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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]