San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Coco Capsule

Back from a weekend in Granada, where we took advantage of the “Visa Special” advertised in The Tico Times by Hotel El Almirante, a Danish-owned property built by Jairo Monge, well known in Coco for several construction projects. The hotel is well located two blocks from the central plaza in a 150-year-old home completely modernized to include spacious rooms and two large outdoor areas, one with a relaxing swimming pool. The bilingual staff maintains high standards and the food is among the best in the city. The cost of the three-night special, which includes daily breakfast and one dinner, is $159 double, $129 single. While in Granada, we ran into Coco friends April and Steve Poston, owners of Costa Rica Villas, at Jimmy Three Fingers’ new location on Calle Calzada.

Meanwhile, back home in Coco, construction of the beach promenade continues at a rapid pace, with the paving now complete along the space fronting a major portion of the harbor. While it won’t be complete by the time high season ends, annual Semana Santa visitors surely noticed the changes.

La Bodeguita del Marco has relocated to a freestanding building 100 meters east of Plaza Colonial. La Bodeguita is a solid part of the growing arts scene here, and a visit to this gallery is a must for residents and visitors alike.

Finally, kudos to the ongoing efforts of Coco Animal Rescue and Education (CARE), which this month funded the castration of 24 dogs of owners who otherwise could not have afforded the already low costs. This was in addition to the 27 animals neutered by paying clients. And while we salute the organization, we remember the people, too many to list, who contribute and work tirelessly.

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