San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Tamarindo Talk

You have to admire Joe Walsh and wife Holly Rice for their continuing vision for Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. Not only do they keep expanding the camp with things like a farm that raises chickens served in their Eat @ Joe’s restaurant, but they also have their own biodiesel converter that turns used oil from the restaurant into fuel. 

Now they have opened the Volcano Brewing Company in Tilarán, two hours away at Lake Arenal. With a beautiful lake view, a skate park and a brewing facility, this hotel shares a lot with its guests. And Witch’s Rock is offering those who take a weeklong package with them at the surf camp a free night at the Volcano Brewing Company for no extra charge. For reservations, call 2653-1262 or email volcano

Pacific Coast Dive Center has a new location, at Arenas commercial center on the main road to Flamingo. Reach the center at 2654-6175, 8827-4525, 8827-4515 or

Lock Cooper is working with the international organization Waves for Water ( to bring water filters into communities around here that need potable water. Lock says a lot of areas that have terrible water quality from runoff and improper drainage or septic leaks could be served with water filters, and he hopes to get filters to these areas.

There are two models of filters, one for residential use for $25 and a community filter for $50. Lock has been collecting donations from community members and businesses interested in purchasing these filters. The next step is to meet with the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute (AyA); Lock hopes the institute will help distribute the filters and train people in hot spots where water access is limited.

For more information or to donate, contact Lock at

–Ellen Zoe Golden

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