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Jacó Happenings

The Central Pacific Chamber Of Commerce Web site has a new look and a new name. Check out The old site,, will direct visitors to the new one from now on. Members need to check the new Web site to make sure their information is correct.

Additionally, the chamber is looking for photos and videos of the central Pacific region to incorporate into the new site. If you are interested in donating either of these, please contact the chamber at 2643-2853. Keep in mind that the new Web site is a work in progress and it will be improved daily!

Representatives of the Jacó Chamber of Commerce will attend the 7th regional trade show at El Establo Hotel in Monteverde on Nov. 20. Chamber members wishing to participate in this event need to take their promotional materials to the chamber office.

The Central Pacific Women’s Group has been focusing on a project at the CenCenai preschool in Jacó. Thanks to the work of their CenCenai committee, the preschool has a new greenhouse, a newly painted mural and a beautifully mowed lawn.

The next meeting of the Central Pacific Women’s Group will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Rocio Madrigal and Marlene Fallas will teach about all of the wonderful fruits, vegetables and other products that we see in the stores and aren’t sure what to do with. Also, a representative from Pachimama, a gardening supply store, will

discuss how best to plant and grow these foods.

Just in time for high season, two of the region’s leading tour companies are changing things up! Andrea and Chris Wady have been very busy in Playa Hermosa making some changes to their Discovery Horse Tours! After six successful years on the beach, they are moving to the pristine private reserve of La Quina in Mata de Plátano, 20 minutes south of Jacó. The 1,500-acre reserve and farm offers a pristine virgin rainforest, rivers and waterfalls. Andrea and Chris will continue to offer horse tours at their expanded headquarters, and they also will conduct hiking tours throughout the La Quina farm. The new and improved Discovery Horse Tours will begin operations at La Quina on Dec. 1. For more information, contact Andrea and Chris at 2643-7151 or visit

Eric Holzgang, of Jacó 360, is launching the new Tortuga Express boat, fully equipped with two Suzuki 175-horsepower motors and all-new snorkeling gear. The boat is 32-feet long, and it can comfortably hold 25-30 passengers. If you’re looking for something different to do for the Thanksgiving holidays, you may want to check out the special Thanksgiving Day outing on the Tortuga Express. James Tancrell, of Jimmy T’s Provisions, will cater the Thanksgiving trip. For more information, check out, or call 2643-5901.

Falcon School, spreading the joy of music, will kick off the holiday season with the first of four concerts on Friday, Nov. 27, at the oceanfront El Hicaco Restaurant in  Jacó. The dinner show will feature renowned violinist Jim Wood. Tickets can be purchased at FalconInternationalSchool. For more information, call 2637-7400.

–Christina Truitt

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