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Jacó Happenings

The new Macrobiótica Jacó Natural Store, 300 meters south of the Best Western in the Cristal building, offers natural products, vitamins, teas, slimming products, supplements, homeopathy, essential oils and more. It’s open 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. For information, call Marlys at 2643-3106 or email

Jeff Mann, an importer from Orlando, Florida, is offering something new and different in the Central Pacific: Segway Costa Rica opened Nov. 1 and is offering Segway tours in and around Jacó. Segways are two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation machines powered electrically, with no oils or fluid to leak. Segway Costa Rica teaches all ages to safely ride the devices and offers two-hour tours for $79.95 per person. The office is next to Subway on the main strip. For information or to book a tour, call Jeff at 2643-3555 or

Playa Hermosa is getting ready to welcome 80 top surfers from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica for the Reef Centroamérica Surfing Games 2011, Dec. 1-4. The competition will include open, ladies, junior, boys and longboard categories. The schedule is as follows: Dec. 1, opening parade down the main street of Jacó and the “Sands Ceremony” in the Central Park; Dec. 2, competition begins in front of the Backyard Bar; Dec. 3, more competition, followed by the Great Reef Party with Reef calendar girls at Morgan’s Cove in Jacó; Dec. 4, competition wrap-up, followed by the Aloha Cup Closing Ceremony with medals for finalists and presentation of the cup to the winning team. For information, call 2235-6400 or visit

The Jacó Development Association is organizing a tope, or horse parade, Dec. 10, starting at 4 p.m. at the empty lot across from Bahía Encantada. Same-day registration starts at 11 a.m. For more information or to be a sponsor, contact the Jacó Sports Committee at 2643-4020 or comisiontope

Popular U.S. reggae dub band SOJA will perform Dec. 17 in Jacó; tickets are available through

–Christina Truitt

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