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Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July - December 2017  •  #08



Our Eighth Edition Embraces Tropical Lifestyles During my time spent in Costa Rica I have met a myriad of wonderful people from across the globe coming to try their hand at discovering what the “Pura vida” lifestyle is all about. Some come only for a week, some for years, and some vowing to return. Yet, the mystique that oozes from this central american country continues to elude many. What is it about Costa Rica that has so many captured? At first glance, one may say the landscapes, beaches, wildlife, or adventure that await on the shores of the “Rich Coast”. And while I agree, these are exceptional in themselves, there is nonetheless something much more underrated that hits home. The quality that has captured my heart is the all embracing kindness demonstrated by the people. Tico’s are the nicest people you will ever meet, they are gracious to a fault, they will share their resources with you, and invite you to share a heartfelt conversation anytime. And if you find yourself in such a situation, where someone is inviting you to have a “cafecito” or “cerveza” with them, I would encourage you to give them your time, sit down, lend an ear, and open yourself up to understanding what “Pura vida” is really all about.

I have discovered that the commonplace phrase “Pura vida” is a philosophy and way of life that has Costa Rican’s living such lengthy lives, as well as peace filled. It’s about accepting what is, letting go of what no longer serves, and being open to the good things that are yet to come. In one such life changing conversation with a neighbour, who was taking a well deserved break with a “jugo naturale” while working his land, what became abundantly clear to me was that hard work needs life to be successful in order to be meaningful. And, man oh man, do Tico’s ever work hard, and when they are done working hard, man oh man, do they ever know how to relax and enjoy their time with family and friends. And that is a tropical lifestyle I can agree with! Work hard, play hard. I am convinced that our purpose is to create, to love, and to play - and to do so with vigour. And this is what Costa Rica is all about. It’s inspiring, it’s abundant, it’s powerful, it re-ignites a childhood wonder and passion in us. It allows us to live our lives in a way that is right for us. So go chase those sunsets, play in the waves, savour it, enjoy it - you’ve earned it!

¡Pura Vida!

Nikki Whelan Editor-in-Chief & Founder

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Travel & Leisure Welcome to the Tropics Take the Plunge, by Marissa Fallis

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Quepos Wet to Dry Season, by Jack Ewing

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Dominical: An Artistic Hub 18 Dominical Map 20 Surfing the Coast, by Ethan Hollander 22 The Lost Treasure of Lime, by Abigail Curd 24, 26 Inhale & Exhale, by Michaela Lehman 28 Nature’s Pure Essence 30 Uvita: A Bustling Town Uvita Map Tico Talk The Milky Way Clean Eating Reptiles & Amphibians of Costa Rica

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Ojochal: Relax & Retreat 44 Ojochal Map 46 Foodie Recipe, by Marcella Marciano 48 Why Can’t We Be Friends?, by Edmond Alkaslassy 50 Beyond the Mask 52

COVER FEATURE: Pure Costa Rica. Pure Luxury. Hacienda AltaGracia, An Auberge Resort 54, 55

Lifestyle & Home

A Space That Reflects Lifestyle 56 Minimalism: A Way of Life 58 Mixing It Up, by Michael Seven 60 Jungle Gardener 62 You Know You’re From the Coast When… 64 The Art of Intention, by Lura Shopteau 66 The Power of Belief, by Lura Shopteau 68 Tropical Math: Rain = Sea Turtles, by Oscar Brenes 70 Learning At Home, by Anthony Johnson 72

Lifestyle Features

Be Bold, by Brian Wall The Road to Success, by Mariana Nineth López Sagarminaga Abundant Nature, by Denise Shreve

Tide Charts Calendar of Events Local Phone Numbers Photos by Denise Shreve

Credits: Editor-in-Chief Nikki Whelan +(506) 8768-7540 costapacificaliving@gmail,com Layout Photography Alejandro Orozco Denise Shreve Michael Fernández Michaela Lehman Untethered Media Photos by Dan Moore Contributing Writers Abigail Curd Anthony Johnson Brian Wall Denise Shreve Edmond Alkaslassy Ethan Hollander Jack Ewing Lura Shopteau Marcella Marciano Mariana Nineth López Sagarminaga

Maricella Garcia Marissa Fallis Michael Seven Michaela Lehman Oscar Brenes Unless otherwise indicated, content written by Nikki Whelan. Copyright 2017. TMC The Media Company SRL. All rights reserved. Design by

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Costa Rica has already had a pretty good year overall. Almost all of our electricity is now run on renewables. We’ve banned hunting. We invest in social projects and healthcare. Education is among the best in the Americas, with a 96% literacy among the population. Not to mention the “Pura Vida” attitude, which surely always gets us to come out near the top in the world happiness index. And, probably most surprising is that Costa Rica used to be one of the most deforested nations in the Americas, operative words here being “used to be”. However, we’ve managed to reverse deforestation and today, more than 25% of the land is protected. So go ahead, enjoy and appreciate, all the beauty Costa Rica has to offer.

It’s a Jungle Out There The dense primary jungle forest found deep in the Southern Peninsula of Osa, lies Corcovado, home to many big cats, like jaguars, ocelots and pumas. Trees, grow tall and majestic, where they reach up to the sky and root down into the earth, providing canopy cover and homes to many birds, sloths, monkeys and reptiles. The raw energy that emanates from the forest energizes us with each clean breath of air. The Ceiba tree is one such tree that calls for interest and admiration, it can be spotted all along the coast and plays an important ecological role, supplying shade, nectar, fruit and many other necessities for wildlife.

The Energy of Nature Negative ions from the Pacific Ocean fill the air along the beaches that are peppered along the coast. The land is pure, raw energy, with six active volcanoes, Costa Rica is a happening land mass. The magnetic draw from the full moon has tides swelling up for amazing surf breaks, and it lights up the night’s sky on a midnight stroll. The thunder that roars through a valley of mountains, is enough to scare even the wildcats. Take time to feel the great connection with nature. The green season is a time for biodiversity to come out and shine. Land mammals, birds, reptiles, all are on the move, it's prime time for migration. Costa Rica has an abundant natural beauty, and the landscapes are breathtaking. Get up early, watch the sun rise if you can, take that morning hike - it is oh, so worth it.

A Way of Life Unlike No Other The green season is a great opportunity to connect with the locals. It’s when service industry workers sign a breath of relief, just like the plants when the first rains come. July through December is a great time to travel to Costa Rica and experience the culture in it’s true laid back style. If it’s your first time, maybe you might find a reason to come back or take back with you a piece of the lifestyle that just sticks with you, and if it’s your eighth time, well then - welcome back ‘amigo’! Photos by Untethered Media



The Pacific Coast is not only known for the pristine beaches and beautiful jungles, but it is also known for it's hidden waterfalls. Come inland and discover these beautiful must see waterfalls.

The Nauyaca Waterfalls located in Dominical, can be reached by either foot or horses. The waterfalls are absolutely breathtaking and possibly the best in the country due to the crystal clear water it provides. The five km hike is mostly uphill, but very easy to walk and definitely a must when visiting Costa Ballena. Catarata Uvita, which means Uvita Waterfalls, is about a 10 minute walk from the main road. Catarata Uvita provides visitors with a fantastic view and refreshing water to swim in. Bring a picnic and drinks and spend the day in awe surrounded by the natural beauty of the waterfall.

Cascada Pavon in Ojochal is well known for the massive boulder stuck right in the middle of the waterfall. Looking for a photo op? This is just the place due to the character the rock provides to the waterfall! It definitely is a must see.Â



The small town of Quepos is just the beginning in tasting the real Costa Rica, it is the doorstep that opens up to the Southern Zone. With a population of about 22 thousand, the town was named after the native Quepo Indians. The Marina Pez Vela and the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio are not to be missed when visiting.

Marina Pez Vela One of the largest full-service marinas in all of Central America is Marina Pez Vela in Quepos. Facilities are built to international standards with wet slips for vessels of up to 200 feet and staffed with bilingual employees. Serious big game fishers will marvel at the great marlin, sailfish, and groupers longer than your arm. One fisherman hooked and released 34 sailfish in three days on the ocean. Peak fishing months are from November to March, so make your plans. The 4th annual Christmas Bright Lights Boat Parade will occur in December. This event is known for its music, performances, and brightly lit boats. Don’t miss this tropical rendition of a classic Christmas! See our Events Calendar on page 82-83.

Manuel Antonio National Park From tubing to kayaking to bird-watching and scuba-diving, the Manuel Antonio Park has options for adventurers of all levels and interests on the mainland and the 12 isles. The park was established by the citizens of Costa Rica in 1972. Over 650 hectares (over 1650 acres) are home to about 300 species of animals. A national treasure, the park is a legacy to the culture from the Pre-Colombian era. Find out more about Tico culture with a guided tour, or take a solo hike on one of several trails. If you get there when the park opens at 7am, you can hike all the trails and see the awesome views before closing time at 4pm. Closed Mondays. Written by Maricella Garcia • Photos by Untethered Media



Have you ever seen a caiman on a mountain side in a primary forest more than a kilometer from the nearest water. At Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge located in the northern part of the Costa Pacifica there is a trail called the “caiman trail” for exactly that reason. Late in the dry season competition for possession of the few puddles that remain in the lowlands is so intense that caimans and otters are sometimes driven to walk great distances in search of water. With the arrival of the rains of the green season they breathe a sigh of relief and return to the rivers, estuaries, and swamps where they thrive. Of course viewing them is easier when water is scarce. All kinds of wildlife will be concentrated in the wettest locations at that time. In the Costa Pacifica January, February, and March are the driest months, September and October the rainiest, and all the others fall somewhere in between. According to 36 years of rain records February has been the driest month with an average only 66 mm (2.6 inches) of precipitation, while October has been the wettest with 847 mm (33.3 inches). How do wild creatures cope with these extremes? Pecarry, paca, coati, and other mammals tend to be more populous in the upper parts of the coastal ridge during the rainy season. If you want to see them during the dry season go to the coastal lowlands. Snakes also prefer habitats that are moist but not too much so. Campesinos or rural residents know that you have to be extra careful about poisonous snakes near streams during the dry season. Once the rains start most move to higher ground. During that migration they tend to be nervous and much more likely to bite than when they are settled into a territory. Medium size venomous terciopelos may remain in the lowlands and prey on frogs that abound there during the wettest time of year.

Written by Jack Ewing author of Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed: Ever-Evolving Costa Rica

Bird watchers know that bird populations are highest during the dry season because all of the northern migrants are here for their winter. Swifts and swallows are the exception not appearing in the area until the rains come. There is a saying in the rural areas of the Pacific Coast that you know the rainy season is here to stay when the golondrinas (swifts and swallows) arrive. They come to eat the mosquitoes which are absent during the dry season. Frogs love both water and mosquitoes. When you see the swifts and swallows darting here and there and hear the frogs singing after a big rain, you probably aren't plagued with mosquitoes. Puma sightings near the beach at Hacienda Barú usually happen during the turtle nesting season from July to November. Raccoons, coatis, and domestic dogs dig up the Olive Ridley Marine turtle nests and eat the eggs. When baby turtles hatch later in the season they also fall prey to these predators and many others. Pumas don't bother the turtles or the eggs, rather they come to hunt these smaller predatory species that do. Most birds and some mammals have an oily protective coating on their feathers or hair that repels water. Apparently sloths are lacking any such protection because they get absolutely soaked. The best time to see a sloth is on a sunny morning after a big rain. They literally hang out in the sun to dry. Biodiversity is exceptionally high along the coast during the Green Season, and every one of Mother Nature's creations has its own method of dealing with seasonal extremes. Those mentioned above are but a tiny sample.



A surfer town not too far off the beaten path, just 44 km south of Quepos and a national airport, and within an hour’s drive from San Isidro El General city’s center, Dominical is the gateway that opens up to the Costa Ballena. With consistent waves served up at the ‘playa’, Dominical has become home to annual surf competitions and attracts many surfers who are coming to cut up the waves in Costa Rica and attempt their try at this awesome break for advanced surfers. Last year a lifeguard station was implemented and has saved many lives since. Although Dominical remains a small town, it offers access to essential services, such as an ATM machine and ICE, where electricity, internet and phone services can be set up. And a definite perk, delivery service from the local grocery store and a few local restaurants is available. Over this last year Dominical has benefited from various new businesses opening and this last has helped revive the town. With fresh pavers near the beach and souvenirs lined up between palm trees, it’s everything you imagined a small surf town to be. A definite must visit for any young traveller.

Photos by Untethered Media

Nearest Beaches: • Playa Linda • Playa Dominical • Playa Dominicalito • Playa Hermosa

Nearest Waterfalls: • Poza Azul • Nauyaca • Diamante • Eco-chontales

Local’s Highlight: • Rio Baru at sunset



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Written by Ethan Hollander



Costa Rica is an amazing place to live with such a variety of waves to treat yourself to a barrel ride or an amazing beach break. We have some of the most consistent waves in the world especially in the southern zone, where I live. The Ballena Coastline has one of the longest coastlines in Costa Rica offering plenty of reefs, beaches, and right & left hand point breaks for all levels of experience. One of my most favorite waves in the southern zone is Cabo Matapalo. You can surf three different amazing right hand breaks in one day and than walk the beach to see the Scarlet macaw's hanging in the trees. My dad and I call them chicken of the jungle for the loud noises they make. Playa Dominical, my home break is my favorite spot in the country. Dominical is one of the most

consistent breaks in all of Costa Rica and when the swells hit I really like to paddle out to get barrels. Dominical is my home break and I surf there one or two times daily when home. I also enjoy having some secret reef spots in our area that I surf with friends when swells hit to avoid the crowds. My favorite spot in the world today is Lances Right in Indonesia where I went last year with my dad. This wave broke over a shallow reef that they called the “Surgeon’s Table” because you would come out of a barrel right into a section of dry coral reef. This was one of the scariest waves I have ever surfed but it was amazing to surf at 8 years old. The picture above is from one from one of the biggest days we surfed it. Follow me to see where my next national contest is:

About Ethan Hollander

Ethan is a 9 year old surfing and living in Playa Dominical, Costa Rica. Ethan competes competitively at the national level and travels the world surfing in the off season. His sponsors include Pyzel Surfboards, Wooster Surfboards Costa Rica, Coldwell Banker Dominical, Coldwell Banker Costa Rica, Fuego Brewery, Cafe Mono Congo, Jungle Mamas Suntan Lotion, Imagination Media, and Diego Naranjo high performance surf coaching.


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Written by Abigail Garcia-Curd

Costa Rica, a travelers’ paradise, known for its luscious sceneries and beautiful ‘playas’, a gem within a jungle. However, local legend tells of a different treasure dating back to the early 19th century. During the era of pirates and colonialists, the Spanish empire held territories worldwide, but revolutions broke out. Chile was at war with Peru. The riches in Lima, modern day Peru, were in danger of falling into the Chilean rebel army of José de San Martín. To prevent this, the Lima viceroy entrusted the treasure worth £160 million in gold crowns, swords, diamonds, religious statues and silver with six soldiers and two priests as guards to Captain William Thompson. Captain Thompson was to sail to Mexico aboard the Mary Dear on August 18211, However, Captain Thompson had different plans. Continued page 26


The day of the voyage, Captain Thompson stole the treasure and fled to a Pacific Island known as Coco’s Island. It is rumoured that Captain Thompson hid the treasure of Lima on Coco’s Island. And everything was going in his favor until he was captured by the Spanish Frigate. Thompson and his right-hand man were spared - on the condition they lead them to the treasure. Both men agreed, only to escape once off the ship.

The mystery has attracted famous explorers such as President Roosevelt, treasure hunter August Gissler, and race car driver Donald Campbell. However, since 1978 the island is considered a protected area and treasure hunting is now prohibited. Despite this last, in recent droughts, wildlife rangers discovered five chests containing 200 million worth’s in gold. Some of the treasure is exhibited in ‘el Museo Nacional de Costa Rica’ in San Jose3.

After some time looking for both men without success the Spanish Frigate sailed away. Captain Thompson and his right-hand man were stranded on Coco’s Island. Unfortunately, time passed until another ship landed on the Island. Captain Thompson was found, but it was too late for his right-hand man who had died shortly after from a fever2. Captain Thompson returned to sailing. On one of his voyages Captain Thompson met seaman John Keating. Thompson confided in Keating about the secret location of the treasure. Legend has it, Keating went in search of the treasure to protect it, killing other treasure hunters seeking it, as well as other treasures.

However, ’til this day, no one knowns for certain if the treasure found was the lost treasure of Lima or another pirates’ treasure. If there is still treasure on Coco’s island remains a mystery, but one thing is certain, a pirate never abandons his loot. Carvings in trees indicate pirates returned for their treasure by leaving a note that read “The bird has flown”.

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Coco’s island has been known as treasure island. Many notorious pirates such as William Dampier, Edward Davis, Benito Bonito, and Captain Thompson are believed to have buried their treasure on the island. Photo by Michael Fernández

Get ready for a ‘‘reel’’ good time! Another action packed activity offered in the Southern Zone is sport fishing with Las Rocas Marea Alta, either in – or off shore sport fishing. They create custom boat tours to suit your crew’s needs. They offer whale watching trips, snorkelling tours, all the while trolling the waters for your next catch. Captain George, from Australia, and Allan, from Costa Rica, make the perfect team, with local knowledge and international experience. Rocas de Amancio + (506) 8606-5118 or 2787-0480 Email:



As Earth’s biggest plants, trees intake carbon dioxide, release oxygen, stabilize the soil and provide life and resources to the world. In the rich and diverse environment of Costa Rica, 90 different species of trees can be found in just a two-acre area. The fast growing Ceiba tree, known to grow 13 feet a year and up to 200 feet in its lifespan is a prime tree to reverse the literal downfall of trees that occurs with deforestation. Some species can grow to 70 m (230 ft) tall or more, with a straight, largely branchless trunk that culminates in a huge, spreading canopy, and buttress roots that can be taller than a grown person. In general trees plays important ecological roles, supplying shade, nectar, fruit and many other necessities for wildlife. Costa Rica holds 5 percent of the planets total biodiversity which is why it is known as a global leader in sustainability. Nearly 93 percent of the country’s electricity comes from renewable resources and 30 percent of its national territory has been conserved. Costa Rica is currently on track to become one of the first countries in the world to be carbon neutral by 2020 so get ready to breathe easier while experiencing the Pura Vida life style. To undo the damages of deforestation, Community Carbon Tree Costa Rica is a non-profit association focused on reforestation. They advise local farmers how to sustainably grow forests to reconnect fragmented parts of the rainforests, strengthen the rain cycle, and prevent landslides. Overall one of the main benefits is the capturing of large carbon dioxide levels and in return releasing rich oxygen levels that cools the Earth just like a nice cool breeze of A/C. One could calculate that for every 25 trees planted and well managed, you could sequester one ton of CO2 annually. You can personally have a green thumb by sponsoring a tree for the low cost of $25. Contact Jenny at

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Shinrin-yoku meaning “forest bathing” is a therapeutic and natural medicinal practice that started in Japan in the 1980’s. This practice calls for the complete immersion into nature, so leave your technological devices behind and let nature fill your mind. Once you find your perfect spot to forest bathe, you can later expect to reap the benefits such as an immune boost, decreased blood pressure, improved mood, strengthened focus skills, increased energy and a better night’s rest. Written & Photo by Michaela Lehman


Essential Oils


Love the way the fragrance from a fresh orange peel brightens your day? You can use essential oils to create a positive emotional state throughout the day by mixing up a scent of your own. Each essential oil’s complex, pleasant, and unique scent triggers emotions and memories, which can help in your search for a more fulfilling and balanced life. You can access the power of essential oils many ways, but the most common practices include aromatic diffusion, topical application, and dietary consumption. Common to Costa Rica are ylang-ylang, lemongrass, citronella, vetiver, the citruses, chamomile and cinnamon.

How to Use Essential oils enter the body primarily in three ways—applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. The application method chosen depends on the desired effect and the essential oil selected. You can consume certain types of oils orally in a couple drops of honey. A diffuser is always a great way to get a scent lifted into the air. Topically, essential oils can be applied using compresses, sprays, baths, or massaging them into the skin. Most essential oils cannot be applied directly to the skin without being diluted first with a carrier oil. As well, many oils including citrus should not be used in the sun as they promote hyperpigmentation.

Carrier Oils To make the concentrated oils gentle enough for application blend a few drops of essential oil with any of the following as needed for each individual application, Coconut, Almond, Grape seed, Jojoba, or Rosa musceta (rose hip) oils. As a rule of thumb, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier substance (vegetable or nut oil, or water) at no greater concentration than 3-5%. That means if you have one teaspoon (5cc) of carrier, you would add 3 drops of pure essential oil. This would make a 3% solution that could be used on a portion of the body. For massage or for application over large areas of the body, a 1% solution (meaning, one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier) is generally a safe concentration.

Consumer Tip If you’re purchasing essential oils, avoid oils that say “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil” as these can be synthetic and don’t provide the desired health benefits. Instead, look for oils that say “pure essential oil” or “100% essential oil” for the highest quality essential oils.

Homemade Bug Spray • Fill spray bottle (8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water • Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top • Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional) • Add 30-50 drops of essential oils. Choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint. • Best when sprayed on clothing/fabric.

Headache Buster • Almost full distilled or boiled water in a roller • 2 drops Peppermint • 2 drops Lavender • 1 drop Eucalyptus

• 1 drop Rosemary • Best when applied to temples, forehead and back of neck. Photo by Michael Fernandez


Isla Ballena


With a mountain backdrop and two rivers running through the town center, the town is most known for the natural attraction, the Whale’s Tail, a naturally formed reef barrier. Surrounded by nature, Uvita offers easy access to beaches, rivers and the mountains nearby. Essential services can be found in Uvita, and everyone is known to make a trip to Uvita at least once a week to replenish their stocks or to take care of business. It is the bustling centre of Costa Ballena that is gearing up for expansion in the years to come. And on Saturday mornings a buzz is in the air, the little town is very busy, as shoppers head to and fro, from the farmer’s market to wherever they may go.

Nearest Beaches: • Parque Nacional Marino Ballena • Punta Uvita • Playa Chaman • Playa Colonia • Playa Ballena

Nearest Waterfall: • Catarata de Uvita

Homes nestled in the mountains, halfway between Uvita and Ojochal, offer prime access to some of the most pristine beaches in the area, not to mention some of the most dynamic views, that of the ‘Cola de la Ballena’. With changing tides and the rock formations, ‘Las Très Hermanas’ and ‘Isla Ballena’, one can sit and watch the tides of the ocean come in and out and simply enjoy the landscapes that are altered by the passing of time.

Local’s Highlight: • Anywhere with a view (and a cocktail) of the Whale's Tail at low tide

The Whale's Tail Photo by Alejandro Orozco

Blue Flag Designation Congratulations to our many beaches along the Pacific Coast that have received or are working on their Blue Flag Certification. The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), it is sought for beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators as an indication of their high environmental and quality standards. Blue Flag criteria include standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services, drinking water, access to showers and restrooms and waste disposal programs. Photos by Untethered Media

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The Green Season is a sign of relief for the luscious jungle that drinks up the soothing rains that start in the afternoon off of the Pacific Coast. The fresh smell of dew drops in the morning, set amidst the rainforest canopy backdrop with a fresh brew of coffee from the nearby Talamanca Mountain range - doesn’t get any better than this. And as peace and calm as it can be in the mornings, sometimes there are the fair share of evening storms in Costa Rica. And that too is part of the magic, to witness the intense fall of rain, and thunder, if ever you are so lucky.

Here are several phrases you may expect to hear when a storm is coming (and their literal translations): • “Ya viene la señora con los frescos”: Here comes the lady with the refreshments. • “Viene la que moja”: Here comes that which makes you wet. • “Ya viene la agua”: Here comes the water. • “Van a caer sapos y ranas”: (For a very heavy rain) Toads and frogs are going to fall. • “El cielo esta encapotado”: The sky’s all covered up. • “San Pedro esta enojado”: (When it thunders) St. Peter is angry.

Ways to describe rainfall: * Pelo de gato: Translated directly, this term means “cat fur,” a perfect mental image for how this light, gently misting rain feels against your skin. * Aguacero: Best translated as a torrential downpour, aguaceros are the staple of a Costa Rican winter. Aguaceros can be so powerful that you can hardly see 5 feet in front of you, though thankfully, they rarely last more than an hour or two. * Tormenta: Spanish for thunderstorm, tormentas are much less common than aguaceros. However, if you do get caught in a Costa Rican tormenta, prepare: the lightening is bright enough to light up the entire landscape, and the thunder rumbles so powerfully that your house shakes and car alarms get set off. * Baldazo: It can rain so hard here that Costa Ricans need a noun for “it’s raining buckets.” * Cielo roto: A baldazo’s older, meaner brother, cielo roto literally means “broken sky.” In English, we’d probably say that the “heavens had opened up,” but somehow, the Spanish seems a much more appropriate description for Costa Rican rain.

So go ahead and practice your new found Spanish phrases with your friends and some ‘cervecitas’’!



Photos by Michael Fernández



No matter where you are on Earth, you can almost always find the Milky Way in the night’s sky and know that you are home. The Milky Way has been a fascination for astrologers since the science has begun, among them Galileo Galilee, in 1610, who turned his telescope towards the sky. It was then that we began to study just where we are situated in the galaxy. From the positioning of the Milky Way, given we can see that it divides the night sky into two roughly equal hemispheres, this indicates that the Solar System lies near the galactic plane. We have also found that the center of the Milky Way is a busy place. As with most other galaxies, there is a supermassive black hole found there. Black holes are among the most fascinating and elusive objects in the known Universe. Black holes, as the name suggests, are very, very dark. They're so massive that they irreversibly consume everything that crosses their event horizon, including light, making them impossible to photograph even with the most powerful telescopes. But despite the fact that they're suspected to lurk at the centre of most galaxies, no one's ever been able to actually photograph one - until now. Using a massive telescope network, scattered across six locations around the world, scientists have data in hand that could open new frontiers in our understanding of gravity by capturing images of the Milky Way’s core, which would be the first photo of the event horizon at the edge of a black hole. Combined, the telescope should achieve a resolution of 50 microarcseconds - the equivalent of being able to see a grapefruit on the surface of the Moon. If Einstein was alive, he would undoubtably be excited right about now. The hope is that the photos will allow us to see if the fundamentals of general relativity hold true under extreme conditions, like that of a black hole. Specifically, Einstein's special theory of relativity predicts that time

does not flow at a steady rate, and it can be affected by acceleration. What that translates to is that you'll age slightly faster standing on a staircase than you do on the floor below. "So if you are experiencing stronger gravitational pull, then your time is going to go slower," said study co-author James Chin-Wen Chou of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The pull of gravity on an object increases closer to the center of mass, so an object on Earth's surface actually experiences a slightly stronger pull than one floating in the atmosphere. Using two ultraprecise atomic clocks, Chou and colleagues showed that lifting one clock by only about a foot (33 centimeters) above the other creates enough of a gravitational difference that the higher clock ticks slightly faster. So maybe it does matter what sea level you live at. But, patience is a virtue and we will only know in a few months because adding to the challenge of initially capturing the imagery, is the fact that hard drives located at the South Pole Telescope can't be flown out until the end of October at the close of winter, so it won't be until later this year, or even early 2018, until we get some answers - so you see, everyone gets their dose of “Tico Time” around the world.

Finding the Milky Way Galactic Center First it depends on the hemisphere you are in. For the Northern Hemisphere, such as Costa Rica, in the spring (March – May), the Milky Way will first become visible a few hours before sunrise. By June it will rise much earlier before midnight. The summer months (June – August) are generally the best viewing time because it will be up most of the night. By fall (September – November) the Milky Way will be best seen in the evening, before it sets. Twilight can brighten the sky up to 2 hours before sunrise and 2 hours after sunset, so you want to avoid those times. A new moon or up until half moon allows the Milky Way to truly shine. Photo by Michael Fernandez



What exactly does it mean to “eat clean?” The short answer is, clean foods are minimally processed and do not contain chemicals, preservatives, flavourings, or other additives. Fruits and vegetables are the backbone of a clean and healthy diet. Everyone knows that vegetables and fruits are healthy, and most people would probably agree that they could be eating more of them. Not only are they loaded with nutrients, they require minimal work to enjoy. They can be picked, washed, and eaten with little or no preparation - or dirty dishes.

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If it comes in a package - replace it. Not only are processed foods loaded with chemicals and preservatives, but they almost always contain ingredients that have either been genetically modified or sprayed with pesticides, are usually stripped of fiber, minerals, and other important nutrients. In their place go sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that give the food flavour and extend its shelf life.

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Raw Chocolate Sea Weed - Almonds Raw Cacao - Spirulina Lemons - Goji Berries Mangsteen - Limes

The Super Foods These foods contain high mineral & “life force energy”.

Foods From Apples - Blue Berries - Coconut The Trees Avocado - Melons - Raspberries Pineapple - Mango - Strawberries Mostly consume raw. Bananas - Peaches - Lyche - Grapes High “life force”. Cherries - Oranges - “Raw” Nuts - Dates

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Wheat These foods are the highest Grass nutrition known to mankind. Essent Oils “Chemical sunlight”. Chlorophyll Phytoplankton

Cabbage - Lettuce - Spinach - Peas Kale - Cauliflower - Carrots - Beets Parsnips - Turnips - Pumpkin - Potatoes Sweet Potatoes - Yams - Beans - “Roasted” Nuts

Foods From The Earth Often cooked losing their “life force”.

Easy ways to add High Energy Foods to your Lifestyle: Superfood - Chlorophyll Add it to your water!

Life Force Energy - Raw Chocolate Add it in your baking!

Life Force - Coconut Add it everywhere!

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. – Nikola Tesla

Public Awareness Notice Perez Zeledon First Municipality to Ban Pesticide Use in Public Spaces In a virtually unanimous vote (8 of 9 Regidores voted in favor), on April 6, 2017 the Concejo Municipal of Perez Zeledon voted into law a complete ban on the use of agrochemicals in public spaces including roadsides and water ditches, green areas, municipal soccer fields. The new law will be presented to all other municipalities in the country (81 in total) who will have a chance to vote on it as well.

most cases, agrichemical refers to the broad range of pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and nematicides. It may also include synthetic fertilizers, hormones and other chemical growth agents, and concentrated stores of raw animal manure.

To help this cause contact Vida Autentica, a nonprofit organization that provides free classes and Agrochemical or agrichemical is a generic term for consultation on sustainable, chemical free growing the various chemical products used in agriculture. In methods to local pueblos




A quiet village, receiving it’s name from the ‘Ojoche’ Tree, it is home to many long time expatriates and returning snow birds alike. One would not believe that just 15 years ago the land was barren, completely cut down and used as cattle pasture, it was not the lush mountain forest we know it as today. With ocean and mountain views, Ojochal calls itself home to many bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels and has gained a reputation of being the mecca of fine dining in Costa Rica. This last is perhaps due to the international community that has flocked south. There are many fine dining options available, from Mediterranean to French Fusion, to traditional Tico style with flare. Ojochal is well known for its large Canadian, and specifically French-Canadian expatriate community. People wave as they drive by, whether you are a newcomer or not, and just after a few days you’re sure to run into someone you now know. Fascinating stories always seem to light up conversations at the various social events held throughout the year. There are no ATMs, but there is a school, a few local churches and an abundant wildlife of birds and flora. Many homeowners take pride in their manicured and fruitful gardens. If you are looking to find some calm, this quaint, village offers a perfect setting, and the local community will always make you feel welcome.

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Nearest Beaches: • Playa Piñuelas • Playa Ventanas • Playa Tortuga

Nearest Waterfall: • Cascada de Ojochal • Punta Mala

Local’s Highlight: • Isla Garza


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Recipe by Marcella Marciano, chef of Citrus & Umami.

Serves four INGREDIENTS 600 g of cleaned shrimps 1 firm mango 1 tomato diced 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 onion diced 1 teaspoon grated ginger 8 cilantro sprigs 1 jalapeno chili 200 ml of coconut milk 2 tablespoon lime juice 2 tablespoon of olive oil 1 teaspoon of madras curry 1/2 teaspoon cardamon 1/2 teaspoon cumin Cooked jasmin, or basmati rice to serve with.

Mango is a very special fruit, and we are lucky to have it organically growing in Costa Rica. It has amazing health benefits, such as alkalizing your body, it helps lowers cholesterol, it is good for your skin, and much more!

PREPARATION 1. Peel the mango and dice in small cubes. Combine in a bowl and add the lime juice, set aside. 2. Peel and dice the ginger and garlic, clean the cilantro, dice the jalapeno (be careful to put some gloves and remove the seeds), dice the tomato. 3. Pour the oil in a pan, and add garlic, and ginger with all the spices, add the diced onions and let it cook until golden. Add tomato, pour the coconut milk, salt and pepper and let it cook slowly for 7 to 8 min. Add the shrimps and jalapeno and let it cook for 2 minutes. Finish with a bit of lime juice. 4. Serve with the cilantro and mint. Add the fresh mango in lime juice and serve over the warm rice.

Bon appetit!

Local’s tip

Try this! How to cut a mango: Step 1 - cut off either end Step 2 - cut mango in a quadrant

Ojochal Lucy and Robert welcome you to their intimate fine dining establishment serving Thai, Viet, French and Polynesian dishes that are to be savoured. Be sure to save room for one of their delectable homemade desserts. Located 1 km on the main road off the Costanera By reservation only + (506) 2786 5050

Looking for a trendy, tropical terrace atmosphere and a great bite to eat? Meet up for cocktails and dinner at Citrus or make a date with a friend to enjoy their eclectic menu offering. Their french inspired decorated garden terrace, combined with an outstanding menu, will have you and your taste buds travelling around the world. All menu items have been specially created by chef and owner, Marcella. Be sure to try one of her classic dishes! Vegan options are available. Open every night of the week Plaza Tangara, on main road, to the left after the first bridge in Ojochal For reservations call + (506) 2786 5175

Umami means flavors in japanese, exactly what chef Marcella Marciano would like to offer you, with her new, asian pub and take out restaurant! Travel with tastes from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and India. Choose from a variety of cocktails with asian flavors. Or, why not bring it home or to the beach and enjoy with your family and guests. After 30 years in the restaurant business, the owner of Citrus Restaurant, is proud to share another passion for cooking. Reservation required 8304-1717 Take out - Plaza Tangara Monday to Thursday from 4 pm to 10 pm Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 10 pm Closed Sunday




Snakes are a unique and fascinating element of the wildlife here. There are 137 species of snakes in Costa Rica. Only 21 of those species are venomous: five species of colorfully banded coral snakes and 16 species of long-fanged pit vipers including the famed terciopelo. Most people are afraid of snakes, and with good reason. Human evolution began in Africa, a place with many highly venomous snakes. Evolution endowed us with a tendency to fear and avoid snakes because some of them are very dangerous. But evolution also endowed us with a tremendous capacity for learning. Our innate fear of snakes can be overcome - or at least reduced – when we learn more about them. So let’s consider some basic facts about snakes. All snakes are carnivores and all snakes swallow their prey whole; they are not capable of biting off small chunks to swallow. This is good news for us because snakes do not perceive us as potential food items – we are just too big! (There are exceptions when extremely large snakes will prey on very small adults, or children – but these are rare events.) Because we are too big for snakes to eat, there is no reason for snakes to mess with us. A good rule for any animal to follow is: Confrontations with much

larger animals are dangerous and should be avoided if possible. Snakes have more reason to fear us than we have to fear them! This is also why we do not see snakes more often than we do: When they see, hear or feel us coming, they hide or flee. Anyone who has ever tried to catch a snake knows that they try hard to get away from us. Snakes will bite in self-defense, just like any cornered, terrified animal that thinks it is in mortal danger. That’s why it is so important to be careful here, where there are some venomous species. If you accidentally step on, sit on or grab a snake (venomous or not), it will feel threatened – remember, you are a gigantic scary monster! – and bite in self defense. And who could blame any animal for defending itself? So the next time you encounter a snake, remember that snakes have no interest in us as food and they are afraid of us because we are so big. Be sure to give a snake plenty of room so it doesn’t feel threatened; eventually you or the snake will wander off and leave the other in peace. And enjoy the opportunity to get a good look at a beautiful wild animal; isn’t that one of the reasons many of us love the Costa Ballena? Written by Ed Alkaslassy Photos by Denise Shreve & Untethered Media

About Ed Alkaslassy

Ed is a retired biology professor who is happy to answer your snake questions, hear your snake stories, identify snakes you’ve photographed, and remove unwanted snakes from your kitchen.

Ojochal Restaurante Terraba Serving typical Costa Rican food with flare and fresh ingredients. Specializing in seafood and fresh meat cuts, with a variety of flavoured sauces. Family owned and operated, with over twenty years of combined experience. Great value, diverse menu, and friendly staff. A full bar is at your service. Open 11am to 10pm Closed Tuesdays 200m south of Ojochal Entrance, off of Costanera +(506) 4702 9868

Perhaps you’re in the market for your own piece of paradise and you’ll be hunting for some of Costa Rica’s prime real estate. Imagine simply relaxing by our sparkling pool, followed by a really good massage. Hike our trails to discover over 50 species of birds. It's your vacation and your choice, let John and his professional staff plan a holiday just for you. Hotel Lookout at Playa Tortuga 200 Meters Este de Ferreteria de Ventanas, Calle Paraiso Ojochal de Osa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica (506) 2786 5074

Mireille and Phillippe welcome you to Pancito Café where you will find a variety of French pastries such as croissants, eclairs, and the ever popular “mille-feuille”. Homemade breads, like integral and whole wheat, as well as baguettes are also available. Their breakfast menu is complete, ranging from cereals and fruits, all the way to a full american style breakfast (bacon, eggs, and potatoes!). For lunch they serve a selection of salads, sandwiches, and occasionally they feature a lunch special. As with any meal, any one of their fresh fruit smoothies always hits the spot. Be sure to stop in when visiting Ojochal and try their new menu items - especially their vegetarian dishes! Need a cake for your special event? Call to place your order! Plaza de los Delfines Open for Breakfast & Lunch • Monday to Saturday 7 am to 3 pm +(506) 8729-4115




Boruca, also called Brunca, Brunka or Borunca, is an indigenous tribe of the South Pacific of Costa Rica. The tribe lives on 140 km2 of protected / reservation land, located in the Talamanca Mountains. It is estimated that there are approximately 2,000 members that currently form the community, and by the way Costa Rican law has the right to self-governance. Ancestral beliefs that are carried through the members of the community include medicines, rituals, arts, crafts, food and spirituality, which is a cornerstone to the Borucan way of life. Borucans keep their traditions and ancestral beliefs alive through stories and legends that take on many forms. Among them, are the world renowned, hand carved and colourfully painted masks. Living in the jungles, in harmony with the natural world that surrounds them, the identity of Boruca can be reflected in the stories that the masks bring forth. In them reveals a deep respect for the knowledge passed on by the elders. The pride of the Boruca people is felt in the art. Their ornately carved, wooden masks are but one example, and many have tried replication, but authentic Boruca masks demonstrate an expert craft, passed down for centuries. Attention to detail intertwined with legend is what distinguishes them most. The masks come in many different sizes and varieties, where each is unique. Nonetheless, there are two emerging styles: Ecological and Devil.Â

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The Ecological Mask

The Devil Mask

This style incorporates both the traditional design and more artistic representations of the ecology of Boruca. Though less traditional, they are increasingly popular among tourists for their beauty and symbolism of being in harmony with nature. They often include jaguars, the protectors; frogs, the symbol of fertility, and also life and death; birds, the rulers of the sky. The ecological masks are crafted from balsa or sometimes tropical cedar wood.

The Diablo mask is the traditional Boruca mask and used for the annual Devil’s Dance. While originally coloured by natural dyes, today they are handpainted to depict the scary faces of the indigenous tribe as seen through the eyes of the Spanish Conquistadors. The Diablo masks are meant to look sinister, while incorporating vivid colours and skilled design passed down through centuries of mask-making.

The Boruca Indigenous Reserve is located roughly 30 minutes south of Buenos Aires. For more information visit


Nestled in the rolling hills and lush mountain tops of Pérez Zeledón, surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty, and a backdrop of blue skies you will find a resort of a new kind, Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort. It’s a place that lets you day dream while you indulge in all of your senses. Overlooking the exceptionally beautiful “Valle del General,” Hacienda AltaGracia offers an incomparable natural setting and unparalleled views on 350 lush hectares of land. The luxury resort features estate-size, yet intimate accommodations, in the purest valley of what is the last unexplored area in Costa Rica. There is a nourishing and embracing energy that fills the fresh mountain air, and Mother Nature is on display from every angle. AltaGracia is designed

for guests seeking a private vacation retreat with all the comforts of home and access to worldclass Costa Rica dining, an exceptional Spa, Equestrian Center, private airstrip and a wide variety of authentic Costa Rican experiences. Truly, this Auberge Resort offers a true Hacienda experience surrounded by untainted natural beauty, with all of the luxuries and comforts of good living, gourmet dining, and spa life. A pride is found at Hacienda AltaGracia, one that reflects in a poised and gracious staff, one that is always on the lookout for ways to make your stay the most memorable yet. It’s the experience of a lifetime, one that invigorates your soul. It is a unique and intimate experience for travellers seeking a lifestyle retreat.

The Equestrian Center is the heart of the resort and where the dream all started. You must visit the equestrian centre to get a feel for the charm of the resort. When taken on a horseback tour you will stroll through the groomed trails and feast your eyes on views of the Brunqueña and Talamanca Mountains.

Enjoy the very best that Costa Rica has to offer within a Hacienda environment – the beauty is all yours to explore and experience. +506 2105 3000

What struck me most is that in the middle of the clouds, sun, and pristine unspoiled countryside lies this rare find of beauty and luxury and eco friendly-ness filled with great food and people who really care about your well-being. I yearn to go back!

With a farm to table concept local tastes and authentic flavours are on every menu, morning, noon and night. Combined with elegant presentation, all meals are served on point, with style and flare, set in an intimate backdrop, with hand selected wines - that’s the “norm” at Ambar Restaurant. Its no secret the best meals start with the best ingredients, La Huerta, the 20 acre sustainablymanaged on-site farm cultivates the finest fruits, herbs, and produce, it is intended to supply most of the resorts needs.

Luxury is in the details and their motto you will recurrently hear, “We are here for you”, will become a phrase that delights your ears. The lavish spa features a sauna, steam room, an indoor pool with two jacuzzis’, a full gym for those who also want a good work-out before being treated to a full body massage. With a wide variety of treatments to choose from, why not try something exotic, like a specialty rainfall garden retreat or our mixology bar where you choose a variety of local organic ingredients.



A Foreword: Tropical Architecture

When buying or building it’s important to consider the practicality of everyday life. In the tropics, it’s ever more true and there are a few details one must pay particular attention to. Air flow is paramount, choice of materials is best made by evaluating their long term durability, as well as their initial quality, and maintenance, due to the intense natural elements that surround us, is a consideration that is taken into account from the get go. Whether you plan on entertaining large groups of friends, and thus need additional outdoor covered spaces, or if you only plan on being in the zone sporadically for a few months out of the year and need to be able to pack up on the drop of a dime, these lifestyle choices will affect the home you purchase or build. The design style however, is one that is all yours - and this is where your house becomes your home.

Often misunderstood as a design style, Tropical Architecture is all about achieving thermal comfort through the use of passive design elements like sunshades, awnings, light shelves, overhangs, as well as roof and wall insulation. The best tropical homes will have proper ventilation. The pluses of doing so are not only lower A/C bills, but better overall air quality as the negative ions that come in off of the Pacific Ocean will balance you out and contribute to the healthy lifestyle we have come to appreciate in the tropics. For many elevation is key, and not only for the view. And for those taking on a construction project, when it comes to the positioning of the building, you will want to catch as many cross breezes as you can, with this, a kind word of advice, sometimes even the best laid floor plans won’t match the terrain, so planning and adapting can never be started too early - involve your chosen group of professionals in the process as soon as you can. House with patio + surrounded by vegetation = less heat + shade + natural drainage

Design Strategies in a Traditional Malay House

Ventilated roof space helps to cool the house

Lightweight construction using low termal capacity materials keeps house cool

Open interior spaces with minimal partitions allow good ventilation in the house

House protected from rain = healthy and salubrious home

Fully operable windows allow ventilation at body level

Stilted house catches winds of higher velocity


Easier natural drainage

Filtered radiation

Ventilation through roof joint

Large roof eaves for effective sunshading


Several blocs = smaller volume of accumulated hot air

Attap roofing of low thermal capacity gives good insulation against heat

Well sloped roof Attenuated leaks Floor upon crawl space

Porch roof + brise soleil

Easier evacuation Water collect in cistern Flood rised above

Learn more about passive design principles and sustainable building design online at under House & Home


Furniture Design by Mies Van der Rohe


At some point in conversation between expats the question “so, where’s home?” inevitably comes up. For those who have went through the journey, home may now be wherever you re-located to, and for the most part it is, but when you start to dig there is always at least one lingering box packed up in storage somewhere. Letting go of all our “belongings”, downsizing, as it were, is a process - one you have to work up to. For a rare few, they can do it all at once, like ripping off a band-aid, just get the courage to get rid of it all, and keep only the memories. For others, they need to pay ten years of storage fees before they are ready to let it all go. I for one have been through various rounds of purging, my stack of boxes gets smaller and smaller every time I return to my anchor home (to my parent’s delight), and every so often in my newly relocated land I now call my home, I can’t believe how much stuff I’ve managed to re-accumulate. When that realization happens, I know it’s past time to go through yet another vigorous, and sometimes emotional, round of “spring cleaning”. The rule of thumb being anything I haven’t used in the last six months, or does not have deep sentimental value, I sell or give away. I even sometimes photograph the item before getting rid of it, to keep the memories it may conjure up. Having gone through the process many times before, I know it’s for the best to let the weight of the object leave my life and find a new, hopefully, purposeful home with someone else. After this process, you would not believe how much better one can feel, how much lighter, how much freer - and this is the key to the movement they call Minimalism, it’s all about making space for you in your own life. So, what is Minimalism anyways? The term “minimalist” often colloquially refers to anything that is stripped to its essentials. It’s the whole KISS strategy, Keep It Simple

Stupid - said with much love. The philosophy trickles into design, cooking, lifestyle, your thoughts (nudge, nudge: mindfulness). In visual arts, music, and other mediums, Minimalism is a style that uses pared-down design elements. Famously, Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) adopted the motto "Less is more" to describe his aesthetic. Minimalism as a way of life, is a way to unburden ourselves and break away from the excesses that surround us, such as consumerism and clutter (in any and all forms). Prime examples include having too much to do and too much on your mind. Minimalism is a step away from all of the non-essential “stuff” in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives meaning to our lives, what gives us joy and what holds value for us. Minimalism is not to be confused with being anti-material. Rather it is a focus on quality - which in regards to objects is a form of materialism. It’s realizing objects hold energy and looking for high energy items. There is nothing inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning and space in our lives that we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning and time to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, and our personal growth to obtain them. Heat maps show that home owners only use about 40% of their home and yet people are buried by mortgages they can’t afford just to have that extra space. Those who have caught on, realize they don’t need much in order to be happy. We are starting to see this in the “tiny homes” movement, where people are drastically downsizing in order to find their financial freedom, all the while fulfilling the dream of home ownership. And this last is what is at the heart of Minimalism, it’s a way of thinking, of approaching life, where you focus on what’s important and of value it’s where the two intersect. And it’s rumoured, those who practice this approach say this is where you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. To each their own!

Once you need less, you will have more.



Last issue I wrote about being fearless with colour. There is also some fear when it comes to mixing different styles and furnishings. Many people feel that you have to stick with a particular style for it to look cohesive or “well designed”. Not so at all. Start with high quality pieces and textiles that have their own character and are well designed and crafted. That’s the key to mixing styles, quality pieces will have a voice of their own. Mix up your treasures, and the find the things that sing together. Look for style and design contrasts that delight the eye. A heavy, ornately carved antique table paired with modern, lucite chairs or even painted wicker chairs. Line, texture, shape, colour. These are building blocks. Set smooth stone against raw, unfinished wood, or clean-lined, blond Danish wood with a vibrant, colourful east Indian or Asian print. Play the strengths off each other.

For example in my beach house bedroom, I have vintage, mid-century, Eames chairs, an antique rosewood Japanese bed, Indian bare wood side table and bead-board walls. In the living room a mid-century pineapple lamp sits atop an antique pine, drop-leaf table and beside it is a Womb Chair, designed in 1948 by Eero Saarinen and all is set against white-slatted venetian blinds on a 16’ sliding glass door. When you are going to mix styles and patterns in the furnishings, then ground the space with a clean, neutral colour, and paint some of the pieces the same colour. A busy pattern on the walls, and a mix of styles will quickly become a mess. Bring one colour through the decorating to unify the design. Remember, the fun is in creating harmony with all the different voices - you are the conductor! About Michael Seven

Michael lives in San Jose, Costa Rica and on Georgian Bay, Canada. He’s a graphic, brand and interior designer, digital marketing strategist, writer and artist.

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Written by Michael Seven Photos by Michael Seven & Michaela Lehman



I’ve heard it said that “gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.” And lucky enough in Costa Rica it doesn’t take much of a green thumb to get things going. Year round, the weather allows us to enjoy a variety of fresh produce, such as banana, lemons, guanabana, and star fruit. But first to reap the rewards of labour, one must harvest them - and to do so, you may need a few handy insights that are in any jungle person’s tool kit.

Know Your Moon Cycles

Planting by the moon is an idea as old as agriculture, based both in folklore and superstition, but there are scientific ideas that back it up. The Earth is in a large gravitational field, influenced by both the sun and moon. The tides are highest at the time of the new and the full moon, when sun and moon are lined up with earth. Just as the moon pulls the tides in the oceans, it also pulls upon the subtle bodies of water, causing moisture to rise in the earth, which encourages growth. The highest amount of moisture in the soil is at this time, and tests have proven that seeds will absorb the most water at the time of the full moon. The moon has four phases or quarters lasting about seven days each. The first two quarters are during the waxing or increasing light, between the new and the full moon. The third and fourth quarters are after the full moon when the light is waning, or decreasing.

At the new moon, the lunar gravity pulls water up, and causes the seeds to swell and burst. This factor, coupled with the increasing moonlight creates balanced root and leaf growth. This is the best time for planting above ground.

Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water. After enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water. - Zen Buddhism

In the second quarter the gravitational pull is less, but the moonlight is strong, creating strong leaf growth. It is generally a good time for planting, especially two days before the full moon. The types of crops that prefer the second quarter are annuals that produce above ground, but their seeds form inside the fruit, such as beans, melons, peas, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. Mow lawns in the first or second quarter to increase growth.

After the full moon, as the moon wanes, the energy is drawing down. The gravitation pull is high, creating more moisture in the soil, but the moonlight is decreasing, putting energy into the roots. This is a favourable time for planting root crops, including beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, and peanuts. It is also good for perennials, biennials, bulbs and transplanting because of the active root growth.

In the fourth quarter there is decreased gravitational pull and moonlight, and it is considered a resting period. This is also the best time to cultivate, harvest, transplant and prune. Mow lawns in the third or fourth quarter for slower growth. Photos by Denise Shreve


• You’ve gotten used to finding gecko’s everywhere: on the counter, under coffee cans, in light fixtures, in your glove box, and even in electrical panels. And the myriad of other types of insects that call the jungle, and sometimes your house, their home, also no longer phases you. Bonus points if you’ve adopted a re-location, rather than kill on site, program for the hoppy or sometimes long legged visitors.

• On a hot and humid day, you're happy there is a line up at ICE or the bank, because you get to spend more time in an air-conditioned space in between running errands that day. You even strike up a conversation with someone and turns out they happen to be friends of a mutual acquaintance you both know.

• A local gives you directions using geography, knowledge of fruit trees, and local history. Amazingly, you can actually find the place you are looking for. You now also catch yourself giving directions such as “Turn right by the slanted mango tree.”

• “Cerveza”, “gracias” and “pura vida” are no longer the cornerstones of your Spanish. You can actually have a conversation and use phrases like “Que me dice, mae?” and “Como le va, mop?” playfully when you greet your friends.

• Two out of three essential services aren’t working at your house today, but you're thankful for the one that is (you take your pick: water, electric or Wi-Fi). And when the lights do go out, you count: “1 - 2 - 3 - Costa Rica”, and if the lights haven’t gone back on, then you make a break for the candles. • Someone promises “mañana”, but you know that probably means next week, and even if it’s the week after next, that’s also fine as you too forgot about that “mañana” you had also promised last week. • You swapped your Pepsi for “jugo naturale" and haven’t looked back. Although you do drink a Coca-cola once in a while to ward off any parasites - Tico’s swear by it. You also eat a couple of fresh Papaya seeds when you get the chance.

• You finally caved in and got a dog from a shelter, and somehow you now have three.

Bonus Safety Points • You see a random broken tree branch or just a few big rocks in the middle of the road, and you know that means to slow down, there is something up ahead. Those objects did not get there by themselves - they are meant to be used as hazard traffic signs.

For the Ladies • Your shoe collection has now turned into your bathing suit collection.

For the Gents • Bug spray has become your new cologne. Collectively written by Abigail Curd, Maricella Garcia, Marissa Fallis, Michaela Lehman, & Nikki Whelan during a road trip to San Isidro. Photos by Michael Fernández


Written by Lura Shopteau Photo by Michael Fernández


“Follow your bliss... If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” — Joseph Campbell

possible. We have to know where we are so we can design the appropriate strategy for getting to where we want to be.

Are you engaged and living fully each day or just going through the motions? Do you ever stop and dream about the life you want? Take the time to look at that, to evaluate what makes you happy, what fills your soul. Ask yourself is there enough of that in my life? And if not, take a look at your life and set some new intentions. A working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Lacking intention, we sometimes stray without meaning or direction. But with it, all the forces of the universe can align to make even the most impossible,

By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others just what you plan to do. The intention is set and then we take ACTION. Your re-defining moment doesn’t happen just one time in your life; it happens every time you make a decision to follow your bliss, again, and again, and again. There are new doors awaiting your arrival. The big question, as Joseph Campbell puts it, is “whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”

When should you set an intention? An intention sets out a path, a plan something to focus on and work toward. It can be specific and about something in particular or more like a quality, such as to be more relaxed or involved with life. It can shape the The beginning of everything is a need or a desire, and person we hope to be, giving and kind. Or it can involve the seed that sets fulfilling that need or desire is an our purpose and push us toward larger goals and big intention. Having an intention is the first step in plans. You can set an intention to redefine what it the conscious manifestation of a thing you want to means to be serious about your wildest dreams. happen. In the classic literature of India, a book called The Upanishads states: Four Intentional Steps: 1 Get clear about something you want and write it down. You are what your deepest desire is. your intention with someone in a way that will As your desire is, so is your intention. 2 Share supportively hold you accountable to taking action. As your intention is, so is your will. 3 Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention. As your will is, so is your deed. As 4 Acknowledge that you did what you said you would, your deed is, so is your destiny. and then take the next step.

I say yes, how about you?

About Lura Shopteau Living the holistic Costa Rican life-style and sharing it professionally, Lura is an expert in integrative health as a professional psychotherapist, meditation, yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She has taught and consulted in Mindfulness and Yoga Therapy at Omega Institute, the Mayo Clinic, and the University of Minnesota Medical School. She now educates individuals and teachers at Bienestar, Uvita Yoga Shala.  /bienestarlife


Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism, and it’s not a character attribute. It’s the expectation of a positive outcome. - Rosabeth Moss Kanter


Rosabeth Moss Kanter of Harvard Business School is the guru of self-belief, where she advocated: “A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.’” I actually saved a NY Times article on her work from 2004 to remind myself of this magic we all have available to us. I know from the experiences of my own life about creating self fulfilling prophecies. Pointing out the positive experiences that people have had—either together or as individuals—help them call on the memory of those past successes to keep going strong. Moss Kanter wrote that “People who believe in themselves are likely to try harder and longer, thus increasing their chances of eventual success. But it’s also true that causality can run in the opposite direction, and might be more powerful in that situation: People who succeed are more likely to believe that their efforts in the future will pay off.” Many people in the world have a fixed mindset, meaning they believe that their skill is predetermined and all of their talents are set and have been given to them like a blessing. But, people with a growth mindset believe that they determine their skill and that they can achieve anything through effort and hard work, regardless of their predisposed genetics. Years ago, fresh out of college, I wanted to start a business, to be an entrepreneur. I started researching what I wanted to do, I worked in an independently owned shop while I was in college, so I would ask people questions about locations and real estate, leases and legal on what it took to run this business. I will never forget a friend of my saying to me, “Let it go, you are too young to do this, it is never going to happen.” But I did not listen to her, I just stopped talking to her about it, and I continued on my journey and with modifications to my plan and taking on a partner

and with an investment from a family member I made it happen. I always believed I could and talked myself into it, what I did was pursue it into existence. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right.” So often we are riddled with the belief that we can’t risk, that we can’t be vulnerable, and so we walk around with ourselves and in our relationships with all our armour on. Change almost never comes without risk. Don’t listen to the doubters, because they will be there. As Ford also said, “If you would have asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” All of this is also true in creation and success in business as it is in your own health. Genetics, DNA do not predetermine our lives, your DNA does not determine your destiny. That means that just because you have the gene for condition X, you won’t necessarily develop condition X. The cause and effect relationship is not so simple. You may have a genetic predisposition to developing that condition. A predisposition means a “tendency toward” developing a particular disease. But in order for you to develop the disease, the genes involved must “express” themselves, or become activated and that may never happen. Epigenetic's is a field that examines how many different factors can actually change your DNA. Thanks to scientific research on the “placebo effect,” the power of belief is proven in the field of medicine. The “placebo effect” refers to how a patient’s own belief activates healing. Patients respond positively to placebo at least 30% of the time, and Herbert Benson of Harvard says the placebo effect may actually work up to 90% of the time. More often than not, the use of placebo in double-blind, placebo-controlled studies show more efficacy than drugs. This is truly remarkable proof of the power of belief. Written by Lura Shopteau Photo by Michael Fernández


Written by Oscar Brenes


When we are on vacation and looking forward to the beach and sun, when suddenly the rain comes, it can feel like a real damper, and we think that our time to have fun is done, but remember we are in Costa Rica and the amazing nature and wildlife will surprise you offering a total new experience. The arrival of the rain in Costa Ballena marks the beginning of a new sea turtle season. Every year from July to February, the sea turtles comes to our beaches to nest using the night to avoid predators and the heat. Since 2009 people from all over the world have been visiting our project of conservation at Tortuga Beach in Ojochal to collaborate with the hope of witness a turtle laying eggs. The most common specie in our beaches is the Olive Ridley; Green Sea Turtles have also been observed nesting in a minor number. Around 40 to 60 female sea turtles visits the beach leaving on average 100 nest per season. Thanks to the conservation program more than 30 000 baby turtles have been released to the ocean since it’s inception. The best time for see this endangered animals coming to the beach is between August and October during the “Green Season”.

Reserva  Playa Tortuga To get information about how to join the night walks or see a baby turtles release, check our Facebook page at If you want to help as volunteer you can check our web page at


Written by Anthony Johnson


Ask any parent what they want most for their kids, and they’ll quickly reply “happiness!”. Ask how they intend to develop such a desirable state in their children, and many will draw a blank. All of us seek happiness for ourselves and our loved ones. But many are confused about what happiness is and how it’s attained. That’s because many define happiness exclusively in terms of brief, intensely positive feelings. Everyone would consider joy, delight, elation as variations of happiness. And everyone knows the conditions that produce such good feelings: a beautiful day, your kid gets an “A”, or you find a 20,000 colones on the street. But what’s the source of that less intense, but more important version of happiness, our satisfaction with our overall life? And why is that more important? Consider the quality of life if we have occasional moments of joy but constant discontent with our life overall? Not too good, right? We need both: short-term and overall happiness. And long-term satisfaction, contentment with life comes from a life well-lived. Research has determined that such a life would include: • Positive emotions (like joy!) • Engagement in life (rather than a detached, uninvolved attitude) • Relationships that are deep and satisfying • Meaning and purpose-a reason for living • Achievements, accomplishments, success in achieving our goals

You will, no doubt, add other factors. But you probably would also agree that these “P.E.R.M.A.” elements are important. And certainly helping your children LEARN how to live this way is a place to begin developing your offspring’s happiness. Notice my emphasis on learning. You and your children have many qualities and traits, skills and habits that will create long and short-term happiness, or misery. One of the KEY skills/habits that produce a “P.E.R.M.A” filled life is a commitment to lifelong learning. And if you think of learning as just memorizing boring times-tables or spelling words, you haven’t been paying attention to your own life-time of learning. Living in Costa Rica, raising your kids here, now rather than waiting until retirement, has required constant, intense adaptation to this new environment. Constant, intense LEARNING about your new reality and how to best respond to it’s demands. Parents expect much from their kid’s education. More than the academic basics but also social and emotional skills. And knowing how to learn is fundamental to such developmental achievements. So I’m suggesting that you definitely include teaching your kids how to learn as a fundamental part of your “Parenting for Potential”/happiness package. That’s because mastery of learning will help EXPAND THE HORIZONS of your kids and REDUCE BARRIERS to their growth and attaining their full potential. Wanna learn more? See you next time!

About Anthony Johnson

Tony is a retired university mental health center psychologist. He lives and learns in Ojochal. And he's available for consultations at:



My wife Nikki and I always dreamt of traveling, experiencing new cultures and learning what more there is to do and learn and see in the world beyond Denver, Colorado, which is where I had lived nearly all my life. We wanted a life more fulfilling and rewarding where we determine more of how we use our time rather than our lives revolving around work and waiting for the weekends. I wanted to finally be a full-time fine artist and not my secondary career that I did on the side. And so our journey began and we decided to take the leap, sell it all and see what else the world had in store for us. We sold our house and all our belongings, including 15 years of art that accumulated over time at big discounts, just to be free of possessions and be able to start fresh. We flew to San Jose, where we waited for our two dogs to arrive and begin our adventure with the intent of traveling through much of Central America, staying in many different places for a few months at a time. We had visited Costa Rica twice before already, but never to the southern Pacific region, so we choose to spend our first three months in Ojochal, Costa Rica. We planned on three months in Ojochal and then possibly on to Panama for a while, but after two months, we both knew that this place was something special to us and we wanted to stay. We had adjusted to the climate, the bugs, and the general pace of life, and we met so many really great people and just loved being surrounded by such diversity and beauty. We bought two acres in the mountains of ‘Tres Ríos' and now have our own piece of the jungle. We are in the process of designing a small but comfortable house

for us and our five dogs, which we hope to finish later this year. My favourite part of Costa Rica is actually two fold. Living in the biodiversity that we live in is such an inspiration for my art, as well as a place to settle my mind and connect more with the present. The second is the many, many wonderful friends we have met and in general all of the people we have met in our year of living in Costa Rica. They are interesting, intelligent, ambitious, and genuine people, and we finally feel the sense of community that we always wanted. Everything is not always paradise and there are challenges. Not speaking Spanish very well has been a challenge but one I am working on with weekly Spanish classes I recently have started. Also, being at the mercy of nature can also be challenging, like blocked roads during a health emergency. Help isn't just around the corner as it is in the States. And not all roads have bridges in the area, huge trees fall all the time, so adding to that, you can’t always leave to get somewhere when you want to, you need to wait out the storm. My advice is to strive to live in the moment and be engaged in what is in front of you. Slow down and don't feel like you have to always be doing something. Notice the peace you get from being surrounded by nature, and never stop dreaming and taking chances because the extent of the reward for taking a risk can never truly be known until you actually live it. Be bold; regret lasts forever. Dare to step out, take calculated risks, and do something different to change your world and impact and inspire others to hopefully do the same. Written by Brian Wall

A Word About Brian’s Creative Process

Starting with no endpoint in mind and often just a few lines to anchor the image, I build up my paintings with many layers of colors and lines in oil, deconstructing and erasing as I go, morphing shapes into new forms, and then working back into it again. This multi-step process creates visual tension in my work, a testament to my fascination with systems of simultaneous order and chaos.

On display at:

Check out his art online at



When pursing dreams, many do not know where to start, but Sibu owner and operator, Mariana, knows that doing things with love, patience, perseverance, dedication and most importantly, a lot of faith, can ultimately lead to success. It all started a few years ago when her husband, Attila was relocated to Costa Rica as the manager of a logistics channel for television production from Hungary. Soon after Mariana, Attila and their three children David, Kamila and Viola moved from Budapest, Hungary to Uvita, Costa Rica. Mariana, having traveled around Costa Rica and having enjoyed the beautiful scenery in the Caribbean and the South Pacific, fell in love with Uvita. Exploring the beautiful surroundings, she discovered the potential Uvita had for business growth. Mariana being a good connoisseur and lover of coffee, realized that there was not a single place to enjoy the quiet of a delicious espresso or cappuccino. This was then she decided to build her own business Sibu. Although she was successful in achieving her work goals, Mariana constantly faces her greatest challenge, dividing her time among her work and family. Nonetheless, at the end of the day her family is the most important thing to her. For the moment, her plan is to continue living in Costa Rica with her family and doing what she loves until “Dios nos lo permita”. In the meantime, she is working on a new project that involves teaching the children in the local community how to bake. She hopes that in the future the children will be able to bake, cook and give back to the community.  Written by Mariana Nineth López Sagarminaga

About Mariana

Photos by Untethered Media and Mariana Nineth López Sagarminaga

She was born in Santa Lucia Cotz, Guatemala. Her parents are both from Guatemala, but she moved to Europe at age 21. There she graduated as an international trade and business Administration student. She loves to run and speaks Hungarian, English and some French.



Costa Rica is a tropical paradise that attracts people of all nationalities. The non-stressful lifestyle, year-round seasonal weather, beautiful landscapes, and abundant biodiversity are what appeals to many the most, and that is exactly what happened to Denise and Ovid. Originally from Hawaii, and also having lived in Florida for some years, they were accustomed to having year round seasonal weather - and it wasn’t something that they were willing to give up. When looking into biodiversity, Costa Rica caught their eyes. They were instantly hooked and mesmerized with the wildife, mainly the variety of birds, like the flocks of parakeets, parrots, and scarlet maccaws. With Denise being a photographer, and wanting to continue to capture the beauty of nature through the lens of a camera, and Ovid, a floral designer for more than 40 years, who was looking to enhance his already green thumb, it proved that Costa Rica could fulfill both of their pursuits of passion. And so, when the time finally came for them to retire, and after much investigation, they took the leap and landed in Costa Rica. And truly, this last is the cornerstone of advice from the Shreve’s, as well as from many who have made the move. And that is to really look into what life would be like, what it would look like on a day to day basis in Costa Rica, and to analyze the trade-offs, as in any move, there are bound to be some. In the end, it’s all about whether or not the decision was right for the person making it. In their case, they were aware of the particular challenges that they would face by moving to Costa Rica, as well as choosing a

very rural area. For example, they knew prior to their first visit to the coast that they should expect that the weather be more hot and humid than what they were accustomed to. Having lived in Hawaii, a laid back lifestyle was less of a cultural difference for them to get used to, and dabbling in a different culture was something that they looked forward to. Even against the best advice, everyone tells you don’t build, just rent. Well, after having visited and rented while on vacation, they simply did not want to wait, they knew they had found the place they were looking for and went for it. It turned out to be a wonderful experience, using local professionals, they purchased a four acre piece of land and built their own custom home. They made lasting friendships along the way, and ended up with a wonderful home they simply adore. Denise does lend a word of guidance as to Tropical design, mind your air flow and having simple, easy to clean furniture, that is off of the ground so you can get under it, as well as overall having less stuff in general, will make your life a lot more hassle free. Truly, Costa Rica has a huge appeal for retirees looking to lead an active lifestyle. Many expats move to Costa Rica due to the fact that they want year round seasonal weather to pursue leisurely activities. In particular, some strive to be more healthy and live off the land by growing their own food or by simply increasing their gardening abilities. The tropical lifestyle is really one that is unparalleled. And finding like minded people who like to enjoy their afternoons, kicking it back in a hammock or indulging in a swim after a hard mornings work, is the added bonus.

About Denise & Ovid Shreve Recent retirees from Florida who have worked hard, had a dream and went for it. Their words of advice: Take the leap of faith, and don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams. With passion and commitment, mixed in with a healthy dose of realism, is all you will need. Photos by Denise Shreve

Wondering how to get to the Beaches? Here’s a list of beaches from North to South: • Playa Linda - Off of the Costanera, Matapalo • Playa Dominical - Turn into Dominical and head towards ocean • Playa Dominicalito - off of Costanera, KM 146 • Playa Hermosa - off of Costanera, KM 157 • Whales Tail/Playa Chaman - National Park Entrance in Bahía & off of Costanera, KM 164


• Playa Ballena - off of Costanera, KM 169 • Playa Pinuelas - KM 162, off of the Costanera • Playa Ventanas - off of Costanera, KM 173 • Playa Tortuga - 50 meters South of Ojochal Bridge, off of Costanera, turn towards ocean, go to end of the road


July 2017 Day


S 01 S 02 M 03 T 04 00:00 W 05 7.27 ft 00:52 T 06 7.41 ft 01:40 F 07 7.65 ft 02:23 S 08 7.93 ft 03:03 S 09 8.20 ft 03:42 M 10 8.44 ft 04:20 T 11 8.63 ft 04:58 W 12 8.74 ft 05:36 T 13 8.80 ft 06:15 F 14 8.80 ft S 15 S 16 M 17 T 18 W 19 T 20 00:13 F 21 8.27 ft 01:14 S 22 8.76 ft 02:11 S 23 9.27 ft 03:04 M 24 9.72 ft 03:55 T 25 10.01 ft 04:44 W 26 10.10 ft 05:32 T 27 9.98 ft 06:20 F 28 9.67 ft S 29 S 30

Low 02:08 0.81 ft 03:04 1.34 ft 04:01 1.75 ft 04:59 2.01 ft 05:54 2.09 ft 06:46 2.04 ft 07:32 1.88 ft 08:15 1.67 ft 08:56 1.45 ft 09:36 1.25 ft 10:15 1.10 ft 10:54 1.01 ft 11:34 0.99 ft 12:16 1.02 ft 00:32 0.66 ft 01:15 0.85 ft 02:04 1.04 ft 02:59 1.19 ft 04:00 1.25 ft 05:05 1.16 ft 06:11 0.91 ft 07:13 0.54 ft 08:12 0.17 ft 09:07 -0.13 ft 09:59 -0.27 ft 10:49 -0.23 ft 11:38 -0.01 ft 12:27 0.37 ft 00:44 0.25 ft 01:31 0.85 ft

High 08:37 8.76 ft 09:34 8.41 ft 10:30 8.19 ft 11:26 8.10 ft 12:17 8.13 ft 13:05 8.27 ft 13:49 8.45 ft 14:30 8.65 ft 15:10 8.81 ft 15:50 8.90 ft 16:28 8.90 ft 17:07 8.82 ft 17:46 8.65 ft 18:28 8.43 ft 06:56 8.77 ft 07:42 8.73 ft 08:32 8.69 ft 09:30 8.70 ft 10:32 8.81 ft 11:35 9.04 ft 12:37 9.36 ft 13:35 9.72 ft 14:30 10.02 ft 15:23 10.18 ft 16:13 10.15 ft 17:02 9.92 ft 17:51 9.51 ft 18:39 8.97 ft 07:08 9.23 ft 07:58 8.74 ft

August 2017 Low 14:48 1.36 ft 15:49 1.64 ft 16:50 1.77 ft 17:47 1.72 ft 18:39 1.55 ft 19:25 1.30 ft 20:06 1.02 ft 20:46 0.75 ft 21:24 0.54 ft 22:00 0.40 ft 22:37 0.35 ft 23:14 0.39 ft 23:52 0.50 ft

High 21:01 7.84 ft 22:02 7.46 ft 23:03 7.27 ft



T 01 W 02 T 03 00:20 F 04 7.09 ft 01:11 S 05 7.40 ft 01:56 S 06 7.79 ft 02:37 M 07 8.21 ft 03:16 T 08 8.60 ft 03:53 W 09 8.92 ft 04:30 T 10 9.17 ft 05:07 F 11 9.31 ft 05:46 S 12 9.34 ft S 13 M 14

13:01 19:13 1.09 ft 8.18 ft

T 15

13:50 20:03 1.17 ft 7.95 ft

W 16

14:45 21:00 1.21 ft 7.78 ft

T 17

15:46 22:02 1.17 ft 7.75 ft

F 18

16:49 23:09 0.99 ft 7.91 ft

S 19

17:54 0.66 ft

01:02 S 20 8.61 ft

18:55 0.22 ft

01:58 M 21 9.16 ft

19:52 -0.24 ft

02:49 T 22 9.63 ft

20:45 -0.62 ft

03:37 W 23 9.93 ft

21:36 -0.84 ft

04:22 T 24 10.02 ft

22:24 -0.86 ft

05:06 F 25 9.89 ft

23:12 -0.66 ft

05:49 S 26 9.57 ft

23:58 -0.28 ft

S 27 M 28

13:17 19:29 0.84 ft 8.36 ft

T 29

14:09 20:22 1.31 ft 7.77 ft

W 30 T 31

Low 03:15 1.96 ft 04:13 2.31 ft 05:14 2.43 ft 06:12 2.34 ft 07:04 2.09 ft 07:51 1.73 ft 08:33 1.34 ft 09:13 0.97 ft 09:52 0.66 ft 10:30 0.44 ft 11:10 0.34 ft 11:51 0.35 ft 00:06 0.23 ft 00:49 0.47 ft 01:38 0.78 ft 02:34 1.09 ft 03:39 1.31 ft 04:50 1.33 ft 06:00 1.09 ft 07:05 0.69 ft 08:02 0.24 ft 08:54 -0.12 ft 09:43 -0.33 ft 10:28 -0.33 ft 11:13 -0.14 ft 11:56 0.21 ft 00:10 0.33 ft 00:53 0.92 ft 01:38 1.52 ft 02:29 2.06 ft 03:27 2.45 ft

High 09:46 7.90 ft 10:43 7.71 ft 11:40 7.70 ft 12:33 7.86 ft 13:21 8.12 ft 14:06 8.43 ft 14:47 8.72 ft 15:26 8.95 ft 16:05 9.08 ft 16:43 9.10 ft 17:23 9.00 ft 18:03 8.80 ft 06:28 9.26 ft 07:13 9.09 ft 08:05 8.86 ft 09:04 8.65 ft 10:10 8.54 ft 11:19 8.63 ft 12:24 8.90 ft 13:24 9.26 ft 14:18 9.59 ft 15:08 9.80 ft 15:56 9.84 ft 16:41 9.67 ft 17:25 9.32 ft 18:09 8.83 ft 06:32 9.10 ft 07:17 8.56 ft 08:05 8.02 ft 08:58 7.57 ft 09:58 7.29 ft

Low 16:03 1.97 ft 17:04 2.02 ft 18:02 1.88 ft 18:53 1.59 ft 19:38 1.24 ft 20:19 0.87 ft 20:58 0.53 ft 21:34 0.27 ft 22:11 0.10 ft 22:47 0.03 ft 23:25 0.08 ft

September 2017 High 22:20 7.00 ft 23:22 6.94 ft



F 01 S 02 00:38 S 03 7.25 ft 01:24 M 04 7.75 ft 02:06 T 05 8.28 ft 02:44 W 06 8.80 ft 03:22 T 07 9.25 ft 04:00 F 08 9.59 ft 04:38 S 09 9.78 ft 05:18 S 10 9.79 ft 06:02 M 11 9.62 ft T 12

12:36 18:48 0.47 ft 8.52 ft

W 13

13:24 19:38 0.68 ft 8.19 ft

T 14

14:19 20:35 0.91 ft 7.89 ft

F 15

15:20 21:40 1.07 ft 7.72 ft

S 16

16:28 22:51 1.08 ft 7.78 ft

S 17

17:37 23:59 0.86 ft 8.11 ft

00:50 M 18 8.58 ft

18:41 0.46 ft

01:44 T 19 9.09 ft

19:39 0.01 ft

02:31 W 20 9.51 ft

20:31 -0.39 ft

03:15 T 21 9.76 ft

21:18 -0.63 ft

03:57 F 22 9.82 ft

22:03 -0.68 ft

04:37 S 23 9.68 ft

22:47 -0.52 ft

05:16 S 24 9.36 ft

23:29 -0.17 ft

05:56 M 25 8.92 ft T 26

12:40 18:54 0.67 ft 8.25 ft

W 27

13:26 1.17 ft

19:42 7.66 ft

T 28

14:16 1.64 ft

20:35 7.14 ft

F 29

15:13 21:36 1.99 ft 6.80 ft

S 30

16:16 2.15 ft

22:41 6.70 ft

Low 04:33 2.59 ft 05:38 2.45 ft 06:34 2.08 ft 07:23 1.58 ft 08:06 1.04 ft 08:46 0.52 ft 09:25 0.08 ft 10:04 -0.23 ft 10:45 -0.37 ft 11:27 -0.33 ft 12:12 -0.11 ft 00:27 0.19 ft 01:18 0.62 ft 02:18 1.06 ft 03:27 1.38 ft 04:42 1.41 ft 05:55 1.15 ft 06:58 0.71 ft 07:52 0.25 ft 08:40 -0.12 ft 09:24 -0.32 ft 10:05 -0.35 ft 10:45 -0.20 ft 11:25 0.11 ft 12:05 0.52 ft 00:17 1.04 ft 00:59 1.59 ft 01:48 2.09 ft 02:45 2.46 ft 03:52 2.60 ft

High 11:01 7.25 ft 12:00 7.43 ft 12:52 7.78 ft 13:38 8.19 ft 14:20 8.61 ft 15:00 8.97 ft 15:39 9.22 ft 16:18 9.34 ft 16:58 9.30 ft 17:41 9.11 ft 18:27 8.78 ft 06:49 9.29 ft 07:43 8.86 ft 08:46 8.45 ft 09:56 8.20 ft 11:08 8.22 ft 12:15 8.46 ft 13:14 8.82 ft 14:06 9.15 ft 14:53 9.37 ft 15:36 9.44 ft 16:18 9.33 ft 16:58 9.05 ft 17:39 8.64 ft 18:20 8.15 ft 06:37 8.39 ft 07:22 7.85 ft 08:13 7.37 ft 09:13 7.04 ft 10:19 6.94 ft

Low High 17:20 23:44 2.06 ft 6.88 ft 18:17 1.77 ft 19:05 1.36 ft 19:47 0.91 ft 20:27 0.46 ft 21:04 0.09 ft 21:42 -0.19 ft 22:20 -0.33 ft 22:59 -0.32 ft 23:41 -0.14 ft

13:02 19:18 0.24 ft 8.38 ft 13:57 20:17 0.64 ft 7.98 ft 15:02 21:26 0.98 ft 7.74 ft 16:13 22:39 1.11 ft 7.77 ft 17:24 23:49 0.98 ft 8.09 ft 18:29 0.64 ft 19:25 0.23 ft 20:14 -0.12 ft 20:59 -0.33 ft 21:40 -0.37 ft 22:20 -0.23 ft 22:58 0.08 ft 23:37 0.52 ft

12:46 19:05 1.00 ft 7.62 ft 13:32 19:55 1.47 ft 7.14 ft 14:25 20:53 1.88 ft 6.80 ft 15:26 21:58 2.12 ft 6.69 ft 16:32 23:02 2.12 ft 6.86 ft

Great Low Tide Walking Beaches: • Playa Dominical • Playa Hermosa • Whales Tail/Playa Chaman • Playa Ballena • Playa Tortuga

Advanced Surf Beaches: • Playa Dominical • Playa Dominicalito • Playa Hermosa

Beginner Surf Beach: • Whales Tail/Playa Chaman • Playa Ballena

Caves: • Playa Ventanas • Playa Tortuga

New Moon

October 2017 Day


S 01 M 02 00:46 T 03 7.82 ft 01:29 W 04 8.44 ft 02:10 T 05 9.05 ft 02:49 F 06 9.59 ft 03:29 S 07 9.98 ft 04:10 S 08 10.18 ft 04:54 M 09 10.15 ft 05:40 T 10 9.88 ft W 11 T 12 F 13 S 14 S 15 M 16 00:34 T 17 8.63 ft 01:25 W 18 9.03 ft 02:10 T 19 9.34 ft 02:52 F 20 9.52 ft 03:31 S 21 9.55 ft 04:09 S 22 9.43 ft 04:46 M 23 9.17 ft 05:24 T 24 8.80 ft 06:03 W 25 8.35 ft T 26 F 27 S 28 S 29 M 30 T 31

Low 05:00 2.42 ft 06:00 1.99 ft 06:50 1.40 ft 07:35 0.76 ft 08:16 0.13 ft 08:57 -0.39 ft 09:38 -0.75 ft 10:21 -0.91 ft 11:05 -0.83 ft 11:52 -0.55 ft 00:10 0.05 ft 01:05 0.55 ft 02:07 1.05 ft 03:19 1.38 ft 04:35 1.41 ft 05:46 1.15 ft 06:47 0.75 ft 07:38 0.36 ft 08:23 0.05 ft 09:04 -0.14 ft 09:42 -0.18 ft 10:19 -0.09 ft 10:55 0.12 ft 11:33 0.45 ft 12:13 0.84 ft 00:27 1.64 ft 01:14 2.05 ft 02:08 2.36 ft 03:10 2.47 ft 04:16 2.31 ft 05:18 1.90 ft

High 11:22 7.12 ft 12:18 7.49 ft 13:06 7.98 ft 13:49 8.49 ft 14:31 8.95 ft 15:12 9.32 ft 15:53 9.53 ft 16:36 9.55 ft 17:21 9.39 ft 18:10 9.07 ft 06:30 9.42 ft 07:27 8.86 ft 08:32 8.34 ft 09:44 8.00 ft 10:56 7.96 ft 12:02 8.14 ft 12:59 8.44 ft 13:49 8.72 ft 14:34 8.92 ft 15:15 9.00 ft 15:55 8.95 ft 16:33 8.78 ft 17:12 8.50 ft 17:52 8.14 ft 18:34 7.74 ft 06:45 7.87 ft 07:34 7.41 ft 08:30 7.06 ft 09:33 6.90 ft 10:37 7.00 ft 11:36 7.32 ft

Low High 17:32 23:58 1.88 ft 7.27 ft 18:24 1.47 ft 19:09 0.98 ft 19:51 0.46 ft 20:31 -0.00 ft 21:11 -0.36 ft 21:52 -0.56 ft 22:35 -0.55 ft 23:21 -0.34 ft

November 2017 Day W 01 T 02 F 03 S 04 S 05 M 06 T 07 W 08 T 09

High 00:03 8.00 ft 00:49 8.63 ft 01:34 9.28 ft 02:17 9.85 ft 03:01 10.26 ft 03:46 10.45 ft 04:33 10.40 ft 05:22 10.09 ft 06:15 9.59 ft

F 10 12:44 19:03 -0.10 ft 8.64 ft

S 11

13:41 20:05 0.42 ft 8.23 ft

S 12

14:46 21:14 0.86 ft 7.97 ft

M 13

15:58 22:27 1.10 ft 7.98 ft

T 14

17:09 23:34 1.06 ft 8.24 ft

00:10 W 15 8.62 ft

18:12 0.84 ft

01:01 T 16 8.85 ft

19:06 0.56 ft

01:46 F 17 9.05 ft

19:54 0.31 ft

02:27 S 18 9.18 ft

20:36 0.16 ft

03:06 S 19 9.22 ft

21:15 0.14 ft

03:43 M 20 9.17 ft

21:53 0.24 ft

04:20 T 21 9.02 ft

22:30 0.47 ft

04:57 W 22 8.77 ft

23:07 0.80 ft

05:36 T 23 8.44 ft

23:46 1.21 ft

F 24 S 25

12:56 19:21 1.27 ft 7.36 ft

S 26

13:44 20:14 1.66 ft 7.07 ft

M 27

14:39 21:13 1.95 ft 6.97 ft

T 28

15:40 22:14 2.05 ft 7.10 ft

W 29

16:41 23:11 1.92 ft 7.46 ft

T 30

17:36 1.58 ft

Low 06:11 1.31 ft 07:00 0.63 ft 07:45 -0.03 ft 08:30 -0.60 ft 09:14 -1.00 ft 09:59 -1.18 ft 10:46 -1.11 ft 11:36 -0.82 ft 12:28 -0.35 ft 00:54 0.47 ft 01:57 0.95 ft 03:07 1.29 ft 04:20 1.38 ft 05:29 1.23 ft 06:28 0.96 ft 07:19 0.66 ft 08:03 0.41 ft 08:42 0.23 ft 09:19 0.13 ft 09:55 0.12 ft 10:31 0.22 ft 11:08 0.41 ft 11:46 0.69 ft 00:02 1.58 ft 00:47 1.85 ft 01:36 2.07 ft 02:31 2.16 ft 03:31 2.07 ft 04:32 1.77 ft 05:30 1.28 ft

High 12:28 7.80 ft 13:15 8.35 ft 14:00 8.89 ft 14:45 9.34 ft 15:30 9.65 ft 16:16 9.76 ft 17:04 9.68 ft 17:56 9.42 ft 18:51 9.05 ft 07:13 8.98 ft 08:17 8.40 ft 09:27 7.99 ft 10:37 7.82 ft 11:42 7.88 ft 12:39 8.05 ft 13:29 8.26 ft 14:13 8.44 ft 14:55 8.56 ft 15:33 8.61 ft 16:11 8.57 ft 16:49 8.45 ft 17:29 8.25 ft 18:09 8.01 ft 06:17 8.05 ft 07:02 7.66 ft 07:52 7.32 ft 08:48 7.10 ft 09:48 7.07 ft 10:49 7.27 ft 11:47 7.66 ft

Low High 18:26 1.11 ft 19:13 0.58 ft 19:58 0.07 ft 20:43 -0.34 ft 21:28 -0.57 ft 22:15 -0.60 ft 23:04 -0.40 ft 23:57 -0.02 ft

First Quarter


Full Moon

Last Quarter

December 2017 Day F 01 S 02 S 03 M 04 T 05 W 06 T 07 F 08

High 00:09 8.77 ft 00:59 9.36 ft 01:49 9.90 ft 02:38 10.31 ft 03:27 10.52 ft 04:17 10.50 ft 05:08 10.23 ft 06:01 9.77 ft

S 09 13:25 19:52 0.19 ft 8.67 ft

S 10

14:29 20:58 0.70 ft 8.39 ft

M 11

15:37 22:07 1.05 ft 8.30 ft

T 12

16:45 23:12 1.19 ft 8.40 ft

W 13

17:48 1.15 ft

T 14

18:42 1.03 ft

00:33 F 15 8.48 ft

19:30 0.89 ft

01:20 S 16 8.60 ft

20:12 0.80 ft

02:03 S 17 8.73 ft

20:51 0.75 ft

02:42 M 18 8.84 ft

21:28 0.78 ft

03:21 T 19 8.90 ft

22:05 0.88 ft

03:58 W 20 8.88 ft

22:43 1.06 ft

04:36 T 21 8.78 ft

23:21 1.30 ft

05:14 F 22 8.58 ft 05:53 S 23 8.31 ft

12:26 18:52 1.02 ft 7.76 ft

S 24

13:10 19:39 1.36 ft 7.56 ft

M 25

13:58 20:30 1.64 ft 7.46 ft

T 26

14:51 21:25 1.80 ft 7.53 ft

W 27

15:48 22:21 1.80 ft 7.79 ft

T 28

16:46 23:16 1.60 ft 8.22 ft

F 29

17:42 1.23 ft

S 30 00:30 S 31 9.18 ft

Low 06:24 0.67 ft 07:15 0.03 ft 08:04 -0.55 ft 08:53 -0.99 ft 09:41 -1.23 ft 10:31 -1.24 ft 11:21 -1.02 ft 12:13 -0.60 ft 00:41 0.26 ft 01:41 0.72 ft 02:46 1.12 ft 03:54 1.36 ft 05:01 1.41 ft 06:02 1.29 ft 06:54 1.09 ft 07:40 0.86 ft 08:20 0.64 ft 08:58 0.45 ft 09:34 0.32 ft 10:11 0.27 ft 10:47 0.32 ft 11:23 0.46 ft 12:01 0.68 ft 00:22 1.42 ft 01:06 1.56 ft 01:55 1.65 ft 02:49 1.66 ft 03:48 1.53 ft 04:49 1.23 ft 05:50 0.77 ft 06:48 0.21 ft

High 12:40 8.17 ft 13:31 8.73 ft 14:21 9.26 ft 15:10 9.67 ft 15:59 9.91 ft 16:50 9.95 ft 17:42 9.81 ft 18:37 9.52 ft 06:57 9.18 ft 07:57 8.57 ft 09:02 8.04 ft 10:08 7.69 ft 11:13 7.56 ft 12:13 7.59 ft 13:05 7.74 ft 13:52 7.93 ft 14:34 8.13 ft 15:14 8.30 ft 15:52 8.42 ft 16:30 8.47 ft 17:07 8.45 ft 17:45 8.36 ft 18:24 8.24 ft 06:34 8.00 ft 07:18 7.69 ft 08:07 7.43 ft 09:03 7.27 ft 10:04 7.29 ft 11:07 7.51 ft 12:08 7.93 ft 13:06 8.48 ft

Low High 18:36 0.76 ft 19:28 0.26 ft 20:18 -0.17 ft 21:08 -0.46 ft 21:59 -0.56 ft 22:51 -0.46 ft 23:45 -0.16 ft

13:08 19:35 -0.07 ft 9.15 ft 14:06 20:35 0.49 ft 8.79 ft 15:08 21:38 0.99 ft 8.52 ft 16:12 22:41 1.34 ft 8.40 ft 17:15 23:40 1.52 ft 8.40 ft 18:12 1.56 ft 19:03 1.51 ft 19:47 1.40 ft 20:28 1.29 ft 21:07 1.18 ft 21:45 1.12 ft 22:23 1.11 ft 23:01 1.17 ft 23:41 1.28 ft

12:40 19:05 0.93 ft 8.12 ft 13:22 19:50 1.18 ft 8.03 ft 14:09 20:39 1.39 ft 8.01 ft 15:02 21:34 1.50 ft 8.11 ft 16:00 22:32 1.47 ft 8.34 ft 17:02 23:32 1.28 ft 8.71 ft 18:03 0.93 ft 19:03 0.53 ft


JULY Tuesday 4th

Saturday 22nd

Starts at 9am

Sunday 6th

Help the community stay clean! More info at @Asociación Programas Sociales de Dominical Additional dates: • Saturday August 19th • Saturday September 23th • Saturday October 19th • Saturday December 16th

Fri. 21st, Sat. 22nd & Sun. 23rd

Hosted by Vida Autentica Feria Tinamastes Sunday 15th

Mother’s Day

National Circuit

To all the beautiful and hard-working moms out there, this day is for you! Relax and enjoy your day surrounded by people who love you.

Playa Hermosa, Jacó

Friday 25th Sunday 16th


Dia De La Virgen Del Mar

Wednesday 2nd

Friday 21st

The Day of the Blessed Virgin of Los Angeles

Evento UCR

(Universidad de Costa Rica)

Saturday 5th-Sunday 6th

Marino Pez Vela Concert with Big Band Fun starts at 6pm

Charity Golf Tournament @San Buenas Golf Resort (506) 2876-5553 Can’t make that date? Fun Golf Tournaments, with prizes and food, first friday of every month T-Off @10:00 am

Wednesday 30th

San Ramon Day Tuesday 25th

Annexation of Guanacaste Day

Beach Volleyball Championship Marina Pez Vela

A day of street fairs, parade, and religious processions in the town of San Ramon, Alajuela to honor their patron saint.

July - December.2017 SEPTEMBER

Thursday 12th

Friday 15th

Carnival of Limon “Columbus Day” Come join the fun of Costa Rica’s

Independence Day Costa Rica gained Independence from Spain in 1821. Sunday 15th - Wednesday 18th and Monday 23rd - Tuesday 24th and Monday 30th - Wednesday October 1st

Whale and Dolphin Festival Parque Nacional Marino Ballena The arrival of humpback whales that come to give birth in the Costa Rican waters is the festival’s main attraction.

smaller version of Mardi gras

Monday 30th


NOVEMBER Thursday 2nd

All Souls Day Similar to Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” Costa Rican’s dedicate today to the faithful departed.

DECEMBER Saturday 9th

Bright Lights Boat Parade Marina Pez Vela Boat Parade, concert, & fireworks!



The Devil’s Dance (Juego de los Diablitos) The Boruca people are very proud to have survived the struggles between the native tribes and Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s with their village and sense of identity intact. While many indigenous tribes consider themselves to have been defeated by the Spanish, Boruca demonstrates daily that the culture is still alive today. And every year the “Dance of the Diablitos” is held and renacts the battle between the Spanish and native tribes. Hundreds of visitors from around the globe make their way to the remote village to participate. Lodging in local homesteads is available as accommodations. For more information visit:

Sunday 31st

Monday 9th Monday 25th

San Isidro Anniversary

Saturday 30thTuesday January 2nd


New Years Eve “What’s past is prologue.” - William Shakespeare


Local Phone Numbers

84 Accommodations Hacienda AltaGracia

Luxury Resort

Santa Teresa PZ


Marina Pez Vela Villas

Beach Vacation Villas


Marina Pez Vela


Costa Paraiso

Boutique Hotel


2 km South of Dominical

2787-0025 / 2787-0340

Cheeky Monkey Cabinas

Affordable Studio Apartment


400 mtrs East of BCR


Vista Ballena

Boutique Hotel


Jardines del Morete


Flutterby House

Hostel, Restaurant & Bar



El Castillo

Luxury Boutique Hotel


Calle Perezoso

2786-5543 / 8692-3861

The Alma Hotel



Calle Perezoso 2 km from Hwy North


The Lookout Hotel



200 mtrs East of La Costa Hardware Store 2786-5074

Dog Kennel


Peresozo Road

2786-5573 / 8430-7401

Animal Care Pet Lodge Construction Rancho La Merced Services

Heavy Machine Equipment/Sawmill San Josecito

Rancho La Merced



Lumber Store

San Isidro

2770-4147 / 2771-9602

Carlos Mata

Architecture & Construction



Coto Company

Engineer & Construction


2743-8550 / 8872-9766

Vidrios La Costa

Stained Glass & Special Works



Ballena Homes

Real Estate & Construction


Plaza Maleku



Synthetic Palm Roofing


200 meters South of Hotel Villas Gaia


Advanced Dentisty



Kabe Academy

Private School


Uvita Day Care

Private Day Care


Plaza del Pacífico (Cake Building)

8393-9666 / 2743-8125

Painted Lizard Music Studio

Music Studio & Lessons


Calle Papagayo /

8312-4807 / 8966-7070

La Lomita Mulch

Gardening Supply

San Josecito

Rancho La Merced

8822-9205 / 8840-3829

Viveros la Bonita #6

Landscape & Plant Nursery


In front of Plaza Maleku


Golf Resort

San Buenas


Hardware Store


150 meters South West from The Dome

2743-8929 / 2743-8241

Furniture Store & Home Design


Around the corner from BCR


CR Trópico

Law & Accounting Services

Barú (& PZ)

By the Airplane Restaurant

2787-0500 / 2787-0300

Pacific Coast Law

Notary & Attorney at Law


1 km south of Plaza Pacifica


Randall Sanchez & Associates

Attorney at Law


Plaza del Pacifico (Cake Building)


Ballena Legal Team

Lawyer & Notary


Plaza Maleku

4701-9776 / 8721-2291

Marina & Restaurants



Alegria Soul Spa

Massage Services


Pueblo Del Rio, next to Café Mono Congo 2787 0210


Hair Salon, Nails, Facial Waxing


Pueblo Del Rio, next to Mama Toucans

8443-0246/ 8422-8469

Farmacia Alfaro - Ibarra



At the Dome Shopping Center


Feeling Good Spa

Massage & Spa Services

Uvita (& Palmar) 25 meters East of BCR

2743-8489 / 8312-5208


Hair Salon


The Dome Plaza

8778-8484 / 8464-4310

Pool Supplies & Construction


Next to Doña Maria

2743-8206 / 8308-9531

Costa Pacífica LIVING

Marketing & Advertising Services



Untethered Media

Website Design & Marketing




Vacation Rental Marketing



Dentist Mora & Valdez Education


Golf San Buenas Golf Resort Hardware Store Iguana Verde Ferreteria Home Decor Royal Palm Legal Services

Marina Marina Pez Vela Personal Care

Pools Pacific Pools Marketing Services

Local Phone Numbers


Real Estate Coldwell Banker Manuel Antonio Real Estate

Manuel Antonio

Below Restaurant Agua Azul

2774-0075 / 8708-0368

Coldwell Banker Vesta Group


1km south of Dominical Bridge

2787-0223 / 2787-0220

Janet Chantry Blue Zone Realty Real Estate


Plaza de Perla del Pacifico


Rancho Alegre Properties

Residential Development


200 meters East of BCR


Costa Rica Pacific Real Estate

Real Estate


Entrance to Playa Ballena


Ballena Views

Real Estate Development


Plaza Maleku


Century 21 Ballena Properties

Real Estate


Plaza Maleku


Café Mono Congo

Coffee & To Go Orders


Pueblo Del Rio

8384-2915 / 8485-5523

Del Mar Taco Shop

Burrito & BBQ Pit


50 meters South go the Police Station


Jolly Rogers

Bar, Wings & Burgers


1.7 km up the Escaleras road


La Parcela

Seaside Seafood Dining


KM147, Dominicalito Bay

2787-0016 / 2787-0241

Phat Noodle

Asian & Street Food


Next to Green Leaf Realty



Tasty Treats & Funky Beats


Rocas de Amancio Road

2787-0025 / 2787 0340

Sushi Dominical

Fresh Sushi


Pueblo Del Rio


House of Ginger

American Chinese & Take Out


200 meters South of Cabinas Gato



Urban Cafeteria


In front of BM/BCR


The Dome Drive Thru

American Food & Take Out


The Dome Plaza, across from Firestone



Fine Dining


Located at El Castillo

2786-5543 / 8692-3861


Fine Dining & Catering


Plaza Tangara



Fine Dining


Located 1 km on the main road


Pancito Cafe

Bakery & Pastry Shop


Entrance of Ojochal


Restaurante Terraba

Tico Fusion Restaurant


3 km South Ojochal Entrance



Mediterrianean Lounge


Before Supermarket Jucaloa


The Bamboo Room

Jungle Resto-Bar & Live Music


Calle Perezoso



Asian Lounge & Take-out


Next to Citrus Restaurant



Uvita (& Jaco)

2743-8138 / 2643-2552

Tico Roots Souvenir Shop

Costa Rican Souvenirs


Pueblo Del Rio


Boruca Gallery Gift Shop

Authentic Souvenirs


Located at Pacific Edge Cabinas


Uvita Discount Liquor

Liquor Store


Next to Uvita Gas Station


Hacienda Baru

Birdwatching, Eco-Tram & Zipline


3.5 km North of Dominical


Costa Rica Dive’n’Surf

Scuba, Surf, Snorkel & SUP


Centro Dominical, Main Road (&Uvita-Bahía) 2787-0362 / 8319-5392

Costa Rica Surf Camp

Surfing & Surf Shop


Beach front next to El Coco

Pineapple Tours

Kayak, SUP & Surf Tours


Dominical South, near El Coco Restaurant 8873-3283 / 8362-7655

Las Rocas Marea Alta

Custom Boat Tours/Sport-fishing


Las Rocas

8606-5118 / 2787-0480

Unique Rafting Tours

Ocean & Jungle Journeys



Rancho La Merced

Horseback Riding Tours

San Josecito

KM 159, off of Costanera Hwy

2743-8032 / 8861-5147

CV Surf

Surfing & Surf Shop



Uvita Information Center

Travel Agent & Info Desk



Uvita Travel & Tours

Unique & Hard to Find Tours



Uvita 360

Water Tours



Ojochal Tourist Information

Travel Agent & Info Desk


Plaza Maleku, off of Costanera


La Perla Del Sur

Mangrove & Corcovado Day Trips


At end of the main road in Sierpe

2788-1082 / 2788-1129

San Vito

8517-5094 /8602-9270

Real Estate


Security STS Security Shopping


Las Dueñas Café de Costa Rica Coffee Tours


Transportation Allan's Private Shuttle

Private Shuttle Service


National Transportation


Marcus Rojas Gamboa

Transporte de Carga


Freight transport & taxi

8749-1154 / 7261-4712

Vehicle Repair/Maintenance


In front of the Dome Plaza


Vehicle Care & Rental Centro Llantero del Sur


Mountain Lodge Hotel

21 Hectare Development Opportunity

9 Acres/19 Acres


51 Acres

New Home Dominical! Home

Home 970 sq. ft. / Lot 214 m2

Rivas Pérez Zeledón $1,600,000 / $3,000,000

Playa Dominical, Puntarenas

Birding lodge w/ 25 years of operation. 19 rooms, restaurant on site, pool, groomed trails, river access. Mount Chirripo & forest views.

Large finca overlooking Dominical & Rio Baru. Multiple cleared building sites w/ Primary Jungle. YOU can subdivide! Entrance just past Villa Rio Mar.

2 bedroom new construction 15 min walk to Dominical beach. Just past Villas Rio Mar off the river road. Titled lot. OWC w/50% Down.

CR (506) 8315-5870

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Dominical, Puntarenas




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Dominical, Puntarenas


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Dominical, Puntarenas


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3BR/3BTH 3500 sq. ft home on 7.46 Acres Features fruit orchard & gorgeous views in safe quiet community.

4 bed/3.5 bath home w/ beautiful ocean & jungle views + privacy. ~ 5 min. from Dominical 2wd paved road w/ Toyota RAV4. Rental potential.

Buy 6 or 12 Acres Adjacent to Natural Preserve 3 Waterfalls + River Frontage + Serene Security YouTube Link

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Amazing View of the Whales Tail

Successful 5 Bungalow Hotel Property


2.5 Acres





1,804 sq mtrs $650,000

Tropical Modern Ocean View Home Single Family Home

Land w/ Home 4,100 m2

San Josecito


Tankless hot water, furnished, car, generator garage, bodega, master w/Jacuzzi & 2 showers. Nice gardens, concrete driveway, IT & Cable.

Turnkey business open since 2011 w/strong ROI, walking distance to Whale’s Tail, 9 Bdrms / 10 Bath, swimming pool, excellently maintained.

Home 1,700 sq.ft. w/ 2 Bed/2.5 Bath completed in June 2016. Infinity pool, room to expand, 400 meters to community river.

CR (506) 8312-6480 • US (404) 461-9506

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