|Travel Alert - Costa Rica|
January 30, 2008
The all inclusive resort "Hotel Occidental Allegro Papagayo" has been ordered to be shut down. Since April, 2007, health officials have been monitoring a sewage problem and recently discovered pipes dumping wastewater in an estuary that adjoins the hotel's property. Tico Times Net
January 14, 2008
Costa Rica National Park fees to increase in 2008. Fees have increased on average of 67% for 2008, from $3.00 to $15.00 to enter National Parks. The average price is $10.00. Popular areas such as Chiraipó National Park is now $15.00 and is double of the price in 2007. There are 200 protected areas in Costa Rica including the National Park System. Protected areas comprise 25% of Costa Rica's territory.
January 11, 2008
Located in Costa Rica are 400 phones which are placed in hotels and areas visited by tourists for the purpose of placing international phone calls. It is reported the phones are owned by a San Diego Company named BBG. Further research indicates BBG has phones thorughout Latin America and Europe. There have been numerous complaints against the firm at the San Diego BBB. Reports state that the company gouges customers for international calls and that often operators will not discuss rates.
Complaints BBG Communications.
BBG Communications - websites appear to be : http://www.bbgusa.com/altindex.html
Further Information: A.M. Costa Rica: Your English language daily news source
Tamarindo Beach is the third most popular tourist destination in Costa Rica. In August 2007, it was declared by the National Water and Sewer Institute as having dangerous levels of fecal contamination. A number of businesses have been cited and closed down for noncompliance of regulations. Efforts are being made to remedy the situation in this tourist haven that does not have a sewage plant. To date the blue flag which is present at beaches indicating clean ocean waters has not been reinstated.
December 27, 2007-
Crime is on the increase in Costa Rica. Robberies are now reported every 8 minutes compared to every 25 minutes fifteen years ago. Murders are now committed at a rate of 7,7 per 100,000. In 2000 the rate of 6.1 per 100,000. Conviction rates for criminal offenses are a small 8 percent.
There has been an establishment of Tourist Police. Nevertheless, police in Costa Rica are undermanned, poorly paid, and often lack the resources to carry out their duties. Residents often report lack of response from police.
Approximately 10,000 Canadians reside in Costa Rica and the number is increasing. Costa Rica expects 2 million tourists in 2008.
Related Articles Links: