Guanacaste, Costa Rica to Host World Famous Ironman in June …

After a five-year wait, Carrillo, Guanacaste finally made the cut to host a Ironman 70.3 triathlon this year. This is the first time Costa Rica will host one of the world famous endurance competitions, and it is almost completely filled.

With 2,000 competitors already filling all of the general registration spots for the June 18 event, according to the Ironman website, event organizers expect the race to bring at least eight to ten thousand visitors to the Playas del Coco region of Guanacaste province, as each Ironman competitor travels with two or more companions on average.

The Ironman 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman, is one of a series of long distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The number 70.3 refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race that involves a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run, said the WTC. The segment disatnces are half of those in a full Ironman triathlon.

The Ironman 70.3 series culminates each year with a world championship competition, which competitors qualify for during the 70.3 series in the 12 months prior to the championship, said the WTC.

The 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica will offer 35 qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to the Ironman website.

Finish times range from under 4 hours by elite athletes to 8 hours and 30 minutes. Times vary from race to race and are influenced by factors such as terrain, weather conditions, and course conditions, said the WTC.

On March 1, 25 elite competitor spots will open for the Costa Rica race, as well as 100 additional spots – 70  individual and 30 relay spaces (one person per discipline). After this, the event will be completely filled.

The mile and a half long Playas del Coco, the race site, is one of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches. Protected by a bay, its gentle, warm waters are ideal for bathing, snorkeling and also boating.

Ironman orgnizers sum up Costa Rica like this: “Costa Rica is one of the world’s most unique tourist destinations. The natural beauty, stunning beaches, pleasant climate and the peaceful easy going nature of Costa Ricans make the country an attractive, must-see part of the world.”

By Wendy Anders, The Costa Rica Star

Costa Rica, An Independent Nation Since 1821!

20160915_095936September 15th is the day Costa Rica celebrates its independence! Costa Rica has no army since 1948, and it has been said our army are our students and their training camps are the classrooms. September 15th is the day those armies go out on the street to march for their countries freedom! But it looks a bit different than what marching armies might look like in other places.

Do you want to know how that looks? Well, images tell it better than words sometimes… So, sit back, relax and enjoy the Costa Rican Independence parade!



Elementary Schools marching through the main streets in Liberia


Hundreds of Costa Rican flags were seen out in the parade!


Little school girls accompanying their school band.









This little ones give it all to represent their school properly!


The national colors, white, red and blue were everywhere!









Girls wearing the traditional Costa Rican dresses, very colorful by the way!


Don’t think it’s easy to get those skirts to move like that!









Did we mention Costa Rican flags were everywhere?



Pretty much every band has a different and colorful uniform for this special event.


Flags, flags, and more flags!









Highschool kids also have their participation in the national party!


These guys made it all the way from Panama to Guanacaste to celebrate with the Ticos!









We can guarantee you will not grow tired of the marching bands!


We told you there were enough flags, but we forgot to tell you these guys are normally the best students from each school!










Some bands take it to the next level!



This young ladies do a fun job with those flags.


We promise it, every band is different!









Instituto de Guanacaste, historically, one of the best bands in the country!


Sax! A nice and fun addition to any band.









Alumni! This celebration of peace and freedom is for everyone!


KFC Is Coming to Liberia, Costa Rica

fried chicken, wings, food, breadedFor some, that is good news! For others, it is not. Guanacaste has been known for an easy and slow paced lifestyle. We have Sodas, not fast food restaurants. But that is starting to change. For the better or worse? That is a decision each one has to make!

Currently in Liberia and the surrounding towns, that is La Cruz, Cañas, Bagaces, Playas del Coco, etc., we only have Subway, Pizza Hut, McDonald´s (the only one in the province by the way), Pollo Campero, Papa John´s and Quizno´s (inside the airport, so only those that area traveling can eat of it). But, KFC is coming to town!

It only makes sense to have a chain like this in Liberia, especially because of the amount of tourist traveling in an out of town. Also, many people from the surrounding towns come to Liberia on a daily basis.

On a positive note, this new opening will be generating job opportunities which are much needed in the region.

It has not been said where in Liberia or when the store is going to open. But the hiring process has already started. We will keep you posted in case you want to come by and enjoy some KFC chicken next time you are in town!

Noni, the Costa Rican Healing Fruit

More and more, people all over the world are looking at nature to find medicinal plants and treatments for their sickness or diseases. People are tired of having chemicals and artificial ingredients in their foods and medicines, and some ´people believe this is one of the reasons they are getting sick. So, nature becomes a good source for remedies and medicines. Costa Rica is one of those places in the world with plenty medicinal plants and a long history of medicinal plant usage.

One of those fruits is noni (morinda citrofolia), it is originally from India, but it grows everywhere in Costa Rica. This fruit is very rich in excipients, its active ingredient. A Noni tree can live up to 80 years.

Noni fruit acts at a basic cellular level. It can act stimulating the immune system, increasing bodily energy, inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, regulating sleep, bowel functions and blood pressure. I can also treat erectile dysfunction in men. It has been used in the treatment of diabetes. The Noni fruit also helps as anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-histaminic and painkiller.

Noni also helps the nervous system. It has the ability to reduce stress and increase endurance and energy, lessen the side effects of depression and insomnia. In regards to the respiratory system, it can be used against asthma and sinus infection.

Noni is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and amino acids. It has a bitter flavor so many people tend to stay away from it despite its many benefits. However, it can be mixed with other fruit juices to improve the taste and its consumption.

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
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