PROMOTING THE BEST
BRANDS IN THE AREA!
# 92 DECEMBER 2023 - FEB. 2024
ESPAÑOL
Good Food
and
Good Living
Good Food
and
Good Living
CONTENT
Ed itorial
...................................................................................................................
4
Phone Directory .............................................................................................................. 6
Costa Rica:
Investing in Paradise- (Byron Segura)
....................................................
10
Laurent
Hesemans-(Liberty
Verbaan) ......................................................................... 12
Gift Yourself-(Karolina Magdalena) ............................................................................. 14
DOMINICAL ........................................................................................................... 16
Tide Charts ..................................................................................................................... 20
Stay Safe in Costa Ballena
............................................................................................ 22
UVIT A ..................................................................................................................... 26
Price
Automotive
Group NEW in Uvita-0
(Dagmar
Reinhard) .................................. 28
Experience, Commitment, Community ...................................................................... 30
Spending Winter in the Sun-(Lorenzo Gammuto ..................................................... 32
Destiny-UaphetJones)
................................................................................................... 34
Soul
Regression ............................................................................................................. 36
Sweet Ananas in Costa Rica-(Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe) ......................................... .38
The
Chef Corner-(Chef Rodrigo
Villalta) ..................................................................... .40
Mi Amore Restaurant: View Atmosphere
and first
class
food
-(Lorenzo Gammuto and Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe) ............................................... .42
An
lnmersive
Meal with The Catering Experience-(Lorenzo Gammuto and
Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe) ............................................................................................ 44
Beehive Restaurant-(Lorenzo Gammuto and
Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe)
........................................................................................... .46
"Sodas"
Feeling
Like
at
Home!!!-(Lorenzo
Gammuto
and
Melanie
Hoffmann-Rothe)
........................................................................................... 48
Le French Cafe-(Carolin Wrede) .................................................................................. .49
Discovering The Essence of Life- (Karolima Magdalena) ......................................... .50
La Colonia:
Good
Food and unique event.-(Lorenzo Gammuto and
Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe) ............................................................................................ 52
Where
to
eat ................................................................................................................... 56
Whale Watching Tour 2023-(Lorenzo
Gammuto and
Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe) ........................................................................................... .58
OJOCHAL ................................................................................................................ 60
Small
Interventions Improve your well-being- (Dr. Monica Alfaro) ......................... 62
Ecocentro Calathea
.......................................................................................................
64
Costa Rica
Travel
Hack-(Alexandra Lutty)
................................................................... 66
EDITORIAL
Dear readers, advertisers, and collaborators
We are thrilled to announce the release of the 92nd edition of our digital
magazine. We would like to express our gratitude to our advertisers for
their support in bringing you, our dear readers, engaging content that
promotes Costa Ballena, a beautiful destination located in the South Pacific
region of Costa Rica. We extend a warm welcome to our new advertisers
and thank those who contributed their articles to this edition. We would
also like to acknowledge the volunteers from Germany who wrote a
significant portion of the content with their excellent writing skills.
As we approach the end of 2023, we are filled with joy and a sense
of accomplishment for overcoming the significant challenges that we faced
this year. We are now looking forward to 2024 with optimism and are
preparing to continue publishing the best magazine in the South Pacific of
Costa Rica. Our magazine boasts of an excellent design and is linked to a
robust digital platform that ensures brand visibility and helps us reach a
precise audience.
With proud share part of the valuation received from our German volunteers:
“We have a good structure (the advertisements are always on the right side
while the articles are on the left, which presents an immaculate and
organized look). Our design is uniform on every page, giving the magazine a
clean and not messy look.
We do not have too many advertisements, which creates a severe impression.
We have a lot of high-quality articles that are the perfect size for a short read.
Due to all of these reasons, we believe that our magazine is the most
powerful and aesthetic. “We serve you on a silver platter of entertaining and
valuable content this year's end. Costa Ballena is distinguished by its rich and
varied gastronomic offerings; good food and good living are the central
topics, and we are sure that you will want to visit the restaurants or have a
private chef at home to celebrate a special occasion. Likewise, we have
included a new events section that links to our Facebook group: Costa Ballena
Music, Art, Events, and More, where we present some of the most notable
events in the area that reflect the vast cultural, artistic, and gastronomic
diversity of our community. Of special mention is the celebration of this year's
end in the community of Boruca of the Fiesta de los Diablitos; it is an
unforgettable experience.
Costa Ballena is a land with an exuberant nature that borders the infinite
ocean on one side of the Pacifica Fernández highway (Costanera Sur).
If you visit us, please take care of your safety, and we reiterate that you also
help us take care of our paradise so that we can enjoy it for a long time.
Our editorial team, writers, and graphic designers wish you a happy
holiday season and a harmonious 2024. May your year be filled with good
food and good living. Pura Vida!
EDITORIAL TEAM
Editor
carlos@pointingmarket.com
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Bayron Segura
Carolin Wrede
Chef Rodrigo Villalta
Dagmar Reinhard
Dr. Monica Alfaro
Japhet Jones
Karolina Magdalena
Lorenzo Gammuto
Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe
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Japhet Jones
Karolina Magdalena
Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe
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PHONE DIRECTORY
POLICE STATIONS
HOSPITALS & HEALTH
Police Emergency................911
Transito.....................2537-0631
Dominical.................2787-0406
Uvita..........................2743-8538
Ojochal......................2786-5661
Cortés.......................2788-8030
Hospital Tomás Casas (Cortés)...........2786-8148
Hopital Escalante Padilla
(Pérez Zeledón).....................................2785-0700
Servicios Médicos
Bahía-Ballena....................................... 2743-8595
Farmacia Ibarra....................................2743-8558
EBAIS......................................................2539-0000
Centro Medico Vargas ........................8750-9118
Bahia Ballena Doctors.........................8833-6431
ICE
information.......................1113
International Operator....1116
Electric Failures.................1119
TAXIS
DOMINICAL
Erick .....................................8602-3394
Guiligan ................................8847-0231
Ricardo (minibús 4x4).........8605-0801
UVITA
Alex (freight)..........................8989-2298
Carlos
(Bilingual)...............................8308-2695
Daniel.....................................8980-9966
Geovanny (Minibús)............8870-6040
Greivin ..................................8791-5680
Lusbín ...................................8576-7606
Henrry (Bilingual).................8543-9436
Rodolfo (freight) ...................5711-6868
OTHERS
Veterinaria Costa Ballena..................8730-8282
MINAE..................................................2786-5392
Environmental Complaints.........................1192
ASADA Uvita
(Uvita Aqueduct failures).................. 8736-7004
EXPRESS SERVICE
Victor Umaña Dinarte........................8774-2213
Beesto Express ( Geiler).....................8544-7493
47 Express (Alex Madrigal)................8820-6937
Andrey Rivera......................................6039-0243
Gas Express ( Esteban)........................8421-3333
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S
ince I moved to Costa Rica, buying things hasn’t made me
happy and doesn’t make sense anymore. The wild jungle and
the ocean greatly simplified my life—I mostly want to be out in
nature, create something from the heart for others, and care
for myself. Nevertheless, my self-love hasn’t changed much;
occasionally, I still feel like gifting something to myself—as a
reward, appreciation, or simple kindness without any
occasion. Instead of collecting things that require
maintenance later, I decided to give all that attention and care
back to myself through various experiences that contribute to
either my well-being or beautiful memories.
My latest idea was simple—I wanted to experience a complete
regeneration for my face, body, and mind at a
nature-inspired Spa.
First part: massage. Not the popular one from standardized
Spa menus, but one that would be truly special, inspired by
nature and done from someone's heart. "One-fits-all"
solutions, techniques, or services always discouraged me. I
love the individuality in myself and others. I was curious
whether I could find someone whose hands would understand
my body and become that gift for my skin, muscles, and
mind.
Oh dear, after weeks of searching, I found her. She was born
on Costa Rican land and loved nature more than anything.
She was Zai and founded her entirely botanical and organic
Spa named Tropicália. My session started with an in-depth
consultation about my body, tensions, habits, and any other
needs that came to my mind. She also served her delicious
herbal infusion directly from her garden, which made me feel
almost at home. She explained to me that she mastered
different massage techniques worldwide (from Ayurveda,
Shiatsu, Champi, and Sotai to Holistic, Swedish, and Deep
Tissue). Still, she would mix them all to respond to my body's
specific needs appropriately. It was the only explanation I
needed to hear.
While I was relaxing and taking a break from my thoughts,
Zai applied different herbal formulations and organic oils to
my skin and massaged any tension in my body to bring my
balance back. When somebody dedicates their craft to
nature, you can fully surrender, enjoy, and trust that your
well-being is in good hands.
Second part: facial. But Zai called it “Herbal Face
Regeneration,” which made me smile. She mindfully
prepared natural products from different combinations of
tropical fruits, plants, flowers, oats, aloe vera, rice, rose water,
blue clay, and more. Quickly afterward, she started an
intensive face massage followed by four steps: cleansing,
herbal steaming, exfoliation, and hydration. After completing
the treatment, she handed me a little note with natural recipes
for my everyday skincare.
This time, complete relaxation and the moment of
regeneration turned out to be the best gift I could give to
myself. Perhaps self-care and nature always make us feel this
way. Keep it in mind, and treat yourself special today.
Tropicália Spa is located in Dominicalito. Follow
Zai on Instagram or contact her via phone:
@tropicaliawellness.
+506 8896-1176.
Gift For Yourself
Author: Karolina Magdalena
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
Real Estate Transfer Exemption
Properties: properties acquired during
the term of the law (five years term) may
have a reduction of up to 20% of the total
transfer taxes.
Other Categories that may benefit from
the new Regulations:
Fixed Income Resident (Rentista): This
applies to those who can prove a
mon-thly profit or minimum fixed income
of $2500 per month.
Retirees Residency: Applies to those
who enjoy of retiree pension allocated
indefinitely with a minimum of $1000 per
month. Family members to be included.
The person who is a spouse, minor child,
an adult with a disability, or unmarried
child under 25 years of age with
economic dependency of the persons
who have opted for these categories of
investor, fixed-income (Rentista), or
Retiree, may also opt for a residence as a
dependent in the country. This is an
overview of the benefits you can enjoy.
However, each person, property and
context must be analyzed beforehand to
review its viability and assess it on a
case-by-case basis.
If you wish to know more about Costa
Rica, please feel free to contact any of our
Immigration and Corporate experts to
schedule a consultation and evacuate all
your doubts.
MBC LEGAL is an immigration/corporate
firm with more than 25 years of
experience working in immigration field.
Moving to another country is a decision
for the brave. However, taking that first step
is more attractive when the option is Costa
Rica. Moving to Costa Rica implies starting
a new life in a Central American paradise
and brings many benefits. It is about
investing in business and properties and the
future in a dream.
Recently, Costa Rica published the
Regulations to the “Law for the Attraction of
Investors, Rentistas and Retirees.” As a
result of this, when you invest in Costa Rica
by acqui-ring a property in this tropical
paradise, at the same time, you can make it
your new home by becoming a Resident,
fulfilling all the requirements established by
Immigration Law. The main requirement to
meet the residency criteria is to make an
investment equal to or above $150.000
(one hundred and fifty thousand dollars); in
addition to this, documents such as birth
certificates, criminal records, marriage
certificates, etc. must be provided.
But that is not all. Among the multiple
benefits provided by this law are the
following:
Import tax exemptions
Household goods: Brand or new, are
exempted 100% from importation taxes on
household goods and instruments for
professional practice.
Vehicles: They can import up to two
vehicles for land, air, or sea transportation,
for personal or family use, free of all import,
customs, and valueadded taxes.
COSTA RICA: INVESTING IN PARADISE
Author: Byron Segura
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
Costa Rica is an alluring destination for
anyone who loves nature, perhaps even more
so for photographers. From exotic birds to
jungle wildlife, underwater seascapes to
macro magic – this peaceful Central American
country is a paradise for those inspired to
capture the magnificence of the natural world.
Laurent Hesemans is one such photographer.
Specializing in macro photography and
deeply passionate about documenting the
smallest and most diverse creatures found in
the forests, Laurent moved from Namibia to
Costa Rica in 2020 and has not looked back
since.
I sat with Laurent to learn more about the man
and his craft.
Q: What do you love most about macro
photography?
A: I love the escapism of it! It's an entirely
different world. The beauty of so many natural
details that are not visible to the naked eye is
genuinely unique, and sharing these stunning
secrets with people worldwide is a beautiful
feeling.
Q: What are your favorite subjects?
A: That's a tricky question to answer. There are
so many astounding creatures and subjects.
Jumping spiders are certainly among my
favorites. They are so intelligent, and their
behavior and curiosity are fascinating.
Jumpers are also mostly very active and tend
to make challenging subjects. Successfully
capturing a good image makes it even more
satisfying.
Q: How would your photographs affect those
who see them?
A: I hope the images will generate more
interest in the subjects – many species are
often misunderstood and sometimes even
feared or disliked. I love the idea of turning
fear into fascination! I want to inspire curiosity
in people – and encourage them to take more
of an interest in the world around them and
the tiny creatures who live in it. Some insects
are even vital to our survival as a species.
Q: How different has your macro experience
been in Costa Rica compared to Namibia?
A: Worlds apart! Everything feels new and
different here in Costa Rica. There is so much
more diversity and colors and species… it was
truly overwhelming at first. The forest is a more
challenging environment to work in, as there is
a vast range of habitats and hiding places for
the tiny species I look for. In Namibia, the
desert offers different diversity, just as worthy of
celebrating and preserving. Still, the jungles
and forests are unparalleled regarding the
number of species to be found.
Q: What should people know about macro
photography?
A: Like any wildlife photography, the most
critical aspect is ethics. The safety of the
subjects is paramount, and care needs to be
taken not to disturb or negatively affect the
creatures we seek to document. The same
applies to the ecosystems they inhabit – we
need to be careful not to destroy or damage
the sensitive biomes essential to these species'
survival. Many are only found in specific areas,
and they need to be protected.
Q: Are there any last messages you'd like to
relay to readers?
A: Macro can be for anyone! While much of
the gear and process can initially seem
overwhelming and technical, it is more
accessible than ever. You don't even need an
expensive camera. I know many talented
photographers who capture beautiful macro
images on their cell phones.
Laurent Hesemans is based near Tinamastes,
Costa Rica, and is enthusiastic about sharing
his knowledge and passion with anyone who
wants to learn more about the tiny creatures he
documents.
Laurent Hesemans Photography
AUTHOR:Liberty Verbaan
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Situated beachfront, hugging the south bank of the
Baru River, Dominical is the gateway to Osa, Costa
Rica’s southern pacific. As you head south, Dominical
is the first town in the Canton of Osa. Although only
separated by the river from the northern district of
Aguirre, the feeling of the town is somehow very
diffe-rent. Crossing the bridge over the Baru opens a
portal to an alternate universe of fun and excitement.
Dominical is excellent in the people who live there. Is
it hard to go down the main street without seeing at
least one friend waving to many strangers who often
smile and wave back?
Until 2009, pavement did not connect Domini-cal to
Quepos and the rest of central Costa Rica. Bumpy dirt
roads and river crossings kept the travelers from
reaching Dominical. Those that braved the trip found
a lively little beach town with an irresistible charm. The
people who moved to Dominical then were
like-min-ded and adventurous, seeking an unspoiled
tropical beach. Now Dominical is connected for all to
enjoy. It’s no longer a secret, yet the town remains
cohesive with its local comradery and small-town
atmosphere. Unlike many coastal towns, you can walk
to every business within minutes. You can find
everything you need or don’t need within a few blocks.
The bohemian vibes of artists and musicians continue
to bring character. Long-time resident ex-pats and
local ticos laugh and tell stories reminiscing the town’s
history and sharing good times. Weekly farmer’s
markets showca-se the best in local foods, handmade
clothes, crafts, tinctures, and tapestry.
Appreciation for the artisan has given inspiration to a
broad range of restaurants, coffee shops, and a local
craft brewery.
Surfing continues to bring attention to Dominical. The
heavy waves breed dedicated surfers and National Team
level athletes. “Sunset Sessions,” a local Saturday
afternoon surf event, is open for all to participate in and
enjoy. DJs set the mood for locals and tourists to watch the
surfers compete as the sun melts into the sea. Yoga and
massage centers help counterbalance the many activities
bringing tranquillity to liveliness.
Within a short walk, you can cool off in nearby swimming
holes, find shade in the jungle, or spend your day on the
beach. Surfing, kayaking, fishing, soccer, yoga, fitness,
and other recreation versions are all at your fingertips.
The ocean is warm, the river is excellent, and life on a
tropical beach cannot improve.
There are very few tropical destinations with waves as
consistent as Dominical. With a healthy environment to
back it, a good community, and all the amenities you need
within a short walk, Dominical will continue to showcase
itself as a surf destination with a high quality of living.
Whether you’re here for the surf, the sun, adventure, or
relaxation, Dominical offers each visitor the option to
choose their path. For a small town, Dominical provides a
lot of variety; however, the proud residents and locals
make Playa Dominical unique.
DOMINICAL
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NEW ADDRESS: UVITA
NEXT TO SIBU
Stay Safe in Costa Ballena
Stay Safe in Costa Ballena
HERE ARE SOME PERSONAL PREVENTION
TIPS FOR THIS VACATION:
• In case of emergency call 911
• If you are a victim of assault, do not resist.
• Don't lose sight of your children.
• Be attentive to your luggage.
• Do not display valuables.
• Secure your purse or wallet.
• If you go to the beach, do not leave your items
unattended.
• At night avoid walking alone on the beach.
• Use A
TMs located in public well lit places.
• In the cashier's line avoid contact with strangers.
Make
sure there are no obstacles in the cashier slot
before inserting your card.
-If yo
u use the ATM at night, go accompanied by a
family
member or acquaintance.
• Use y
our card to pay at the stores.
ATM
• Do n
ot carry a lot of cash.
• Leave your vehicle in a safe place; don't leave
valuables.
• If you notice any strange situation,
-Be aware of what is happening around you.
• Locate the nearest police delegation.
• Always follow the recommendations of the
authorities.
• Do not give personal information to strangers .
. Always keep your belongings in view.
• Request information on safe routes at your hotel's
reception, information centers or the police.
• Visit areas with greater security.
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
Uvita is developing by leaps and bounds in
Costa Ballena, South Pacific, Costa Rica. This
multicultural community has become a
substantial commercial and business center
amid the most beautiful scenery. You will find
unique tours, sophisticated gourmet restaurants
and cozy eateries with typical food,hotels with
all facilities, cabins and eco-lodges with
stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as
banks, supermarkets, hard-ware stores,
pharmacies, car repair shops, information
centers, beauty salons and real estate offices.
Once you settle at your place of choice, what
are you planning on doing with so much
sunshine and tropical beauty? We suggest you
explore!
Visit Marino Ballena National Park. The famous
Whale’s Tail is located at Punta Uvita, with a
length of about 2296 feet and a width of 820
feet; it is the world’s third, largest sand-bank.
During the low tide, you can walk to its very
end.
Foreign tourists pay a $6 entrance fee to the
park, and national visitors pay $2 (no cash
accepted). Please save your receipt because
you can use it the same day to visit the Colonia
and Ballena beaches further south.
Take a four-hour kayaking tour in the national
park; you can paddle, swim, and snorkel along
the coral reef, walk on the whal´s tail, and
enter the mysterious world of the mangroves in
Bahía. You can experience all the different
ecosystems this unique marine park offers in
one perfect tour.
Excellent surfing beaches are Hermosa,, and
Ventanas. A surfer said: “Once you have surfed
Playa Chamán, you will never be able to leave
Uvita.” That is what happened to him and so
many others. On Wednesday and Saturday
mornings, visit the Farmers’ Market, where the
locals meet. If you are an avid reader, visit the
UCL, the second-hand book library next to the
Tracopa busstop.
In Uvita´s stores, you can buy everything you
need. There are restaurants for all tastes and
hotels for any budget. There are also fitness
centers, a post office, doctors, pharmacies,
apolice station, and beauty salons.
Adventuring a few kilometers up to the
moun-tains on dirt roads, you will find
riversand waterfalls cascading from the heights
into small pools. The rainforest full of
squawking,chir-ping,and buzzing of cicadas
merges with the bubbling sound of streaming
water whilea bright blue morpho butterfly
bounces with dazzling iridescent wings.
Hummingbirds hover over heliconia flowes,
rays of sunlight pierce through the forest
canopy, and the vines turn upwards to find the
light. From afar, you can hear the hoarse
screams of Howler monkeys and the late day
chatter of the green parrots making their way
home.
There are no traffic jams in the town center,just
the Pura Vida life style! You have arrived at the
biggest town of Costa Ballena: Welcome to
Uvita!
UVITA
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Allie Demarsh, owner of Price Auto Sales in Uvita,
proudly shares: "In less than six months, we have become
the favorite pre-owned car dealer amongst ex-pats
and long-time visitors. We are the first dealership in the
South Pacific to offer a "used car" one-year warranty. Our
vehicles come with full coverage insurance, nationwide
roadside assistance, and twelve months of free
maintenance".
The exclusive buy-back program offers a low-cost
alternative to the
high cost of renting for those who are
only here four or five months out of the year. You can
buy any car from them and return it within six months.
As long as you take care of the vehicle, they guarantee to
repurchase it for 80% of what you paid.
A big bonus: The Pre-Purchase option allows you
toselect your car BEFORE you arrive in Costa Rica. On your
arrival in San Jose, you are picked up in a private shuttle
and brought directly to our dealership, where your car
awaits you ready to drive home. Our in-house legal team
will have all your title and transfer documents ready. It is a
one-stop experience.
Allie, a mother of Four children, is very optimistic about the
planned business expansion. She says she has found the
perfect spot. Since there is a car shortage in the country,
you have to spend time searching for quality 4x4 cars, city-
driven ones, have had one owner, or contain a record with
the agency. All vehicles pass through our 72-point check
and get restored with factory parts. Vehicles driven on Costa
Rican roads require this thorough reconditioning process.
The goal is to provide mechanically sound and reliable cars.
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"When I first came to Costa Rica," Allie remembers, "I
experienced the same horror stories as many ex- pats
when purchasing a car." Three problematic cars and
shrinking funds later, she finally went to see Price
Automotive Group in Parrita. She was delighted with
her acquisition, and Doug Price's business model
convinced and inspired her to become a franchisee for
Uvita. "I want to save people headaches, provide
reliability and transmit the feeling of being welcome
from the first moment."
New: Allie Demarsh and her team created the Access
Paradise car and off-road vehicle Rental Service.
Women-owned and operated. There are no hidden
fees, and full coverage insurance is included..
Address: Price Auto Sales - Uvita. Price Auto Sales are
located right off the main road, to the right of Ukinca
Hostel, and across the street from the blue concrete
whale. If you are new to the area or just considering
moving here, WhatsApp her at +506-8916-1880 or
stop in and say "Hi Allie."
Price Aoutomotive Group NOW in Uvita!!!
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Farmacia barra has over 50 years of history and
a long family tradition. It is known for its unique
service for locals and tourists and its wide variety
of cosmetics, natural products, essential oils,
dermatological products, and orthopedics lines.
It started in Ciudad Neilly more than 50 years
ago, when the family's grandfather had a
medical dispensary in Pejibaye de Pérez Zeledón
for many years. Thus, he was the inspiration for
the further working history of the family.
The grandfather's grandchildren now run the
Farmacia Ibarra, but their careers took different
paths until they finally joined forces.
The siblings followed in the grandfather’s
footsteps and completed their pharmacy studies.
For several years, they worked separately due to
different difficulties; in 2016, they decided to
work together as Farmacias Ibarra. The initial
phases were not manageable, and there were
difficulties. But one thing always kept the family
together: faith. Over time, the siblings have
managed to form an actual unit.
They learned each other's strengths and
weaknesses, and Farmacia Ibarra now includes
a unique team.
Farmacia Ibarra is experienced, committed, and
community. A family with a long history that
loves what they do, and they form a fundamental
unit with their colleagues and customers. As a
resident or tourist, you can expect a friendly and
courteous team with great expertise. Whether
Spanish or English, you will feel safe and well-
advised. Service is the most essential thing for
Farmacia Ibarra. As a customer, you will always
have an expert for your needs.
Farmacia Ibarra is a chain now. We are located
in Uvita, Ojochal, Ciudad Cortes, Palmar Norte,
and Rio Claro.
With a long legacy, real passion, and expertise,
Farmacia Ibarra is a unique pharmacy where
you will feel comfortable and help with any
inquiry.
Experience, commitment, community
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
As a volunteer from Germany, I
decided to gain work experience
during my studies in Costa Rica. I
chose Costa Rica for several
reasons. Firstly, I wanted to
experience a new culture and see
how journalism works there.
Secondly, I wanted to extend my
summer and spend the European
winter in a warmer place.
For the first time, I skipped the
European winter and spent it
somewhere hot. While in
Germany, in November and
December, it was sometimes
below zero, and it snowed; I lay
on the beach after work or on
weekends and enjoyed the sun.
One day, my parents told me that
it had started snowing in
Germany, while I told them I had
been sun burnt - it felt surreal.
I spent my winter by the sea, on
whale and kayak tours, at
waterfalls, and with beautiful
sunsets. I only wore shorts and
T-shirts - the sweater I brought for
"safety" remained untouched in
my suitcase. Did I like it? I loved
it!
However, you have to be honest.
If you've spent 20 years of winter
in the snow with a thick jacket, a
hat, and gloves, at Christmas
markets with your friends and
family, drinking warm drinks, you
sometimes miss that too. Winter
in Germany is very cold and
exhausting but has beautiful
sides. You spend a lot of time at
home with your family. You make
yourself very comfortable with
warm drinks and food and then
snuggle up in your warm blanket
in the evening.
You won't have this atmosphere in
Costa Rica. Instead of getting
colder, the sun comes out more
and more over time, and it gets
hotter. But if you are a summer
person, this is precisely what you
will love.
My winter in Costa Rica was
beautiful. I am a summer person,
and I loved it. While it was
snowing in Germany, I was at the
beach and enjoyed the weather. If
you love summer, I can
recommend a winter in Costa
Rica. You will be happy not to
experience the cold in Germany
and have a wonderful time here.
Pura Vida!
Spending Winter in the Sun
Author: Lorenzo Gammutto
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Uvita - The Dome
Commercial Center, building 2, second floor.
Across from Centro Llantero del Sur
I remember that some time ago, when I
was working in San José, a colleague of
mine told me about a beautiful place he
visited in the south of the country. He
even mentioned that he had the
opportunity to see whales, the majestic
sea giants. As he spoke, my heart
yearned to know that place of a dream
he described with nature so green and
colors so intense. I still wonder how a
stroke of luck brought me to work on this
paradisiacal coast where the sky meets
the sea.
YOUR WELL-BEING IS MY AIM:
As a Health Care Therapist with ten years
of experience working in Bahia Ballena,
Baru, and Quepos areas, when potential
clients contact me, the first thing I do is
inquire about their needs and
expectations. I ask if the request is just for
a relaxation massage, therapeutic, or if
any underlying medical issue needs to be
addressed.
BEYOND SKIN & BONES THERAPEUTIC
BODY WORKS
And that is when the magic starts: I
prepare my body, mind, and all l need
for the special expected moment, and it is
genuinely remarkable for me the
responsibility and trust that lies in my
hand because when a client undresses,
they bare more than just their body and
expect nothing less than respect,
experience, and knowledge.
In my particular case, and since bodies talk,
specifically with massage therapy, before
starting, I will move around the table,
waiting to connect and receive what part of
my client's body needs more attention or
what the soul is communicating.
This intuitive massage process, which I have
developed during the long years of my
practice, enhances my job performance,
allowing me to go deeper and beyond skin
and bones.
HOME SERVICES
"What kind of massages do you do?". Even
though this is the most commonly asked
question, mentioning a list of different kinds
of messages gives me the impression that l
will be delivering articles of quantity, not
quality. Everyone is different, and so is their
therapy session as well.
When it comes to bodywork, you can be
sure that a professional service will be given
to you and yours. l will use techniques to
fulfill my client's expectations and desires,
providing a blissful well-being experience.
Services are available for individuals,
couples, groups, or retreats. Physiotherapy
Deep Tissue Massage
Swedish Massage
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Body Scrubs & Wraps
Mini facials.
DESTINY
Author: Physical Therapist Japhet Jones
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
With its beautiful nature and Pura Vida
philosophy, it is no surprise that Costa Rica has
become an international destination for
everything related to well-being, personal
development, holistic care, and spirituality.
It is with pleasure that today we present to you,
our readers, a well-being modality at the cutting
edge of consciousness development in a
particular soul regression approach—a modality
offered here in Costa Rica by two practitioners:
Jean-Simon Yelle and Anne-Marie
Simard-Tremblay. Based on the research and life
work of Pierre Dubuc, who developed several
personal development programs over more than
forty-four years, this approach is accessible to
all, structured, transparent, efficient, and
precise.
When we begin a session, we feel welcomed
with great acceptance. From the start of the
session, we are supported to define our
intentions regarding our life experiences in a felt
way. What do we no longer want? What do we
want to free ourselves from? And even more
importantly, what do we want more of, even if we
still need to see how? Less anxiety? Less stress?
Fewer conflicts? Less guilt? Fear? Sadness?
Fewer frustrations? Blockages? More ease in our
physical body, in our emotional aspect? Better
interpersonal relationships in general or with a
loved one? A better feeling of accomplishment in
general, at work, in friendships, in love? Or
simply a better overall understanding of who we
are in order to live our lives deliberately as we
Through this work in Soul Regression, we obtain
practical and stable results on the intentions that we
have defined for ourselves. Once this aspect of
intention is clarified, the rest unfolds smoothly and
pleasantly during the session. Each meeting lasts
between two hours to two and a half hours.
We have collected some testimonials from customers
who have benefited from the positive effects of this
specific approach:
"I only have one session left to complete the program
of twelve meetings. It has helped me so much in all
aspects of my life when it was tough that I am now
wondering if I am undertaking training as a
practitioner of this specific approach to, in turn, give
back to the following. Although my life was completely
falling apart not three years ago, I can now say with
pride and joy that I would not trade my life with
anyone! This program has supported me in creating
this life that I love."
You can contact Jean-Simon and Anne-Marie through
their website at www.soulregression.com, by email at
info@soulregression.com, or by WhatsApp at
+1-514-707-6588 or +1-438-500-4711.
Soul Regression,
Choosing well-being
through consciousness
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In the heart of Costa Rica lies the serene
town of Uvita, a hidden gem that captivates
those seeking adventure and relaxation.
This is the story of my journey to Uvita,
where volunteering in a journalism office
became a one-in-a-lifetime experience,
and the culinary wonders of this vibrant
town added a flavorful twist to every day.
As I embarked on my journey to Uvita, I
was excited about volunteering in a place
known for its untouched beaches, lush
rainforests, and warm community.
Living among locals and fellow volunteers,
I discovered the true meaning of Pura Vida,
the Costa Rican philosophy of embracing a
pure and joyful life without overthinking
everything. Shared meals and cultural
exchange forged bonds that made Uvita
feel like a home away from home and
surpassed cultural differences.
My days as a volunteer were anything but
filled with work. I spend most of my free
time exploring the region with my new
friends, who also volunteer in various
projects. We went to multiple waterfalls,
spent our afternoons at the beach to surf,
and saw countless stunning sunsets.
The culinary journey was undoubtedly one
of the best aspects of my Uvita experience.
The town's food scene reflected the diversity
of its people, with a blend of traditional
Costa Rican dishes and international
influences. Fresh seafood, tropical fruits,
and locally sourced ingredients became the
staples of my meals.
The local market in Uvita displays fresh
fruits that awakened my taste buds to new
and fresh flavors. Trying the exotic
Granadilla, Mangostan, Starfruit, and
Dragon Fruit was an unforgettable
experience and showed me the vibrant
biodiversity of the country. However, what
surprised me was the sweetness of the
mangoes and the pineapples. Even though
we import mangoes and pineapples to
Europe out of the same region, the
freshness and sweetness cannot be
compared. Every bite was mouthwatering
and a celebration of the broad biodiversity
that defines Costa Rican agriculture.
Besides the wide variety of dishes, Costa
Rica holds an absolute staple dish that also
became my devoted dinner - Casados, a
meal featuring rice, beans, plantains,
salad, and a choice of protein.
In conclusion, volunteering in a journalism
office in Uvita, Costa Rica, was a fantastic
adventure filled with new and exciting
experiences. Working in the office gave me
insights into the world of journalism and
allowed me to immerse myself in the
vibrant Costa Rican culture. From exploring
the beautiful surroundings of Uvita to
savoring the delicious local fruits, every
day, I brought something special. The
richness of the region, the flavors of the
cuisine, and the new wonderful people I
met here that I can now call my friends all
combined to create unforgettable
memories. Volunteering here was more
than just a job it was an experience that
opened my eyes to the Pura Vida spirit that
defines this beautiful part of the world.
Sweet Ananas in Costa Rica
Author: Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
Rodrigo Villalta, a renowned chef born in San José,
Costa Rica, discovered his passion for cooking early.
Significantly influenced by his grandmother, Dona
Catalina, he spent countless hours in the kitchen,
absorbing her culinary wisdom and falling in love with
the art of gastronomy.
At 18, Rodrigo began his formal culinary journey by
enrolling in the prestigious Instituto Nacional de
Aprendizaje (I.N.A.) to pursue his studies in
gastronomy. Throughout his time at I.N.A., he honed
his skills and refined his culinary talents, preparing
himself for a bright future in the culinary world.
After completing his studies, Rodrigo embarked on a
journey leading him to some of the country's most
remarkable restaurants and hotels. His dedication and
skill in the kitchen caught the attention of the producers
of a popular T.V. show called "Sabores TV," which
showcased the diverse flavors and cuisines of Costa
Rica and the whole world. Recruited as a T.V. chef,
Rodrigo charmed audiences with his infectious
personality and exquisite dishes. His time on the show
he lasted for an impressive five years, elevating him to
celebrity status within the culinary scene of Costa Rica.
After that pass for national media, Rodrigo returned to
the kitchen rush again; he traveled to Spain to receive
special training in healthy industrial processed food.
When he returned to Costa Rica, he worked as a
Director of Heatly food service at the prestigious School
Name "Gredos San Diego."
After five years as the head of Kitchen, Rodrigo started
a new project in the South Pacific Area named V.I.P.
Culinary Experiences, offering not just the best quality
and delicate personal food services. Still, he combines
his music and passion in the performance offering into
food and service, creating a new, unique experience
for his customers.
BBQ Pulled Jackfruit (20 servings)
Ingredients:
- 10 pounds of Jackfruit
- 2 large onions, diced or julienned
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 red sweet chilies, julienned
- 4 celery stalks, cut into julienne strips
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
- 2 teaspoons Maple syrup
- Salt and black pepper
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon smoke essence (optional)
Instructions:
Once you remove the peel from the fruit, separate the inner
fibers from the seeds and hard or round parts around these,
and place cooking oil on your hands and knife so that the
fruit resin does not stick. Crumble the Jackfruit pieces with
your hands to have a texture similar to pulled pork. In a
large skillet over medium heat, with vegetable oil, add the
onion, sweet chili, garlic, and celery, cook until golden
brown and fragrant, and set aside.
Add the shredded Jackfruit to a pot of boiling water and
cook for a few minutes until the fiber turns darker. Add the
soy sauce and smoke essence to the water and cook for a
few more minutes; separate the water from the fiber, dry the
fiber well, and then add the maple syrup and sugar to the
Jackfruit, mix well, and place in a hot pan with sunflower or
olive oil until golden brown, season with salt and pepper to
taste, then add the previously cooked vegetables, mix and
add the BBQ sauce, simmer for 10 minutes.
Once the Jackfruit has finished cooking, please remove it
from the heat. Place a generous portion of shredded
Jackfruit on a hamburger bun or in a tortilla. Serve hot and
enjoy your delicious vegetarian version of pulled pork
Jackfruit style. You can add sides such as salads or
additional sauces if desired.
Title: Chef Corner
Author: Chef Rodrigo Villalta
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Author: Melannie Hoffmann-Rothe,
Lorenzo Gammuto
A breathtaking view of the whale tail, a
beautiful pool, an aesthetic bar, friendly staff,
and first-class food await you at the Mi Amore
Restaurant in Uvita, Costa Rica.
To reach the restaurant, you must drive up a
big hill, which already gives you a hint of what
to expect. As soon as you arrive, you won't
believe your eyes - probably one of the most
beautiful views in Uvita. You see all the green
nature and the beautiful sea up to the horizon.
If you are lucky and the tide is low, you can
view the Whale Tail from a unique perspective.
But that's not all. An astonishing two-level pool
next to their stunning bar awaits you at Mi
Amore Restaurant, creating a beautiful
ambiance.
A crucial piece of information is that the
restaurant is connected to the pleasant Vista
Ballena Hotel. The hotel consists of 19 rooms
that each have a breathtaking view of the
Whale Tail. The restaurant is open to the public
and can be visited by hotel guests and outside
visitors. This means you can visit the restaurant
independently of the hotel.
In addition to this unique view and the
wonderful ambiance, the restaurant also offers
incredible quality. We had the opportunity to
enjoy a unique culinary experience with our
magazine at the Mi Amore Restaurant. We
were already amazed by the fancy drinks
served before our meal. The friendly and
courteous bartenders mixed and served us
drinks at the stunning bar. The drinks were very
tasty and refreshing - perfect for a warm
midday in Costa Rica.
Mi Amore also offers ideal drinks for the
evening, which taste very good and are
aesthetically pleasing. Besides all these
wonderful aspects, the real highlight remains
the food. At Mi Amore, you can enjoy Costa
Rican cuisine in a refined dining style. First, we
were allowed to enjoy pasta with seafood.
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Mi Amore Restaurant – view, atmosphere,
and first-class food
The Mi Amore Restaurant is a unique
oasis in Uvita. An incredible ambiance is
combined with first-class food and
amiable staff. Whether you are a local
or a tourist, the Mi Amore Restaurant is
always worth a visit.
The plate's presentation was unbelievable,
but the taste exceeded all expectations.
The fresh and high-quality seafood
harmonized perfectly with the creamy
pasta. We also ordered shrimps with
garlic, that were also beautifully served.
The taste was overwhelming. The shrimp
were of the best quality and went perfectly
with mashed potatoes and zucchini. It
must also be noted that the large portions
at Mi Amore Restaurant will surely satisfy
you.
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Indulging in the culinary mastery of renouned
local Chef Camilo Paris, our group was fortunate
to savor
an exclusive dinner prepared within the
intimate setting of our home. Camilo
demonstrated professionalism throughout,
offering his passion for culinary creativity as well
as a captivating and charismatic personal
narrative.
Chef Camilo's multicultural culinary journey has
bestowed upon him a creativity that transcends
borders. Born in Guatemala to a Salvadorian
father and Costa Rican mother, Camilo
embodies a blend of cultural backgrounds.
Having received formal culinary training in
Guatemala, he traversed the globe honing his
skills. The diversity of experience obtained
through his travels included training under iron
chef restaurantuer Steven Star in New York
before returning to Central America.
Honoring his Costarricense roots, Camilo
opened a restaurant in Puerto Viejo. An
entreprenueral heart has since led Chef Camilo
to facilitate the development of many successful
local restaurants. He has also established the
culinary amenities for some of Costa Rica’s most
renouned wellness retreats.
Presently, Chef Camilo applies his culinary
finesse as Founder and Executive Chef of The
Catering Experience. Specializing in vegetarian,
vegan and raw cooking emphasizing fresh local
ingredients, The Catering Experience offers event
catering, cooking classes and private chef
services in the Osa.
Stepping into Chef Camilo's kitchen was a fully
immersive experience. The vibrant bounty of
fresh produce laid out before us revealed
optimal freshness and quality. Advocating for a
balanced diet, Camilo urges attunement to our
bodies rather than succumbing to dietary trends.
This culinary philosophy is rooted in a critical
evaluation of ingredients, rejecting those
deemed detrimental to one's highest state of
wellness. Appreciation for the land and farmers
was emphasized by the meticulous use of these
locally grown ingredients.
One of the most unique attributes of Chef
Camilo is his energetic and personable
approach. Welcoming us into the kitchen, he
shared insightful techniques and encouraged
participation. Thus transforming our private
dinner into an interactive and educational
experience.
An Immersive Meal with The Catering Experience
AUTHOR: Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe / Lorenzo Gammuto
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COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
We were enthralled by the proficiency of his
techniques: cutting, slicing, and preparing
ingredients with flair. Conversing with Camilo is a
pleasure, as he effortlessly prepares intricate
dishes and heightens anticipation for the meal
ahead.
Aesthetically plated,
our meal was as diverse as
Camilo himself. Our menu included
turmeric-roasted chicken,
smoked pimento
"picadillo," yucca-stuffed "bolitas," and an
organic mixed green salad with a tahini, orange,
purple basil dressing.
The flavors were exquisite - crispy chicken, vibrant
vegetables, and a salad that perfectly
complemented the main course.
As a culinary crescendo, Chef Camilo surprised us
with a velvety, fresh pumpkin soup, earning the
accolade of THE BEST soup we've ever tasted.
Our meal provided by The Catering
Experience was nothing short of magical,
both gastronomically and interpersonally.
To have observed Chef Camilo’s work and
culinary wisdom was truly extraordinary.
We send our heartfelt gratitude to Chef
Camilo, who enriched both our palates and
our appreciation for the art of healthy local
cuisine.
@The_Catering_Expirence
+(506) 6241 7467
camilocarranzaparis@gmail.com
The Catering Experience
Learn more about The Catering Experience:
If you are looking for a restaurant with a
breathtaking ambience and a very authentic
chef, the Beehive Restaurant in Uvita, Costa
Rica is the perfect place for you. It is a fine
dining restaurant that serves Mediterranean
food with a unique ambience. If you are going
to visit the restaurant, take your time to soak it
all up.
The restaurant is built on the side of a hill from
which you have a beautiful view into the jungle.
They have a very large and aesthetically
pleasing bar where you are being served by
their very friendly staff. Another highlight is the
pool, which is located between the outside
tables, which gives the restaurant a unique
touch.
Especially in the evening, with all the warm
colored lights and the relaxing music in the
background, the ambiance is very soothing and
perfect for your fine dining dinner.
Micheal is the Chef of Beehive. He was born in
Jamaica, at 5 years old he moved to Canada,
where he lived for the next 40 years of his life.
He went to culinary school in Canada where he
mainly learned about Mediterranean cuisine,
which has become his passion. He had five
different restaurants over the years in Canada
before he decided that he needed something
new.
He actually moved to Costa Rica to retire but
after a few months of relaxing, he decided to
open a restaurant in Uvita. The Beehive is
already his second restaurant which he opened
up six years ago and treats like his treasure.
Michael decided to open a Mediterranean
restaurant because of his studies but also
because of his work experiences in Canada.
He worked there with a lot of people that have
a Mediterranean background, which
influenced his cooking a lot. He especially
loves Mediterranean cuisine because the food
is kept very clean and healthy. It is very
important to Chef Micheal that everything is
made from scratch, which is why the food
might take a little longer, but it is definitely
worth the wait
Beehive Restaurant
AUTHOR:Lorenzo Gammuto
PHOTO BY: Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe
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Michael is a very charismatic,
hardworking, and inspiring
person. You can see the
passion he holds for his
restaurant in his eyes. Not only
does he run the restaurant, but
he also works in the kitchen
himself almost every day. He
wants to offer his clients the
best possible quality for an
unforgettable time in his
restaurant.
At the Beehive you can expect a
beautiful restaurant with a
wonderful ambience. You will get
real Mediterranean food with the
best quality. You will also get to
know a boss with an exciting
personality with whom you will
immediately feel at ease. If you are
in Uvita and are looking for all
these characteristics in a restaurant,
Beehive is the place to go.
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Costa Rica has a lot to offer from a culinary point of
view. From fish to meat, from rice to beans, but also
from sushi to pizza, you can have everything you
want. The prices for restaurants in Costa Rica can vary
a lot. There are upscale restaurants with similar prices
to European restaurants, and then there are the
so-called “Sodas.”
Even though “Sodas” in Costa Rica are very common,
they are unique and special from a European visitor
point of view. But what exactly are “Sodas”?
In general, “Sodas” are restaurants for middle-budget
people and the general public. You wouldn’t usually
find the rich in these kinds of restaurants. You can eat
simple but also very authentic and good quality food
there. A very classic costarrican dish is the “casado,”
which is a plate with rice, beans, and a little salad with
either meat or fish. Thus, it is a very rich meal. But the
most extraordinary thing about the food in “Sodas” is
the price. For this wealthy meal accompanied by one
drink, you pay just around seven dollars. So, you pay
very little money for what you are getting.
But “Sodas” are not just food; “Sodas” are also a
feeling. When you visit one, you feel immediately like
you are home. It is kept very simple and small, which
creates a very familiar and cozy atmosphere. In
Sodas, you will usually be welcomed by several
women who work in the service and the kitchen.
The women there give you a very warm welcome, and you feel
very comfortable right away. An exceptional feature here is that
the clients have a view into the kitchen. This creates a very
authentic feeling, and you know exactly what you are getting
and how the food is being made.
This is a very reminiscent feeling of food at home. And it
also tastes like home- a very genuine food that reminds
you of the food of your mother or grandmother. For our
new campaign, "Good Food and Good Living," where
we try the best restaurants in our surroundings, I had a
particularly wonderful experience at the "Soda Machito"
in Uvita, Costa Rica.
In addition to a rich meal, the service is authentic and
friendly. You have a fantastic view into the kitchen, so you
can watch the very friendly cooks while they prepare the
food. The food is excellent, and you will leave the
restaurant completely satisfied. I felt right at home and was
able to enjoy a wonderful experience there.
If you are in Costa Rica and want to try the genuine and
authentic food from the locals, you must visit the “Sodas.”
Besides the genuine food, you will experience the real
“Pura Vida” of Costa Rica, and it will be something you
will remember forever.
But don't forget, sodas are just one part of Costa Rica's
great culinary offering.
“Sodas,” feeling like at home!
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
AUTHOR:Lorenzo Gammuto
PHOTO BY: Melanie Hoffman
Le French Cafe
Being European and living in Costa
Rica can be tricky sometimes. Missing
our natural and fresh bread or cheese
is a feeling that never completely fades
and many Restaurants can not fill this
void. Well, what if we tell you that there
is a solution?
Le French Cafe in Uvita is exactly that.
It gives you the homely feeling you
have been craving, by serving fresh
homemade bread with cheese or meat
plates and having the tropical Costa
Rican influence, by using local fruits in
smoothie bowls or avocado toasts, for
example. The cafe is also great for
vegans or vegetarians, serving many
different meatless options. You can
even order milk alternatives for your
hot or iced coffee, with the local option
being coconut milk.
The French Cafe offers a great variety
of classic French cuisine, like a croque
monsieur or different tastes that can be
eaten with a glass of French wine.
It is more like a restaurant than a cafe,
offering all-day breakfast and even
cocktails in the evening. It is open
almost the whole day, every day. And if
you still can't get enough of the food,
you can buy a loaf of bread or
baguette from their own bakery and
enjoy it at home.
The bakery or “boulangerie” also
offers classic French desserts, like
croissants or macarons. Their food
doesn't only look great, but it also
tastes hugely delicious, while still
maintaining very affordable prices.
When looking at the menu it is almost
impossible to make a decision,
because everything sounds so
amazing. Once you have been there,
there is no going back and no more
bread-shaped hole in your stomach.
The cafe is the first thing that comes to
mind when considering where to eat
and an option everyone is more than
okay with.
It is even an accepted place for my
French friends, who I almost had to
drag there. The second they saw the
menu, they were excited to eat
something that reminded them of
home again. (Of course, ordering a
red wine with their cheese plate.) If
French people approve of the food, it
means something.
The cafe is close to the beach and gives
off that atmosphere, making it fit
perfectly into the Costa Rican vibe. The
Restaurant looks beachy and clean,
with white walls, colorful flowers, and a
cozy interior. It makes you feel very
welcome and the staff adds up to that.
I would recommend visiting the French
Cafe and seeing for yourself if you love
it as much as me and my friends.
Author: Carolin Wrede
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´K
ia Ora’ is a traditional Māori phrase from
New Zealand commonly used as a greeting or
general expression of appreciation, wishing the
essence of life upon someone.
Since I moved to Dominicalito, I have been
learning about Pura Vida life from the Tico
community. Besides the kindest people, this
inconspicuous little town holds space for gems that
connect with pure living. Across from the
Dominicalito beach entrance, a sign with “Kia
Ora” surprises me. I follow the signs up past the
football pitch and walk into the building doors,
where a serene jungle oasis unfolds in front of me.
The smell of fresh coffee and breakfast being
cooked makes me turn and admire the extensive
mural reading “Kunjani Cafe.” Nicola, the owner,
welcomes me with a warm smile and explains that
“Kunjani” is a greeting from her home in Africa. A
greeting full of love and shine.
My neighbor, Nicola, wants to show me around.
I’m walking through her biggest dream—a space
where her family, community and guests find
harmony while being nurtured by nature and
peace. She has created something extraordinary
with her family—beautiful rental apartments, a
jungle yoga & community Shala, a heart-warming
and delicious Kunjani Cafe, and out of sight, two
luxury properties for conferences and retreats.
Every corner has the irresistible vibration of a
paradise home.
“Beautiful necklace. I love whales,” Nicola
compliments me and invites me to look around
more. I smile while walking away because whales
symbolize family and community, which Nicola
passionately creates for everyone around her.
After living in India, yoga has a special
place in my heart. I walk into the Shala just
as a yoga teacher with a colorful cap is
preparing and welcoming his class. People
are hugging, chatting, and stretching. Two
little dogs are sleeping on the side,
undisturbed by playful monkey sounds.
There’s no music, walls, mirrors—only wild
jungle and river, pure being. Everybody
seems to be in nature with each other and
for themselves—the most exquisite sense of
belonging humans can have.
When heading back, I find Nicola drinking
her coffee at Kunjani Cafe. “Thank you for
sharing your home,” I intend to say
goodbye. “Nobody leaves this place hungry,
my darling. Our chef, Douglas, will cook for
you,” is her response. I’m amazed by the
family feeling she created so quickly in my
heart. After a moment, a vibrant green
salad with avocados, strawberries, and
black sesame seeds appears in front of me.
What a journey!” I think and say, “Kia Ora.
Pura Vida. Thank you!” Those words from
different parts of the world have the same
meaning: a deep gratitude for being where
your feet are, living and receiving.
Visit the Kia Ora family and discover your
essence of life!
Kunjani Cafe is open Tuesday to Sunday
from 8:00 – 16:00.
The Shala offers daily 9:00 am yoga, as well
as weekly fitness & Pilates.
Discovering The Essence of Life
Author: Karolina Magdalena
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
For our new campaign "good food good living"
we visited the restaurant "La Colonia" in Uvita,
Costa Rica. It is a well-known restaurant in the
city that offers Costa Rican food of all kinds. We
had a culinary experience there that will be
remembered forever.
When we arrived, we got a warm welcome from
the Chef of "La Colonia'' who invited us to take a
seat. "La Colonia '' has a beautiful large outdoor
area where you can sit comfortably and idly. The
kitchen and bar are also outside, giving you a
partial view of the chefs and servers. As soon as
we sat down, the waiter quickly approached us
with fresh water and the menu. He
recommended the house specialties, so we
opted for pasta with shrimp, a champignon
sauce, and a homemade sandwich. We were
remembering a homemade lemonade for each
of us. The service was fast, so we received our
drinks and food in under ten minutes.
First of all, the lemonade was perfect. It was very
fresh, with an ideal level of sugar—an excellent
drink for the warm and heavy weather in Costa
Rica.
The noodles looked delicious, so I couldn't wait
to try them—a taste explosion. The spaghetti
was cooked to the right point, and the shrimp
harmonized perfectly with the sauce. I would
absolutely recommend them.
The sandwich was also presented with a side
dish of fries. Another waiter informed us that the
avocado, which should have been in the
sandwich, was missing. He was very friendly
and, in return, offered us a delicious brownie
with ice cream for dessert. Also, the sandwich
was still tasty without avocado, and the fries
were excellent.
But the highlight is yet to come: the brownie. It
was beautifully presented with a scoop of ice
cream topped with a strawberry sauce. It tasted
delicious and was the perfect ending for this
wonderful lunch.
We had a beautiful experience in the restaurant
"La Colonia." The food was delicious, and the
service was fast, kind, and courteous. If you are
searching for a good restaurant with a beautiful
location, "La Colonia" would be a perfect
choice.
La Colonia: Good Food and unique event place
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
AUTHOR:Lorenzo Gammuto
PHOTO BY: Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe
But "La Colonia" isn't just a restaurant-
it's a lot more. "La Colonia" is also a
perfect location for events. We had the
chance to visit the place right before a
big event. Thanks to the beautiful
outdoor area, it offers a good place
for celebrations, like a high school
graduation or weddings. In such
cases, the area is beautifully
decorated so the perfect event can
occur. In addition to the many
decorated tables, there is a dance
floor with music where everyone can
have fun. So, the ideal place for your
celebration.
If you are also looking for a hotel in
Costa Rica, "La Colonia" also offers
this. There are very nice rooms right
next to several pools. All in all, I can
recommend "La Colonia" as a
restaurant, event location, and hotel.
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
WHERE TO EAT
KUNJANI COFEE
Open from Tuesday to
Kia Ora House 50m
north of the Dominicalito
school, Dominicalito,
Osa, Puntarenas.
Whatsapp: +506 8319 5991
La Colonia
Seafood specialities
Breakfast, Lunch and
Dinner
Hotel El Tecal, Playa
Colonia, Uvita
Tel:2102 0082 
Whatsapp: 8301 4822
300 metros north of the gas station
Puntarenas Osa Uvita, Ballena
Tel:4702-3939
Beehive Mediterranean
Restaurant, Bar and
Boutique
Mediterranean food,
Terraza, Lunch,Dinner
and Cocktailbar
Whale Tail Brewery &
Gastro Pub
Gastro Pub, Craft beer
plus a superior
gastronomic offer
600 mtrs East of the BCR Banck
Uvita , Osa Puntarenas.
Tel:8934-7092
Jardines del Morete, Uvita de Osa,
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Telephone: +506 2743 8150
+ 506 6061 7883
USA/Canada: +1-855-847-2441
Mi Amore
Ristorante
Exelent food,
Pool, Breakfast,
Lunch,Dinner
and Cocktailbar








Ballena Bistro
Fresh Fusion Dishes
Vegan and Gluten Free
Options

6km South of Uvita next to
Ballena Beach
Tel: 2786 5407
VILLA LEONOR at
PLAYA BALLENA
Seafood, Casados Pastas
Fresh Tuna Lunch,
reserve for Dinner
Between Uvita & Ojochal Km 170
Tel: 2786 5380
Whatsapp: 8390 0130
Wednesday closed
French Café


French Savoir
Faire Breakfast /
Lunch / Diner

Plaza Bahia Moana Calle
Ballena Bahia 200m West of
Coastal Highway
Tel: 2201 8253
Pancito Café
French Bakery and
Restaurant
Breakfast and Lunch
Vegan and
Vegetarian options
New Location at Plaza
Ventanas Tel: 8729 4115
WHERE TO EAT
Ocean View and Sunset
International with Austrian
Touch Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner
and Cocktailbar
Please Reserve for Dinner
KM 169 Hotel Cristal Ballena
Tel: 2786 5367
Whatsapp: 8390 6863









Price per person: $6 , special prices for groups and residents
Group: minimum 01 - maximum 18
Start time: 8:30 AM - Duration: 3 hours
Price includes: safe parking, bilingual guide, fruit, water, snorkel equipment,
park admission and a lot of fun.
Description: Leaves from Punta Uvita, Marino Ballena National Park. Travel to the
Whale’s Tail, Isla Ballena, and the caves at Ventanas Beach for snorkeling and
sightseeing. Wath whales, dolphins, turtles, and rays.
Price per person: $1 - Group: minimum 01, maximum 08
Start time: 07:00 AM - Duration: F ull Day
Price includes: park admission, lunch and snacks, water, and soft drinks - pick
up available for an extra charge.
Description: tour departs from Sierpe Village. During the trip you can observe
the wildlife of the mangroves and swamps of the Sierpe Riv er delta. At the
the jungle and river mouth to wath wildlife and plants. Snorkeling on request.
Price per person: $1 5 - Group: minimum 01 maximum 18
Start time: 6:30 AM - Duration: F ull Day
Price includes: Biological Reserve admission fee, sandwiches, snacks, lunch,
water, soft drinks , bilingual guide, humpback whale watching in season. De -
scription: Tour departs from the village of Sierpe thr ough the swamps and
mangroves of the Sierpe riv er delta. The boat will take you snorkeling on the
world!
Price per person: $1 - Group: minimum 02, maximum 06
Start time: 07:00 AM - Duration: F ull Time
Price includes: lunch and snacks, water, and soft drinks - pick up available for
an extra charge.
Description: Tour departs from Uvita or Sierpe exploring the mangroves and
sw amps of the Sierpe riv er delta. Two dives, two tanks at the world-famous
classes av ailable at various prices. Packages av ailable for multi-day dives or
Price per person: $95 - Group: minimum 04, maximum 09
Start time: 6:30 am or 8:00 am - Duration: 5 to 9 hours
Price includes: all necessary equipment, bilingual guide.
Description: Pick your level and enjoy the ride! Savegre River: 5 hours. class 2
and 3, great for beginners. Swim at a waterfall, light lunch on the river. Then,
another hour of rafting.
lunch, followed by two more hours of rafting!
Enjo y O S A
Kayaking
Price per person:$75 - Group: minimun 02 - maximum 08
Star time: depends on the tide - Duration 3 hours
Price includes: Walk through the Terraba mangroves, water and fruits
Description: The tour begins in Boca Coronado, touring the mangroves of the
Terraba River, where different species of flora and fauna unique to that
ecosystem are sighted, and ends at the mouth of the same river.
Price per person : $ 5 - Group: minimum 01, maximum 40
Start time: 8:00 am, 11:00 am, and 2:00 pm - Duration: 2 hours
Price includes: all equipment, bilingual guide, transportation available for an
extra charge.
with a short tour of the rain forest, spotting birds and animals. Then, up to
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tops, across ravines, and mountains!
Price per person: $5 - Group: minimum 02, maximum 08
Start time: upon request - Duration: 3 hours
Price includes: friendly tour guide, saddled horses
Description: Take horseback riding through the mountains, jungles, or
beaches! S tart early for birdwatching, monkeys, and other wildlife - stop
at a remote waterf all for a swim or star t late for a sunse t ride on the beach!
Price per person: $ . special price for groups - Group: min. 02, max. 12
Start time: 3:00PM - Duration: 3 hours
Price includes: a bilingual guide, fruit, water - pick up available for an extra
charge.
Description: Sierpe Riv er day trip or sunse t cruise thr ough the sw amps and
mangroves - watch the jungle around you come alive with the growing
perfect day!
Price per person: $55 - Group: minimum 02, maximum 08
Start time: 5:00 PM - Duration: 3 hours
Price includes: a specialized bilingual guide, snack, water, and juice - pick up
available for an extra charge.
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hike in the jungle: night plants, spiders, frogs, and snakes! Your specialized
guide will keep you safe and sound exploring the rain forest!
Price: Half Day $575 – Full Day $950 - Group: minimum 02, maximum 06
Start time: 7:00 AM - Duration: 4 - 7 hours
Price includes: all necessary equipment, park admittance fee, water, snacks,
fruit, beverages, lunch (full day option) bilingual guide.
either oshore or inshore because of our generally calm sea conditions.
Enjo y O S A
BIRD WHATCHING
Price per person: $60
. Group: minimum 2 maximum 12
Start time: 6:30AM Duration: 3 hours
Price includes: specialized guide, equipment and breakfast.
Guided tour along the trails of the nature reserve, with sightings
of different species of birds. Accompanied by the best experts on
the subject, ending with a good breakfast.
It is the end of October, and we have one
goal: finding the last whales in Costa
Rica. The whale season in Costa Rica
ends in October. Thus, the chance of
seeing whales becomes more and more
improbable.
But we do not give up and want to use
one of the last chances to see whales in
this beautiful place.
With 20 people, we climb full of hope on
the boat and go out into the vast ocean.
At the beginning, the guide from
"Aventura Uno" gives us instructions on
everything we must remember to have
the best experience.
After that, everyone directs their gaze
towards the sea, hoping to see some
movements in the water. Everyone is
silent to make sure not to scare off the
whales. We are driving around for almost
thirty minutes without any luck of seeing
these beautiful sea creatures.
While we slowly give up hope, you start
seeing the disappointment on the
passengers' faces. Suddenly, out of
nowhere, someone in the group
screams:" There!"
Everyone holds their breath and looks in
that direction. And there they are, a
Whale mother with her newborn child.
They emerge a little so we can admire
part of their beauty, and the mood starts
rising.
Since the newborn has to catch his breath
at the surface approximately every 5
minutes, we can slowly follow the whales
while they appear over and over again.
Everyone gets out their camera while
having a look of excitement on their face.
After an hour of following the whales, we
were lucky to see them rise to the surface
next to our boat.
Although we missed the big whale jump, it
was one of the most breathtaking
experiences of our lives.
But the tour is not finished here. After a
small snack of fruit provided by the
organization, the boat's captain drives us
a little further to a beautiful place next to
some huge rocks sticking out of the
ocean. These rocks were so big that they
had their little ecosystem. The captain
allowed us to jump off the boat into the
water, which was refreshing due to the
warm, heavy Costarican weather.
The tour finishes at one of the most
famous places in Costa Rica: The
Waletale. The boat captain boat gave us
the option to let us off at the tail instead of
our starting point because, due to the low
tide, we could walk on the sand strip and
enjoy this beautiful phenomenon.
Overall, "Aventura Uno" enabled us to
have one of the most exciting experiences
of our lives.
Whale Watching Tour 2023
Author: Lorenzo Gammuto and
Melanie Hoffmann-Rothe
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
If a town along Costa Ballena
genuinely deserves to be called a
tranquil spot, it is Ojochal.
If you seek quiet and calm, you will find
it here. That is one of many reasons
why so many foreigners, especially
French Canadians and North
Americans, made their new home here
in this relaxed town.
That does not mean there is nothing to
do; there are many places to explore.
Yoga and Pilates are offered in several
retreats for peace seekers.
If you love going to the beach, you
should visit Playa Tortuga; as the name
says, the beach is named after the
turtles that nest here, mostly Lora or
English Olive Ridley, although there are
reports of green and leatherback
turtles. During the turtle season, they
often come here tolay their eggs.
Near Ojochal is another beautiful
beach called Playa Ventanas; its name
comes from the big openings in the
rocks that the ocean shaped like a big
ventana”, the Spanish word for
window.
If you want to discover more of this
beautiful town, you can explore your
surroundings or go on horseback with
a guide to explore the mountains to
wering over the area. Regardless of
your choice, be sure to bring your
camera to take photos of all the
animals you will detect in the
impressive landscapes in the middle of
exuberant nature.
If you want to combine adventure with
hiking while discovering wildlife, you
might end up in a natural pool with
pure mountain water. You could go on
a hiking tour to El Pavon, an out
standingly beautiful waterfall, an
example of what nature has created in
this masterpiece, Costa Ballena. You
can swim in the natural pool with fresh
and clean mountain water. You will feel
over whelmed by the beauty of the
Costa Rican jungle.
After a day of adventures, you can
choose between tasty local and
international restaurants. Ojochal is
where many foreigners settled,
creating an attractive “gourmet
destination” in Costa Ballena. Without
a doubt, you will find food of excellent
quality, delicious, and in a pleasant
environment, or if you wish, a chic
atmosphere..
OJOCHAL
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #92
+(506) 8730-2014
ecocentrocalatea@gmail.com@ecocentrocalathea
Opening hours
7:00am – 4:00 pm
Bird watching tours
Guided tours to Piedras Blancas National Park
Guided tours in our tropical garden
Night walks
We offer:
If you are a nature enthusiast and you´re looking forward to discover more of the flora and fauna of Costa
Rica’s South Pacific or you´re just looking for a peaceful place to relax and spend the day, visit Ecocentro
Calathea.
This newly opened tourist center offers a self-guided walk through a botanical garden including a collection
of tropical plants such as Calatheas and Heliconias, as well as an array of fruit trees and medicinal plants.
The garden is also a great spot for hummingbird observation. Ecocentro Calathea has a small lagoon and
a level trail through a gallery forest that often gives sights to a variety of birds, reptiles such as iguanas
and basilisks and even mammals such as the elusive squirrel monkey.
We create unique and memorable experiences that inspire a sustainable use of the environment and
appreciation of nature while making a positive impact on our community.
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Botulinum toxin type A (Botox Ò, Nabota) is a relaxing
protein or a substance produced by Clostridium
botulinum that has different medical and aesthetic
uses. This protein relaxes the contraction of muscles,
most commonly the muscles of facial expression. This
effect is produced by temporarily interrupting the
conduction of the electrical impulse between the nerve
and the muscle. Interrupting this nerve conduction
relaxes the muscles and minimizes the appearance of
wrinkles in aesthetic use. It can relieve pain due to
muscle spasticity, tension headaches, or pain in the
temporomandibular joint.
In 1979, this protein was used to relax the orbicularis
oculi muscle, which closes the eyes tightly. It was used for
patients who had blepharospasm or a strong and
sustained contraction of this muscle that did not allow
them to open their eyes. When using it, the doctors
observed that it also had effects on the appearance or
rather non-appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
Around 1989 it began to be used for aesthetic purposes.
Among its uses is the treatment of eye contour or
crow’s feet, forehead, frown, smoker’s lips or barcode,
marionette lines, chin, neck, and jaw contour. There are
also other uses for this toxin at the level of hyperhidrosis or
excessive sweating, migraines, and neck dystonia and
to treat patients with spastic paralysis.The effect of this
treatment begins to be seen between 4 to 7 days after it
is applied; its maximum effect is at 21 days, and its
average effect lasts four months.
It cannot be used in patients who are hypersensitive to it,
are pregnant, or breastfeeding. It is important not to lie
down or bend over for 4 hours after application. Still, to
ensure the best results, do not exercise for three days
after your injection.
Its use from middle age prevents the formation of dynamic
expression lines and delays the most noticeable aging and
the need to seek other complementary treatments. Many
myths about this treatment lack of information from a
serious source. We can clarify the following: Botulinum
toxin does NOT plump or deform the lips. You don’t have
to keep using it all the time, although patients want to
keep using it after starting the treatment. It does not create
more wrinkles; when you stop using it, the wrinkles we had
before return. It does not change the expression of the
face, especially when applied appropriately and without
exaggeration.
There are no topical creams or products that have the
same effect as botulinum toxin since none reaches the site
of action, the junction of the nerve and the muscle. Its
application is not dangerous; adverse effects occur in
approximately 1% of cases, and most with very mild
and temporary, such as redness of the area or
headache. Both men and women can use it at any age after
wrinkles are already apparent. If you start using it early, it
can have preventive effects.
Most important in this type of treatment is to see a
doctor with the appropriate knowledge and experience; that
also has the personal characteristics required to focus on
the needs and desires of the patient.
AUTHOR: DRA. MONICA ALFARO
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #9
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General Medicine
Bloodwork
Minor surgical
procedures
Scheduled Plastic
Surgery
Consultation
Botulinum toxin
Dermal Fillers
Cheminal Peels
Dermapen
Plasmage
PRP (Platelet Rich
Plasma)
Skin checks
Skin Tightening
Laser Hair Removal
Appointments WA +(506) 8833 6431
dralfaro@bahiaballenadoctors.com
BahiaBallenaDoctors.com
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Are you embarking on your Costa Rican
adventure?
At Osa Tropical Properties, we're thrilled to
share our go-to guide with friends and clients
gearing up for their first visit. We share these
tips with the hopes of helping ensure that your
journey is as smooth as the Costa Rican sea
breeze. Here are some essential keys to
making your Costa Rican experience truly
unforgettable!
Cash Matters: Dollars or Colones?
Before you take off, consider converting your
Canadian dollars or Euros into US dollars.
Why? Because US dollars are widely accepted
and preferred, especially for property
transactions. Just keep an eye on the
exchange rate to avoid any currency hiccups.
Water Quality Insights
Costa Rica's water is clean and safe. Town
water is chlorinated, and locals confidently
drink tap water. There is no need to splurge on
bottled water; tap water is a reliable choice.
Sun Protection Basics
Get ready to soak up the sun, but don't forget
your sunscreen and a stylish hat. Bringing your
sunscreen is a savvy move—it's cost-effective
and protects you from the tropical rays. So,
lather up and enjoy the sunny side of Costa
Rica.
Footwear for Exploration
Flip-flops are beach-friendly, but for jungle
adventures, opt for sturdy hiking sandals and
closed-toe shoes. Nature trails can be tricky
with ants and mud, so choose your footwear
wisely for a smooth trek.
Insect Repellent: Keep the Bugs at Bay
Costa Rica's beach sunsets are beautiful, but
sandflies can be a nuisance. Use natural insect
repellent to enjoy the vibrant sunsets without
the itchy aftermath.
Ocean Safety First
Costa Rica's beaches are perfect for a
refreshing dip, but be aware of riptides. Stick to
designated swim areas, follow lifeguard
advice, and exercise extra caution if there's no
lifeguard. Safety is critical for a worry-free
ocean experience.
Secure Your Valuables
Costa Rica is welcoming, but petty theft can
happen. Keep your valuables close, store them
securely, and lock them away when unused. By
staying vigilant, your pura vida experience will
be stress-free.
With these practical tips, your Costa Rican
adventure promises smooth sailing. Plan, stay
aware, and let the pura vida spirit guide you
through this enchanting land. So, get ready,
explorer, and let the magic of Costa Rica
unfold before your eyes.
Costa Rica Travel Hacks
Author: Alexandra Lutty
COSTA RICA FREE MAGAZINE #9
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