Costa Rica. On November 7, the government won by a marginal majority a referendum on the free trade agreement with the United States that President Oscar Arias pledged to allow Costa Rica to join. The agreement means, among other things, that Costa Rica can join the Central American Customs Union and that the monopoly in the telecommunications and insurance industries must be broken, creating strong protests among employees in these governmental sectors to date. The main opposition to the agreement, the center-left party Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), first threatened to block a series of government proposals in Congress but later withdrew.
According to CountryAAH, San Jose is the capital city of Costa Rica. Vice President and Minister of Justice Laura Chinchilla launched a campaign during the year, Puentes de Luz (“Bridges of Light”) to curb rising youth crime. The project focuses on preventive work rather than stricter prison sentences according to previous methods.
Throughout 2015, thousands of Cubans attempted to travel through Central America on their way to asylum in the United States. But in November, Nicaragua closed the border for transit Cubans. In December, Costa Rica closed the border with Panama for traveling Cubans. At that time, 7,800 Cubans were stranded in Costa Rica. In January, the United States paid to fly the 7,800 over Nicaragua or all the way to Miami. Due. the closed border with Nicaragua, Costa Rica’s border with Panama remained closed to Cubans. Throughout the spring, several thousands tried to cross the border illegally. The reason for the widespread flow of Cubans was that many Cubans feared that normalizing the relationship between Cuba and the United States would at the same time cause the United States to abolish its “open door” policy towards Cubans.
The economic situation gradually deteriorated in 2017. The state budget for that year was $ 15.9 billion. US $, of which approx. 1/3 was to be used on interest and repayments on the external debt. At the same time, the budget for 46% was dependent on loans. In other words, the state’s finances rested on rising borrowing. The country’s international credit rating was reduced in 2017 and the OECD announced that the reduction of external debt should be the highest priority for the government. In August, the country ran into liquidity problems and President Solís declared that the state would try to find increased funding through higher VAT and higher income taxes. Economic annual growth was 4% and inflation was low. But 20% of the population still lived below the poverty line.
Costa Rica weather in March, April and May
According to Bridgat.com, daily temperatures averaging 29 to 31 ° C are to be expected over the next three months. The temperatures hardly fluctuate during this time.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 26-28 ° C. This is great weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
In March it rains depending on the region of 2 (San Jose) to 13 days (Puerto Limón), April to 7 (San José) to 13 days (Puerto Limón) and in May of 15 (Limón) to 17 days (San José).
In the period from March to May , the sun shines an average of 6 to 9 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in March in San José, with less sun you have to get by in March in Puerto Limón.