Traditions Persist in Costa Rica’s Independence Day Anniversary

One of the year’s most important holidays, Costa Rica celebrates its 196th Independence Day anniversary this Friday September 15th. Festivities begin traditionally on September 14th, when the Torch of Freedom arrives in Cartago. The   torch represents Central America’s freedom  from colonial Spain. Every year, it makes the journey south  from Guatemala through five nations, arriving […]

Jaco Community Gives Warm Welcome To “The Swell Dealer”

Carly McDougall is from Northern Ontario, Canada. She first visited Costa Rica in 2014 on a family vacation and, like many people who visit Costa Rica, she fell in love with “the culture, tropical climate and Pura Vida attitude.” She was inspired to return in order to learn Spanish and seek personal growth. Carly secured […]

IPAI School Connecting Strangers Through Love of Languages

Breaking Barriers August Cano moved to Costa Rica from his native Peru 27 years ago due to social and political unrest that had placed his family in danger.  He finished a Teaching and Translation degree at ULACIT, the Latin American University of Science and Technology. He founded IPAI, Instituto Pacifico de Idiomas, in the city […]

Farid Rueda Living His Passion One Mural At A Time

 Artify Jaco’s most recent project to cover the community walls with the work of international artists has brought the talent of painter Farid Rueda to our community. Many people have had the chance to meet him and see his work in process as he transformed the wall facing supermarket Mas por Menos’s entrance with a […]

Walking By Faith: Romeria Pays Homage to Patroness Saint

The annual Romeria to the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles is a tradition for many, a new experience for some, a demonstration of faith for others, that pays homage to the patron saint of Costa Rica. A romeria is a religious pilgrimage. The term comes from romero/romeiro, which originally referred to a person on […]

Artify Jaco And Jade Rivera: Illuminating Walls Through Cultural Perceptions

Artify Jaco is both a movement and a project which started in 2016 as a collaboration between Stewart, the low key art aficionado and owner of Tico Pod Art House and Gifts, and Emily Easton Reyes. Emily, an artist in her own right and Assistant to Stewart at the store, returned from a trip to […]

Visions Becoming Reality: Jaco Walk Focuses On Positive Growth

  Recently we had the opportunity to talk with Francisco “Chico”  Gonzalez, one of the administrators responsible for the ongoing development of Jaco Walk. Francisco is a “Jacobeño nativo,” a Jaco native. He was born in Jaco, grew up in Jaco and has deep roots here. His grandparents were part of the first family to […]

Juanita’s by Green Room: A Latin Fusion Menu With Creative Cocktails

Juanita’s by Green Room is Costa Rican Raquel Salazar’s second restaurant. Raquel tells us that although it is an adventure she has taken on alone,  she is helped by an incredible and loving staff.  Many locals know her from Green Room Cafe, her first restaurant, located in the heart of Jaco. Raquel was a principal player […]

Turning Lifestyles Into Businesses: Hamburguesìa and LoVe Designs

Today, as many citizens of the U.S. and tourists celebrate the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, we are reminded of two things that never go out of style: hamburgers and bikinis. Both Adrian Vega of Hamburguesìa restaurant and Lorena Vera, of LoVe Designs, respectively, know this . Their businesses were created around and are […]

Puddlefish Cerveceria Ready To Serve Craft Beer Lovers

For Danny and Katie Clark, running successful restaurants is nothing new. The personable, talented couple have opened and run two of the highest ranked restaurants (on Trip Advisor) in Playa Jaco for the past several  years. Now they have moved both Graffiti and Side Street Bistro  to Jaco Walk, the new commercial center where you can […]