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Good Food for Cheap in Jaco Jun 17

tipico-jaco-sodaThis is the first post of a long overdue promise of providing useful information about Jaco and the surrounding surf towns while you are here. We will begin to inform you about free internet cafes in Jaco, best places to eat in Jaco, best hotels in Jaco, and other information that you need while you are here in town.

Tipico Jaco, also known as “El Chocoaco”, is starting to be the buzz around Jaco. It is your own personal buffet. The restaurant is a nice set up outside and all open with nicely designed wooden tables. more…

Calypso Cruise Tortuga Island Boat Landing May 18

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Here is a virtual tour of the beach landing on Tortuga Island. The previous virtual tour was taken on the beach, this tour is from the perspective of the boat deck. Again, please be patient with the loading of the tours as I am still trying to find out the best way to tweak the code of this WordPress theme to show the QTVR movies the best way for all concerned. Yeah I know there is a small overlap of the stitched images that warps the tour in one spot. I took these virtual tours while I was how should we say? Feeling pura vida…
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CBI/Doce Lunas Promotions Saves Alpha Blondy Costa Rican Concert May 06

When Alpha Blondy left the Doce Lunas SoundStage, packed up their amps, put the mics in their Pelican cases, and bid farewell to their hosts here in Jaco Costa Rica the behind the scenes drama begins to unfold. Here we obtained a press release which is posted in full without edits:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WORLD REGGAE CONCERT NEWS

OH THE IRONY! WAR OVER U.N. PEACE AMBASSADOR AND REGGAE SUPERSTAR ALPHA BLONDY

ALPHA BLONDY RIOT IN CARTAGO, COSTA RICA

700 concertgoers took to the streets in Cartago Costa Rica throwing rocks and bottles at Picacho’s Paradise and breaking windows last Friday April 31st. American Promoter Chris Diforte was jailed and is now released but barred from leaving the country pending the clearing of his substantial debts and further investigation of allegations of fraud. Picacho’s has filed a lawsuit against Todoticketcr.com for their failure to pay the promoter money due on the self-fulfilling prophecy that he will not pay his bills. DoceLunas is also filing suit against Todoticketcr for failure to pay monies due and repeated breach of contract.

CBI/DOCELUNAS SAVES THE TOUR: ALPHA BLONDY RUNS FULL 90 MINUTES THROUGH HEAVY RAIN STORM ON THE FOUR STAR HOTEL’S COVERED OUTDOOR STAGE 

Having heard from the radio rather than the “man” himself, that American promoter Chris Diforte had moved the show from their venue under rental to Dominical six hours from any major population center one week from the scheduled DoceLunas appearances May 1 and 2, the DoceLunas promoter CBI scrambled to to save the show. CBI made contact with some music industry heavyweights in the US, to help smooth over fears and concerns created by the unexpected changes. more…

Big Concert Weekend here in Jaco May 02

alpha-blondy-costa-rica-doce-lunasTonight we have Alpha Blondy playing live at Doce Lunas here in Jaco, Costa Rica. Many fans who love Bob Marley feel Alpha Blondy is the closest living performer who provides excellent music, vocals, and his message via lyrics is genuine. How Doce Lunas lined up such a top performer remains a secret but this hidden hotel located in Quebrada Seco is by far responsible for most cultural and musical events of any significance.

Alpha Blondy is scheduled to play tonight and tomorrow night at Doce Lunas. For posterity and google, the Alpha Blondy concert dates are May 2 and May 3, 2009 in Jaco Costa Rica at Doce Lunas

Tomorrow night here in Jaco Ray Ruiz will be playing at a local Cuban nightclub called Congas. This new live music scene is in the old Fusion nightclub. All of us here in Jaco cannot help ourselves when people ask for directions. Take a left where Fusion used to be…. When will Jaco or any of us start to say, “When you get to Congas turn left” “Uh, okay but where is Congas?” “Where Fusion used to be” “Cool; now I got it…” It seems nobody who has moved into that place cannot wipeout the forsaken nightclub name from local memory. Anyhow, I have no idea who this Ray Ruiz singer is but he is supposed to be very good. Sorry I am negative in the Cultural IQ tonight. If you try to say Ray Ruiz with the proper Spanish accent, make sure Spanish was your first tongue so you do not embarrass the expats here in Jaco, it is a real twister hearing the Cubans say it. more…

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Costa Rica Ranks Top 5 Cleanest Country in the World Apr 28

costa-rica-rainforest1Surfers and surf vacation fanatics can be proud that Costa Rica now ranks as one of the top 5 places in the world for being the cleanest country. Below is an article about the findings of a recently published study by Yale and Columbia.

The Universities of Yale and Columbia have published their collaborative study called 2008 Environmental Performance Index (EPI.) The study uses over 40 metrics which are collected from each country and then compiled to produce comparative results for ranking purposes. Costa Rica ranked for the first time in this study in the top of all countries in the world. To give this perspective here are the top five in order of performance: Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Costa Rica. The USA ranked 39, Mexico 47, and China 105

Some east metrics for industrialized countries to achieve high numbers on are the water quality or water stress metrics. Given that most industrial nations have infrastructure to support itself, the ability to provide clean drinking more…

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