Café Tico, a new coffee shop and restaurant, opened last month in Flamingo, across the parking lot from the Banco de Costa Rica branch in the López commercial center. The eatery offers a variety of hot and cold drinks, sweet and savory baked goods, natural drinks and sodas, local foods, tacos and North American-style hamburgers. The air-conditioned restaurant is a cool, comfortable spot for guests to enjoy a meal or snack before or after bank business. Within the property boundaries, an additional 16 commercial spaces are available for rent. For information, call Jessica Barrantes at 2654-4085 or 2654-4374.
The 2011 La Plaza Art Festival featuring local artists is taking place this weekend in Flamingo. Special events kick off today at 7:30 p.m. with welcoming remarks by the Culture Ministry’s Vera Beatriz Vargas, followed by a concert by Cristián Porras. On Saturday, Alejandry Villalobos will teach an art workshop for children (age 3 to 99!) from 3 to 5 p.m., and starting at 8 p.m. the public can interact with the exhibiting artists. Sunday will feature Fabio Brenes presenting sand sculptures on Flamingo Beach starting at 9 a.m., and a closing concert by Cardamomo with flamenco and belly dancers at 8 p.m.
Beachnuts Theater Company hosted a fun “Talent and Improv Night” recently at Marie’s Restaurant in Flamingo. Visitors and locals packed the restaurant to enjoy the show and a three-course meal for $15.