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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – September/October 2018

Cover September/October 2018Bienvenidos… Welcome to the rain forest, green season has arrived. So enjoy the peace of it and the lushness it provides. Our mornings are normally beautiful and the rain comes later in the day so get moving early and maybe have an afternoon nap ( guilt free in the rain). Our restaurants and tour companies are in full swing to make your stay here unforgettable and, without the crowds, much more enjoyable. Marina Pez Vela offers outstanding restaurants and tours, great shopping, and most important this time of year—underground parking and shuttle service. We recommend calling ahead to our fine restaurants beforehand because some will be closing briefly for a quick holiday for themselves and their staff. Being from the US I always enjoy this time of year. I look forward to the start of the NFL season. Even more so this year…being from Philly. Catch all the games at Sancho’s or Jolly Roger on the Hill or Double Hook at the marina.

Costa Rica celebrates their 196th year of Independence on September 15th. Quepos will be having its annual parade with children in traditional dress, floats, and festive marching bands. So if you are in the area come celebrate with a country that truly appreciates their Independence…. Viva Costa Rica!!!

October 31 is Halloween so start thinking of a costume and get ready for fright night in the jungle. Marina Pez Vela will be having their Halloween Bash complete with trick or treating for the kids and haunted house, as well as many bars and restaurants in the area. Always a great time.

We would like to thank Paul Gerace for another spectacular cover. We welcome our new advertisers this month Vista Cola Ballena and SuperMarket Pura Vida.

September/ October is a double month issue so we will be back to guide you in November. We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or on Facebook. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Happy Independence Day Costa Rica!!!
Peace and Enjoy…D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – August 2018

August 2018 coBienvenidos…Welcome to our piece of paradise. We are sure you will have a great time. There are so many wonderful things Costa Rica has to offer and we have them right here. Amazing beaches to surf, stroll or just tranquilo. For an over the top view of Manuel Antonio National Park (National Parks Day Aug. 24th) try parasailing with Aguas Azules. World class sport fishing and a fleet of boats to get you there are waiting for you at Marina Pez Vela. We have tours from skydiving with Skydive Costa Rica to scuba diving and everything in between. Whether you want to relax and enjoy our nature in the mangroves or for a little more adrenaline try white water rafting with Tucanes Tours. Our mangroves and rivers are as magical as our coastline. To experience the jungle canopy there is nothing like ziplining (Titi Canopy Tours). Or the first of it’s kind EcoTram at Hacienda Barú (tell Jack we sent you). August is whale season so while you are enjoying your cocktail at our many fine restaurants with a view, pay attention to the coast you never know when a family of Humpback Whales will go swimming past.

We would like to wish all you mothers a very happy Mother’s Day (August 15th). We would not be here if not for you. So do not make mom cook; take advantage of our incredible selection of fine restaurants. She probably would not mind a massage either.

Need more reason to celebrate? August 3rd is International Beer Day, so try one of the many microbrews at Fuego in Dominical. Also, International Rum Day is August 16….”cheers, salud”.

We would also like to welcome our new advertisers Flutterby House, MiniPrice Store, and Sea of Green Designs. Thanks to Rodolfo Guzman for the Helmet Headed Basilisk cover.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share here or on Facebook. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Peace and Enjoy……D

Today’s Tears Bring Tomorrow’s Rain

We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Staff writer Os passed away from a long hard fight with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Os starting writing for us in November 2011 and instantly become part of our family. He always had a smile and something nice to say, even at his worst. He is already deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Elizabeth and his family. It’s going to rain…


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – May/June 2018

May/June 2018 coverBienvenidos… 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 many National parks, fishing for a record Marlin, enjoying our spectacular beaches or many exhilarating tours. This is the place to DO IT. After a day of adventure don’t forget to pamper yourself with massage or Reiki. Maybe even a private chef to prepare your meals. Remember it is your vacation. You deserve it.

May/June is the beginning of green season and the turtle season. Happy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to all. World Oceans Day is June 8th so while enjoying the beach make a habit of bringing something in which to collect some trash and leave the beach better than when you arrived.

June also kicks off World Cup Soccer. Costa Rica’s national team will be traveling to Russia to defend their remarkable performance from Brazil in 2014. I have never ever seen a whole country come together in such a celebration of true pride and joy. Catch all the action and celebrations at Jolly Roger and Sancho’s on the mountain, Double Hook at the marina, or Fuego in Dominical.  So get out and be part of history as Costa Rica goes all the way in 2018. 

OLEEÉ OLÉ OLÉ OLEÉ TICOS TICOOOS….VIVA COSTA RICA!!!

Thank you to Paul Gerace for the incredible rainbow photo for the May/June cover. We also want to welcome our new advertisers to our pages Ask Zipy, Canton de Quepos Chamber of Commerce, Spice of Life, & Tony Corona Tours.

We hope you enjoy this magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Peace and Enjoy…D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – April 2018

April 2018 coverBienvenidos… Welcome to the land of Pura Vida. We are here to help you make this an unforgettable vacation. April is a very busy month. So have patience, relax, and enjoy. The action starts with the MPV Open (April 12-14) at Marina Pez Vela. Followed by the Offshore World Championship (April 16-20) with top teams from around the world competing for the Championship. Don’t forget Movie Night Under the Stars great night for the entire family.

April should also bring a little rain to help cool things down and provide some incredible sunsets. So get out to one of our many great restaurants such as Aqua Azul, Arbol, or Mogambo on the hill, Mira Olas in Quepos for spectacular sunset views and delicious cocktails. In Dominical check out the river views from Mono Congo or Fuego Brewery. Bring your camera as we are always looking for great covers.

Be careful this time year the rip tides can be very strong and sudden. Remember to swim sideways parallel with the shore and not into the current, and don’t forget the SUNBLOCK.

Earth Day is April 22nd and Selina’s and the Earth Day Network will be celebrating with workshops, art, and music designed for the entire family. The Earth is an incredibly complex and vibrant ecosystem, where living organisms interact with each other and their environment to create the ideal conditions for Life. So in the words of Bob Marley “Let’s get together and feel alright”.

We want to thank Cara Koch of La Vida in Life Photography for the fantastic cover shot. Welcome to our newest columnist Paul Gerace.

We hope you enjoy this magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or facebook.com/quepolandia.. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Peace and Enjoy…D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – March 2018

March 2018 coverBienvenidos… Welcome to the tropics. We knew you were coming so we turned up the heat. So take off those layers and forget about those snow shovels and enjoy this Pura Vida weather. Whether you are here to relax at our many wonderful restaurants, explore our National parks, fish, surf our beaches, zip line through the sky, raft our cool rivers, or a nice sunset cocktail. This magazine can be your guide to the best this area has to offer.

Marina Pez Vela will be hosting the 7th Annual Quepos Billfish Cup (March 14-17). In addition to a fleet of boats, fantastic tours, spectacular restaurants, and air conditioned shopping, it is also home of Gelateria Amorosi so cool down with some of the area’s most delicious Italian Gelato and treats. Tell them we sent you, our advertisers love to hear it. Don’t miss Movie Night Under the Stars every Friday on the big screen ( schedule on Page 44) a wonderful night for the entire family.

March Madness is upon us. So you basketball fans can catch all the action and great food at Sancho’s or Jolly Roger on the mountain or Double Hook Sports Bar at the Marina. Semana Santa is one of the busiest weeks here at the beach so have patience, relax and enjoy the celebration… Happy Easter.

We want to thank Casper Homewood for the chillin’ at the beach cover (don’t forget your SUNBLOCK). We are always looking for great shots for the cover so please send your photos to info@quepolandia.com for future consideration.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Peace and Enjoy…D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – February 2018

February 2018 coverBienvenidos… Welcome to Quepolandia, we are here to make sure you have an unforgettable adventure. So get out and enjoy being away from those freezing temperatures. Whether hiking a national park or sitting on our wonderful beaches don’t forget to hydrate (NOT cervezas) and sunblock sunblock sunblock.

A lot is happening here in February. For all you rafters El Chorro is now open so have Quepoa Expeditions guide you to a spectacular trip. Our rivers are as magical as our beaches and should not be missed. Catch the Super Bowl Feb. 4th at Jolly Roger or Sancho’s on the mountain, and Marina Pez Vela will have it on the big screen in Quepos. Don’t forget movie night under the stars at the marina. A great night out for the whole family and it’s free. 

Time to start thinking of that “special” person, Valentine’s Day is almost here. So make reservations at one of our many fantastic restaurants: Arbol, Fuego, Gabriella’s, or OSA Thyme…just to mention a few. 

We also want to welcome back the eighth annual Envision Festival on the 22nd-25th in Uvita. Four days of music, yoga, artists, and workshops to help open our minds to making this a better planet…TOGETHER. Spreading peace, love, and knowledge not footprints and waste. Thanks to Eric Allen for sharing some love on the cover

We would like to welcome our new advertisers that help make this magazine possible, Aguahara, Crocodile Man Tours, El Faro Restaurant, Ennio Afilador de Cuchillos, and Las Cascadas.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you thru this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here and facebook.com/quepolandia..

Peace and Love…D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – January 2018

January 2018 coverBienvenidos…Welcome 2018, we hope you had a wonderful Holiday. High season is upon us in Costa Rica and we are glad you are here to be part of it with us. Green season has provided us a beautiful backdrop to begin this new year of adventure. Our magazine is filled with the best of the best the Southern Pacific Zone has to offer and should help your stay here a trip you never forget.

Try something new this year like sport fishing for a record Marlin (Marina Pe Vela). Zip Lining and exploring the tree tops (Hacienda Baru or Titi Canopy). Paddling thru the Mangrove with Tucanes Tours. Hiking thru some of the most beautiful National parks in the world. Just chillin at the beach, try parasailing or learn to surf ( Aquas Azules or Marcos). They will have you hanging ten in no time. So let the “Pura Vida” lifestyle set the pace for your 2018. Life is short…GO LIVE IT!

We want to thank Paul Gerace for his incredible hairy caterpillar on ginger cover. You can check out more of his photos at photosofcostarica.com, or buy his photo books on blurb.com or amazon.com.

We are always looking for new covers so please send your best shots to info@quepolandia.com for future consideration.

Looking for great food, great drinks, and NFL Football? Stop in to Jolly Rogers, Sanchos, or Double Hook to catch all the games.

Also, great food, great music, and a great cause at PAWS Battle of the Bands, on January 28th at Ronny’s Place.

We would like it welcome our new advertisers this month… Costa Rica Yacht Sales, Karma Lounge, Manuel Antonio Deli, Mogambo Bar, Shanti Spa, and SmartWebCR.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here and at facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments. Have a great New Year.

Peace and Enjoy..D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – December 2017

December 2017 coverBienvenidos/ Welcome to paradise, we are glad you have arrived. The rains are slowing, the sun is shining, and the jungle is alive… so let the fun begin. Our pages are full of awesome restaurants of every flavor. Sunrice, Victoria’s, or Z Gastro Bar just to mention a few. Tour companies to take your vacation to the next level like Quepoa Expeditions or Titi Canopy. Transportation companies (Monkey Ride and the Marina Pez Vela shuttle) that will get you where you are going. Not to mention great articles to enjoy while chillin’ at the beach or by the pool.

The fish are jumping and so is Marina Pez Vela. The annual Bright Lights Boat Parade is December 9th. What a great way to kick off the holiday season and wrapping it up with a spectacular firework show to light up the skies of Quepos for New Year’s Eve so make sure not to miss it. Great time to feel the Pura Vida this country has to offer.

Our shops are great for your holiday shopping. Check out Mot Mot Gallery or The Captain’s Booty for that one of a kind gift. Also let us not forget the Toys for Tots boxes in the area and help brighten someone’s holiday.
We would like to welcome our new advertisers: Fuhgeddaboudit, Pat’s Pottery, & Rasta Adventure.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here and at facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

We at Quepolandia would like to wish our advertisers, writers, staff, and readers a Wonderful Holiday Season and an Incredible 2018!!!

Peace on Earth & Enjoy… D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – November 2017

November 2017 coverBienvenidos….Welcome to the “Rain Forest”, can’t say the brochure did not warn you. It will probably rain, but don’t let that stop you. Manuel Antonio National Park is in full bloom which attracts frogs, hummingbirds, and butterflies. It is also baby season here in the jungle so look closely; a lot of monkeys and sloths are carrying babies on their backs. The Humpback whales and their calves are still here so get to Marina Pez Vela for many options to view them as well as world class sport fishing. Our rivers are also flowing so check out Quepoa Expeditions or Tucanes Tours for some thrilling rafting. Don’t forget the 7th Annual Quepos Open Tennis Tournament being held Nov 11-12 and finals 18-19 at the Tennis Club Quepos.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those effected by Hurricane Nate. It truly showed the strength of Pura Vida. So many people helping each other and lending a hand, even when one was needed. Find out how you help the recovery HERE. VIVA COSTA RICA

Our many fine restaurants are serving up your favorite culinary delights. It is a good idea to call ahead this time of year. (Telephone Directory is on Page 72) We would like to wish everyone a Wonderful Thanksgiving.

Toys for tots will have their collection boxes around the area. so let us help the children by dropping an unwrapped gift to help brighten someone’s holiday… Santa Clause cannot do it all himself.

We would like to welcome our new advertisers this month: Costa Rica Real Estate Services, Jolly Roger, Ocho Tejas, Osa Thyme, and Vista Bellena.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here and at facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Peace&Enjoy…D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – September/October 2017

September/October CoverBienvenidos…Welcome to the Rainforest…green season has arrived. So enjoy the peace of it and the greenness it provides. Our mornings are normally beautiful the rain comes later in the day so get moving early and maybe an afternoon nap (guilt free in the rain haha). Our restaurants and tour companies are in full swing to make your stay here unforgettable and without the crowds more enjoyable. We recommend calling ahead to our fine restaurants beforehand because some will be closing for a quick holiday for themselves and staff. Always love this time of year being from the US I always look forward to the start of the NFL season. Catch all the games at Hawg ‘n’ Bill at the beach, Sancho’s and Byblos on the mountain, or Double Hook at the marina.

Costa Rica celebrates their 196th year of Independence on Sept. 15. Quepos will be having its parade with children in traditional costumes, floats and festive marching bands. So if you are in the area come celebrate with a country that truly appreciates their Independence…. Pura Vida!

Halloween is coming so get your costumes ready for fright night in the jungle. Marina Pez Vela will be having its annual Halloween bash as well as many bar and restaurants in the area.

We want to thank Manuel Cabalceta from Manuel’s Tours for the great tree frog cover. We also want to welcome our new advertisers Casa de Amor, DHL, Hari OM, and Premier Wine and Food Company. Also, Paul Gerace, who has been our source for a number of great covers, has 2 new books of photographs.

September/October is a double issue here at Quepolandia so we will be back to guide you in November. We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or at facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments. Happy Independence Day Costa Rica!!!


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – August 2017

August 2017 coverBienvenidos… Welcome and let the fun begin.

Our amazing beaches to stroll, surf or just tranquilo await you. For an over the top view of Manuel Antonio National Park try parasailing with Aquas Azules. World class sport fishing and a fleet of boats to get you there are waiting at Marina Pez Vela. We have tours from skydiving (Skydive Costa Rica) to snorkeling (Sunset Sails) and everything in between. Whether you want to relax and enjoy the nature with Kayak Lodge or Tucanes mangrove tours, or for a little more adrenaline try white water rafting with Quepoa Expeditions. Our mangroves and rivers are as magical as our coastlines. To experience the jungle canopy try zip lining with Titi Canopy Tours. Or the first of its kind the Eco-Tram at Hacienda Baru (tell Jack we sent you) where you can get up close and personal with nature. August is the beginning of whale season so while enjoying your cocktail at our many fine restaurants with a view, pay attention off the coast. You never know when a pod of Humpbacks will swim by.

We want to thank Gaia Hotel & Reserve for the mommy Sloth cover. We also want to wish all you ladies a wonderful Mother’s Day (Aug 15). We would not be possible without you. So don’t make mom cook take advantage of our incredible selection of restaurants in the area. I am sure she would also love a massage or a family portrait (Sarah Yunker Photography). Moms… ENJOY YOUR DAY!!!

We would like to welcome our new advertisers that help make this magazine possible: E&T Escrow and Trust, Manuel Antonio Estates/Palmas Pacifica, & Get It Here Jerry.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here and on facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate your comments and photos.

Peace and Enjoy…D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – July 2017

July 2017 coverBienvenidos… Welcome to our piece of paradise, it is sure to please. We have almost everything Costa Rica has to offer. Zip Lining, White water rafting, ATVs, horseback riding, skydiving, sport fishing, parasailing, ocean cruises, mangrove and waterfall tours. Just to mention a few. There are amazing restaurants for every taste and don’t forget the ice cold drinks. So pop into one of our many advertisers and let them know we sent you….you won’t be disappointed. The summer rains have brought the greenness, so no complaining just get out early and enjoy the beautiful mornings. Rain normally begins late in the afternoon. Don’t let it stop you from enjoying the rain forest. We want to thank Paul Gerace for the July cover. Incredible shot. 

Have a great Canada Day (July 1) for all you Canadians. Happy Independence Day (July 4). Feliz Dia del Guanacaste (July25). Remember these Holidays commemorate freedom and peace that we all enjoy every day. It is not fireworks and parties…that is just what makes it fun.

We want to welcome our new advertisers Eva’s Garden & Plaza La Sele.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and that it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share here or on facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments and photos.

Peace and Enjoy…D

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – May/June 2017

Cover May-June 2017Bienvenidos…Welcome and thank you coming. The southern Pacific has so much to offer we are sure you will not be disappointed. Whether you are exploring our many National parks, fishing for a record marlin, enjoying our spectacular beaches, or one of the many tours. This is the place to DO IT. After a day of adventure don’t forget to pamper yourself. Book a massage or Reiki. Get a mani/pedi and a facial. How about a private chef preparing your meals. Remember it is your vacation….Enjoy it

May/June brings the beginning of “green” season and turtle season. We would like to thank the Matapalo Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Project for all the work they do in protecting the endangered sea turtles that come to our beaches to nest and lay their eggs. Also to Gunnar Ebbesson for the great cover. Don’t miss the PAWS 6th Annual Elegant Evening of Fun at the Runaway Grill on June 17. It is an outstanding event at an outstanding location for an outstanding cause.

We would like to thank our new advertisers to this magazine…..Carlos Herreros/Coldwell Banker Relocation Services, Fuego Brew Co., Hidden Bay Marina View Properties, Marina Pez Vela Commercial Plaza, Marina Pez Vela Villas, Quepos Yacht Sales, & Waterfalls Manuel Antonio. And new our contributor Danni Coyote.

We hope you enjoy are magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or on facebook.com/quepolandia. We appreciate and welcome your comments and photos.

Peace and Enjoy…D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – April 2017

April 2017 coverBienvenidos/ Welcome to the land of Pura Vida. We are here to help make this an unforgettable vacation. April is a very busy month here with Semana Santa being one of the biggest weeks of the year. So have patience, relax, and enjoy the celebration. April should also bring a little rain to help cool things down a little and provide some incredible sunsets. So get to one of our many restaurants such as El Sol or d’Tapas at the beach. Aqua Azul or El Lagarto on the mountain or Mira Olas at the Best Western in Quepos for spectacular sunset views and delicious cocktails. In Dominical check out the river view from Mono Congo. Bring your camera as we are always looking for great cover shots.

Marina Pez Vela will be in full swing this month hosting the Offshore World Championships with top team teams from around the world competing for the Championship. Thank you Keiber Cruz for the cover. Great shot of last year’s OWC start. Don’t forget Movie Night Under the Stars every Friday night, a great night for the entire family.

Be careful this time of year the rip tides can be strong, remember to swim sideways parallel with the shore & not into the currant, and don’t forget the SUNBLOCK.

We would like to welcome our new additions this month, Aurea Designs, Casa Moderna, Carlos Herreros at Coldwell Banker, and Manu Villas….. So please let our advertisers know we sent you.

We hope you enjoy the magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or on Facebook. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Peace & Enjoy…D


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – March 2017

Cover March 2017Bienvenidos… Welcome to the tropics. We knew you were coming so we turn up the heat. So take off those layers and forget about those snow shovels and enjoy this Pura Vida weather. Whether you are here to relax at our many wonderful restaurants, explore our National parks, fish, surf our beach, zip line through the sky, raft our cool rivers, or a nice sunset horseback ride. This magazine can be your guide to the best this area has to offer.

Marina Pez Vella will be hosting the month long Festival of Aqua. In addition to a fleet of boats, spectacular restaurants, great air conditioned shopping. It is also home of Gelateria Amorosi so cool down with some of the area’s most delicious ice cream & treats. Tell them we sent you, our advertisers love to hear it. Don’t miss Movie Night under the Stars a wonderful night for the entire family. Congratulations to Matt Rabenstine and Team Billfish for winning the 6th Annual Quepos Billfish Cup.

For all you basketball fans March Madness is upon us. Catch all the action and great food at Sancho’s Restaurant on the mountain and at the all new Double Hook Sports Bar at the Marina. “Lets go Nova repeat”.

Respect to the Howler monkey and to Rodolfo Guzman for the March cover. In addition to the ONLY Ecotram in Costa Rica, Hacienda Barú has just added their newest attraction, The Monkey Challenge…Do you have what it takes?

We want to welcome to our pages Private Chef Kimberly Cubillo & Raw Foods Costa Rica.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or on Facebook. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Peace & Enjoy…D