San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

The new city council began its term in Garabito at the beginning of the month. Freddy Castro of Economy Rental Car is the new president of the council and Julio Jara of Tico Tico restaurant in Quebrada Ganado is vice president. Freddy says he hopes to work together to build a better Jacó.

The Ecological Blue Flag Program is a collaborative venture among Costa Rican authorities to help protect the environment, and, as we all know, it starts with education. Congratulations to the Quebrada Ganado, Herradura, Tárcoles, Jacó and Falcon International schools for winning three stars for their participation in the program!

For those looking to brush up on their Spanish, both the Central Pacific Women’s Group and the Central Pacific Men’s Group are hosting Ken Soto, a Costa Rican Spanish and English instructor and translator, during the month of May. Ken will be running Spanish workshops for the next few months at Balcón del Mar, where the women’s group will meet May 20 and the men’s group May 27, both at 9 a.m. It will be the second meeting of the newly formed men’s group, at which they plan to form their initial board. For more information, contact Norma Kahn at or Russ Lowes at

Homeowners looking to reduce their electric bills may be interested to know that Tray Barnes and Brian King from Palm Beach, Florida, are bringing Energy Star and Llumar window-tinting products to Costa Rica. Brian has been providing window-tinting services for more than 15 years and is now bringing his expertise to the Central Pacific. There are a variety of window film solutions from which to choose. For more information, contact Tray at 8837-9265 or Brian at

If anyone is looking for someone to do hand embroidering, Carlos Bermúdez’s company, Shirca, in Quebrada Amarillo, can quickly get your shirts and hats done with your logo. For more information, contact Carlos at 2643-7336, 8385-6359 or

–Christina Truitt

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