San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

Jacó residents are mourning the loss of Miro Arandjelovic, who passed away May 7. No one knows the true extent to which Miro helped the citizens of Garabito. He gave so much to everyone and brought so much joy by sharing his mountain with everyone. He will be truly missed.

A new extreme adventure activity is being offered in the center of town, 100 meters south of the Red Cross. Pacific Bungee presents a full-adrenaline tour option with its pioneering Extreme Machine. Participants can enjoy an extreme adrenaline rush with bungee jumping, water touchdowns, a big swing, a rocket launcher and night jumps, all under quality safety and professional standards. For more information, visit or call Frank Miranda at 2643-6682. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Leo and Flor Plumley recently inaugurated the Tres Regalos project, a luxury boutique condominium project at the north end of Jacó. For information, visit or contact Leo at 2643-7002 or The Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala Wildlife Refuge has been equipped with telephone lines, Internet access and electricity, with cooperation from the GarabitoMunicipality, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and refuge management. Thanks to the leading role played by the municipality, the cable connection became a reality, and, after years of waiting, the wildlife refuge finally has a telephone line. To contact the refuge, call 2643-1070 or e-mail

The second meeting of the Central Pacific Men’s Group is set for May 27 at 9 a.m. at Hotel Balcón del Mar. Costa Rican Ken Soto will speak about the cultural differences between Latin America, North America and Europe. Ken also is holding Spanish workshops in Jacó, with the next scheduled for June 4 and 5. For information, contact Ken at 8917-9697, or

The McKee Project Jacó held another successful spay-neuter clinic at the end of April in Tárcoles. More than 66 animals were attended to by the dedicated veterinary team headed by Rosalinda Alvarez, Shirley Hernández and assistants Joselyn Hernández, Marcela Hidalgo and Alejandra Meoño.

Other major contributors were organizers from Tárcoles Patri Holmer, Brenda Cira Morales, Marvin José Olivas and Scout Group 317 led by Alexander Rodríguez.

McKee now offers contacts for people needing pet care while they are away. Doris Schluckebier boards dogs at her place; they must be friendly with other dogs and cats, as they are kept free together with Doris’ own pets. Doris walks them every day on the beach and will also attend to any special needs. For information, call Doris at 2643- 2359. Mark Jackson is a big animal lover who has been house- and animal-sitting for the past four years, for those who prefer the full “pet and home security service.” He also offers a daily walking service. Mark can be contacted at 2643-5409 or 8857-0308. Karen Anniballi, who graduated as a veterinary assistant and has experience volunteering in different projects and shelters in the United States, offers professional pet care services: morning and evening feedings, half-hour walks as often as needed, litter box cleaning, medication administration if necessary and gentle basic obedience training, along with daily e-mails and pictures to owners. Karen also can provide boarding for cats, puppies and exotics in their own living quarters. Contact her at

–Christina Truitt

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