San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

Clínica Santa Catalina is having an Ultrasound Fair tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering a variety of ultrasounds for ¢20,000 (about $34). The clinic is 400 meters east of the Pops in Jacó. For more information, call 2643-5059 or e-mail

Halloween weekend is almost upon us, and Jacó will have lots of parties to choose from. Hotel Docelunas will host its annual Halloween Masquerade Ball Oct. 30, while Halloween night will see the annual pregame party at Los Sueños Hook Up Bar, parties at Monkey Bar and Vibe, and Los Chupacabras performing at the Backyard.

Also on Oct. 31, Club del Mar will continue its annual holiday tradition of celebrating British Guy Fawkes Weekend with the re-creation of the demise of Guy Fawkes. The event will include horseshoes, darts, cricket on the beach and more. For more information, call 2643-3194.

And there’s more to look forward to in November. As of the beginning of the month, Bubba’s Fish Tacos will be relocated to El Bohío Grill on the beach in the center of Jacó, with extended hours and new menu items. In Herradura, the annual bullfights the first weekend of the month will raise funds for the Jacó Catholic church, with bulls from Martín Retana, Carlos Retana and Carlos Jiménez ranches participating. And the annual World Poker Series Costa Rica Showdown will be held at Jazz Casino in Jacó Nov. 6 to 15; for information, visit

Next month will also see two cool surf events. The 2009 Pura Vida No Pro will be held Nov. 21 at the Pelican Hotel in Esterillos Este. This event began in 2002 when a group of surfers came together to introduce the sport of surfing to kids from the orphanage in San José. Since then it has turned into an annual gathering of kids, locals and traveling surfers that has had a positive impact on the children and volunteers alike, highlighting the power of surfing and the dynamic impact it has on all of our lives. Held on the beaches of Esterillos, the event brings all levels of wave riders together for a day of fun, support and kindness. All surfers are welcome. Those unable to attend may support the cause by purchasing the Finding Pura Vida Media Project; proceeds from the film and book go to the orphanage. For more information, visit

The following weekend, Nov. 28 to 29, the Jacó Surfing Association is putting together a contest to promote surfing and education. Students from grade school through university will compete in their respective age groups, and will have to bring letters from their school directors or their last grades to be allowed to participate. Registration will be limited to 150 students and must be done in advance. For information, contact Selena at

–Christina Truitt

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