San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Jacó Happenings

Jacó has a fun, new place to hang out and get great food and drinks. Rancho Sanata is now open 150 meters south of the Municipality and across from Morgan’s Cove. The restaurant is run by the local Madrigal Díaz family, so stop by and say hello. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. and offers a wide variety of food, including chicharrones prepared daily, fresh seafood, smoked pork chops del Rancho, and ceviche, all at reasonable prices. You can reach the restaurant at 2643-4234.

Tomorrow night, Graffiti will be celebrating its two-year anniversary and the opening of Urban Awol. Santos & Zurdo are an electronic fusion project based in Costa Rica. They will be combining the Indian sounds of the sitar with funk and blues, mixed in with electronic beats from a sequencer called a Groovebox, along with drum and bass, house and others.

Not only have they participated in numerous international festivals including Burning Man in Nevada and Moonshine Fest in El Salvador, but they have played shows in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama. Here in Costa Rica, they participated in Festival Nacional e Internacional de la Guitarra, Transitarte, Mundoloco and Festival Nacional e Internacional de las Artes.  

The McKee Project is still in the first stage of its new project “I brake for animals,” with the stickers for the cars already being a big hit. More and more people, not only from our area but also from other parts of Costa Rica, are asking for them. The second stage of this great project aims to include those who spend the most time driving: taxi drivers.

They are offering those cab drivers who wish to be a part of the project a starter kit, with two free “I brake for animals” T-Shirts and 100 free business cards with the name of the driver, the number of the dispatch and of his vehicle, his cell number and of course our slogan.

Even though the taxis cannot have any stickers or other advertisements posted on them, giving the passengers the card and wearing the T-Shirt will help spread the message. As a bonus, we are also starting a list of all pet-friendly taxis, which we will be recommending to both locals and tourists in all media.

U.S. artist Crystal McLaughlin designed the T-shirts and stickers and they are awesome. To get one, contact Katja Bader at

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