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How to Maximize Your Time Surfing – Budget vs. Luxury

Surf CR logoOh, the good ole days. When you could find a cabina with a fan and mosquito net for $10 right on the beach, get $1 Pilsens, and $3 casados with the freshest fish. Now those places have been replaced by hotels charging over $200/night with loud a/c blasting artificial air all night, $7 craft IPA brews, and $30 a plate for a filet of yesterday’s catch.

Pavones photo: Greg Gordon

Rather than argue which route is better, budget versus luxury, I’ll give two examples of each—perfect surf trips (this would be experienced surfers).

Budget #1

Fly to San Jose, since with more flights the airfare is cheaper. Bring your surfboard as there is only one surf shop in Pavones—Sea Kings—and their board selection is limited. Take the bus to Pavones and camp right on the point (find the bus schedule at centrocoasting.com). The paddle out is right on the sand to the south and you can sit out front of your tent and stare at perfect lefts coming through all day. Walk up to the supermarkets in town to get your food and stop by the fisherman’s camp to see what fish they caught. Buy some 6-liter bottles of water as you will need a lot of water to drink. Remember the mosquito repellent and the rain tarp.

Encanta La Vida photo: EncantaLaVida.com

Luxury #1

Fly to San Jose and then take a local flight to Puerto Jimenez. Bring your shortboards but keep the board back under 7 feet for the smaller plane restrictions. Then pick up the Prado rental and drive to Encanta La Vida resort or your own private villa. Drive or walk between Cabo Matapalo and Pan Dulce, surfing whichever spot is working best depending on the swell direction and tide. Enjoy your meals by the pool, prepared by the restaurant or your own private chef.

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KSTR – May/June 2022

DaniHi Quepolandia – belated happy easter! It’s Dani, your spokeskid 🙂

Today I want to tell you about a new owl we received, named “Chill.” I’m also going to tell you about an animal in our sanctuary called Grandma Bella! And lastly, I want to give you an update about the nursery, and our intern position!

Chill is a Ferruginous pygmy owl. He’s a child (juvenile), and he fell out of his nest. Luckily he isn’t hurt but he can’t fly yet because he’s too young—so we’ll keep him safe until he can be released soon. Chill is tiny. This species of owl usually only grows to be 15 cm tall! He’s able to eat by himself, but we feed him twice a day to make sure he gets enough food. There’s a Pygmy owl that hangs out on the road to our house in Manuel Antonio, and at night, he flies away right as the car gets close to him in the headlights—and every time he does, it makes my heart jump! I’m glad that Chill isn’t hurt, and I’m happy to see that KSTR is there to keep him safe—and make sure he doesn’t get himself into trouble ;-)—until he’s big enough to be responsible for himself and released to the wild!

Next up is Bella, who I call “Grandma Bella”, because she’s pretty old! Bella is a Marmoset, and she’s been living in the sanctuary for a long time. Recently, we’ve made some new adjustments to her enclosure, so she can feel happy and safe. Now that she’s older, she can’t jump from branch to branch like she used to, so we added some bridges to connect the branches together! On “cold” days in Costa Rica (I know, crazy!) we give her a hot water bottle to lay on, so she can raise her body temperature without having to move around a lot. When I first started volunteering at KSTR, the second time I was there, I was going into her enclosure to give her diced food—she jumped on my shoulder! I tried to get her off, but she clearly wanted to hang out and rode long with me while I fed the parrots! Eventually, she got tired of the Dani Ride, so I took her back to her cage 🙂

UPDATE ON THE NURSERY! We’re almost done building, and it’s time to start looking for interns! We’re now accepting applications to help the Nursery Mom with care for the babies. Check out our website if you want more information kstr.org.

Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Chef's corner headerGrilled sweet corn slathered with cream, then dusted with cheese and chili powder (tajin) is a perfect side dish for your next fiesta. Can be served on or off the cob.


  • 3 ears of shucked sweet corn
  • ½ cup of sour cream or natilla
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of tajin pepper powder or to taste


  1. Grilling the corn is the best method for extra smokiness, but boiling also works. 
  2. In a bowl, mix the cream with mayonnaise, and in a separate shallow plate mix the parmesan with the tajin.
  3. Brush the warm cobs with cream mixture before rolling in cheese until entirely covered.
  4. Garnish with cilantro.

If you opt for serving the corn off the cob and in little bowls, cut off the cooked kernels and mix with cream and then top with cheese, tajin, and cilantro.

Pelagic Pura Vida Blue Marlin Classic

Hosted by world class Marina Pez Vela, in Quepos Costa Rica, March 24 – 27, 2022, International anglers from Australia, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and South Africa joined those from across the United States including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas, to participate in the first Bluewater fishing tournament of its kind.

With a truly unique tournament format that featured “no boundaries” as well as offering separate “sonar and non-sonar” divisions, this tournament was a true reflection of PELAGIC’s bold and innovative spirit, and willingness to try new things to improve the tournament experience for all participating anglers and teams.

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Clandestine Music Festival

Queens of Reggae

by Jennifer Samaria

Get ready for the First Annual Clandestine Music Festival in Manuel Antonio! Hosted by local hotel and restaurant owners with the top festival organizers on board, Quepos/Manuel Antonio is about to embark on a 3-day musical event never experienced before.  

This one-of-a-kind premiere live concert series will span over three days from Friday, May 13th, 2022 through Sunday, May 15, 2022 with venues including Drunken Monkey, Tres Banderas, The Fringe, and La Colina. All Clandestine Festival musical performances will be dispersed over the 3 various days at the 4 different locations to provide entertainment of many musical genres for all tastes, all day long. 

Ojo de Buey

Here’s your first look at some of the 2022 lineup:

Ojo de Buey
Queens of Reggae
Pato Barraza
Santos & Zurdo
DJ Rob Baltse
DJ Felo

Santos & Zurdo

Tickets, day passes, beach packages and activities, lodging and package deal information are on sale now and all available at clandestinemusicfestival.com. You can also find the online swag store with Clandestine Merchandise that displays what you can purchase at the different venues when you attend. Some of the deals being offered include discounted overnight accommodations when purchasing tickets as well as a %-off all excursions, activities and tours. Early ticket purchases are recommended for admission. Free shuttle service will be provided between the venues throughout the day and night, and drink specials will be flowing. 

Ticket prices are as follows:

One-day pass includes entrance, welcome drink and free shuttle service. Wristbands will be given at the door. $25.

Three-day pass includes entrance, welcome drink and free shuttle service all three days. Wristbands given on Day 1 at the door. $50.

VIP After-Party Pass includes entrance, welcome drink and free shuttle service for after-party beginning 11pm – 2am. Wristbands given at the door. $25/per night/after-party.

Weekend All Access Pass includes entrance into all events throughout the weekend, welcome drinks at every venue and free shuttle service throughout each day. Wristbands will be given on Day 1 at the door. $90. 

Pato Barraza

The calendar of events is displayed on clandestinemusicfestival.com. If you have any questions or need assistance with tickets, bookings and excursions you can contact Jennifer Samaria on WhatsApp at +1-424-302-3434 or email j_samaria@yahoo.com.

Quepos and Manuel Antonio???? Are you ready???? Vamos!!!!

¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – May/June 2022

Bienvenido… Welcome and thank you for coming. The southern Pacific has so much to offer we are sure you will not be disappointed. Whether you are exploring our National Parks, fishing for a record Marlin, trying one of our many adventure tours, or just chillin at the miles of pristine beaches, this is the Place to Do It. This is your vacation so get out there and Enjoy all Costa Rica has to offer. We want to wish everyone a wonderful Mother’s Day and a spectacular Father’s Day. Don’t forget to make those dinner reservations at one of our many fine restaurants: Victoria’s or Ronny’s Place on the hill. Mira Olas in Quepos are just a few. Mom’s will love a spa day with our new advertisers Spa Day Manuel Antonio. Or maybe a family portrait with Sarah Yunker Photography. For Dad about a fishing charter with JP Sport Fishing or Jackpot Sport Fishing. Dad probably would not mind a massage either.

May/June brings in the cooler weather and the beginning of green season and turtle season. So take one of the boats tours, Brisa Elegante or Sunset Sails, out of the marina and hopefully do some snorkeling with a turtle and enjoy our magnificent coastline and sunsets.

The First Annual Clandestine Music Festival is being held May 13-15. This one of a kind concert series will be held over 3 days at multiple venues to provided musical genres for all tastes. Get more info and tickets now at clandestinemusicfestival.com

Marina Pez Vela is hosting another great tournament the Summer Solstice Shootout June 18th. This event is really a celebration of diversity of our rich marine environment with big and small boats and anglers of all experience levels participating.

World Ocean Day is June 8th so while enjoying our beaches make a habit of bringing something in which to collect some trash and leave the beach better than when you arrived for all of us to enjoy in the future.

If anybody finds the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow please thank Frank Shulz for this month’s cover shot and treasure map and make sure he gets his cut.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or on Facebook/Quepolandia.

Peace and Enjoy…D

Two Favorite Homemade Hot Sauces

Chef's corner headerQuite often, a good hot sauce will brighten up any meal in a pinch.

Colombian Aji Salsa 

Process these simple ingredients for a fresh and spicy boost to empanadas, rice, fish, chicken, veggies, guacamole.


  • One ripe tomato cut into cubes
  • One small to medium yellow onion
  • One stalk of green onions
  • One Habanero pepper, seeds removed (any other pepper will work, amounts can vary)
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro, stems included
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar (or any other vinegar, you can also only use lime juice)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

Use the “pulse” setting for a coarse texture. This salsa keeps for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Moroccan Harissa

This smoky peppery paste will kick up your vegetables, proteins, soups, and such.
Keeps for several weeks refrigerated in an airtight container.


  • 3 Mexican Guajillo chilies, cleaned of seeds and stems
  • 1 fresh red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 whole chipotle in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ cup of olive oil


  1. Roast the fresh red pepper in a hot oven or over a griddle until the skin is charred and the flesh is cooked. Discard skin and seeds.
  2. Coarsely chop the cleaned Guajillo peppers to facilitate the blending. 
  3. Dry fry the caraway, cumin and coriander seeds until fragrant.
  4. Place spices in a blender to pulverize and add the Guajillo chilies to blend until fine.
  5. Gradually add the rest of the ingredients using the olive oil to finish the emulsion. The flavors will optimize overnight.

KSTR – April 2022

KSTR LogoDaniHi Guys, it’s Dani, your spokeskid for KSTR!

Today, I am excited to share 3 stories about animals at the sanctuary with you—1 about an animal who is there for good but very happy and has a girlfriend, one about an animal fighting hard to get back out into the wild, and one very inspiring story about a friend of MINE who helped save an injured animal at KSTR.

Darwin is a spider monkey who was rescued from someone who was keeping him as a pet, and introduced him to people a lot. Darwin was aggressive towards people, and the pet owner asked KSTR to take him. Darwin continues to be aggressive towards people—but he has settled in very nicely at KSTR, and even has a roommate—or as I like to call her, a Girl friend (named Nina—who is also a spider monkey).

Next is a Capuchin Monkey named Arfonzito, who was electrocuted and had damage to his tail. After trying to save his tail, the vets at KSTR had to amputate his tail to save his life. He’s currently recovering at KSTR, and he is trying hard to learn how to live (and move) without his tail, so that he can go back to nature, where he belongs!

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Brisa Elegante: The Journey

Brisa Elegante is the wooden sail cruiser in Marina Pez Vela in Quepos. She has become the landmark of the marina. It is an impressive sight when she enters the marina after sunset.

Hearing of Brisa Elegante’s heritage from Fethiye, Turkey, our guests regularly ask us how Brisa Elegante came to Costa Rica. Well, here is the whole story.

After her completion and initial operation in Turkey, she sailed from Fethiye from east to west through the Mediterranean and past Gibraltar to the Canary Islands. She crossed the Atlantic Ocean to St. Lucia in the Caribbean and sailed to her new home in St. Augustine FL, USA. This whole journey took her three months and has proven one thing—she is seaworthy!

In the Municipal Marina in St. Augustine, we took her over precisely one year ago, in April 2021. This was following a thorough one-week survey, crawling through the bilges, climbing on masts, and testing all systems. It was the highlight of the survey when she left her berth in the marina, sailing under the Bridge of Lions into the open bay for her sea trial. All systems worked, the bilge remained dry, and she moved confidently in the swell rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean. So, nothing stood in the way to take her over and plan her journey to Costa Rica.

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That’s Fishin’ – April 2022

A huge welcome to everyone visiting for the 2022 OFFSHORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS taking place April 24-29, we are delighted to have you here in Quepos and Manuel Antonio and I wish you a fantastic visit to Costa Rica with some truly excellent Fishing & memories made for a lifetime. The Offshore World Championships is the jewel in the crown of our tournament fishing season and we are so blessed to have such an event take place here which attracts visitors from all corners of the world.


March provided some simply excellent Marlin fishing out of the Marina Pez Vela. Water temperatures have been cooler than normal due to the La Nina weather cycle and a bit more rain than normal in the early part of the year, keeping the water temperatures lower and just ideal for Marlin. Lots of Blue Marlin were caught by the fleet and during the early part of March, we received a great run of Striped Marlin, which are always a welcome surprise and provided some excellent fishing. Striped Marlin here average in the 60-100lb category and are the small cousin to the Blue Marlin which are more common here. There was some fantastic Sailfish fishing during March which looks set to be even better in April. The Big Bull Dorados showed up during March and many 30-60lb Dorados have been caught, which are the highlight of many people’s day on the water. The Tuna fishing has been nothing short of world class with lots of Tuna in the 20-80lb range and some bigger fish thrown in also. The fishing forecast for April looks HOT and I hope you will get to experience it for yourself. We have lots of boats in the 25-60 foot range for all tastes and budgets, waiting to take you on the Offshore fishing adventure of a lifetime.

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Spanish Sucks – April 2022


Catching Zs

What’s better than a massage? A good night of sleep! This month’s article is dedicated to my wife and to those out there that suffer from insomnia or simply turning off those monkey minds…

Solid sleep habits, especially when accomplished night after night, is truly an essential elixir to a better life. Cognitive abilities, physical output, handling stress, enhanced internal biological functions can literally be streamlined on a daily basis to ease the tension of living with proper sleep. Science has come to the rescue once again to advance our wellbeing. Sometimes we forget that we are animals, we work on much of the same principles as our furry friends do. The sun and the moon have cycles as do our internal body rhythms. They are not meant to be played with and the ability to re-set can often be accomplished with just a little effort. My suggestion is to transform your habits for a week and you be the judge. Simple discipline and a desire to change is all that is needed.

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Every Good Idea Has A Downside – Wind Power

I am old enough to remember when the Sandhill Crane was an endangered species. There were less than 1000 left in the wild. Due to lots of hard work and diligence from a lot of nature lovers, there are now close to 100,000. Many of these beautiful stork-like birds with a distinctive call migrated every year to the Rio Grande Valley in Southeast Texas. Then, along came the wind turbines. My friend and fellow environmentalist Pamela lives in what used to be one of the best birding spots in the US. She still lives there and can tell the story better than I.

The Rio Grande Valley is in the world’s greatest migratory flyway. We have several sites labelled as the World’s Birding Center because of the number of migrants that pass through each winter. Birding has been the largest source of income for the area. Each year one of my greatest joys was the migration of the Sandhill cranes. They flew over my house in such huge flocks that my windows vibrated with their calls. I would stand outside and watch them fly overhead so close that I could look into their eyes. I would drive down the roads that have now been taken over by wind turbines and follow the flocks. I’d sit in my truck with my binoculars and watch them.

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How to Maximize Your Time Surfing – Road Trip vs. Surf Camp

Tamarindo – Covenient and beginner friendly waves.

Surf CR logoHow do you decide which is a better option to maximize your time surfing? If you are a beginner, I would say go to a surf camp 100% of the time. It will be safe, you will be well coached, and you will have support from others to get you up and riding. But what about if you are an intermediate or advanced surfer? First is how much about the waves in Costa Rica do you already know? Second is do you want to spend time with other surfers? Third is how far do you want to go?
I did not make how much it costs a reason since you can spend an endless amount on either option, and it may still not lead to more surf time. That is unless you did an overnight boat trip to Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point, then you get to surf both spots for at least two hours in the morning and afternoon, before the other boats arrive and after they leave—totally worth the >$2000/night price tag for the boat.

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What Does the Next level of Sleep Look Like?

Adjustable beds were once found only in hospitals, but now you can have all the comfort and health benefits of one in your own home. Most models thankfully, look more decorative than those you would see in a hospital so that you can relax in style.

Some of the medical conditions an adjustable bed can help with include sleep apnea, acid reflux, lower back pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, and Restless Legs Syndrome. Of course, there’s more than just medical advantages to consider. A completely healthy person can still sleep better on an adjustable base because of the bed’s ability to customize how they sleep.

With just the push of a button, you can silently set up your adjustable bed for customized comfort, and some will even fit inside your existing bed frame for a more stylish appearance!

What is an Adjustable Bed?

An adjustable bed, sometimes known as an electric bed, is a bed base topped with a series of panels. These panels tilt upward with the press of a button, elevating the head or foot of the mattress.
Because of its electronic components and high-quality metal structure, an adjustable base is one of the more expensive types of bed support. However, many people find the cost worthwhile to be able to get a better night’s rest.

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