San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Puerto Viejo run down

Special thanks to Jason and Rachael Shireman for bringing the new adventure of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) to the Caribbean. Whether you want to try SUP on the open ocean, down a lazy river or out on a break, a good time is guaranteed. Trips are available to Punta Uva, Punta Mona and beyond. Local guide Daniel Brown is CPR and first-aid certified.

Owner Jason said, “with gorgeous weather, a laid-back Caribbean vibe, warm tropical water and beautiful natural surroundings, you have all of the ingredients for a great experience.” Call in advance to check in on conditions and availability at 8545-6072 or 2756-8441. Tours are also available at most major vendors in the area. Reservations are a must. The warm waters of the Caribbean are calling. See for photos and more info.

If you’d like to support a local project, head to Puerto Viejo resident and German botanist Rolf Blancke is seeking funding via to accomplish the publication of a book on tropical fruits of the world. “The most comprehensive book for the general reader ever produced” will explore more than 330 tropical fruit species, says John K. McCuen of Zona Tropical Publications.

The fundraiser ends soon, so make your contribution now. Donations can be as small as $5 or as generous as you please. Contributors can earn special gifts ranging from postcards, posters and books to a full trip to Costa Rica. 

We all still have some time to prepare for this year’s ArteViva event, but now is the time to think about contributing. If you would like to host an event or volunteer (much needed and always appreciated), contact Claudio at 8729-3888 or

Check out the festival’s website for the most up-to-date events and sponsors: The festival takes place Sept. 28-30.  

-Kristin Gilbert Ramírez

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