San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Tamarindo Talk

The fantastic chef Derek Furlani, who most remember from the original Lazy Wave has a booming private catering business called Costa Rica Dining. He’s a certified Chef De Cuisine from the American Culinary Federation, as well as certified from the Canadian Red Seal Culinary. His menus vary from a surf and turf grill to Mediterranean to Asian feast, Costa Rican and the Mexican party. There is also a cocktail hour with hot and cold appetizers. Get in touch with Derek at or email him directly at

Locals noticed that the turnoff at the Zullymar Hotel (the road towards Langosta) was paved until just past Pacific Park condominiums. However, many are wondering why the Municipality of Santa Cruz only approved the paving to the point where it stopped.

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After raising approximately $295,000 out of the needed $357,000, CEPIA is about to start construction of the first Integrated Community Centre in Guanacaste, located in Huacas. With nine classrooms, five offices and a kitchen, the facility will also offer a legal and a psychological advisor who will be free to the less fortunate people of the community. There will also be a Smart Center (CECI) – a program launched by the Science Ministry (MICIT) which runs network of labs throughout Costa Rica. CEPIA plans to enhance its already extensive program of support and instruction to the approximately 2,000 at-risk or impoverished people of the region. Opening of the center is expected in April 2014. Those who want to donate or get involved with any of the programs offered at the center, can contact CEPIA President Latitia Deweer at

Tamarindo has a volunteer fire department, made up of 14 people dedicated to the cause of handling forest fires. Organized by Silvia Rodríquez, the group has received training by the National System of Conservation Areas and the Environment Ministry, in cooperation with Luis Diego Roman Solis from the National Commission on Forest Fires. Donations from Hotel Capitan Suizo, Pangas Beach Club and Tamarindo Canopy, among others make this new service possible. With training specifically to handle forest fires, the group will only assist the Santa Cruz Fire Department in putting out buildings in flames.

-Ellen Zoe Golden

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