San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

Last week, Garabito celebrated its canton status with festivities throughout town. The head of the Catholic Church in Costa Rica, San José Archbishop Hugo Barrantes, came to Jacó for a special Mass blessing the canton. Then followed a parade to the Central Park, where Garabito Mayor Marvin Elizondo and community members welcomed the installation of new lampposts in the park by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE). The Garabito Municipality Culture Commission looks forward to planning lots of activities in the park throughout the upcoming year.

Carlos Enrique Brenes from the Surf Federation of Costa Rica has announced the dates for the 2009-2010 National Surf Circuit, the first event of which is being held this weekend in Jacó. Stop by to check out some of Costa Rica’s best surfers in action. According to José Ureña, president of the surf federation, this year’s calendar took into account the academic year for the competitors and planned a tournament each month (for the complete schedule, see the Calendar on pages W6 and W7). For more information, visit

Tomorrow night, check out the Reggae Roots Festival featuring Kingo Lovers, Fuerza Dread and guest appearances by Marswell. This will be a poolside festival full of fun and music at Sonesta Jacó Resort, with a party afterwards at Congas. Both are located at the north end of Jacó. For those out in Playa Hermosa, the Backyard Bar will be featuring Natural Dub for sunset.

Take advantage of the specials being offered at area spas: Acqua Salon and Spa (2630-0505) is featuring two-for-one facials; Serenity Spa (2643-1624) is offering $39 massages; and Jacó Massage (2643-2814) is offering hot stone massage for $45.

Still not sure what to do for New Year’s Eve? Ring in the new year in the Central Pacific. A few options have already been announced. Club Congas is organizing a full New Year’s Eve party, complete with a Latin dance show. The cost is $60 and includes a dinner buffet, midnight carnival and toast, international show and fireworks. If you buy 10 tickets in advance, the price is $50 each. For more information, call 2643-1200.

The Yogui Bar veggie surf lounge on Calle Hermosa will be hosting an exotic dinner with champagne toast, drum circle and an open jam session. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Rose at 2643-7127.

Also, live from Seattle, Washington, Massy Ferguson will be featured at a southern rock party at the Backyard in Playa Hermosa. Fireworks and a bonfire on the beach will be the way to bring in the new year. To reserve a stage-front table and a bottle of champagne, call 2643-7011 or e-mail

For those who want to make the rounds, Le Loft, Jacó Taco, Jungle Bar, Monkey Bar and Ganesha will be featuring countdowns to ring in the new year as well.

–Christina Truitt

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