San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Manuel Antonio/Quepos Tidings

Congratulations to Gaia Hotel for its 2010 World Travel Awards nomination. Gaia also recently hosted the 15th anniversary gala dinner of the Aguirre chamber of commerce.

Check out the ancient sensual art of belly dancing at the Orient Express Belly Dance Show, brought to us by the Zohara Academy of Oriental Dance, Nisrin Oriental Dance and the Holis Wellness Center, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in the COPAZA community theater on the Quepos waterfront. All proceeds raised from the performance will be donated to local nonprofit Kids Saving the Rainforest. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at Mot Mot, Best Western Hotel Kamuk, Hotel Mono Azul and Mini Price Store.

You can also catch the show in Jacó on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m., at Talleres Arte Lau in the Plaza Coral commercial center.

–Jennifer Rice,

& Anita Myketuk,

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