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Jacó Happenings

It’s all about healthy lifestyle in the Central Pacific region. Corpus Gym, located oceanfront in the center of town, offers membership for ¢12,000 (about $21), including jujitsu (Monday to Thursday) and spinning. Hours are Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Secure parking is available.

For information, call 2643-1476. Platinum Gym, meanwhile, is 300 meters south of the Más x Menos, in front of El Mar, on the second floor. Monthly membership costs ¢14,000 ($24), and hours are Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information about gym activities, call 2643-2731 or e-mail Both gyms have personal trainers.

For those who prefer a private workout, Mónica Campos has set up the Jungle Gym, offering private training classes that combine cardio and strength training to burn fat and tone your body. She is in north Jacó at the first entrance to town. Classes are limited to six people per class for more personal attention. For information, call Speedy or Mónica at 8373-9635. There’s also swimming at Operaje Salvaje Swim Club, offering swimming lessons and transportation upon request; for information, call 2643-7147.

Lots of yoga options are offered in the Central Pacific as well. All you need is water and a towel. Hotel Villa Caletas has yoga with Vanessa Seguro every day at 7 a.m. (except Tuesdays) and 4 p.m. For information, call 2637-0505. In Jacó, Dee Anne Day is now handling the yoga studio at Docelunas Hotel, offering Bikram and hot power fusion yoga. Bikram classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.; hot power fusion yoga is offered Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. For information, e-mail or call 8340-7502. Platinum Gym also offers yoga classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Out in Hermosa, Vida Asana has classes Mondays and Fridays at 8 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Rosemarie Gainza at For good core yoga, check out Sophia Perez Lian’s class at Surf Inn Hermosa. Classes are held in the third-floor oceanfront café from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; for information, call 2643-7184.

For kids, María Del Mar of Del Mar Surf Camp offers lessons Saturdays on the south end of Jacó for only $5. Call María at 2643-3197 for more information. After all the activity, you can hit the new Pool Bar Oz in Jacó, featuring a restaurant and sports bar, pool tables, darts, swimming pool and palapas. It’s open 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, go to Or, stop in and see Alejandro Villalobos at Serenity Spa in the center of town, which is offering $39 massages during the month of August.

Keeping in line with healthy living, be sure to shop for local foods at the open-air market held all day Fridays next to the clinic on the south end of Jacó. You can also check out the Macrobiotica store below Platinum Gym for your organic and vitamin needs; open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. For fresh gourmet supplies and organic produce, order direct from Jimmy T’s Provisions at Los Sueños in Herradura; for more information, call 2637-8636 or visit

Complaints about high electric bills in the region have led the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce to organize a public seminar in which a representative from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) will talk about the rates here in Jacó. The seminar is open to the public and will be held Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. at Hotel Balcón del Mar. If you plan on attending, please contact the chamber at 2643-2853.

–Christina Truitt


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