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Jacó Happenings

This weekend: don’t miss the Jungle Jam out at Hotel DoceLunas. Headlining with Billy Kreutzman from the Grateful Dead, Otiel Burbridge from the Allman Brothers and Scott Murawski from Max Creek. For tickets, contact DoceLunas at 2643-2211.

Mark your calendars for next weekend’s show at Teatro Jacó: “Mujeres con Aroma de Café.” Andrea Marcela and Anny Orysa will make you laugh, sharing the fears and complaints of females as they touch upon themes of the life of a woman:  including motherhood, aging, love and fear of change. Showtimes are set for Jan. 25 and 26, 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 general admission and $20 for VIP. For more information, call 2630-9812 or email

With the arrival of 2013, tourism is in full swing! There is no shortage of activities, tours, restaurants or nightlife hot spots, and lots of new places have opened for business. Arnoldo Ramírez has established Cascada Salvaje, a new mountain bike and hike park in Playa Hermosa Garabito. It features 1.7 kilometers of basic single-track trails and 3 kilometers of intermediate trails. It offers mountain biking skills lessons, guided trips on the property and a rental fleet of bikes from children’s cruisers to front suspension bikes. Trail passes and use of the park cost $25 per day for those 13 and older. It is $15 for children under 12, and there are discounts for nationals with cédula cards. For more information, call Arnoldo at 8729-5555 or visit

Chris Karrer from Herradura Divers has returned from Italy to run the 2013 dive season. You dive local sites or spend a full day diving and snorkeling out at Isla Tortuga. Herradura Divers provides PADI Certifcation courses, the PADI Open Water Diver, and specialty courses like Deep, Wreck, Nitrox or Rescue Diver and certification as PADI Dive Master. Check out or call 2637-7123 for more. 

Ocean Ranch Eco Park, just South of Playa Hermosa, offers zip-lines, waterfall rappelling, horseback riding and low-impact quads. For more information, visit or call 2643-2182.

Michael Marino from Costa Rica Waterfall Tours is set up in Il Galeone in the center of town and can help you and your guests discover the magic of waterfalls throughout the zone. They offer an explorer, an extreme adventurer, a jungle trekker tour or canyoning in the waterfall. Vladimir or Joe can help you out at the information stand and can be reached at 2643-1834.  For more information, visit

In the village of Mata De Plátano, British husband and wife team Chris and Andrea Wady continue to deliver award-winning horseback tours. Whether you are an experienced rider or new to the saddle, their jungle spa horseback riding adventure is a special treat. They also offer rides out of their Esterillos farm, through the local village of Montilmar or tropical beach rides. Check their website for details, or call 8838-7550. 

Gordon Nichol’s ATV Adventure Tours is located next to Subway in Jacó. Paolo Castro can help you get your tour arranged with choices of two, three or four-hour tours that can include a trip to a waterfall or the tilapia farm. For more information, call 2643-5720 or visit Enrique Fontaine from AXR Tours has three locations set up in Jacó: AXR in front of Pancho Villa (2643-3130); AXR on Bohío (2634-6463) and AXR next to Century 21 (2643-6465). For more information visit

Kayak Jacó is based in Playa Agujas and run by Neil and Yasmin Kahn. They not only feature kayak tours, but also a sailboat for private charter. You can sail, troll, snorkel, swim or just catch the Pacific coast sunsets. Kayak tours depart from their base in Playa Agujas at 8:05 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. For more information, see or call 2643-1233. In Herradura Bay, Freddy Castro is running jet-skis, water boarding and floating rafts for rent. He will also offer tours to Escondida, Caletas and Punta Leona. For more information, contact Freddy at or call 8540-8541.

Everyone in town should try a zip-line, and there are several to choose from. Jacó Canopy Tour of Miro’s mountain on the south side of Jacó consists of 12 cables and 14 platforms. The total distance of the cables is 1,950 meters. The hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, including holidays. The tours are held at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For reservations, call 2643-6428 or email

Canopy Vista Los Sueños is located in Herradura and offers daily tours on the hour from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The canopy tour includes 15 platforms and 14 cables, with a total cable distance of 3.5 kilometers, including the longest cable in the area (2,400 ft) and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the Pacific. For more information, call 8342-3683 or 8898-3741. The Chiclets Tree Canopy Tour is located five minutes south of Jacó in Playa Hermosa, and consists of 14 suspended platforms connected by steel cables high above the forest floor. Chiclets offers tours at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. For reservations, call 2643-1880. For all of these; it is best to have close-toed shoes, comfortable clothing, sunscreen, and your camera. 

For Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tours: look up the seven-time national surf champion: Alvaro Solano from Vista Guapo Surf Camp at or call 2643-2830. He has boards available for large groups, as does Chuck’s Wow Surf in downtown Jacó 2643-3844. There are many additional surf shops and lesson-providers along the main street.

Pacific Bungee is located south of the Red Cross in Jacó and open from 9 a.m-9 p.m. Your choices are a straight jump, a water touchdown or a nighttime bungee experience.  For more information, visit or call 2643-6682.  

And for fishing; there are plenty of options for boats and fishing charters in the area. Tournament Director Ashley Bretecher from Los Sueños reports that leg one of the 2013 Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series kicks off next week, Jan. 16-19, with leg two scheduled for March 13-16. For more info, visit   

–Christina Truitt

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