San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

The holidays are here! The municipality  will be closed today through Jan. 4. The banks, government offices and local clinic will be closed Dec. 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.

Celebrations for the season are plenty, with several area establishments, including Docelunas, the Best Western, Ganesha and Pancho Villa, featuring special Christmas dinners. Meanwhile, tomorrow is the last concert in the International Guitar Series out at Villa Caletas. Venezuelan guitarist Eladio Mujica will be performing at one of the most magnificent venues to watch the sunset. For reservations and information, call 2630-3000 or 2637-0505, or e-mail concierge@ And Allan Aguilar will perform hits of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s at the Terrace Lounge in Herradura’s MarinaVillage Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 2630-4250 or 2630-4111.

Options also abound to ring in the new year. On the north end of Jacó, Club Congas (2643-1200) is hosting a New Year’s Eve dance show with a dinner buffet, carnival, champagne toast and fireworks. The Best Western will also offer dinner with fireworks.

In the center of town, El Bohío will host a New Year’s Eve lobster dinner, Ganesha’s New Year’s party will be followed by fireworks on the beach, and DJs Andre and Viviana will be spinning at the Mardi Gras-style party at the Jungle Bar (2643-3911), with prizes for the best costume. Jacó Taco, Monkey Bar, Pancho Villa and Le Loft are just a few more places to check out when making the rounds. On the south side, Docelunas, Morgan’s Cove and Riviera Beach Club are hosting upscale parties to be at for midnight.

In Hermosa, the Yogui Bar (2643-7127) will be hosting dinner with champagne toast, drum circle and open jam session. And the Backyard Bar (2643-7011) welcomes Massy Ferguson from Seattle, Washington, at its southern rock party complete with fireworks and beach bonfire.

U.S. country singer Billy Currington gave a concert early this month at Los Sueños to kick off his tour to promote nonprofit support of students in Central America. The show included his Grammy-nominated song “People Are Crazy.” For more on the artist, see

The Garabito Municipality Sports Committee has put together a program of sports and activities for children, including tae kwon do, boxing, judo, baseball and soccer. For more information and the schedule, contact the committee after Jan. 4 at 2643-4020.

If you are looking for a place to board your horse for the coming year, El Caballo Rey has space in Quebrada Ganado, just north of Jacó. For more information about this full boarding service, call 8824-3360.

For year-end shopping, check out Camelo Clothing ( in front of Hotel Poseidon on Calle Bohío. The store just received a new shipment of clothing, bikinis and more. Or stop by the inventory  liquidation sale at LosSueñosDesignCenter (, where everything in stock is 50 percent off.

–Christina Truitt

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