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The Real Taste of Costa Rica “Chiliguaro”

There’s no question that chiliguaro is Costa Rica’s most famous cocktail. You can find this spicy shot at most bars [...]

Spotlight – Joe Hrbek, Gold Coast’s Iron Sax Man

If you've been in Tamarindo, Potrero, Brasilito or Flamingo over the past few years, chances are you've heard the crispy [...]

Costa Rica 2022: Through the Lens

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Margaritaville A Taste of Paradise

Yes, we're open to the public! Margaritaville began as a synonym for a relaxed, laid-back state of mind.  Delicious food [...]

Coldplay’s Costa Rica Appearance

It’s no coincidence that Coldplay will be making its first appearance in Costa Rica with the “Music Of The Spheres [...]

Preserving the Maleku Heritage

The Maleku are an indigenous group of people living in northwest Costa Rica. It is the country’s smallest tribe, numbering [...]

Costa Rica: Through the Lens

On This Page: Ana Lucia RodriguezAndrea SolanoAnnika BeaulieuChalo Garcia Genna Marie DavisHazel MontenegroJames FoxxJean Paul MontanaroLori HaskellMario AranaMario PerazaPerry CarlilePhil BrownReiner AlpízarRicky […]

Sea, Sky and Soul

With glimpses and impressions of reality, artist Susan Adams captures the essence of Costa Rica,  creating poignant and dramatic scenes [...]

Regenerate Costa Rica

Many people are familiar with the term sustainable. But sustainable is just that — it sustains.    The new movement [...]

The Potter and the Clay

One of my favorite potters in the Guaitil region is Miguel Leal, who runs a pottery shop called Taller El [...]

Earth Charter

Mirian Vilela was born in Brasília, the sprawling modern capital of Brazil built on a plateau in the middle of [...]

Sign of the Times

Dr. J. Gregory Payne is a preeminent international authority on diverse topics related to political communication, public diplomacy, health communication, [...]

Ezequiel Marianoni

The containers came and Ezequiel directed the men as they lowered them onto the soft earth. Howler monkeys watched unflinchingly [...]

Karina Diaz

We cut through the mist that burnt away the moment the farm house appeared over the rise, way up the [...]

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Tamale Time – Tasty Tico tradition dates back thousands of years

On This Page: Tico-style tamalesNo free lunchesTried and True Tamale TraditionsJosefina Lopez Bonilla RecipePotrero Beach Women’s GroupIngredients to make approximately […]

Considering Relocating to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica Legal Due Diligence Seminars If you are an expat who is interested in understanding the pure legal facts [...]

Hazel Montenegro

On This Page: TormentasolarHazel will be our featured artist in November Howler. HazelMontenegro.comInstagram“La Nigüenta,” inspired by 19th century Costa Rican folklore, […]

Mauricio Amuy Finds his Way Back to Pura Vida

Mauricio and I met many years ago in San José at an event he headed up for his charity. We [...]

In Memoriam: Jack Ketchum

This article first appeared in Cemetery Dance, courtesy of publisher/bestselling author Richard Chizmar, shortly after the death of author Jack [...]

Between Oceans

Are you an expat, or thinking of becoming an expat? Then Between Oceans – Crooks, Creeps, and Crazies on the [...]

The Soul of a Coffee Legacy

Soul Gives is a registered non-profit that works with indigenous groups in Costa Rica and Mexico. They qualify each business, [...]

Guachipelin Hotel and Adventures

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Britt Coffee

THE HISTORY OF GOURMET COFFEE Costa Rica has produced one of the best coffees in the world for over a [...]

National Symbols of Costa Rica

Discover your travel and adventure deals There is nothing arbitrary or spontaneous about the declaration of a national symbol. The [...]

Costa Rica’s Flag: Proudly Waved, Carried and Worn

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Why Costa Rica is the Happiest Country in the World

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Guayabo: History of a Mystery

BEST  COSTA RICA ADVENTURE DEALS The strange thing about Costa Rica’s richest archaeological site is that nobody knows who lived [...]

Finca 6 and The Mystery of the Spheres

Costa Rica is home to only two protected pre-Colombian archaeological sites, including the larger and better known National Monument of Guayabo. But the less familiar Finca 6 holds greater interest as a subject of study due to its major feature, the mysterious Diquís stone spheres.

Day Three Botanicals

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Beautiful Birds of Costa Rica

On This Page: The Toucans of Costa RicaOropendolas: Beautiful and BizarreWant books about the birds of Costa Rica?Click on the […]

Fernán Salazar: Fusions of Artistic Talent

Reflections of light cascading through shards of glass present multi-dimensional motivation for Costa Rican artist Fernán Salazar.   "In creating art, [...]

What Circle Of Hell Is This?

Originally published by Mango Musings in May 2021 The circle of life so often depicted on the National Geographic Channel [...]

Death and Dying in Costa Rica

Adapted by author October 2015 Funeral and burial practices in Costa Rica differ widely from those of western cultures. As [...]

Museums of Costa Rica

On This Page: CRIA students share about the Children’s Museum:Enjoy the audiovisual story!PartnersNational Museum of Costa RicaThe Jade Museum – […]

Celebrating Health and Fitness in Tamarindo

Costa Rica is a nature lover’s dream, with an astounding percentage of the world’s biodiversity and a thriving eco-tourism industry. [...]

Colorful Expressions

Figures of Speech Figured Out Learn Spanish in Costa Rica. Here are some phrases that can be useful when living [...]

Wheels to the World – Ox cart of bygone era a cultural treasure today

Wheels to the World - Ox cart of bygone era a cultural treasure today: Although its golden age in Costa [...]

Guaitil: The Real Deal

Written by Debbie Bride & Marian Paniagua To be sure, the tiny village of Guaitil is off the beaten path, [...]

What is Höwler?

Let’s start with what it’s NOT. This is not pop, this is not tourist music, this isn’t Cocaine or Sweet [...]

Jaime Koss – Magic in His Hands

From a very young age, Jaime Koss’s visual interpretations have been deeply influenced by his remarkable ability to view life [...]

José Eduardo and the Magic Goose

A True Costa Rican Fable:  Much has been written about 2020 … the good and the bad memories of a […]

Rancho Shadday

La Cocina de Doña Marta As one of the most developed beach towns in Costa Rica, Jacó bustles — always […]

Allan Murillo Drawing What Comes Naturally

On This Page: Roseate Spoonbill – illustrationMurillo red-legged honeycreeper illustrationKeel-Billed Toucan – illustrationOwlet Mochuelo-illustration

Easy As Pie In Costa Rica

Adapted from the book Temporary Insanity — Costa Rica: My Way, chapter 4   On my first full day in [...]

The Detour: Turning the Tide

We are pleased to announce the recent release of a book by one of Howler’s own periodic contributors, Ben Harris. [...]

Important Corner of Jacó Gets the Love it Deserves

On a short, nondescript road in Jacó, you can find the post office, police station, government offices and the CCSS [...]

Tamales at Your Table

Timeless Tico Ingredient for Holiday Celebrations Tamales are a traditional dish almost everywhere in Latin America, and distinctive methods of [...]

Museum Frida Kahlo

An hour before closing time, culminating my whirlwind one-day art tour focusing on Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, I arrived […]

Chasing Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Across Borders

(Versión en Español a continuación) Years ago I was a columnist for a Minneapolis neighborhood newspaper. My column allowed me […]

Chavela Vargas

Indomitable Non-Conformist Ahead of Her Time María Isabel Anita Carmen de Jesús Vargas Lizano, better known as Chavela Vargas, Mexican […]

Latin American Art

Celebration of a Cross-Cultural Legacy The arts are one of the most important connecting fabrics joining cultures across time and […]

A Breath of Fresh Air

Danny Herrara and Artify Jacó Born in the Caribbean province of Limón, Costa Rican artist Danny Alexander Herrera Batista lived […]

New Hobby Sculpted from Beach Driftwood Finds

New Hobby Sculpted from Beach Driftwood Finds Within the unclouded silver linings to emerge from the darkness of COVID-19 in [...]

Legends of Atenas

A legend is a folktale, often historically grounded, that changes with each “I swear this is true” retelling. Small towns, [...]


The Telenovela A Guilty Pleasure Telenovela baddies require incredible acting skill not to evoke laughter at their dastardly deeds.   […]

Jalil El Harrar

Spanish below Jalil El Harrar  Capturing The Dance Behind The Lens of Jacó Photographer Jalil El Harrar is a German […]

Artist Gilberto Aquino Pérez SP/EN

The Artistic Language of Gilberto Aquino Pérez Inspiration Finds Him Working Daily   Whirls of rich colors and amazing textures [...]

Blog If You Dare

Blog…If You Dare Recently, I logged onto an expat blog where a woman innocently inquired about a future trip to […]

All roads lead to Atenas

  Mary Martin Mason was born under a nomadic star, leading her to grow up with several families, to cross […]

Hidden Garden Art Gallery

On This Page: The Best of GuanacasteExpressed Through ArtSea, Sky and SoulFernán Salazar: Fusions of Artistic TalentJaime Koss – Magic […]

Steve Bakunas

Steve Bakunas Where Creative Energy Meets Philanthropy By Mike Shannon Rarely a person come along that has an immediate positive […]

Jaco Three Artists

On This Page: Female Artists of JacóConversations with a Creative TrioPaula Simons: artist, photographer‘As we rise individually, we help those […]


  The Cabalgata audio Costa Rica’s Hidden Cowboys (Spanish below)   More than 1.5 million tourists flock to Costa Rica […]

Salt Farms

The Salt of the Earth Las Salinas Salt Pans in Lepanto, Guanacaste   Story and photos by Sean Davis When […]

Painting the Town Jacó (Artify Jacó)

Painting the Town Jacó: A Surf City That Became an Art Gallery. As Jacó has strived to beautify its public […]

The Art of Alejandra Acuña

Passion, Refuge, Strength and Dreams Alejandra Acuña’s art caught my eye one day as I was working on social media. [...]

Pedro Golobios

Monster Among Musicians (Spanish Below) Pedro Golobios is a monster! Don’t worry, though: in the language of musicians, that is [...]

Colectivo Fugitivo

This is the story of a colectivo trip that I would never believe hearing from somebody else. For anyone unfamiliar […]

Evelio’s Garden

A Deeply Rooted Growth Journal Sandra Shaw Homer moved with her husband from Philadelphia to Costa Rica in 1990. Within […]

Dan Medakovic

Notes on a Wandering Minstrel For some time now, Guanacaste has been claimed as a second home by adventurous Canadians […]

Hernan Pérez Pérez

Brushstrokes of Magic and Poetry Hailing from the prominent port town of Puntarenas in the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rican […]

From Farm to Fame

Update June 2022: I have been busy as an actress working in Hollywood for the past year a half. I [...]

Local Young Dancer Unstoppable

“My name is Allison Zuniga Quesada. I’m 14 years old and I’m from Costa Rica. I started dancing when I […]

Hop on La Carreta with Carpe Chepe

San José is the perfect destination to experience and learn more about urban tourism in Costa Rica. The city offers many options to have a good time while thinking of your next adventure. Museums, galleries, parks, restaurants, coffee shops, bars and friendly people are some of the reasons why you should visit the capital city.

So You Think You Can Dance, Guanacaste

A Conversation With Tara-Jean Popowich Costa Rica may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think […]

Wilberth Sanchez in the Moment

Letting Nature Work its Magic Follow and like his work on FACEBOOK! It’s as if Wilberth Sanchez was born seeing […]

So You Think You Can Dance, Costa Rica

Aspire to be a National Champion Costa Rica’s rich history of dance is hardly surprising, with a tradition deeply rooted […]

The Ronnie King – Costa Rica Connection

Grammy-Nominated LA Musician Building Unique Music Culture on the Gold Coast Costa Rica’s most prominent natural resources are nature and [...]

Savoring Benefits of the Free Zone Regime

Years ago, when free zone companies in Costa Rica were talked about, San José, Heredia and Alajuela would automatically come […]

Shades of “Miami Vice” Tamarindo Style

Back in the early ‘90s my buddy and I were relaxing at a villa between Tamarindo and Langosta, having a couple of cold ones. From over the hill separating Langosta and Tamarindo, a helicopter emerged into view.

Semana Santa Superstitions

In Costa Rica, the religious and cultural significance of Semana Santa, or Holy Week, rivals and possibly supersedes that of Navidad, otherwise known as Christmas Week. There is a plethora of well-documented traditions associated with both these occasions.

Semana Santa: A Jubilant Holiday in Latin America

Semana Santa — known in English as Holy Week — is a highly anticipated holiday in Costa Rica as it is throughout Latin America.

A View from the Saddle

Bookshelf –A View from the Saddle: Author’s Rancho Dream Comes True. The past two decades have seen a cascade of memoirs written by people who have moved to Costa Rica to “live the dream.” The quality of these accounts runs the gamut from very informative and readable to dismally amateurish, and everything in between.

Music Spotlight: Band X

Band X to the Rescue! It’s a Friday night in Guanacaste as the six-piece rock group takes the stage. Mike Shannon, one of three guitarists in the band, approaches the microphone and announces, “We’re going to have a party up here. I hope you’ll join us!” The sextet then breaks into Route 66.

Six Costa Rican Good Luck Traditions

Six Costa Rican Good Luck Traditions: To Try This New Year’s Eve. Every country in the world has its own rituals to ring in the New Year, and Costa Rica is no exception. Ticos especially have some creative and even silly ways to do it in hopes of experiencing good luck in the year ahead. These good luck traditions are called agüizotes. What? Let’s go again: ah-wee-soh-tehs.

Christmas in Costa Rica

Christmas in Costa Rica: Celebrations Coast to Coast. Costa Ricans are proud of their heritage, steeped in culture and tradition. [...]

Atenas Costa Rica: Best of Both Worlds

Atenas Costa Rica: Best of Both Worlds.  Nestled in the mountains and lush fields of Costa Rica’s Alajuela province is [...]

National Theater of Costa Rica

National Theater: A Great Excuse to Go Out in San José.   Are you looking for something to do on your [...]