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With the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Central Pacific county of Garabito is the first in Costa Rica to implement a public policy on controlling and monitoring plastics on its beaches, said the international agency yesterday. The beaches of Jacó, Hermosa, Herradura, Tárcoles and Guacalillo will be jointly monitored by surfers and the municipal government to fight against plastic pollution.
Plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, and plastic containers are a few examples of the endless waste stream clogging the earth’s waterways and endangering marine life. The Central Pacific coast’s community strategy promotes the substitution of these plastics with renewable materials and marine composites that biodegrade within six months even in the marine environment.
The Coastal Surfing Association (ACOS, its initials in Spanish), a non-profit community group located next to the Municipality of Garabito, will lead the effort which launched last Saturday, June 24 at Playa Jacó. The initiative is part of the newly inaugurated national strategy to replace single-use or disposable plastics with renewable and compostable alternatives. Alice Shackelford, UNDP representative in Costa Rica, said Garabito provides an example of civil society and local authorities joining together for environmental protection. “We need more social, economic and government actors to make alliances and take action to replace single use plastic. This monitoring work is essential to make the beach pollution situation visible and to measure the impacts of the strategy we are promoting. This is a clear example of how all people and institutions can work together to turn Costa Rica into a plastic free zone. ”
Fernando Mora, Deputy Minister of Water and Seas at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, stated that “Solid waste is a threat to the development of societies, the lack of adequate disposal of these and their integral management have endangered our aquatic resources. The national strategy aims to motivate consumers … we dream of products that are more sustainable and friendly with the environment.” Víctor Arce, President of the Coastal Surfing Association (ACOS) stressed that the association has a strong commitment to protecting the environment, so that together with the municipality they will carry out monthly monitoring on beaches as part of a pilot program to measure the impact of reducing plastics.
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Costa Rica has long been linked to living a healthier lifestyle, whether it is a short vacation or more retirement, foreigners are flocking to Costa Rica for all of its benefits that help provide not just a healthier alternative but better well being.
Let's face it, most of us are a mess and need either a little unplugging or a quick reset. Becoming more popular in Costa Rica are wellness retreat centers catering to these travelers and retirees where they can receive cleanses, detox, weight loss and a number of other options to help clear your mind and body in a truly healing environment. Eden Retreat Center covers all of that and more with a broad team of professionals. Eden Retreat Center is a truly integrative medical retreat center that offers a wide variety of therapies including yoga, qi gong, meditation, massage, local organic meals, spa treatments, eastern and western medical treatments, and so much more.
Nestled in the mountains next to Carara National park, just outside of Jaco Beach, Eden features stunning ocean and jungle views. Their spring is sourced from these mountains providing us with pristine drinking water. Located only 15 minutes to the world class surf beach of Jaco and 50 minutes to San Jose International Airport.
Jaco is undergoing a transformation which is improving the quality of life for all in the area. The multi million dollar marina los Suenos, a world class international school, Conde Nast top 10 most romantic hotel Villa Calletas, a brand new state of the art commercial center Jaco Walk, and Croc's hotel and casino are just some of the developments in the area that are revitalizing Jaco into a highly desirable place to call home. Once you have had your fill of city life you can retreat to the hills at Eden and enjoy a healthy lifestyle paired with an authentic Costa Rican experience by visiting the charming mountain towns here in this region. Eden is perfectly situated to strike that balance between authentic Costa Rica combined with all the modern conveniences.
Let's face it, pretty much everyone loves Costa Rica, and no doubt we see travelers from all over the world, but if there is one area that best suited for Costa Rica, I think Texas might be on the top of the list. The reason more than any thing is convenience. Yes, Florida is actually a closer flight, and Costa Rica has seen travelers from Florida for many years now, but thanks to low and competitive fares offered by Southwest Airlines, who last year began flying direct from Houston, Texas might have jumped up to the #1 targeted tourist market. With the short travel time, and now the addition of lower priced flights it is reasonable to see a group come down for a long weekend in Costa Rica for some sport fishing, surfing or just to make a quick relaxing get away. In the past year round trip flights from Houston to Costa Rica have been as low as $280! For those in other parts of the US and Canada, it can be harder to schedule and get away with the longer travel time. I should know, coming from Washington State, I'm more hesitant to schedule trips home or struggle to get friends to make the long and more expensive trip, but getting to and from Houston is a breeze, and we are definitely seeing the difference with many more repeat and spontaneous travelers. No doubt that is leading to an increase in Texans purcashing property in Costa Rica as well. And cmon, why wouldn't you visit Costa Rica if you were that close? Pristine beaches, great food, friendly people, lush tropical vegetation, amazing surfing and fishing, seems like a no brainer to me. So cmon Texans, what are you waiting for? If you need help planning a trip and discovering Costa Rica let me know and I’ll be happy to guide you more.
Jaco's Art Movement Needs YOUR SUPPORT
Recently we talked about Jaco's new art movement. We are excited about the art and music scene emerging in the Jaco community, but in order for us to continue and step it up further we need the support of the entire community. If you OWN PROPERTY IN JACO THEN YOU ARE PART OF THE COMMUNITY and we can use your support. Good news is there is a way you can show your support without donating a dime! If you own property in Jaco, we are asking for owners to donate 1 week of their property sometime during the year so we can offer free accommodations to musicians, performers, artists and publicists to help our movement. Want to give us a week in January? Great! Want to give us a week in October? We'll take it. We are open to all options and will work with what we have. We are working on some fundraising as well, but for now free accommodations is an excellent start in helping us attract some talent to Jaco. INTERESTED IN HELPING? CONTACT David Karr US LINE 509.855.7457 Costa Rica 8718.7216 or email here
Slightly Stoopid, the Reggae Rock group from Ocean Beach/San Diego along with International Artists Thievery Corporation return to the resort city of Jaco, Costa Rica to headline the Seventh Annual Jungle Jam March 9-12, 2017. Featuring four days of continuous music and activities, this year's line-up also includes Stick Figure, Twiddle, Fortunate Youth, Hirie, Mike Love, Rob Garza (DJ set,) Congo Sanchez, Organically Good Trio, Sonombulo, Santos Y Zurdo. Matt Carey, and Selecta Coco.
From daytime beachfront venue performances to late night shows, music will fill the town beginning on Thursday March 9, as the festival kicks off with an intimate artist showcase and traditional Costa Rican barbeque for VIP ticket holders. Main-stage performances run Friday, Saturdayand Sunday.
The one-of-a-kind music and camping festival is set to take place in the heart of downtown Jaco, the popular Costa Rican surf town. "Jungle Jam has a lot more going for it than your everyday music festival," said festival producer Eric Freitas. "Picture gorgeous sun-drenched beaches, stunning sunrises and sunsets. Add in lush jungles filled with a colorful variety of wildlife, from capuchin monkeys to scarlet macaws. Jungle Jam operates on the guiding principles of 'Pura Vida,' that life is damn good, so let's get out there and enjoy all that it has to offer!"
Each day at Jungle Jam starts with live music yoga on the beach. Then, attendees are encouraged to engage in one of the spectacular eco tours, sport adventures and excursions available, from zip line adventures across the rain forest to a boat cruises to see crocodiles. Attendees can take surfing lessons or a trip to Manuel Antonio National Park. There is simply no better way to experience Costa Rica up close, often with the festival performers right next to you.
Early bird tickets are sale now through December 21 with weekend passes starting at just $150 and includes weekend entry to the festival grounds and general camping. VIP packages start at just $300 and includes exclusive access to select after-hours concerts and other special events along with a variety of perks. Lodging, ground transportation, and meals can all be added on to all VIP packages.
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Many in the Jaco Beach community have made a concentrated effort the past couple years to help bring more art to the area. Since Jaco at its core is a small surfing town it appears a little local street art is fitting in perfectly and is starting to give Jaco a more inviting and hip look that the local community is welcoming and embracing. Much of this is lead by Artify Jaco, a group helping to beautify Jaco through artistic murals, street art & installations, festivals, and music. Earlier this year saw the addition of painted wings on buildings throughout Jaco, where visitors can grab a fun photo posing as if they had wings. And it doesn't stop there; many local restaurants and bars are beginning to follow making more of a focus on the arts. One restaurant, the Green Room, features live music every night of the week. This has really created a culture of live music here, that is spreading throughout the town. And has created a collaborative vibe amongst the musicians which continues to grow the music scene! The Tico Pod Art House has been one of the biggest supporters and helped bring many of these artists to Jaco. Tico Pod continues to offer weekly painting classes and various workshops throughout the year.
It is exciting to see the energy and vibrancy coming to the area and encourage you to enjoy some of this excellent local art. And if you are looking to take a little piece home with you we encourage you to check out the Tico Pod Art House, where you can find the best local art in Jaco.
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Jaco vacation rentals over Christmas break can be very difficult to find if you don't book well in advance. Chances are that if you don't have a reservation booked for those dates by now you'll be hard pressed to find one. Christmas week in Costa Rica is a time when many Costa Rica families travel to the beaches, making it one of the busiest times of the year in Jaco. Jaco Beach hotels and condos are usually booked to full capacity for that week, specifically the tail end of that week with New Years being the most prime. Jaco Beach features a very popular and exciting New Years celebration on the beach, with many developments and hotels each featuring their own firework display. If you are traveling during those dates here are some additional tips to consider.
Dont Wait to rent a Car
Jaco hotels and condos are full that week, also full with reservations are the car rental agencies. With so many people traveling during this busy week it is not uncommon for the car agencies to not have any car rentals available, so definitely be sure to reserve well in advance.
Be Aware of Traffic and Reroutes
Getting to and from Jaco during Christmas week can be a nightmare. Traffic on certain days can turn a 90 minute ride from the airport into nearly 4 hours! There are often closed lanes and rerouting as well, so it is important you plan ahead, learn about any traffic advisories and adapt accordingly.
Plan For busy restaurants
In the San Jose area, many stores and restaurants will be closed during the holidays, but at the beach its just the opposite with almost everything being open those days. Restaurants though will be busy, and if you have a large group it's a good idea to make reservations before going out.
Stockpile some cash
Credit cards and debit cards are pretty much accepted throughout Costa Rica, but if you like to use cash go ahead and get that before you come down. Banks have erratic hours and long lines during that week, its easier just to bring cash down with you. You can see more travel tips on cash and currency here.
Have some Patience and Enjoy the Pura Vida
Like we say, Christmas week is a busy time of year in Costa Rica, but it is also one of the best times to visit. The weather is beautiful, and while it is busy, it is fun to see so many families out. Remember just to be a bit patient and take some satisfaction in knowing that while your friends back home might be stuck in the cold and snow you are wearing flip-flops at the beach in Costa Rica!
Halloween in Jaco is definitely one of the best times to go out. While there are a number of places that have Jaco Halloween parties and events there are really two that standout as the most popular. For children and families, the Los Suenos Resort features a fun and safe trick or treat trail where kids can get a good experience of the American trick or treating tradition.
For adults, the party gets bit wilder at night with the most popular local spot being the Backyard Bar in Hermosa. Expect to see everyone there in costume, Backyard always features a solid prize but more than anything bragging rights for Jaco's best costume.
The Central Pacific region of Costa Rica is one of the most visited and popular areas in Costa Rica, but unfortunately many people fail to explore areas other than Jaco Beach and the Los Suenos Resort. While Jaco is clearly the hub of the Central Pacific and the primary focus of the regions marketing, there are some areas in the Central Pacific off the beaten path that remain somewhat undiscovered.
One of those areas is Esterillos. Esterillos is a quick 20 minute drive south of Jaco and features some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Its lighter, soft sands and long beach lines are often deserted, providing the feeling that travelers are left to themselves on their own private beach.
With no large resorts, no paved roads, and no big anchor hotels, the area provides more of the traditional Costa Rica village vibe that many travelers still seek. Esterillos beach is divided into three areas, Esterillos Oeste (West), Esterillos Centro (Center) and Esterillos Este (East), followed by neighboring Bejuco, a very small beach village that often is included when speaking of Esterillos. Each area has a little different feel.
Fishing & surfing
While there is no shortage of fishing and surfing in the Central Pacific, Esterillos is no exception. Consistent waves and less crowded beaches make it a favorite spot for diehard surfers, in fact the The World Surf League (WSL), the sport’s international sanctioning body, will hold the Costa Rica Pro men’s and women’s qualifying series event from Oct. 5-9 at Esterillos Este.
Fishermen also love Esterillos for the in-shore fishing that is available. Panga boats and crew are available at a fraction of the cost of the charters out of the Los Suenos marina. Red snapper, snook, sea bass, mackerel, tuna, and barracuda are all commonly caught. Happy fishermen often take their caught fish to one of the local restaurants where they are happy to prepare and cook for them.
Other activities in Esterillos
With its long stretches of beach, the area is also very popular for horseback rides along the beach, while the mountains to the East make for some excellent hiking, biking and ATV trails. Esterillos is still plenty close to all of the local tour activities. Canopy tours, monkey tours, waterfall rappelling, rafting are all nearby.
Food in Esterillos
And let’s not forget that any hidden gem can't truly be a gem without having some great local food. One of my favorite restaurants in the area is located Esterillos Oeste. Los Almendros features an authentic Costa Rican Caribbean cuisine and fresh local seafood. Truthfully I love everything on the menu, but their Carribbean stew chicken and spicy plantains are probably my top recommendations.
Head a little farther south to Esterillos Este and you'll find a couple more great restaurants right on the beach. The Pavillion, located in the Alma de Pacifico Hotel is a beautiful beachfront setting with excellent food, while the neighboring Pelicano is great for dining or grabbing a couple beers and watching the sunset right on the sand. The new Esterillos Town Center also features some great new restaurants that visitors should check out.
Living in Esterillos
The area continues to be an excellent option for retirees and snowbirds seeking a second home. Properties and land are much more inexpensive than the more populated areas of Jaco and Hermosa. One of my favorite communities is this one here which features single family homes in a gated community just a short walk to one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. These furnished beach homes start as low as $230,000 and are hands down one of the best values in the area.
Are you convinced yet? Spend a little time in Esterillos and I'll think you'll agree that it is truly a hidden gem. If you are ready to explore a bit more Contact David
By David Karr, your Jaco Beach, Los Suenos Resort and Esterillos real estate specialist. Originally from Washington State, David Karr has been living and working Costa Rica real estate in Jaco Beach since 2006.
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