San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Flamingo/Potrero News

Donnie Walsh and The Leatherbacks celebrated the New Year at the Happy Snapper and will be back on Friday, Jan 11. There’s also a widescreen TV for sports fans, along with great bocas, breakfast, lunch, dinner and VIP discounts. For more information, call 2654-4413.

Marie’s hosted a New Year’s bash with The Pacific Blues Band to say goodbye to 2012 and welcome in 2013. Amberes held a long weekend of concerts with local Costa Rican bands from San José for the New Year celebration. Maxwell’s had a special meal for New Year’s Day! The Shack had the acoustic “mellow vibes” of Frank Celenza before the night rolled into the New Year.

Mamasa is a farm-to-table restaurant located at the entrance to Playa Grande. Chef/owner Jamieson Van Loan is originally from the tiny island of Rotuma, one of the Fiji Islands. In Rotuman culture, mamasa refers to a welcoming ceremony performed by locals for visitors, friends and family. For more information, call 5002-5468.

The Las Catalinas Triathlon takes place Feb. 17 in Las Catalinas and Playa Danta. About 200 men, women and children will participate in this swimming, biking and running challenge. 

–Babe Hopkins

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