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Jacó Happenings

The Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce is continuing its membership campaign and is offering a 10 percent discount off memberships paid in full for the year. For information or to become a member, contact Lidia Quirós at 2643-2853 or see Don’t forget to come out and support one of the volunteer arms of the chamber: The Central Pacific Women’s Group will be holding its second bake sale today in support of the CEN-CINAI preschool in front of the post office.

The first leg of the Los Sueños 2011 Signature Billfish Series, held Jan. 25 to 29 out of Playa Herradura, was a huge success, with 41 teams and 161 individual anglers participating. First place went to Sea Angel, captained by Billy Chase from Baytown, Texas. Dragin Fly, captained by James Smith out of Los Sueños, took second place, and third place went to Pescadora, captained by Robert Burnside, also out of Los Sueños. The Top Angler award went to Michael Rankey. Entries for the second leg of the series, March 2 to 5, are now being accepted via or For information, contact Ashley Bretecher, tournament director, at 2630-4000 or

Tomorrow night, Jacó plays host to the seven-kilometer La Lunera night race, starting at 7 p.m. from the Maxibodega. For more information, visit

Another race, Reto Jacó Extremo 4.0, will take place April 16, starting at 4:30 p.m. from Morgan’s Cove Hotel. This extreme athletic event is 40 percent on sand, 60 percent on asphalt and 100 percent adrenaline. The registration fee is ₡5,000 ($10) until Feb. 28 and ₡6,000 ($12) as of March 1. Enrollment is limited to 2,000 athletes. In Jacó, entries can be made with the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce in the Pacific Center, in front of Cable Tica. For information about the race, visit

A new Mexican restaurant opened its doors in Jacó a few weeks ago. Jalapeño Joe’s, owned and operated by Joe and Lucy García, serves authentic Mexican food seven days a week. Joe’s mother, whose recipes are featured at the restaurant, is from Colima, Mexico, where she and her sisters had several restaurants. Joe was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and then spent 25 years in California before moving his family to the Jacó area. Jalapeño Joe’s is in Paseo Las Américas on the second floor, next to Anchorsend Tattoo and above Big Ron’s Pizza. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Delivery service is available to Herradura, Jacó and Hermosa. For information, call 2643-2042.

For a great locals’ night, check out Johnny Dread live at Tabacón Bar in the center of Jacó on Feb. 21. Admission is ₡3,000 ($6). For more information, call 2643-3097.

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