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Jacó Happenings

The next meeting of the Central Pacific Men’s Group is set for Thursday, June 24, at 9 a.m. at Balcón del Mar. Platinum Gym fitness trainer Xavier Realpe will be the guest speaker and will touch on all aspects of fitness, from cardio, weight training and simple walking to nutrition. Xavier received his training at the World Gym in South Florida and is a certified trainer and active surfer, and offers a variety of services to clients.

For more information about the men’s group, call 2643-2853.

Jacó has a new fresh-vegetable and natural-food juice bar called Mandarina Juice Bar. The Guanacaste franchise was brought to town by Neisen Riascos and Johan Pereira, and is a great spot to pick up a cool, tasty, tropical smoothie made with all-natural ingredients. Located in Paseo Las Américas commercial center, next to Budget Rent A Car, it’s open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information, contact 2643-1281 or, or visit

Also now open is the Costa Rica Dermatology Group in central Jacó, above Pachi’s Pan. Tina Wallace and Dr. Anabelle Sheinfeld Fuhrman will be operating this specialized skin care center staffed by certified dermatologists with more than seven years of experience. They will be offering skin checks, cosmetic dermatology, treatment for acne, hair loss and allergies, peelings, Botox, fillers, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, skin tightening and body contouring. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, contact Tina at 2643-6674 or, or visit

Now there is no need to take your dry cleaning to San José; you can get it done by Don Long’s Laundry Tica on the north end of Jacó, one block before Claritas. Rosibel and John Luis Saballo are there to handle all your laundry needs. They even offer pickup and delivery service. For information, call 2643-3945 or 8379-9583.

The annual Soulstice Open-Expression Session is on tomorrow at Cabinas Las Olas in Playa Hermosa, just south of Jacó. Every year, the local surfing community comes together to raise money through contest entries, raffles and donations during a day of fun and celebration. The money is used in programs that support positive changes in the community. The focus this year is upon beach cleanup and restoration and water safety. Entry in the contest costs $25, and the first heat kicks off at 6:30 a.m. There will also be a swimsuit fashion show by Wishes of Venus, live expression art by Felix Murillo and a sunset award ceremony at the Backyard Bar, after its weekly Saturday Surf Session. Live music will be provided by Marswell Acoustics and Generation Grunge. For more information, contact Jason Garris at Cabinas Las Olas at 2643-7021 or

Mark your calendars for next weekend’s Daystar Metropolitan Surf Contest Grand Final at La Curva in Playa Hermosa, June 26 to 27. Registration is open until June 22. For information, call 2235-6400.

–Christina Truitt

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