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Jacó Happenings

Galati Yacht Sales is now open in the Los Sueños Marina, representing new, pre-owned and Brockerage Yacht Sales. Its full-service business office can assist in registration, documentation, finance and extended warranty. The office is located in Marina Village Suite 10 in Playa Herradura. The phone number is 2637-6027 or in the U.S., 941-527-1273. Local sales representative Tony Carrizosa is on hand to help and can be reached at

The end of the month is all about Halloween in the central Pacific zone and there are plenty of stops in Jacó Beach to make in your costume all weekend long. Halloween falls on a Thursday this year and it will kick off the party for the entire weekend. Monkey Bar and the Orchid VIP Room will be featuring prizes, decorations and good vibes. On Thursday Oct. 31:  Out at the Hook Up in in Herradura at the Los Suenos Resort is being transformed into a Haunted House with costume contests for children and adults, drink specials and other surprises. Don’t miss the fun. For more information, call 2630-4444. Afterwards, head out to the Annual Halloween Bash at the Backyard Bar in Playa Hermosa. It stars at 8 p.m.

On Nov. 2, the second edition of the Circuito Puerto Viejo Surfing Open Pro takes place in front of the Hotel Marea Brava. This event will bring prizes for the categories Open, under 16 and under 12, and will feature material prizes from Manual, 3-D Fins, Hurley, Bomber, Vestal, B-and-B Surf Shop, Raw Element and CARVE Eyeware, plus $3,000 in cash for those who place in the top four of each category. Surfing competitors from all over the country will come to Playa Hermosa to compete in the event. Special thanks to Cabinas Las Arenas, Brisas del Mar and Rustico Jacó for donating accommodations and food for the competitors. In this circuit the surfers accumulate scores and will continue on to the last leg of the competition, held Jan. 18 in Puerto Viejo at Salsa Brava. At the final competition new champs will be announced and the checks will be received for the brand new surfboards for each category, courtesy of Nico Fischer, Wooster and Luis Vindas surfboards. For ore information, visit the Puerto Viejo Open Pro Facebook Page. 

The Jacó Tope 2013 will be held Nov. 30, starting at 3 p.m. on the final boulevard of Jacó. For more information, call 8880-0301 or 8740-4044 or email

This event is organized by the Municipality of Garabito and the Asociacion de Desarrollo Integral de Jacó. It’s being held to collect funds to benefit the children of Jacó, as the funds will be used for the annual Christmas party where more than a thousand children from the community will gather for the holiday season. The Associacion de Desarrollo is seeking sponsorship to help achieve its goals. If you would like to collaborate, contact Johnny Chavarria at the Fotocopy Store above the Liberia in the Central of Jacó. The official commission of the tope includes Julio Madrigal, William Morales, José Manuel, Arturo Jimenes, Chuck Herwig and Johnny Chavarria (featured in the photo above). The rest of the commission includes Freddy Alpizar, Orlando Jiménez, Joaquin Berrocal, David Rangel, Carlos Retana, Roger Jiménez, Jorge Barquero, Danilo Solis and Luis Alfaro.

Nadzyra Calonius and Katja Bader have news from Jacó’s McKee Project:  The organization has been putting together spay and neuter events for low income pet owners throughout the region for years. From now on, they won’t need to rely on kind people offering private homes to set up a “mobile clinic” in Jacó. Animals in need of fixing can be brought to the Plaza Boulevard Clinic. For more information, email or visit!/ mckee.jaco. Fees are based on your financial situation and are quoted beforehand. Thank you, Dr. Bernabé Berrocal from Plaza Boulevard Clinic, for being such an important part of their project.

They’ll continue to provide the mobile spay and neuter service at reduced fees to residents in remote areas who have no way of transporting their pets or paying for a veterinarian visit. Gratitude goes out to Dr. Jose Manuel Jiménez, who helps us with the clinics in different areas such as Esterillos, Bijagual and Tarcoles.

-Christina Truitt

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