This Week in Costa Rica

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This Week in Costa Rica is a weekly, online radio program and podcast by US expat, Dan Stevens

Costa Rica's Jungle Jam 2017 in Jaco Beach; An Interview With Founder Eric Freitas

Costa Rica News - This Week in Costa Rica is back after a long time off. I needed to return to the USA to spend time with my father who is ill. But the show must go on from wherever we are in the world.

For the return episode of "This Week in Costa Rica" we have the pleasure of talking about the Jungle Jam festival which has become a yearly anticipated event in the beach town of Jaco.

Ee are happy to welcome Eric Freitas who is the owner and founder of the Jungle Jam music festival in Jaco.  He will give us an in depth look at the story about Jungle Jam and what we are going to expect from this year Jungle Jam festival.

For ticket and more information about this years festival you can visit the Jungle Jam website at JungleJam.com

Animal Cruelty in Costa Rica & Shipping Your Pet Home

This Week in Costa Rica will feature each week a news portion in which Dan and Rico (qCostaRica) will talk about the happenings in and around the land of "Pura Vida". With over 30 years of living in Costa Rica between the two it give a unique insight into life in CR.


Rico from QCostaRica and Dan start by talking about the weather in Costa Rica and then have a dialog the 2016 US presidential election and corruption in government.

The first topi covered is the recent bill that has gone through the first step of approval to instate fines for animal cruelty in Costa Rica.

Will it pass? Will it work? How will it be implemented?

Rico & Dan talk about scenarios where they have encountered animal cruelty to dogs and other pets in the country.

Dan then talks and explains the process of shipping your pet home from Costa Rica, in this case a dog that needed to go into cargo.

Visiting Cuba & Why I Decided to Leave Costa Rica

This Week in Costa Rica will feature each week a news portion in which Dan and Rico will talk about the happenings in and around the land of "Pura Vida". With over 30 years of living in Costa Rica between the two it give a unique insight into life in CR.

Rico from QCostaRica and Dan start by talking about the weather in Costa Rica and then have a dialog about their recent life events.

First off is a discussion about Rico's recent trip to Cuba.  We talk about his experience there, what it was like travelling around Havanna, the cost of living and what he liked and disliked about the country.  As for now it is a great place to visit but not on Rico's list of places he would want to live.

Then Dan talks about his decision to head back to the USA. Although he has had a great run in Costa Rica it was time for him to try to find a place where he could actually save a little money for retirement.  We discuss the difficulties of making money in Costa Rica and how the cost of living has increased in recent years.

With 8 + years in Costa Rica under his belt it was time to try to find financial stability which is often tough to obtain in the land of "Pura Vida." For retirement if you have a rest egg Costa Rica can be the place of your dreams, but for someone trying to make a living it can be a nightmare.

The radio show will continue and we will continue talking about news and information for all those expats living in and coming to Costa Rica.

Does Costa Rica Want Gringos (Expats) in the Country?

This Week in Costa Rica will feature each week a news portion in which Dan and Rico (qCostaRica) will talk about the happenings in and around the land of "Pura Vida". With over 30 years of living in Costa Rica between the two it give a unique insight into life in CR.

Rico from QCostaRica and Dan start by talking about the weather in Costa Rica and then address various topics in Costa Rica including:

1.  Air Canada Flights to Costa Rica
2. Waking Up With a Toucan in Her Bed in Costa Rica
3. Costa Rica's Play in the Copa America
4. Wasting Water in Costa Rica
5. Recope & It's Employee Benefits in the Price of Gasoline
6. Costa Rica's Proposed Global Income Tax

Then Dan and Rico talk about the fact that it is getting more and more difficult to gain residency and live in Costa Rica.  Yes there are rules in every country but Costa Rica is making it more unattractive to come live within its borders. Cost of living, difficulty to gain residency and the house of cards that Costa Rica is built upon. What is the future of the country?

For more information about this program, or to become a guest or sponsor, please write in at info@thisweekincostrica.com. Thanks for the support of our wonderful sponsors; Robert Clark InsuranceAnti-Aging and Wellness Clinic, and Outlier Legal Services

Do You Have to Lie, Cheat & Steal To Make Money in Costa Rica?

This Week in Costa Rica will feature each week a news portion in which Dan and Rico (qCostaRica) will talk about the happenings in and around the land of "Pura Vida". With over 30 years of living in Costa Rica between the two it give a unique insight into life in CR.

Rico from QCostaRica and Dan start by talking about rainy season in Costa Rica and then address various topics in Costa Rica including:

1.  Turrialba Volcano Activity in Costa Rica
2. Buying Ash From the Turrialba Volcano
3. Cody Dial's Remains Found in Costa Rica
4. Zika and Microcephaly in Costa Rica
5. The Zika Virus in Jaco Beach Costa Rica
6. Lack of Traffic Police in Costa Rica
7. New Banking Rules for Wire Transfers

Then Dan and Rico talk about lying, cheating and stealing in Costa Rica.  They go back and forth with the topic and discuss if it is necessary to make money in business in the country.

For more information about this program, or to become a guest or sponsor, please write in at info@thisweekincostrica.com. Thanks for the support of our wonderful sponsors; Robert Clark InsuranceAnti-Aging and Wellness Clinic, and Outlier Legal Services

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