San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

At the end of April, Wal-Mart Central America organized a beach cleanup day at Playa Guacalillo. The day was a total success: More than 400 volunteers collected 4,400 pounds of solid waste – 2,780 pounds recyclable and 1,620 pounds garbage – at the mouth of the Río Tárcoles.

Participants included employees from Maxibodega and Más x Menos Jacó, representing Wal-Mart Central America, as well as volunteers and staff from Terra Nostra Association, Jacó high school, Lyceum Quebrada Ganado, the Bajamar school, Telesecundaria de Tárcoles, employees of the Garabito Municipality, the Pacific Association of Recyclers (AREP), seniors from Day Center Josefina Ugalde and students from Lincoln School in San José.

For years, Desiree Morffe, owner of Wishes of Venus, has been designing fabulous swim and surf wear in the Central Pacific region. Now, Desiree is opening a new store in Playa Hermosa, next to Backyard Bar, on May 10. For more information, contact Desiree at or 2643-7140.

The Central Pacific Women’s Group’s next meeting is scheduled for May 21 at 9 a.m. at Balcón del Mar in downtown Jacó, next to Fuerza Pública. The program will feature Jennifer Ford, a health and wellness coach, consultant and educator with 15 years of experience. There will also be a “trunk show” of Israeli-made yoga and other clothing presented by Karen. To make a reservation, contact the chamber at 2643-2853.

The Central Pacific is hosting more and more sports activities. This weekend, the Best Western Jacó Beach Resort will host the National Summer Cheerleading Championships May 9. The event will involve 30 teams and about 2,500 people, including cheerleaders, parents, friends, etc. The teams compete in the categories of schools, colleges, universities, independents and others.

There will also be a Resistance Aerobics Championship involving some 150 people, enrolled according to age categories. There will be cash prizes for the winners. Afterwards, a closing event will be open to the public in the hotel bar starting at 8 p.m. For more information, contact the Best Western at 2643-1000.

Later in the month, the first ever Beach Tennis Contest will be held at Punta Leona Hotel & Club May 23 and 24. The contest will be played in doubles style with three categories: fun, intermediate and advanced.

The cost of registration is ¢10,000 ($18) per person. The entry fee includes a minimum of three games, hydration, Tennis magazine, prizes and a barbecue for all players.

For information or to register, contact Jeff Duchesneau at 2208-4805, 8822-0801 or, or Sven Sauer at 8866-2127 or

–Christina Truitt


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