Grass fires raging though the hills above Playas del Coco have not clouded what continues to be a successful high season. And many, residents and tourists alike, have enjoyed the impressionistic paintings of Portuguese-born artist João de Brito on display at The Hidden Garden (2667-0457) in Liberia, just west of the airport. Much of his art is reminiscent of Gauguin, but reflects the beaches and valleys of Guanacaste. The show runs through Feb. 29, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While in the area, stop at Pippo Italian Foods on the outskirts of Guardia for an excellent selection of imported Italian wines, meats, cheeses and pastas. You can’t miss the tall yellow storefront set back from the highway. Be sure to sample the amaretto cookies for a real blast of taste.
Back in Coco, Dr. Pablo Valenciano has relocated his offices, opening the Valenciano Clinic (2670-1717) in Plaza Colonial. With the additional parking and expanded space, the doctor can better continue to serve the general medical needs of our community.
So as the grass fires, probably a necessary part of our ecology, continue, remember to take the precaution of removing any high brush and dead trees near buildings, and be sure to watch any fires, controlling them as best you can. Be safe.