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2021
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PUMAS &
CHIRINCOCOS
25 ACRE FARM WITH INCREDIBLE
VIEWS OF THE PACIFIC
AND CHIRRIPO
$350,000 US
ID 07900930
TROPICAL RAINFOREST LAND
FOR SALE WITH STUNNING VIEWS
OF THE GOLFO DULCE
$300,000 US
ID 079-00631
LUXURY, OCEANVIEW HOME
OVERLOOKING PLAYA BALLENA
$825,000
ID 07900883
LARGE OCEAN  MOUNTAIN VIEW
LOT PHASE 5 OJOCHAL
$120,000US
ID 07900959
AWARD WINNING
BEACH FRONT HOME
GOLFO DULCE
$1,600,000 US
ID 07900794
ROOFTOP TERRACE HOUSE
NEAR OJOCHAL CASCADA
$275,000US
ID 07900556
FAMILY HOME IN
PÉREZ ZELEDÓN
$300,000 US
ID 079-00794
ONE OF KIND! OCEAN FRONT
B&B AND HOTEL
PLAYA COLONIAL
$669,000US
ID 079-00667
CASA MARAVILLA
MODERN EUROPEAN STYLE LIVING
OJOCHAL
$699,000US
ID 07900988
LARGE LOT WMOUNTAIN VIEW
READY TO BUILD
LEGAL WATER PHASE 11
$95,000US
ID 07900723
GORGEOUS 3 BEDROOM HOME
AMAZING LOCATION IN OJOCHAL
WITH EXTRA LARGE BUILDING SITE
$499,000US
ID 07900952
UNIQUE LUXURY HOME WITH THE BEST
OCEAN AND TERRABA RIVER VIEWS
YOU CAN FIND ON THE BALLENA COAST
$2,800,000 US
ID 07900913
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CUSTOM HOME CONSTRUCTION
LODGING
1. Hacienda Barú
2. Hotel Cuna del Angel
RESTAURANTS
3. SIBU Coffee Shop & Restaurant
4. Hacienda Barú
5. Tasty
6. Cuna del Angel
7. Scala
ACTIVITIES
8. Nauyaca Waterfall Nature Park
9. Reptilandia
10. Hacienda Barú
11. Hacienda Ebano
SERVICES
12. AAA Accounting
13. House of the Artist
14. Feria Orgánica Tinamaste
15. Camino Real Eco Feria
16. Pacic Coast Law
LODGING
50. Tangara Azul Boutique Hotel
51. Hotel Diquis del Sur
52. Three Sixty Boutique Hotel
53. Hotel Alma de Ojochal
RESTAURANTS
54. Sud
55. Pancito Café
56. Citrus Restaurant & Wine Bar
57. Castillo´s Kitchen
ACTIVITIES
58. Reserva Tortuga
59. Lalo Tours Horseback Riding
SERVICES
60. Ballena Legal Team
61. Centro de Pinturas Ojochal
62. Plaza Ventanas
63. Century 21 & Ballena Properties
64. Ballena Homes
65. Remax / We Sell Paradise
66. Farmacia & Macrobiotics Ibarra
67. Osa Tropical Properties
68. Bahía Ballena Doctors
DOMINICAL
OJOCHAL
LODGING
17. Vista Ballena
18. Cristal Ballena
19. Bungalows Ballena
RESTAURANTS
20. Beehive
21. Café Sibu
22. Gelato
23. Retro Café y Bar
24. The Dome
25. Five Maes
26. Ginger House
27. Ballena Bistro
28. Pura Vida (Cristal Ballena)
29. Villas Leonor
30. SimbiOsa
31. Le French Café
32. Mosaic Wine Bar & Cafe
SERVICES
33. Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars
34. Cortinas Krisa
35. Osa Property Management
36. Iglesia La Costa
37. Ropa Americana Buena Voluntad
UVITA
38. Rincón de Uvita
39. Royal Palm
40. Mora & Valdéz
41. Farmacia Ibarra
42. RVA Engineer Roger Valverde
43. Uvita Law Firm
44. Costatika Language School
45. Centro Llantero
46. Sherwin Williams Costa Ballena
47. Pointing Market & Ballena Tales
48. Moana Bahía Plaza
49. Steves Supermarket & Deli
DIRECTORY
BUSINESS
PHONE DIRECTORY
POLICE STATIONS
Police Emergencia: 911
Transit : 2537 0631
Dominical: 2787 0406
Uvita: 2743 8538
Ojochal: 2786 5661
Cortés: 2788 8030
HOSPITALS & HEALTH
Hospital Tomás Casas (Cortés): 2786 8148
Hospital Escalante Pradilla (Pérez Zeledón): 2785 0700
Servicios Médicos Bahía-Ballena: 2743 8595
Farmacia Ibarra: 2743 8558
EBAIS: 2743 8170
Caja CCSS: 905 225 2000
ICE
Information: 1113
International Operator: 1116
Breakdown: 1119
OTHERS
Veterinarian Costa Ballena: 8730 8282
MINAE: 2786 5392
Environment Complaints: 1192
Animal Abuse Reports: 01-8000-919748
TAXIS
DOMINICAL
Erick 8602 3394
Guiligan 8847 0231
Ricardo (minibús 4x4) 8605 0801
Daniel (pick-up) 8920 2322
UVITA
Alex (freight) 8989 2298
Allan 8615 3339
Carlos (freight) 8308 2695
Geovanni (minibús) 8870 6040
Yahir 6075 5706
Greivin 8791 5680
Hermes (minibús) 8855 3830
Michael 8879 2756
Lusbín 8576 7606
Bernardo 8367 0536
Rodolfo (freight) 5711 6868
Gilbert 8906 8760
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CONTENT #78
Business Directory . . . . . . . . .
South Pacic Map . . . . . . . .
Editorial . . . . . . . . . . .
5 Days for Good / Brad Dean. . . . . .
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Our Congolese Flapshells / Roel de Plecker
Reptilandia . . . . . . . . . .
Title Story
Rat, Snakes, Pumas and Chirincocos /
Jack Ewing . . . . . . . . . . .
Dancing in the Rain / Osa Tropical Property . .
Partial Tax Payments / Mauro Esquivel AAA
Accounting . . . .
10 Costa Ballena & Surrounding
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Tide Charts . . . . . . . . . . .
Restaurant List . . . . . . . . . .
SIBU Escaleras / Carlos León . .
Dominical -Capital of Surf / Greg Gordon . .
Costa Rica - Ideal conditions for permaculture!
Vegan Pirates
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Restaurant List . . . . . . . . . . .
Rafael Steyners Rhythm in his Blood
Feng Shui / Nicole Joss . . . . . .
Sportshing at Drake Bay / Captain Willy
Atencio – Reel Escape. . . . . .
Farmers in Costa Rica / Anonymous
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Costa Rican Banknotes are Beautiful /
J.S. ParrIsh . . . . . . . . . .
Restaurant List . . . . . . . . . .
The Private Chef / Dagmar Reinhard . .
Marketplace; El Mercado/Natalia Saray SC . .
Just Plant it! / Beth Sylver . . . . . . .
Property Maintenance / Nick Halverson
.Bonnie Goes to Heaven /
DAWG / Susan Strong
Our Inmune System/ Dr. Michael Badilla Alfaro
A Star was Born / Dagmar Reinhard . . . .
March Expedition / Karyna Durán . . . . .
Bahía Ballena Doctors, now closer to You /
Dra. Mónica Alfaro. . . . . . . . .
28 Uvita
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BOCADILLOS
Vegetable & fruit gazpacho
Lobster bruschetta
Sweet plantain & cream cheese
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DAGMAR REINHARD
Editor in Chief
(506) 8914 1568 / 2743 8778
ballenatales@gmail.com
Art & Design
POINTING MARKET
DIGITAL COORDINATOR
Carlos León
carlos@ballenatales.com
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS:
Beth Sylver
Brad Dean
Captain Willy Atencio
Carlos León
Dr. Michael Badilla Alfaro
Dagmar Reinhard
Dinia Otárola Céspedes
Greg Gordon
Hannes & Tina
Jack Ewing
J.S. Parrish
Karyna Durán
Marco Mendoza
Mauro Esquivel
Natalia Saray SC
Nick Halverson
Nicole Joss
Osa Tropical Properties
Roel de Plecker
Susan Strong
PHOTOGRAPHY
Aññeska Arrieche
Ballena Tales Photography
Beth Sylver
Carlos Humberto Morales
Jack Ewing
Innoceana
Roel de Plecker
Sierra Goodman
Wouter De Lang
COVER DESIGN:
Aññeska Arrieche
Pointing Market
NEXT EDITION/
July 15th, 2021
Deadline: June 5th, 2021
EDITORIAL
Dear reader
Welcome to Costa Ballena, your ideal outdoor destination! Please bring your family and enjoy
the lush nature, the kindness of its people, empty beaches, waterfalls, and gastronomy. Have
fun in your bubble, even in the rainy season, our absolute favorite time of year, with less
trafc, fewer tourists, better deals in hotels and travel agencies. We may have moved here
for the heat, and we also do love the refreshing rain.
Costa Ballena is a friendly, beautiful, interesting, and tasty part of the South Pacic of Costa
Rica. It welcomes domestic and international visitors at the entrance to Costa Ballena when
crossing The Barú River´s bridge at Dominical.
Its three principal towns are Dominical, Uvita, and Ojochal. All of them are entirely different
in their appearance.
Dominical is famous for its laidback pura vida ambiance and best surng conditions friendly
locals, a one-strip main road leading to the town´s beach promenade. Best surf, lifeguards,
bars, and hostels near the beach and the everchanging mouth of the majestic Barú River.
Uvita, only 17 km toward the South, is the capital of Costa Ballena, all facilities in two town
centers, one North and the other South of the bridge, Farmers Market, Marine Ballena
National Park, the world-famous whale tail, waterfalls, beaches.
Before getting to your destination Ojochal, another 17 km down South, stop to take your
souvenir photos with the dinosaurs: The gas station and a broad range of businesses in the
new Centro Ventanas have already opened.
Ojochal: International high-cuisine. Crossing the bridge, nd a chic French-style Marketplace
and restaurant. The main road is long-stretched, leading to the town center and the mountains
with rivers and a waterfall.
The Tortuga beach, and the union of two powerful rivers united with the Terraba river before
they force their way into the ocean, is worth experimenting. The Tortuga (turtle) Reserve is
just around the corner.
We had to reinvent ourselves during the last year, focusing entirely on a virtual, 100%
interactive presence of our bilingual Ballena Tales Magazine. We are achieving great
opening numbers (more than 14,000 in the English versión alone), have breached the
borders of Costa Rica, and are read by North Americans and Europeans, and surprisingly,
many of my German patriots.
Experience has shown us that you need more than local Social Media to be visible abroad.
Now, we are proud to share that many of our loyal customers and readers have urged us
to PRINT again. Thanks to their friendly support, we are publishing a bi-annual magazine/
guide from June to November, followed by a December to May 2022 edition.
And for the record, our next virtual guide will be out on July 15th for any news and
updates you wish to share. Deadline: June 10th, 2021.
Our Marketing company Pointing Market, can advise you with your branding, art, and
logo design of your business. We create online campaigns to support our customers and
cover nearly all Social Media.
www.ballenatales.com
ADVENTURE - COSTA BALLENA & SURROUNDINGS
10
5 DAYS FOR GOOD
AUTHOR: BRAD DEAN
Costa Rica has always been known for its pure spirit, community
support, and resilience in the face of tough times. So it wasn’t
altogether surprising when we received an overwhelming
response from local businesses, all across the Osa area, when
we put a call out for participants for our rst Costa Rican launch
of the 5 Days for Good initiative.
The idea for 5 Days For Good came about during one of our
weekly production meetings at Jet Propelled back in 2019. We
were brainstorming creative ways to give back to our community,
and having folks commit to ve consecutive days of kindness
seemed like the perfect way to shine a spotlight on how giving
back generates as much joy for givers as it does receivers. We
pitched the idea to our Chamber of Commerce in Canada, and
they were excited to sign on as our partner.
5 Days for Good has recently launched its 3rd consecutive
year of community support during the week of Semana Santa.
Jet Propelled recently opened up a second ofce in Costa Rica,
and ten community-minded businesses we’ve connected
within Central America are primed to jump on board. Last year
saw participants from Canada & the USA. We’re thrilled to
see organizations like Mosaic Wine Bar & Cafe, Five Maes, &
Osa Property Management join many others in supporting our
community during this new international initiative.
If you’re considering nominating your own business or another,
don’t be intimidated by the need to develop ve distinct ideas.
The best activations are often the simplest ones. Between
today and May 31, choose ve benevolent activities you
can reasonably do across ve consecutive days. Make it a
team building exercise. Get creative. Most of all, share your
experiences on social media to inspire others to do the same
(#5DaysForGood). Participation is free and is welcome to
anyone looking to join together to support our community.
In past years, veteran participants from Canada have run
non-perishable food and clothing drives and donated funds
to local community support organizations. One organization
even started a letter writing campaign to show residents of
a local Long Term Care facility that even though visits were
suspended, they were still in someone’s thoughts. Another
adopted 40,000 bees to help the bee population rebound.
ADVENTURE - COSTA BALLENA & SURROUNDINGS
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Non-profit project of the Open Arms Foundation,
We accept donations of good, used clothing
Ropa de alta calidad a precios buenos para
mujeres, hombres
y niños: camisas, shorts,
trajes de baño, jeans, vestidos
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La Cancha Sintética, Centro de Uvita
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ADVENTURE - COSTA BALLENA & SURROUNDINGS
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OUR CONGOLESE FLAPSHELLS
AUTHOR: ROEL DE PLECKER
At Parque Reptilandia, you can admire a lot of different
species of river turtles. Still, the more weird-looking turtles
are the Pig-nosed turtles (Carettochelys insculpta), the
Matamatas (Chelus mbriatus) and the Congolese Aubry’s
Flapshell Turtle (Cycloderma aubryi). The latters face looks
like one of Star Warscharacters, Nien Nunb, based on it (if
you leave the pointy nose away)!? The head indeed is alien-
looking, and the skulls of these animals are very at.
These turtles are in soft-shelled turtles or Trionychidae; this
family includes the biggest freshwater turtle globally, the
Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) from China
and Vietnam, which sadly has become extremely rare and
is critically endangered. The largest specimen ever caught
had a carapace length of over 129 cm and weighed 250
kg. Another giant of this family is the endangered Cantor’s
giant softshell turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) from Southeast
Asia. Trionychidae means “three-clawed,” you can see the
claws on their webbed feet.
Softshell turtles get their name from their shells that lack
epidermal scutes or other turtles large scales. These
leathery and exible shells help the turtles move faster in
open and muddy waters and outside the water; however,
they seem to prefer submerged and, with the help of their
long necks and elongated nostrils, breathe for air.
Turtles of this family all have formidable jaw strength
capable of even breaking mollusks; they mainly feed on
sh, crustaceans, reptiles, amphibians, even birds, and
small mammals.
Most of them live in Asia, Africa, and even North America
counts three species from the genus Apalone. Aubry’s
Flapshell turtle is from Central Africa; its range lies in
western and middle Central Africa, restricted to the Congo
Basin. The carapace measurements can reach a length
of up to 60 cm and weigh up to 18.5 kg. Females grow
larger and are heavier than males this in all the species of
softshells or apshells.
We keep the Congolese Flapshells rather black in coloration,
but recently we noticed that the male’s head was orange-
reddish looking, plus he was chasing the females all over
the pond! We provided some sandy beaches for them at
the enclosure, so we hope soon the females will climb out
of the water and lay their ping pong ball-shaped eggs!
ADVENTURE - COSTA BALLENA & SURROUNDINGS
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RATS, SNAKES, PUMAS & CHIRINCOCOS
AUTHOR: JACK EWING
There is a location on the lowlands of Hacienda Barú that in the
early 1980s was a rice eld. Other than rats that came to eat the
rice, snakes that came to eat the rats, and a few frogs that managed
to survive the pesticides sprayed on the rice, there was very little
you could call wildlife. We quit growing rice there in 1984 and
planted part of the area to teak trees. The rest was abandoned
to the whims of Mother Nature and regenerated into a secondary
forest.
Today, thirty-seven years later, in 2021, a nature trail passes
through the teak plantation and into that secondary forest. I set a
trail camera a few steps off that trail and into the forest at a spot
where I found a suitable tree. The tree was straight, so the camera
wouldn’t be slanted and about the camera straps correct diameter.
I didnt expect to capture anything special on the camera, but I
thought it would be interesting to have a look. Trail cameras
have made learning about animal distribution and habits much
easier, and they are sometimes full of surprises. To say that the
photos captured by that camera were surprising would be an
understatement. After leaving a camera set in a good location in a
primary forest for a month, I would expect it to capture photos of
12 to 14 different species. On the camera we talked about, at the
edge of the secondary forest, there were 18 different species, 13
of which were mammals and three were birds.
There were also many people because the camera was located near
a trail frequented by nature lovers who visit Hacienda Barú. Three
of the mammals were carnivores: puma, ocelot, and jaguarundi;
four were omnivores: raccoon, coati, tayra, and skunk; three were
rodents: forest spiny pocket mouse, paca, and agouti; two were
insect eaters: anteater and armadillo; one was an ungulate, collared
peccary, two were marsupials: common opossum and common
gray four-eyed opossum; and three were birds, gray-necked wood
rail (chirincoco), common pauraque, and a pair of gray-headed
chachalacas that happened to be mating.
This abundance goes to show what Mother Nature can do when
humans don’t mess with her. A man once offered to pay me to
restore a former pasture to its natural state. I told him that I couldn’t
do that; only Mother Nature could restore things. Just leave it
alone,I told him. “It will come back by itself.He took my advice,
and now, about 25 years later, the area looks like a jungle.
The Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor is mostly of former pasture
land that has been abandoned to Mother Nature’s whims. That is
why it is one of the few places in the world where biodiversity is
increasing. The location where the camera captured photos of 18
different species is a good example.
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WILDLIFE - COSTA BALLENA & SURROUNDINGS
Richard Owens
Realto r
Katherine Apsey
Realto r
Rebecca Rowntree
Realto r
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Broker
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Realto r
Keith Richman
Realto r
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Realto r
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Although some prefer to call the rainy season in Costa Rica
the green season,they aren’t fooling anyone. In the South
Pacic, it is green year-round.
There is only one time of year which is regularly wet. The
period usually between May and November is when the
downpours begin almost daily around 1 pm and gush down
for hours, with sporadic dry respites.
Ask anyone who has lived here for a little while, and they will
tell you that the rainy season is their absolute favorite time of
year. We may have moved here for the heat, but the rain now
moves us.
Why do we like it?
Rainy season or not, Costa Ricas coastal regions are hot.
Even if its raining, we don’t need to hide inside for fear that
we might freeze to the core. Getting a little wet doesn’t hurt
and can be a welcome refresher.
The rainy season is when most people here actually feel
invigorated by the more refreshing temperatures and get
moving a little bit faster. We are more apt to exercise when
it’s not nearly 27 C at 7 am. Most tourists are scared off by
the prospect of rain, even though we have almost guaranteed
bright blue skies and sunshine, until at least noon, all year long.
This is the time of year that we are more likely to travel,
with less trafc and better deals in hotels, tours, and
shopping specials all over the country.
Welcome wildlife encounters
The majority of homes in the South Pacic are located
between 200 m and 1000 m above sea level in tropical
wet forests. This region needs heavy rains (between
120” and 160” annually) to nourish the lush plant life and
fruiting trees that spring to life, blossoming and blooming
in full force during the rainy season. These are the months
when we are blessed with ripe mangos, avocados,
rambutan (locally known as mamon chino), and starfruit.
A fruiting garden will bring more wildlife like sloths,
squirrel monkeys, ery-billed aracari, and toucans within
sight of our doorsteps.
Defog your brain in the misty mountains of the South
Pacic during the rainy season, and you’ll never look at
storms the same again.
The rain is here to help us grow, too.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass... It’s about
learning to dance in the rain.
― Vivian Greene
DANCING IN THE RAIN
AUTHOR: ALEXANDRA LUTY / OSA TROPICAL PROPERTIES
LIFESTYLE - COSTA BALLENA & SURROUNDINGS
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PARTIAL PAYMENT OF INCOME TAX
AUTHOR: MAURO ESQUIVEL
The partial payments are mandatory advances of the Income Tax,
as established in article 22 of the Income Tax Law.
The scal period of the Income Tax is one year, counted from January
1 to December 31 of each year, starting in January 2021, partial
payments on prots must be made as follows:
First partial payment, six months after the start of the scal period
(last business day of June).
• Second partial payment, nine months after the beginning of the
scal period (last business day of September).
Third partial payment, 12 months after the beginning of the scal
period (last business day of December).
Taxpayers with special periods must adjust them according to their
scal closing.
Calculation of partial payments
Step 1: The tax determined in the three previous scal periods’ income
statements is taken as the basis to calculate the partial payments of
the current scal period.
Step 2: The average of the tax determined in the last three scal
periods’ returns is calculated.
Step 3: You must choose the higher amount between the tax
determined in the immediately preceding year or the average tax from
the last three scal periods’ returns.
Step 4: 25% is applied to the selected amount. The result corresponds
to the amount of the installments of the partial payments of the
Income Tax for the period.
Example of the calculation for the payment of the installments:
For the scal period 2021, the information will be taken from the
2018, 2019 and 2020 returns *
FISCAL PERIOD
DETERMINED TAX ANNUALIZED TAX
2018 ¢323.400.00 ¢323.400.00
2019
¢205.300.00 ¢205.300.00
2020 ¢425.000.00 ¢340.000.00 *
TOTAL
¢868.700.00
AVERAGE
¢289.566.67
For the calculation of partial payments for scal periods 2021,
2022, and 2023, the declaration of the scal period 2020 must
be considered, but the income tax has to be adjusted according
to the number of months of said period. That is, you must
annualize the tax, according to the following formula:
* Tax determined = (Tax determined in 2020 / number of months
of the period) X 12. That is: 425,000 / 15 (months Oct 19 to Dec
20) * 12 = ¢ 340,000.00
• The average of the tax determined in the returns of the last
three scal periods is calculated; that is: ¢ 868.700.00 / 3 = ¢
289.566.67.
• The amount to choose is that of the 2020 return ¢ 340,000.00,
as it is higher than the tax average of the returns of the last
three scal periods ¢ 289,566.67.
25% are applied to the ¢ 340,000.00, so the quota of the
partial payments for 2021 would be ¢ 85,000.00.
FINANCES - COSTA BALLENA & SURROUNDINGS
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DIA / DAY ALTA / HIGH BAJA / LOW ALTA / HIGH BAJA / LOW ALTA / HIGH
SAT 15 05:09 7.92 ft 10:59 1.27 ft 17:14 8.41 ft 23:28 0.58 ft
SUN 16 05:48 7.71 ft 11:38 1.50 ft 17:53 8.09 ft
MON 17 00:07 0.87 ft 06:30 7.51 ft 12:21 1.74 ft
TUE 18 00:50 1.16 ft 07:15 7.35 ft 13:10 1.94 ft 18:37 7.74 ft
WED 19 01:38 1.42 ft 08:06 7.30 ft 14:05 2.03 ft 19:26 7.42 ft
THU 20 02:31 1.56 ft 09:03 7.41 ft 15:07 1.94 ft 20:22 7.20 ft
FRI 21 03:29 1.55 ft 10:01 7.72 ft 16:11 1.64 ft 21:25 7.16 ft
SAT 22 04:29 1.36 ft 10:59 8.19 ft 17:13 1.15 ft 22:28 7.32 ft
SUN 23 05:27 1.01 ft 11:55 8.78 ft 18:10 0.55 ft 23:29 7.68 ft
MON 24 00:26 8.16 ft 06:23 0.57 ft 12:48 9.39 ft 19:04 −0.07 ft
TUE 25 01:19 8.66 ft 07:16 0.14 ft 13:38 9.92 ft 19:55 −0.60 ft
WED 26 02:11 9.10 ft 08:08 −0.20 ft 14:29 10.28 ft 20:45 −0.97 ft
THU 27 03:02 9.42 ft 09:00 −0.39 ft 15:19 10.42 ft 21:35 −1.13 ft
FRI 28 03:53 9.56 ft 09:51 −0.37 ft 16:09 10.31 ft 22:26 −1.05 ft
SAT 29 04:44 9.52 ft 10:43 −0.16 ft 17:01 9.97 ft 23:16 −0.76 ft
SUN 30 05:37 9.31 ft 11:38 0.22 ft 17:54 9.45 ft
MON 31 00:09 −0.30 ft 06:32 8.99 ft 12:34 0.69 ft 18:50 8.84 ft
FULL MOON
NEW MOON
TIDES
MAY 15-31, 2021
FASES LUNARES / MOON PHASES
MAP
20
COSTA BALLENA
DIA / DAY ALTA / HIGH BAJA / LOW ALTA / HIGH BAJA / LOW ALTA / HIGH
TUE 01 01:03 0.24 ft 07:30 8.63 ft 13:35 1.17 ft 19:49 8.22 ft
WED 02 02:01 0.78 ft 08:30 8.31 ft 14:39 1.55 ft 20:52 7.71 ft
THU 03 03:01 1.24 ft 09:31 8.10 ft 15:45 1.76 ft 21:56 7.38 ft
FRI 04 04:01 1.57 ft 10:31 8.02 ft 16:49 1.79 ft 22:58 7.23 ft
SAT 05 05:00 1.75 ft 11:26 8.05 ft 17:46 1.67 ft 23:55 7.24 ft
SUN 06 05:53 1.81 ft 12:15 8.16 ft 18:36 1.46 ft
MON 07 00:45 7.36 ft 06:40 1.78 ft 13:00 8.31 ft
19:20 1.22 ft
TUE 08
01:30 7.53 ft
07:23 1.70 ft 13:41 8.47 ft
19:59 0.96 ft
WED 09
02:12 7.72 ft
08:03 1.60 ft 14:20 8.62 ft
20:37 0.74 ft
THU 10
02:52 7.89 ft
08:42 1.51 ft 14:58 8.73 ft
21:15 0.57 ft
FRI 11
03:32 8.02 ft
09:21 1.44 ft 15:36 8.76 ft 21:52 0.49 ft
SAT 12
04:10 8.10 ft
10:00 1.41 ft 16:15 8.71 ft 22:29 0.50 ft
SUN 13
04:50 8.13 ft
10:40 1.43 ft 16:54 8.58 ft 23:08 0.59 ft
MON 14 05:29 8.12 ft 11:22 1.48 ft 17:35 8.38 ft 23:47 0.74 ft
TUE 15 06:10 8.10 ft 12:05 1.55 ft 18:18 8.15 ft
WED 16 05:31 7.86 ft 00:28 0.92 ft 06:53 8.10 ft 12:52 1.60 ft 19:05 7.91 ft
THU 17 06:08 7.51 ft 01:13 1.09 ft 07:40 8.13 ft 13:44 1.61 ft 19:56 7.71 ft
FRI 18 02:01 1.22 ft 08:30 8.24 ft 14:39 1.55 ft 20:53 7.59 ft
SAT 19 02:54 1.29 ft 09:25 8.42 ft
15:39 1.37 ft 21:53 7.60 ft
SUN 20 03:52 1.26 ft 10:23 8.69 ft
16:40 1.09 ft 22:55 7.77 ft
MON 21 04:51 1.12 ft 11:21 9.03 ft
17:40 0.70 ft 23:56 8.07 ft
TUE 22 05:52 0.89 ft 12:19 9.41 ft
18:38 0.26 ft
WED 23
00:55 8.45 ft
06:51 0.62 ft 13:15 9.75 ft
19:34 −0.16 ft
THU 24
01:51 8.86 ft
07:48 0.36 ft 14:10 10.01 ft 20:28 −0.49 ft
FRI 25
02:46 9.21 ft
08:44 0.17 ft 15:03 10.12 ft 21:20 −0.67 ft
SAT 26
03:39 9.45 ft
09:38 0.10 ft 15:55 10.07 ft 22:11 −0.69 ft
SUN 27
04:31 9.55 ft 10:31 0.17 ft
16:47 9.83 ft 23:01 −0.53 ft
MON 28
05:22 9.50 ft 11:25 0.39 ft 17:38 9.44 ft 23:50 −0.20 ft
TUE 29
06:14 9.31 ft 12:18 0.71 ft
18:30 8.93 ft
WED 30
00:40 0.24 ft 07:05 9.02 ft 13:12 1.08 ft
19:23 8.38 ft
FULL MOON NEW MOON
FASES LUNARES / MOON PHASES
TIDES
JUNE 1-30, 2021
MAP
21
DOMINICAL& SURROUNDINGS
DIA / DAY ALTA / HIGH BAJA / LOW ALTA / HIGH BAJA / LOW ALTA / HIGH
THU 01 01:30 0.75 ft 07:58 8.68 ft 14:07 1.46 ft 20:18 7.85 ft
FRI 02 02:21 1.26 ft 08:51 8.36 ft 15:04 1.76 ft 21:14 7.41 ft
SAT 03 03:14 1.72 ft 09:45 8.11 ft 16:02 1.94 ft 22:13 7.11 ft
SUN 04 04:08 2.06 ft 10:39 7.96 ft 16:59 1.97 ft 23:11 6.98 ft
MON 05 05:03 2.26 ft 11:31 7.93 ft 17:53 1.87 ft
TUE 06 00:07 7.01 ft 05:56 2.32 ft 12:20 8.00 ft 18:43 1.66 ft
WED 07 00:58 7.18 ft 06:46 2.25 ft 13:07 8.16 ft 19:29 1.38 ft
THU 08 01:45 7.43 ft 07:33 2.08 ft 13:51 8.36 ft 20:11 1.09 ft
FRI 09 02:29 7.71 ft 08:18 1.86 ft 14:34 8.56 ft 20:51 0.82 ft
SAT 10 03:10 8.01 ft 09:00 1.61 ft 15:15 8.73 ft 21:30 0.60 ft
SUN 11 03:49 8.27 ft 09:42 1.39 ft 15:56 8.83 ft 22:08 0.46 ft
MON 12 04:28 8.50 ft 10:23 1.20 ft 16:36 8.84 ft 22:46 0.39 ft
TUE 13 05:07 8.67 ft 11:04 1.06 ft 17:17 8.77 ft 23:25 0.41 ft
WED 14 05:46 8.80 ft 11:47 0.99 ft 17:59 8.62 ft 22:01 −0.02 ft
FULL MOON NEW MOON
FASES LUNARES / MOON PHASES
JULY 1-14, 2021
TIDES
MAP
RESTAURANTS
11:30AM a 9PM
Entrance to Escaleras in front of
Hotel Cuna del Angel - 1.2 KM uphill
8805 8172
SIGNATURE CUISINE
CONFERENCE ROOM
BREAK
FAST, BRUNCH, LOCAL ORGANIC
COFFEE, ARTISAN BAKERY, WEEKLY
MENU.
8805 8172
Every day: 7 AM – 5 PM
T
AKE-AWAY
Entrance to Escaleras in front of
Hotel Cuna del Angel - 1.2 KM uphill
COSTA BALLENA
22
506 8805 8172
At Sibu Escaleras you will nd authentic food with unique avors,
made with selected products from local producers and responsible
shing. In the menu you will nd delicious breakfasts, executive
lunches and afternoons of typical food surrounded by mountains
and sea.
It is another initiative of the owners of the renowned Sibu Cafeteria
and Restaurant in Uvita. Mariana and Attila work with the same
mystique that they imprint on their culinary creations.
In the Sibu Escaleras cafeteria you will nd a casual atmosphere
and an excellent internet connection. You can have breakfast
there, then have lunch, why not a rich married man accompanied
by his favorite meat or sh, and to close with a light dinner,
watching the sunset in the east.
We, the Ballena Tales team, love to travel to the Escaleras
mountains to chat with Attila and Mariana, the owners, as well
as with a team that never ceases to amaze with their culinary
ingenuity.
It is delicious to have a cappuccino accompanied by a croissant
with homemade strawberry jam or with ham. That is just one of
the many delicacies that can be enjoyed at the Sibu Escaleras
cafeteria.Since you are a lover of good coffee and want to enjoy
the terrace surrounded by nature with comfortable tables and
chairs, work on the laptop and send a sele of the “arduous
work in the jungle, without a doubt Sibu Café Escaleras will
delight you.
The name of Sibu is associated with religious beliefs of the Boruca
culture, the original inhabitants of the South Pacic of Costa Rica.
One of the great advantages we currently enjoy is being able to
work in the most beautiful parts of the world. The Sibu Cafeteria
in Escaleras is the ideal place for you to do so while enjoying the
magnicent atmosphere. If you are a digital nomad, you are sure to
feel the positive energy.
In this peaceful place, surrounded by nature and well cared for by
the friendly staff, your workday will be very productive. Early in the
morning, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee permeates the air,
ready to enjoy a delicious breakfast. Cakes, pastries, crisp breads
are displayed behind the gleaming display cases.
The juices are made from fresh fruits. The aroma of hot dishes and
toasted sandwiches entice and delight the palate to taste.
If you need more information, you can use the social media
links featured in this article. We appreciate expressing your
satisfaction leaving a positive review for the staff and owners.
Sibu Cafeteria and Restaurant is located 1.2 km northeast of
the entrance to Escaleras, at the Escaleras Village Shopping
Center, in Dominical. See you there!
OPEN DAILY 7am - 5pm
CAFETERÍA & RESTAURANTECAFETERÍA & RESTAURANTE
SIBUSIBU
ESCALERAS MOUNTAINS ESCALERAS MOUNTAINS
AUTHOR: CARLOS LEON
CULINARY - DOMINICAL& SURROUNDINGS
23
I have been coming to Dominical since 1996 to surf. In
1998 I moved there to improve my Spanish and ended up
starting my website Crsurf.com so that I could know
what the surf was doing around the country and predict
when the next swell was coming. And what makes
Dominical so great? It is the environment, the people, and
most importantly – the waves!
When I drive down to the beach, it still has the ‘end of the
road’ feel – dirt roads, through the palms and almendros,
making sure to park where coconuts don`t land on my
head. When I am out in the water, I can look back and see
the verdant jungle with only a smattering of luxury homes
peaking through, and on a clear day can see the peaks
of Tinamaste. Dolphins and ray swim through the lineup
while pelicans gracefully glide over the swells. Surng in
Dominical connects me to nature, and often I will stay out
past a glorious sunset until the only lights are the beach
bonres.
The second reason why Dominical is so great is the people
who live there. Is it hard to go down the main street without
seeing at least one friend, and I ended up waving to many
strangers who often smile and wave back?
There are plenty of water peaks, so most local surfers are
not snaking waves or giving dirty looks. Every morning I see
families set up on the beach, spending the whole morning
taking turns paddling out. And every month, there is always
a group of volunteers leading beach cleanups.
My favorite part about Dominical is the wave itself. It has so
many different moods. In February, it can be a small, playful
longboard wave - while in May, it is gargantuan with sets
blocking the horizon. When it is overhead or smaller, low
tide can provide a short, fast, hollow, barreling wave. The
wave is less steep at high tide, giving rippable lines that
can break for over 100 meters. The watercolor can change
from a café con leche’ brown from the Baru River silt to a
shimmering translucent aquamarine where I can see down
past my feet to the sandy bottom.
After traveling all over Costa Rica surng both coasts, I have
seen plenty of beautiful lineups and met many surfers who
all love their home breaks. My opinion of the best surf town
may be a little different from theirs based on my surng
experience. And after 25 years, I will always recommend
Dominical as the best surf town in Costa Rica.
WHY DOMINICAL IS THE BEST SURF TOWN IN
COSTA RICA
AUTHOR: GREG GORDON
PHOTO: WOUTER DE LANG
SPORTS - DOMINICAL& SURROUNDINGS
25
SPICY CARROT DIP • KEFIR • HERB CHEESE •YOGURT WITH PITAHAYA
MATURE AND SEMI MATURE CHEESE • PARMESAN • ROMPOPE
SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
The origin of permaculture is nearly 100 years old - established
by Joseph R. Smith in 1929 as “permanent agriculture. In the
1970s, the two words were blended into “permacultureby Bill
Mollison and David Holmgren. It has since grown into a global
movement, inspiring people to get involved, create positive
change worldwide, and build a solid counter-draft to conventional
farming with monoculture and articial fertilizers. It also includes
many other aspects like self-reliance, developing communities,
green building, or zero waste. Originated in the colder climate
of Tasmania (Australia), in 1988, the permaculture principles
were adapted to the tropics - with references to indigenous and
traditional land-use systems.
Permaculture principles allow us to create a culture that can
endure and thrive for generations. Permaculture is built on three
pillars which are earth care, people care, and fair share.
Permaculture is a creative design process that is based on the
thinking of sustainable systems, characterized by the following
twelve ethical and design principles:
- Observe and interact
- Catch and store energy (windmills, solar…)
- Obtain a yield
- Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
- Use and value renewables resources and services
- Produce no waste
- Design from patterns to details
- Integrate rather than segregate
- Use small and slow solutions
- Use and value diversity
- Use edges and value the marginal
- Creatively use and respond to change
By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily
lives and routines, we can transition from dependent consumers
to responsible and independent producers.
For us, especially protecting the planet and fair share are crucial
for wildlife and our coexistence with animals without exploitation
or limiting their habitats for our own needs. Besides all upper
points and our yield to only harvest as much from nature as we
will need, our approach is mainly to care for wildlife and provide
an unscathed and enriched habitat for them. By rewilding former
pasture and maintaining the primary and secondary forests on
our land, we are eager to bring back old and long-forgotten fruits,
vegetables, herbs, trees and give these plants a new home and
wildlife an opportunity to devour on them.
Permaculture is not necessarily a vast, rural landscape lled with
crops, vegetables, and fruit trees - it could also be a little garden
in your backyard. Just go for it!
We will continue this article about permaculture in a series - in the
next issue, you will read about the importance of biochar for your
soil and how you could produce it yourself.
COSTA RICA - IDEAL CONDITIONS
FOR PERMACULTURE!
AUTHOR: THE VEGAN PIRATES
SOURCE!
TRIBUTE - DOMINICAL & SURROUNDINGS
27
SPICY CARROT DIP • KEFIR • HERB CHEESE •YOGURT WITH PITAHAYA
MATURE AND SEMI MATURE CHEESE • PARMESAN • ROMPOPE
SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
+506 8835 9009
MoraValdezDentistry@gmail.com
NOW IN A NEW
LOCATION !
At 300mts North from Servicentro Bahía
Ballena.
+506 2743 8418
www.moravaldezadvanceddentistry.com
moravaldez_dentistry
Mora & Valdez Advanced Dentistry
MODERN FACILITIES AND STATE OF THE ART
EQUIPMENT.
Costa Rican Banknotes are Beautiful
AUTHOR: J.S. PARRISH
The Costa Rican money journey continues with the green 10,000
banknotes! The rainforest theme shown is just one of the twelve
Climatic Zones.
José Maria Hipólito Figueres Ferrer (September 25, 1906 -
June 8th, 1990) was the President of Costa Rica three times! He
is responsible for abolishing the army in his rst term and also
nationalized the banking industry. He made it possible for not only
women to vote but also Afro-Costa Ricans.
His rst wife was Henrietta Boggs, with whom he had two
children. Later, he married Karen Olsen Beck from New York, with
whom he had four children. Karen served as a member of Costa
Rica’s Legislative Assembly.
His son, José Maria Figueres, was also president from 1994 to 1998.
Muni Figueres Boggs, his daughter, serves as the Ambassador for
Costa Rica to the United States. His other daughter, Christiana
Figueres, is a Costa Rican diplomat who served from 2010 to
2016 as the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC.
The brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus) is a species of
three-toed sloths found in the Neotropical areas of Central and
South America.
It is the most common of the four species of 3 toed sloths. Habitat
is the forest of Central and South America. There are two families
of sloths in the World: two-towed and three-toed. Of the 6 species,
there are 2 in Costa Rica. Fun fact: Every sloth has three toes!
The two-toed sloth’s difference is that it has two ngers on its
forelimbs.The fungus represented on the 10,000 colones is from
the family Pezizaceae in the Ascomycota. These grow in the form
of a cup which is used to collect rainwater in the spores. There are
25,000 to 30,000 kinds of orchids in the World. You can nd 1,300
in Costa Rica! Represented on this banknote is the Eriopsis, a
genus of owering plants from the family Orchidaceae. Its species
are native to South and Central America.
Next time, tune for the 20,000 banknotes to learn about Maria
Isabel Carvajal, the Volcano hummingbird, sunowers, and coffee
plants!
ECONOMY - UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
29
RESTAURANTS UVITA - BAHÍA
Mediterranean Restaurant
Bar and Boutique
Great Food • Great Friends • Great Fun
Monday - Saturday - 11- 9 PM
Sunday - 11- 8 PM
Tuesday CLOSED
300m North of the Gas Station
THE
DOME
& SPORTS BAR
RESTAURANT
JML MARKETING & GRAPHIC DESIGN
CLIENT: The Dome Restaurant
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North American Breakfast,
Lunch • Early Dinner
OPEN 8 AM – 3 PM
CLOSED ON SUNDAY DOME PLAZA
Family-friendly fusion restaurant
Try the foods you love blended with a touch
of the exotic and unusual.
DAILY: 7 AM - 9 PM
100 M EAST OF BCR - HOTEL TUCAN
2
101 2542
4702 3939
2743 8506
GASTRONOMY - UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
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WINE BAR • CAFE • SUSHI
Monday - Saturday 12 PM - 9 PM
600 meters from BCR
towards the Uvita Waterfall
22150068
UVITA RESTAURANTS
100% Gluten Free Restaurant.
Gourmet seafood and meat menues
TUESDAY – SUNDAY 12 M – 9 PM
Plaza Pacic Pools Building
Monday – Sunday 7 AM – 9 PM
In front of Pacifico Sur Supermarket
New Menu coming soon.
Order your birthday cake here. Bread specialities.
New vegan avors.
Caramelo, salted, Stracciatella, vanilla, organic
chocolate chips, basil, pralinés, ginger.
MON-SUN
10 AM- 9 PM
In front of Pacifico Sur Supermarket
2743 8674
8308 6604
27
43 8674
8308 6604
8507 4949
French Savoir Faire in Bahia Ballena
OPEN EVERY DAY 7 AM a 9 PM
PLAZA BAHÍA MOANA CALLE BALLENA – BAHÍA
200 M WEST OFF THE COASTAL HIGHWAY
2201 8253
PANTONE 1255C C : 24 M : 42 J : 91 N :14
French Savoir Faire in Bahía Ballena
Every Day – 7 AM to 9 PM
GASTRONOMY - UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
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RESTAURANTS UVITA
Cacao Pura Muba CR
OPEN EVERY DAY.
NEXT TO THE PACIFIC POOLS BUILDING
8942 8861
Pulseándola bonito
Exotic Fruit - Fresh Vegetables
New: Goat Milk
EVERY DAY 7:00 AM onwards
HOME DELIVERY
200m west of Iguana Verde
8936 6789
Chinese-American Food
Take Out Option
Lunch • Sunset appetizers and dinner
11 AM - 9 PM
5 KM NORTH OF UVITA
27438182 8372 7144
GASTRONOMY - UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
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Convenience Store
OPEN EVERY DAY 7 AM - 8 PM
300M SOUTH WEST FROM THE UVITA BRIDGE
8802 8701
International Food with Austrian
Touch Breakfast buffet, Lunch &
Dinner Cocktail-Bar
Open every 7 AM-5 PM - Pls Reserve for Dinner
KM 169 HOTEL CRISTAL BALLENA
Fresh Fusion Dishes
Vegan and Gluten Free Options
Tuesday to Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM
6 KM SOUTH OF UVITA NEXT TO BALLENA BEACH
We are Baking
Monday-Wednesday-Friday
Please order today!
Home delivery Uvita - Bahía
Wholemeal Bread w/Species Seeds- Chocolate- Carrot
8341 1730
83906863
2786 5407
GASTRONOMY - UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
33
BALLENA RESTAURANTS
GASTRONOMY - UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
34
“My mom is my idol; I’ve always been in love with her
recipes. At a young age, Royner Abarca, owner of El Private
Chef and proud Costa Rican, began a passionate relationship
with gastronomy. Eight years ago, he perceived the great need
in Costa Ballena for catering services for events and all kinds of
celebrations, from weddings and birthdays to corporate events.
His rst big opportunity to shine with his services was during
a Reality Show in 2014. In the same year, he opened SIBU
restaurant in Uvita. After a year of successful management,
Royner sold the restaurant to the current owners. Soon, again
focused on catering, he received another call to open the Kakü
restaurant, also in Uvita.
His growing company The Private Chef has a team of experienced
chefs in all gastronomic specialties: chef Juan Pablo Acuña, meat
specialist, chef Vera Nidia Abarca, a specialist in local dishes,
trained pastry chef Lupe Abarca, bartender Manrique Leiva,
professional services by Estiven Arias, most of them bilingual
and others, as well as the rental of equipment and utensils,
today they cover more than 80 residences, ve to ten weddings
a year, special events not only in the Costa Ballena area but also
nationwide.
The team of chefs excels in dishes of Costa Rican cuisine, international,
gourmet, vegan, kosher, and they also cover yoga retreats. “We
prepare buffets, brunches, or three full meals a day, and we have
attended national and international celebrities.
In partnership with the best team of wedding planners, photographers,
orists, and decorators, The Private Chef can design your event so
that you can sit back and enjoy your party.
Our food’s secret is the passion we have for organic products of the
area, all fresh from the day. If you wish, our chefs will accompany you
to a Farmers Market to discover the unique avors that the area has
to offer. You can even participate in the preparation of a new dish that
you nd appealing.
“The most attering recognition for us is the smile on our customers
faces and knowing that you and your guests are satised with our
creations,” adds Royner. Let us take care of all the preparations for
your event so that you can enjoy it quietly, share and interact with
your guests!”
YOUR VERY SPECIAL CATERING SERVICE
AUTHOR: DAGMAR REINHARD
Non-profit project of the Open Arms Foundation,
We accept donations of good, used clothing
Ropa de alta calidad a precios buenos para
mujeres, hombres
y niños: camisas, shorts,
trajes de baño, jeans, vestidos
(506) 2201-5962
La Cancha Sintética, Centro de Uvita
Facebook: Buena Voluntad Tienda Americana
THRIFT STORE
Lic. Ana Cecilia Beita V.
Lic. Marvin Rodríguez Ceciliano
Public and Private Acountants
+506 7110 0268 / +506 7174 3010
gafrasilma@hotmail.com
Uvita - Frente al Banco Costa Rica
Lic. Silvia Zuñiga Mora
Lawyer and Notary
Servicios Migratorios / Migratory Services
Bienes muebles / Movable Property
Bienes inmuebles / Immovable property
.
Pérez Zeledón - Uvita
+506 8464 9365
Uvita - Frente al Banco Costa Rica
C o n t a d o r e s p ú b l i C o s y p r i v a d o s
Placing these activities on your vacation route guarantees a
different experience. There are so many artisan products you
can choose what you like the most, thereby contributing to the
local economy; your visit will have an even more positive and
satisfactory impact.
They are happy moments since the community values these
spaces that are also social, where you meet with your neighbors
to share a lunch or say hello while we shop, which contributes
to each communal market’s identity.
On behalf of El Mercado, please visit us and get to know the
people who make up this beautiful family more thoroughly. Being
part of the memories of a trip or the locals’ daily lives seems
wonderful to us. We are striving to make it more increasingly
beautiful.
See you soon!
Read, as well: Farmers Always Work - page 62
SALUD - UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
37
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL AND COMMUNAL MARKETS
AUTHOR: NATHALIA SARAY
In a planet with so many wonderful and prosperous corners,
community organizations’ initiatives must take on the task of
opening spaces where local society is reected and with it
even more identity as a community.
We know that Costa Rica is multicultural, so its nuances
provide an environment rich in colors, avors, and sounds.
This piece of land of 51, 100 km² is a blessing; it is the bridge
that came to unite the continent, enriching us with a transit of
identities and their customs for thousands of years
In rural areas, experiences of more contact with nature are
a highly sought-after resource by national and international
tourism. Here are markets where the locality’s fruits
and products are offered, in recognition of Costa Rica´s
entrepreneurial wealth. These spaces are kept simple and
accessible and create the ideal environment for peaceful
coexistence to ow where you can meet who makes or grows
your food. It is just what we need while we choose what we
are going to use, that is a precious moment of the week or your
tourist experience.
Arte - Muebles
Servicios profesionales
de construcción
+506 8305-3270
@my_design_costa_rica
Panadería - Pastelería -
Restaurante
Gastronomia francesa
+506 2201-8253
@le_french_cafe_uvita
Ropa y accesorios
de mujeres
Decoración francesa
+506 8970-4392
@la_fabrik_french_life_style
Salón de tatuajes
y piercings
+506 8346-1885
@uvita_ink
Equipo solar - Fontanería -
Aire acondicionado
+33 6 7137-9683
@my_environment_costa_rica
PLAZA BAHÍA MOANAUvita, calle Bahía Ballena, hacia el Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
I have lived in a few tropical places throughout my life, such
as Hawaii and Key West, Florida. The ocean has always had
a strong pull on my heart. I love the warmer temperatures, the
beaches, and all the exquisite tropical owers!
Here in Costa Rica, there is an enormous diversity of unique
plants and owers that beautify our surroundings. We have
many different kinds of Ginger, Heliconia, Bougainvillea, Hibiscus,
and more exotic blossoms like Vanilla, Orchid, Guaria morada
(the national ower of Costa Rica), and Lilly. There is always
something new to look forward to as we move through the year.
Seasonal owers, such as the brilliant yellow Mayo trees, delight
us twice each year! Other plants bring us the gift of owers
all year long, lling our world with vivid colors and wonderful
aromas. Where I live, I’m surrounded by some of my favorite
owers, plumerias.
Our property had several plumeria trees already in the ground,
and we planted a few more. The variety of colors of these
gorgeous blossoms is phenomenal, and their heavenly smell
changes depending on what color the ower is!
Here’s a fun fact about living in the Southern Zone. If you see a
plant, tree, or ower at a friend’s house that you love and wish you
could have it in your yard, ask them for a cutting! It’s that easy. I
usually try to get three cuttings of whatever I want to plant. This
way, I am most assured of getting one to grow, but maybe I’ll get
lucky, and all three will take off!
The best way to take the cutting is:
Cut at an angle, creating a sharp point.
Remove any leaves from the bottom of the cutting.
Plant in a similar habitat to where the original plant was
growing; shade, sun, dry or wet soil.
It is optimal to plant closer to the wet season, or you will need
to tend to hand-watering. Plant the cutting either in the early
morning or the late afternoon to give your cutting the best chance
to survive.
I love it when someone visits me and asks if they can have some
cuttings from the yard. I also love it when someone remembers
that I was fascinated with a particular ower at their house and
later surprises me with a bag full of cuttings! Plant swapping and
sharing! We should make it a thing!
JUST PLANT IT
AUTHOR: BETH SYLVER
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Arte - Muebles
Servicios profesionales
de construcción
+506 8305-3270
@my_design_costa_rica
Panadería - Pastelería -
Restaurante
Gastronomia francesa
+506 2201-8253
@le_french_cafe_uvita
Ropa y accesorios
de mujeres
Decoración francesa
+506 8970-4392
@la_fabrik_french_life_style
Salón de tatuajes
y piercings
+506 8346-1885
@uvita_ink
Equipo solar - Fontanería -
Aire acondicionado
+33 6 7137-9683
@my_environment_costa_rica
PLAZA BAHÍA MOANAUvita, calle Bahía Ballena, hacia el Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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TOP 5 MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDATIONS
AUTHOR: NICK HALVERSON - OSA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Living near the jungles and the Pacic Ocean can wreak havoc on
yourW property. The following is a shortlist of recommendations to
help ensure your property is always in excellent condition.
1. Air Conditioner maintenance.
Air Conditioner maintenance is an often-overlooked maintenance
issue. As long as the A/C unit is throwing out cold air, many owners
believe that everything is working as it should. However, the life of
an A/C unit can be signicantly increased with regular maintenance
to clean the lters, check for mold, and ensure there are proper
refrigerant levels and should be done every six months.
2. Pool
Pool maintenance is one of the more obvious, at least a very visible,
structure you should always check on. An improperly functioning
pool pump or lter system can cause high electricity bills, overuse,
and shorten the pump’s life. This should be done during the weekly
service (ideally twice a week).
3. Gutters/downspouts:
Most landscapers and home cleaning crews overlook this critical
part of a home. When the gutters are full (which is bound to
happen in the tropics), water will back up, potentially causing leaks
in the roof. Many mammals and reptiles may also make a home in
a gutter if there is enough debris. A weekly inspection should be
done for gutters.
4. Water mitigation
Given the amount of rain that falls in this area of Costa Rica, making
sure the water has a safe place to go is paramount for any property
owner. Unfortunately, many homeowners only visit during the dry
season and don’t realize how much rain can fall in a short period.
As the rains start to fall in April, this is an excellent time to watch
and study where the water wants to go. Ensure it is going away
from your home and either an established drain system or a owing
creek.
5. Backup water tanks.
We recommend all of our homeowners have a backup water tank.
The tank size will vary depending on the number of bedrooms of
the home, but it should be large enough for the house to be full
and have 2-4 days worth of water. This is a relatively easy and
affordable solution to ensure that you and your guests always have
available water.
Your property will look better and be more enjoyable for years to
come by starting with these ve recommendations.
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ADVENTURE - UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
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BONNIE GOES TO HEAVEN
AUTHOR: SUSAN STRONG
The doctor said something I didn’t understand. He said I had
distemper. I didn’t understand exactly what he meant, but he
also said I was very sick and needed to go to sleep.
He gave me a shot that made me fall asleep. When I woke
up, the nice lady was crying. I tried to tell her not to cry, that
I did not hurt anymore, and I was OK because my mom was
with me now and would keep me safe. She took me to a
place with lots of other dogs playing and running and having
the best time. They let me play with them too! I am happy
here!
DAWG NEEDS YOUR HELP!!!
If you agree that rescuing and spay and neuter clinics are as
important as we do then DAWG needs your donations! You
can donate by credit card or PayPal and since DAWG also
has non-prot status as a 501(c)3 in the U.S., your donations
through this account are tax deductible. Here is the link to our
page detailing how you can help and donate. Thank you!!!
Footnote: Asociación D.A.W.G. Grupo Bienestar de Los
Animales Domésticos Costa Rica, doing business as DAWG,
Domestic Animal Welfare Group, is a non-prot organization
focused on animal advocacy in the Costa Ballena region of
Costa Rica for over 12 years.
I tell you my story not to make you sad, but so you can
help other puppies just like me.
I’ll start my story the day I lost my mom. It was early
morning, and my brother and I were starving. We followed
our mom, hoping to get something to eat—all of a sudden,
something big hit our mom. We ran to her, but she would
not wake up. A man picked us up and put us in a box. He
took us to a place with friendly people who gave us food
and lots of love.
We had our very own doghouse with a bed. I love playing
with my brother, except when he bites my ears, I’m not too
fond of that. So I bite his ears, too.
Every day nice people give us food and give us love and tell
us how cute we are.
One day my tummy and my head started hurting, and I just
felt so bad all I wanted to do was sleep. A nice lady came
and picked me up and held me hoping to make me feel
better. She took me to the doctor to see what was wrong.
The doctor stuck something in my arm, and it hurt a little.
The nice lady held me and said, don’t worry. It’ll be OK. We
need to nd out why your head and tummy hurt.
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ADVENTURE - UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
Our Immune System
AUTHOR: MICHAEL BADILLA ALFARO
The immune system is the natural defense of our body
against infectious microorganisms and other invading
agents: bacteria and viruses.
The main organs that make up our defense system are
adenoids, bone marrow, lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels,
Peyer’s patches, spleen, thymus, and tonsils.
Some symptoms of a weak immune system can be:
inammation of the internal organs, blood disorders,
digestive problems (loss of appetite, diarrhea, abdominal
cramps, anemia, infections, among others).
It is vitally important to keep the immune system functioning
at one hundred percent to prevent invading microorganisms
from triggering problems that could compromise our health.
Currently, more than ever, it is vitally important to maintain
our defenses to the maximum so that our bodies can ght
attacks by viruses or bacteria. And if for any reason you
contract it, you will have the tools to ght them and prevent
it from causing further damage to our body.
Some measures to avoid contracting diseases are:
Maintain good hygiene.
Do some physical activity.
Sleep at least 8 hours.
Avoid stress.
Spend a lot of time outdoors.
Eat healthy, avoiding the consumption of sugar, fried,
packaged or processed foods.
With the entry of the rainy season, it is vital to strengthen
our immune system. In our Pharmacies, we have the most
extensive assortment of natural products that help increase
our defenses, such as:
VITAMIN C: increases the capacity of cells to defend, has
a great antioxidant capacity and is also vital in the body’s
healing process.
ZINC: helps the immune system to ght bacteria and
viruses, favors the body’s healing process.
VITAMIN D: studies have shown a direct relationship
between the deciency of this vitamin and the incidence of
respiratory diseases.
For more advice and advice, you can make your inquiries to
the Pharmacists in each of our Ibarra Pharmacies.
MAYA VALVERDE, A MUSICAL TALENT
AUTHOR: DAGMAR REINHARD
Nace una Estrella is a Reality Show produced in Costa
Rica, with contestants of all ages (from six years old) and
from any part of Costa Rica.
The television program aims to discover talents who
excel in art while promoting values. The contest will last
for 12 weeks, and nally, the panel of judges will select
15 participants: 10 youths and adults, and ve children.
10-year-old Maya Valverde is a neighbor of Uvita de Osa.
She is a pianist, polyglot and will compete through the
different stages striving to win the nal contest. Chosen
from 1,750 applicants, she is the only representative
from the South Pacic. Meanwhile, Maya, an easygoing
and secure little lady, has comfortably passed the second
stage with the Italian song Sara Perche ti Amo and is
optimistically preparing for the nal steps.
Initially, Maya Valverde took music classes at the
Symphony in San Isidro (Pérez Zeledón), and for three
years, she has been studying at the GM Music School
in Uvita. This training center was founded in 2016, has
a well-equipped recording studio, and today about 40
students. Here, under the instruction of Professor Dany,
Maya learned to play the piano and guitar.
Thanks to her multicultural family (Tico father and Italian
mother), in the classication contest that the popular
Edgar Silva presented, Maya stood out with songs in three
languages (she studies English at her school ).
The cheerful girl has the plans for her future clear: apart from
graduating from school, she wants to study music, as she
says, “music is my life - I have good piano skills.” She will also
learn more languages, and this is for sure. Her parents and her
little brother accompany her and support her unconditionally.
Good luck for your future, Maya! May this magnicent
experience open many doors for you!
NACE UNA ESTRELLA
ESCUELA DE MUSICA GM
UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
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MARINE LIFE - UVITA & SURROUNDINGS
MARCH EXPEDITION IN COSTA RICA 2021
AUTHOR: KARYNA DURÁN
This past March, Innoceana successfully completed a 10-day diving
expedition focused on marine conservation around Caño Island
and Marino Ballena National Park. Innoceana has led expeditions
involving volunteers and the local community in different conservation
projects over the past three years in Spain and Costa Rica. This year,
the expedition brought three motivated volunteers to Uvita with
varying diving experience levels from different parts of the United
States. Throughout the ten days, there were 14 investigation dives
in the Marine Ballena National Park and the Island, morning yoga, a
day exploring Corcovado National Park, theory classes on different
subjects before the eldwork, and days to enjoy the local attractions.
The expedition’s goal is to broaden the understanding of how
marine conservation efforts are working towards safeguarding
sea ecosystems, specically the incredible biodiversity abundant
in Costa Rica, both underwater and on land. In Costa Rica, you
can nd one of the most extensive coral reefs in Central America.
Caño Island hosts the highest diversity of corals on the Pacic
side of Costa Rica. This island is also located in a sea current that,
throughout the year, brings large mammals and various sharks
and rays to the area. Caño Island is a window to what the reefs
along the coast were like in the past. As you move closer to the
coastline, the population of marine species’ corals and biodiversity
decreases dramatically. The number of corals found at Marino
Ballena National Park used to be comparable to the islands, which
no longer is the case. Rising sea temperatures, ocean acidication,
urban runoff, and other factors have had a negative impact. The
solution to restoring and protecting all of this is education and
awareness. That falls on the people living within the community
as well as around the world. That is why Innoceana organizes
these expeditions with volunteers and community members who
are not scientists yet want to learn and help protect the ocean.
The expeditioners learned about all of Innoceana’s projects
and different underwater conservation methods for research.
They took seawater samples during every dive to measure
water quality elements like PH, salinity, and nutrients that
inuence life within the ecosystem. They gained knowledge
about the importance of invertebrates and how to perform
random and transect line surveys. The volunteers also learned
how to make 3D models of the corals, which serve as a very
visual tool for education and a baseline of the reef’s evolution.
After the investigation and monitoring expedition, Innoceana was
happy to report that the coral reefs were in great condition without
symptoms of bleaching or other diseases derived from climate
change or pollution. During the expedition, they encountered an
ecosystem teeming with reef sh, whitetip reef sharks, and reptiles
such as the hawksbill or green turtle in danger of extinction. Similarly,
giant oceanic manta rays and hammerhead sharks were observed,
considered an indicator that the ecosystem is in good health.
This can be attributed to the excellent work carried out on the island
by the rangers who constantly offer their company, knowledge, and
great experience when collaborating with Innoceana’s projects.
“Innoceana considers Isla del Caño a “window to the past”, since
its excellent state of conservation reects what the coasts that
bathe the rest of the Pacic of Costa Rica must have been in the
past. For this reason, we consider it very important to continue
protecting these places that are so necessary for our future.
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Pl a z a Ve n ta n a s Oj O c h a l d e O s a
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It has been almost 12 years since our rst visit to Costa
Ballena. We decided to move here and fell in love with the
area and the life we have made.
My work as a physician, both as a General Practitioner and
as a Medical Aesthetic provider, has allowed me to meet
hundreds if not thousands of patients over these years,
most of whom visit my ofce regularly.
Hotel Cuna del Angel has been a wonderful place for a
medical practice, comfortable, private, and in a beautiful
surrounding. I have been able to practice medicine and
stay close to the tourism industry, which I had also worked
years ago. Nonetheless, the time has come to allow myself
and my practice to grow, as everything in our community
is too.
This new phase holds many new opportunities at our
new facility at Plaza Ventanas where we will broaden
the services offered South of Uvita. for providing better
services to my patients and meeting new ones.
This newly renovated shopping and commercial center
allows me to offer a larger, more comfortable environment
for my patients with the possibility of new services soon.
Full-on ofce with the waiting room, an ofce, and a
separate procedure room, all areas air-conditioned, I am
sure will help you feel welcome, comfortable, safe, and
cared for.
Parking right in front of the ofce and wheelchair access
are also benets of this new space and many additional
services offered at Plaza Ventanas like a Farmacia Plaza
Ventanas, two restaurants, a boutique, dental services,
lawyers, real estate, and many more.
My General Practice covers follow-up of chronic health
issues, weight loss, skin checks, PAP smears, assistance
in arranging appointments with different specialists for
surgery or other specialized procedures.
Minor surgical procedures for diagnosing and treating
skin lesions, skin tag removal, bloodwork, spider vein
sclerotherapy are also among the most common services
offered.
Among the rejuvenation services, you can nd treatment
for all your needs skin laxity, spots, visible pores, acne,
scars, uneven texture or tone, volume loss, hair loss, and,
of course, wrinkles. Even tightening or lifting the eyelids
or rejuvenating the contour of the mouth with Plasmage
or plasma energy-based therapy.
Treatments include botulinum toxin type A; dermal llers
like hyaluronic acid or even fat grafting or injections to the
face, the hands, the chest, the earlobes; augmentation
or denition of the lips; Dermapen and fractional
dermabrasion as collagen induction therapy; chemical
peels; radiofrequency; platelet rich plasma; PDO threads;
among others.
Some additional services are Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery consultations and minor procedures with Dr.
Miguel Alfaro, a renowned Costa Rican Plastic Surgeon.
He visits the ofce a few times a year.
BAHIA BALLENA
DOCTORS
AUTHOR: DRA. MÓNICA ALFARO
8833 6431
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THURSDAY - TUESDAY 4-9 PM
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4701 0110
ART - OJOCHAL & SURROUNDINGS
54
Rafael was born in the land of the famous “Guajira
Guantanamera, in the picturesque valley of the city of
Guantánamo, located in the Province of Guantánamo
south of the Caimán Dormido, the beautiful island of
Cuba.
At the age of three, Rafael danced and sang to the
sound of a portable radio. His mother smiled when
she saw him but she never gave it much importance,
since another plan was in the works since then. She
would rather see him become a doctor than an artist
from stage to stage. “Felito-as his family affectionately
calls him, he was born on the day of Saint Raphael,
Divine Doctor, and that he will be, always afrmed
that imposing mother.
Rafael always strived to excel in his training, both
academically and artistically during his years of
professional artistic education at the Vocational
School of Art-EVA and at the National School of
Art - ENA. The latter is a famous arts boarding
school in the City of Havana.
For four years, he studied various artistic disciplines
to become what today can be considered a “star”:
dancer, singer, musician and actor.
After nishing his studies graduating with honors,
his mother, with great pride, understood once and
for all that Rafael’s vocation and passion was, is
and always will be art!
In Cuba he had the great honor of sharing the stage
with many of the great artists, having the privilege
of being part of the great cast of Tropicana de
Cuba in the City of Matanzas, debuting for the
rst time in the famous production and show
“Simpson’s Heights”, under the artistic direction
of the acclaimed Andrés Gutiérrez and Santiago
Alfonso.
RAFAEL STEYNERS HAS THE RHYTHM IN HIS BLOOD!
AUTHOR: DAGMAR REINHRD
After a fruitful and exciting career in Cuba, Rafael wants to expand his
horizons and decides to move to Canada, where he forges himself as a
competitive Ballroom dancer and reafrms his vocal skills once again,
leaving a huge audience in “ahhhhhhh” from Australian, European and
American stages.
After long years of intense artistic life, Rafael retires as a dancer at
the age of 32 and chooses the south of Costa Rica as his perfect
destination for it. “Costa Rica reminds me a lot of Cuba - he exposes
with feeling - I love its beaches and beautiful landscapes, it is a quiet
country, with very respectful and pleasant people
Soon Rafael knew that Ojochal had his music scene,
especially in the famous Bamboo Room where he swept
with his songs full of feeling and rhythm. There he
captured everyone’s admiration, captivating the ladies
who loved his art and his beautiful and infectious smile.
At Sud Lounge, a pleasant restaurant with a comfortable
atmosphere on the main avenue of Ojochal, Rafael
performs every Friday night from 7-9 PM.
A bit of show business, a bit of glamor, hot rhythms, well-
known songs to sing along, an excellent atmosphere and
very good cuisine.
Meanwhile, he is building his dream, developing a very
interesting project located in Tres Ríos, minutes south
of Ojochal: Vayu Retreat Villas and Boutique Hotel, the
rst hotel in Costa Rica with a holistic approach, which
integrates smart technology to promote relaxation and
well-being during your stay. Rafael could not contain
himself and reveals a great surprise, the creation of an
amphitheater, where he will be returning to his times as
showman”, accompanied by several guest artists among
other shows and productions. How exciting!
Come and listen to Rafael, who denitely has the rhythm
in his blood!
CC Plaza Ventanas (
next to the Gas Station)
Corporation and Commercial Law
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Feng Shui
We make your living and working space
extraordinary by incorporating natural elements.
Harmony, health, happiness, and success!
We enhance positive areas in your home or
property and detect and improve negative ones.
Nicole Joss is a Swiss Feng Shui
expert living in Ojochal.
English – Español – Deutsch
Fire – Earth – Metal
Water – Wood
8641 3259 smileanddance@bluewin.ch
Feng Shui
AUTHOR: NICOLE JOSS
FENG SHUI, the Chinese art of interior design, brings us success,
health, and an “even” better life.
Feng-Shui, literally translated as “wind-water,is the art of living
in harmony with the environment. Happiness, prosperity, and
health increase.
Feng-Shui teaches life in harmony with the ve natural elements:
earth, metal, water, wood, and re.
Our world and our people are traversed by innumerable invisible
but highly inuential energy lines: CHI’s vital energy. Life energy
is pure vibration that can be measured using frequencies. If our
vibration is in the positive range, things get easier for us, and we
feel good overall.
Feng Shui tries to put the subtle energies of heaven and earth
in the best possible relationship with us humans and our lives,
especially at home or work.
Originally from China, Feng-Shui’s application has taken a unique
path through Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe.
Large international companies around the world have built and
furnished their ofce complexes following Feng Shui.
The environment and the rooms affect us with their energies.
Feng Shui shows how places, shapes, and cardinal points generate
their specic energetic patterns and how these silently inuence
us.
The Feng Shui application analyzes and groups the forces of
CH’I energy.
Places of positive energy support us and collaborate in health,
association, success, happiness, and harmony.
Places of negative energy, Shar-ch’i, have an unfavorable effect
on us.
Therefore, Feng Shui consultants strongly recommend not
sleeping, eating, working, or sitting any longer in such places.
Feng Shui’s practice can be used in almost all areas of our life and
improves or optimizes our daily being.
It is ideal when buying land or planning a building. More and more
buyers, architects, and planners are working with a Feng Shui
consultant.
There are countless possibilities and solutions to redesign or
redecorate existing rooms and gardens according to the criteria
of Feng Shui.
How is Feng Shui determined?
The most important basis of Feng Shui is the Pakua, an octagonal
symbol showing trigrams, cardinal points, and the elements of
nature. Your Feng Shui will be calculated based on these principles
to sift out favorable and unfavorable sectors.
Favorable places are activated, the unfavorable ones deactivated.
A simple redesign also reects optically.
All rooms, from singles to villas, seem clearer, more open, and
harmonious.
With suitable colors, plants, and decorative elements, a large
amount of positive CH’I is generated, which has a positive and
unconscious effect.
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HELLO FROM BEAUTIFUL DRAKE BAY
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HELLO FROM BEAUTIFUL DRAKE BAY
AUTHOR: CAPTAIN WILLY ATENCIO
Come join us for an awesome shing experience.
Because of our close proximity to Caño Island we
have some world class inshore and near shore
shing. Fishing boats from as far as Puerto
Jimenez and Quepos regularly make the long run
to Caño While they are wasting time and fuel, we
are shing. Normally people associate an Island
and its reef system with bottom shing. While
the bottom shing for Grouper, Snapper, Pompano
and Amberjack to name a few is excellent, big
pelagic sh like Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi-Mahi also
patrol these waters. It’s rare, but we have even
caught Marlin and Sailsh close to the island.
Right now, the Sailsh bite is starting to heat up. In
the last several trips we have caught and released
at least two Sails as well as several nice Yellow-
Fin Tuna. Our shing trips are custom trips, in
other words we do whatever each individual client
wants to do. We have clients come from all over
the world to catch a Roostersh and mark it off their
bucket list. In addition to the outstanding shing,
Drake Bay offers some great tours such as hiking in
Corcovado National Park, Scuba diving, Snorkeling
or simply relaxing in a beautiful jungle setting.
Fish Drake Bay is a full time Charter business with
a professional Captain and crew. We offer half day
or full day trips and have two boats to choose from.
Our price range accommodates all budgets. All
our trips are private and you never share the boat
with someone else. We have hundreds of satised
clients from around the world and we are the #1
ranked tour in Drake Bay on TripAdvisor with an
excellent rating. Make sure to follow us on Instagram
(@shdrakebay) where we post lots of pictures.
The best way to contact me to book a trip or to
ask questions is by email, info@shdrakebay.com
Now that the world is starting to travel again,
we are getting very busy. I encourage you to
reserve your trip as far in advance as possible.
I hope to see you soon and take you shing.
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He knows how to call chickens, lower oranges shaking the
branches, enjoys papaya juice, likes fresh nance or lemon, and
scares evils with a scapular. He is not photogenic but has a
painting where he looks amazing with his wife. He knows two
jokes, repeats them constantly, and has credit in his grocery
store.
He listens to the news on the radio and believes everything. He
knows how good it is to purge his children and grandchildren,
and the guardian angel has never forsaken him. He says
engineer” to anyone, and everyone calls him Don. He does not
know how to change a car tire but would always try to do it. He
knows how to sh, does not like soft beds, drinks Coca-Cola
only on exceptional occasions, beer always, and warm it does
not matter. At night he walks without a lamp, and mosquitoes
don’t bite him. He has eaten turtle, iguana, pig, beef, hen,
creole eggs, fox, snake, and all that tastes like a hen. He does
not know when it is a holiday and who to vote for because
everyone has offered him something, and none has kept his
word. There is nothing more beautiful than the farmers like my
grandparents and parents were.
The farmer smokes, drinks, tells stories, bets, ghts, supports
seven children or more, sows beans, potatoes, cassava, corn,
bananas, cocoa, sugarcane, collects, milks 50 cows from 4 in the
morning, knows how to whistle, he talks to the animals, and they
respond to him, there is a dog that follows him everywhere.
The farmer never retires, has no social security, and does not need
it; it does not affect his height. He walks around without sunscreen,
recognizes a ripe avocado without squeezing it, has a long ngernail
to peel tangerines, knows by eye how much a bulk weighs. He can
handle up to eight horses or mules at the same time. By looking and
turning it around, he knows how much the pig and the cow weigh,
he can handle up to eight horses or mules simultaneously, and he
knows the names of more than 50 animals. He carries a machete
ready to defend himself but has never used it.
The farmer does not need front teeth to laugh; he has the recipe
for tiger milk; and has never received dance classes but dances.
He does not suffer from depression or stress and knows 142 bad
words. He has seen the devil in the eld, knows who the village
witch is, and has a bit of a sorcerer himself. He does not get burned
by boiling coffee, wakes up before the alarm clock rings, changes
the battery, and xes clocks; a ue does not knock him down, his old
ICE cell phone hardly ever has a signal, and when it does, it never
rings.
He says hello 150 times a day, repeats the greetings, and says
goodbye up to 3 times. His pants are two sizes too big, but they
never fall off. He talks loud even to share a secret, knows shortcuts
to get there faster, knows when it will rain and fails much less than
the weather report, knows how to scare away rain and thunder. He
is not affected by gluten or lactose, caffeine does not keep him up,
and he recognizes bad boys and bad women.
FARMERS ALWAYS WORK
AUTHOR: ANONYMOUS
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Mobile: (506) 8723 0795
Office: (506) 4702 1307 |www.we-sell-paradise.com | info@we-sell-paradise.com
Active member of:
OJOCHAL - $419,000 OJOCHAL - $385,000 OJOCHAL - $569,000
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