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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Community and Family Values Connect Jaco Walk Business Owners

Jaco Walk is quite the talk of the town lately. The new shopping center defies traditional style with an innovative, creative layout. Located in the center of Playa Jaco leaning more toward the south end, many new businesses have made their home here. Additionally, several established businesses have moved to this great location to be part […]

Boruca Tribe Members Visit Jaco’s Tico Pod

  The indigenous Costa Rican Boruca people are artisans known for their traditional masks, weaving and other handmade objects. Tribe members live in a self-sustaining agricultural village located deep in the Talamanca mountains. They support themselves mostly through their esteemed artwork and ecotourism. Recently, some members of the tribe visited Tico Pod Art House & […]

Karma Tribe Celebrates Its First Year Anniversary

“How can we, in our short lives, make a significant positive impact in the world?” This was the question  David Grillot and his friend Allan Campbell were contemplating some years ago. Both were active members of Couchsurfing at the time, a website service that allows you to offer and request free travel lodging. “It occurred to […]

Prioritizing Education: Costa Rica Invests In Its Future Workforce

According to World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, Costa Rica performed highest for quality of education system in Latin America. Education has been free and mandatory since 1870. Literacy rate is near 98% and the number of Ticos learning English as a second language continues to grow daily.  The country’s educational system has […]

In The Wake of Hurricane Otto, Costa Ricans Respond With Unity and Generosity

Costa Rica is a nation of generous people. The will to help and contribute toward the well-being of others remains strong as communities continue donating supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Otto. The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis, declared a national three days of mourning which started officially on Monday. “During the next […]