you can get them that cheap during growing seasons.20160512_113617

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Makes up for a nice walk. The feria normally stretches for a couple of blocks on a city street so that will make a nice and relaxing walk, getting some fresh air while you shop.20160512_113635

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Bargain your fruit price…it is totally legal and acceptable, the best price you get will depend on your bargain abilities.
  1. Did we mentioned the cheap bananas? Oh yes, we did, but they are so good and so cheap that it is worth it to remind you, you can get a bunch of them for less than a dollar, if you bring kids with you they might even get free ones while they shop.20160512_113738

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. It is an unforgettable experience you won´t have the chance to experience back home…may be you have something similar, but nothing like a tico fresh market, you will have to go and experience it for yourself.20160512_113651

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, El Clasico. What Does It Have to Do with Costa Rica?

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, Real Madrid vs. Barcelona. No matter which team you put first, this is one of the most important soccer games in the world. Two of the biggest and richer teams in the world clash against each other to proof who is the best in the soccer field.

Last Saturday, April 2nd, both teams clashed on the field of the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona in what was the last Clasico of the 2015-2016 season for the Spanish Soccer, or Football, League. The game in itself is an exquisite dish for those who love soccer; it is estimated that the game was broadcasted live to over 600 million people worldwide.

Barcelona came to the game with a striking record of not having lost a game in the past 39 games they played in all competitions, whether it was La Liga, Copa del Rey or UEFA Champions League. They also came at the top of La Liga with a 10 point advantage over Real Madrid. Finally, they had won the last Clasico, in Madrid, with a 4-0 victory over Real Madrid.

Real Madrid came striving to save its honor and proof that Madrid, despite the bad year they have had in La Liga, and the humiliating lost against Barcelona at the las Clasico, is better that Barcelona.

The BBC (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano) in Real Madrid´s side was facing the MSN (Mesi, Suarez and Neymar) on the Barcelona side, and those who watch the game were not disappointed. Real Madrid came out of Barcelona with a 2-1 victory and is now 7 points behind the Blaugranas in La Liga.

But, why is the Spanish Clásico so important in Costa Rica when it is played over 5,000 miles away? Yes, the Clasico is that important in Costa Rica. The bars and restaurants in San José were packed on Saturday with people trying to watch the game, which was only televised in Costa Rica through satellite TV. People were even standing outside the bars looking through the windows or the door to be able to watch the game. But going back to answering our question, it is that important because in the first place, Costa Rica is a soccer loving country. But not only that, the main reason why the game was so important is because a Costa Rican player was on the field. Hard to believe? Yes, but 100% true.

Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica´s National Team Goalkeeper is now the starting keeper for Real Madrid and he was going to be playing the most important match in the world. It is usual to see players from Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Portugal and Spain playing this match, but not from Costa Rica. However, those who watch the game on Saturday were able to see him. Keylor Navas is the Costa Rican player who has made his way up to being a starter for Real Madrid and has become a security for his team.

Keylor was an important player in the game and his best play of the night came when he flew up in the air to barely touch a ball sent his way by Leo Messi in which would have been his 500th goal. Messi was getting ready to celebrate because the ball was going in, but it found the tip of Keylor “La Pantera” Navas and the ball was sent off to the corner kick. Messi was scoreless this game, so were Neymar and Suarez, so the MSN could not do any harm to Real Madrid thanks, in part, to Keylor´s performance. On the other side the BBC scored the 2 goals that gave the victory to Real Madrid.

While people continue to talk about the game, the Ticos feel proud to have one of their best man in the field. An example of hard work, dedication and never giving up. Thank you Keylor Navas for being an inspiration for our country and our children.

Hard Rock Cafe Guanacaste, A Warm Hanging Out Spot in Coco

HRC_Guanacaste_StageHard Rock Cafe is a well known brand, famous for its music, artist memorabilia and its food. Last year, the brand came to Guanacaste and opened its restaurant in Playas del Coco. Could have not choosen a better place to be, close to the airport, lots of business around, amazing environment, Playas del Coco has it all.

From great food to amazing drinks, Hard Rock Cafe is a must visit spot if you are in the area. Food plates are large and tasty, so you can have a Nacho plate which will be enough for 2 or 3 if you are just looking to snack on something while enjoying a few drinks. Another amazing dish is the Jumbo Sampler which is also enough for two. it comes with Buffalo Wings, Chicken Tenders, Focaccia, Srtichoke Dip and Onion Rings, a true delight you can´t miss. If you are very hungry, you can go for a fried fish or a stake which are fresh and amazing!

When it comes to drinks Hard Rock Cafe Guanacaste has a vast array of them to choose from. You can pick from regular soda drinks to smoothies, to signature cocktails to local and imported beer, as well as Costa Rican crafted beer, which happens to be one of the few places where you can get this type of beer in the area. To finish up your meal you can get a hot and delicious cup of Britt Coffee, you cannot come to Costa Rica and not try the Café Britt!

The staff at the Hard Rock Cafe Guanacaste is nice and always ready to help you. These guys will make your time there fun. Make sure you come by around 7:05 pm to watch the staff perform a dance and interact with you if you feel like doing it!

Leave your comments below and let us know how was your experience at the Hard Rock Cafe Guanacaste.

A New Way to Experience Adventure in Costa Rica

eco logoWhen thinking of Costa Rica most people won´t think about a corporate developed environment, although that is something that goes on in most of the Central Valley area. People think of monkeys, crocodiles, rain forest, beaches, surfing, fishing, zip lining and volcanos, just to name a few. One of the amazing things about Costa Rica is that travel time between adventures is short, and it looks like it is becoming even shorter.

Diamante Eco Adventure Park is, well, an adventure park located in Playa Matapalo, Guanacaste, right next to the RIU Hotel. Their goal is to provide as many adventure tours in a single location. With that in mind, they currently offer some 30 different activities like hanging bridges, kayaking, snorkeling, animal watching, walking and hiking, and a one of its kind in Costa Rica, a dual action zip line close to a mile in length and over 4,400 feet high. Talking about adrenaline, huh?

Diamante Eco Adventure Park is conveniently located to all the resorts, condos and residences from Papagayo Gulf, Ocotal, Coco Beach, Hermosa Beach, Liberia and all the surrounding areas. Still, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Potrero and all the Gold Coast towns are not that far away either.

Sounds enticing, doesn´t it? If you are already thinking about your visita to Diamante Eco Adventure Park, they have three packages available: Diamante Pass, Adrenaline Pass and Discovery Pass. Diamante Pass starts at $138 per person, it includes many adventure activies as well as must relaxed ones like bird and animal watching. Get ready for a full day of non-stop adventure. By the way, a buffet lunch. For the adventurous but not so interested in watching animals and plants, you can go for the Adrenaline Pass, it starts at $88 per person and you can be ready to have lots of fun and action. For the less adventurous, the Discovery Pass will be a good match. Watch animals, enjoy the gardens, relax at the beach. Want some adventure to go with it? Don´t worry, it includes one hour of mountain biking, one hour of kayaking and one hour of stand up paddle board. It does not include lunch, but the buffet is available for $14 per person. Additional tours can be added to any package.

Visiting Guanacaste, make sure you set a day aside and enjoy all the adventure Diamante Eco Adventure Park has to offer.

 

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