Costa Rica


DACR is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Costa Rica.  We're an active group who get together to talk politics, learn about issues, register absentee voters and work to ensure more Democrats in state and Federal offices.  DACR usually holds a monthly meeting the last Saturday of the month plus other scheduled special events such as potluck parties, picnics, film showings and fundraisers.  Meetings include invited speakers on U.S. or Costa Rican topical issues.

Our mission is to help Americans living abroad to register to vote and to request their absentee ballots with, to elect Democrats, and to educate Americans living, working, serving, and/or studying abroad about issues and legislation that affects them.

 Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party for US citizens living outside the United States and its territories. The Democratic Party is the only major American political party that affords its members this opportunity. Democrats Abroad holds seats on the Democratic National Committee and sends a voting delegation to its national convention to nominate our candidate for President. Democrats Abroad Costa Rica (DACR) is one of more than 100 country committees of Democrats Abroad, the official affiliate of the Democratic Party for millions living outside of the U.S. 

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Costa Rica please contact us.

Kathy Rothschild Chair 
Democrats Abroad – Costa Rica

Like our Facebook Page

DA Costa Rica Leadership:

Kathy Rothschild
| Regional Vice Chair - Americas, DACR Chair
Steven Johnson
| DACR Vice-Chair
José Miguel Madrigal
| DACR Treasurer, Hispanic Caucus Vice Chair
Maxine Torres
| DACR Membership Secretary / LatAm IT Liaison
See all Leaders

  • News

    Second 2020 Primary Debate

    The DNC has announced that the second Democratic primary debates will be held on July 30th and 31st from 6- 8 pm Costa Rica time. They will be hosted by Dana Bash, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper.

    The debates will be streamed live on YouTube as well as directly from CNN's online Streaming service.

    You can also catch the debate on television. Contact your local cable provider to see if CNN is listed on your programming. Invite your friends, host a watch party, and please send us pictures.

    Democrats Abroad Costa Rica has a new Facebook Group. You can join here:

    Join Group

    People are invited to comment on our Facebook Group leading up and during the debate. As soon as the debate ends, we will post a poll and run a live discussion with our members, so you can participate from home.

    On Saturday, August 3rd at 10 am, we will hold in-person discussion groups to follow-up the conversation online. The event will take place at the Tin Jo Asian Restaurant in downtown San José. You can RSVP for the meeting on the following button:


    read more

    Voting with the Stars


    One time opportunity to see Bertilla Baker and Jeffrey V. Thompson perform in a special two-hour concert of Jazz and Broadway songs accompanied by a live jazz quartet. Tin Jo is creating a special all-inclusive luncheon menu. All this for only for 10,000 colones!

    Voter assistance services available before and after the concert.



    WHEN: Saturday, September 29st, 2018

    10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Voter Services

    12:00 am - 2:30 pm - Luncheon & Concert

    2:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Voter Services


    WHERE: Tin Jo Restaurant

    Calle 11, between Avs. 6 and 8

    San José Centro

    San Jose, Costa Rica


    We expect a high turnout for this important topic and we urge you to RSVP early using this link:



    If you have any questions, please call Kathy at 2244-2247 or email

    read more
    See all posts

    Upcoming Events

    Friday, October 25, 2019 at 08:30 AM through October 27, 2019
    Hotel Bougainvillea in Santo Tomás, Santo Domingo, Costa Rica


    The Democrats Abroad Global Primary: An opportunity for you to help choose the candidate that will defeat Donald Trump in 2020. Democrats Abroad enjoys state status for purposes of the primaries, sends 21 delegates to the DNC convention and is called after Delaware during roll call.

    January 1, 2020 is the day we start registering voters for the November 2020 election and state primaries. Democrats Abroad Americas Region needs volunteers to help organize and run voting centers during the DA Global Primary March 3 – 10, 2020.

    Never have the stakes been so high. We must win. One out of 25 races across the country were won or lost by a 1% or smaller margin in 2018, - the margin that US Citizens abroad bring to almost every Congressional District. We made a difference in 2018, and we can make a bigger one in 2020.


    Voting Centers offer an unparalleled opportunity for Democrats Abroad to expand the reach of our message and increase our membership. This opportunity, available only once every four years, has led to significant growth and expansion in DA’s past, most notably in 2016.

    Casting a ballot is a compelling experience for Americans and an appealing image for local media. You are invited to take part in this effort. There are 50 states, each with their deadlines, rules, and regulations. At the workshop, Democrats Abroad will roll out a revamped version of the Vote from Abroad application that automatically fills in the correct information and applies the correct deadlines and regulations for each specific county and state.

    The hours will be 8:00 am – 5:30 pm and the full-day conference fee is $110 for the two days and includes lunches and coffee breaks.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to meet active Democrats from all over the Americas and to make a real difference. You need to be there.  Those of you who joined DACR and checked volunteer or have helped with voter registration in the past; this is your chance to step up to the plate.

    Training & Workshops

    Great Learning and Sharing Opportunity

    • How to Run a Primary
    • Voter Registration/Ballot Request Training Using the new bilingual VF3 - Live
    • Phone Banking
    • Using Social Media to Reach Voters Using Nation Builder to Organize Fundraising Ideas


    All Live and Interactive - Special Events and Fun - Make New and Catch-up with Old Friends

    Evening activities with entertainment Welcome Greeting from Casa Presidencial  & Motivational Speaker

    Walk-in Beautiful Tropical Gardens Early Morning Birding

    Great Pre-and-Post Tour Opportunities

    Hotel Bougainvillea

    Set within lush tropical gardens just a 20-minute drive from San José Airport, Hotel Bougainvillea offers a large outdoor pool and tennis courts. Rooms have balconies overlooking the gardens or city.  The hotel’s beautiful gardens are home to a huge range of native Costa Rican trees and flowers. You can also spot wild hummingbirds and frogs.  Each room at Hotel Bougainvillea offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen cable TV, a ceiling fan, and a coffee maker. Rooms are decorated with unique furniture made from local hardwoods.

    Hotel Bougainvillea rate $116.16 per night, per room – Shares available

    For detailed information and registration form click the link below and request: