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Jacó Happenings

The Central Pacific Women’s Group continues to meet the third Thursday of every month at Balcón del Mar in downtown Jacó. The group recently finished painting a beautiful new mural on the CEN-CINAI preschool wall. Margarita, the director of the preschool, extended her thanks to the many women who worked so hard on the project and to all those who made contributions of time, money or materials. Check out the mural at the preschool across the street from the Jacó post office. The group will continue to work with Margarita and the school by collecting food staples and donations for the children. If you are interested in helping, call 2643-2853.

Camille is now organizing local hikes for the women’s group every Friday, starting at 7:30 a.m. and usually lasting a couple of hours, with varying degrees of difficulty. Future hikes include one through Hermosa, Nativa and Villa Caletas. For more information or to be added to the hiking group list, contact Camille at or 2643-3927.

Even with the addition of a playground in the new park in downtown Jacó, it seems everyone is looking for activities for their kids this month. Both Del Mar Surf Camp ( and Waves Costa Rica ( are offering surf lessons for children. Opera Salvaje Swim Club is offering swim lessons for children in Playa Hermosa, with transportation available upon request; for more information, call 2643-7147 or 2643-7145. There is also a new skate ramp next to Fusion at the first entrance to Jacó. Additionally, FalconInternationalSchool in Herradura is holding open registration this month for computer classes and English classes; for information, e-mail or call 2637-7400.

For adults, the Central Pacific nightlife continues to expand. The creators of Prive and Le Loft, Adam Silverstein and Krystel Byers, now bring you Vibe, a spectacular new venue in downtown Jacó’s Il Galeone commercial center. For more information, visit or call 2643-1603.

In Playa Hermosa, the Backyard Surf Series continues every Saturday at 4 p.m. Stop by and check out the local surfing talent. Farther south, in Esterillos Oeste, the Lowtide Lounge hosts Full Moon Parties, with the next scheduled for June 7 starting at dusk.

After the amazing painting performance accompanying Alpha Blondy and his band at Docelunas hotel earlier this month, Felix Murillo has been displaying his artwork in the main lobby of the Los Sueños Marriott in Herradura. Felix normally shows his work at Galería Murillo in the PicassoBuilding, next to Hotel Amapola. Later this month, the Jacó-based artist will move his studio to Quebrada Seca, where customers will be able to see where he creates and contemplate more than 130 art pieces. For more information, call Maite at 8857-7224 (Spanish) or Elena at 8361-5719 (English).

The local municipality is holding an extraordinary session today at 6 p.m. at Escuela Pochotal in Playa Hermosa. The meeting will be held in Spanish only. The municipality has announced that three new bridges are being built in Garabito. Garabito and the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) will invest in the construction of three two-way bridges in Caña Blanca, Pueblo Nuevo and Quebrada Ganado. MOPT donated structures and the municipality will provide the manpower to place them. According to Tobías Murillo of the municipality, the bridges will be finished by the end of the year. For more information, contact the municipality at 2643-3038.

Christian Surfers Costa Rica is having a special benefit dinner this weekend. Participants can enjoy traditional fare while being updated on the group’s past year and upcoming events. The dinner costs $25 and will be held May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Club del Mar. For information or reservations, contact Alex “Coky” Valverde at 8360-3063 or

–Christina Truitt


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