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What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – September/October 2022

The whales have arrived to Quepos.

With the arrival of August, the whale watching season officially begins in our country. This is how the coast of Quepos becomes the ideal setting for tourists to enjoy this impressive and wonderful spectacle of nature.

The visiting season for these marine mammals, which ends in the month of October, is even more pleasant to enjoy thanks to the packages designed by Marina Pez Vela, which adjust to all budgets, tastes and tourists needs.

Because it is one of the most sought-after shows by tourists during these dates, it is very important to reserve the tour by calling 2774-9006 and 2774-9010. Consider that the prices of the different tours are valid for nationals and residents until October 16 and include taxes. In addition, there is also the option of packages with lodging. For more information go to marinapezvela.com.


What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – August 2022

Anyone who has spent time in Manuel Antonio area during the months of August-October can attest to the fact that they are months usually dedicated to recharging batteries, renovating spaces, and enjoying a bit of well deserved down time after all the intense high season and busy summer travel dates.

With the incredibly unique whale migration, Marina Pez Vela officially kicks off the whale watching season in August with daily tours leaving the Marina to witness these amazing creatures in the waters just outside the MPV. If you have not been out on the waters, do NOT miss this opportunity as it is simply magical.

For tour information contact IFishQuepos.com.

The authentic taste of Mexican food has come to Marina Pez Vela

Lovers of Mexican food now have a new option at Marina Pez Vela. Agave Restaurant, a gastronomic concept that combines original dishes with a special touch of flavors, colors and a varied offer for all tastes.

Among the menu are tacos al pastor, fajitas, enchiladas, guacamole, tortilla soup, nachos, cochinita pibil, fish, shrimp cocktail, and others.

Mexican cuisine is recognized and acclaimed worldwide for its wide variety of aromas, textures and ingredients, including spices and other endemic products that bring richness and a unique flavor to each dish.

Agave’s hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday from 12 a.d. to 10 p.m and Sunday from 3pm to 9pm. For reservations call 8919-1700.


What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – May/June 2022

What's Shaking headerWHAT AN AMAZING START TO 2022!  The first months of this year have meant so much to the family at Marina Pez Vela and our local community. Certainly, the highlight of the first trimester of the year has been the overwhelming return of our friends, families, and tourism industry which has surpassed the expectations of even the most optimistic projections. At the Marina, from the record setting RockStar Tournament in January right through to the Marina Pez Vela Open and Offshore World Championships in late April, it has been amazing to see the energy, passion, smiles, and absolute love affair which our new and returning guests are enjoying with our community and facility. While May and June used to signal the end of a high season, they are now a welcomed transition into the refreshing first rains of the year and what promises to be a busy summer travel season.

The Marina continues to celebrate our community and this destination with some great events, celebrations and some incredibly fun tournaments to keep on your schedule for May and June.

Summer Solstice Shootout, June 18

Last year we inaugurated this tournament on the longest day of the year in terms of daylight here in Costa Rica. The Summer Solstice shootout is a one-of-a-kind tournament that everyone should find a way to participate in if possible. Unlike most tournaments which are focused on either one species (Dorado Derby) or are Billfish-focused, the Summer Solistice Shootout is all about diversity and time. Anglers and teams have all day to try to capture as many species as possible in a day. The event is really a celebration of the diversity of our rich marine environment and an opportunity for big and small boats, along with anglers of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels to enjoy fishing inshore, offshore, trolling, and bottom fishing with up to 20 available qualifying species. Do not miss a chance to participate and create some unforgettable memories in this year’s Summer Solstice Shootout.

We Are MPV

While we will always be sharing news and events in this newsletter, we will also be featuring one of our tenants, charter operations, or departments to being to share with you all a glimpse of all of the people and teams who make this project so amazing. This month we highlight Marsha Bennet and Quepos Tackle Shop.  

It is quite simply impossible to think about the Sportfishing industry and history of Quepos without highlighting the fingerprints of Marsha Bennett, owner/heart and soul of the Quepos Tackle shop. Marsha, operated her iconic The Runaway Grill restaurant that has fed so many of our families with love, passion, stories, and laughter. Marsha is a world class angler and has been a part of the growth of the Sportfishing industry here from day one. It is fitting that her Quepos Tackle shop, located right on the waterfront is now equipping our fleet of boats and visiting anglers with everything that need to continue setting record, catching memories, and building the lore of the very industry she helped to put on the map. Whether you are an experienced veteran or preparing for your first trip out on the water, don’t miss the chance to visit Marsha and her team at the Quepos Tackle Shop.


What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – April 2022

What's Shaking headerThe HEAT IS ON here at Marina Pez Vela in April. More than just a reference to one of the warmest months here in paradise at the end of the traditional dry season, the temps here at MPV are on high as this is another action-packed time for us at the Marina. April includes one of the busiest and most sacred holidays here in Costa Rica, Semana Santa, as well as the Marina Pez Vela open and the Offshore World Championships.
 

Semana Santa

Sunday, April 10th – Sunday, April 17

From Palm Sunday, Domingo de Ramos to Easter Sunday, Costa Rica celebrates the iconic Semana Santa. This week sees a huge part of the nation’s population, normally concentrated in the Central Valley, flocking to the beaches and coastal communities to celebrate. Quepos and the marina is no exception and this is one of the most exciting and busy weeks of our year. While at the time of printing our specific Semana Santa schedule has yet to be confirmed as we continue to monitor Pandemic protocols for events, stay tuned to the Marina Pez Vela Website and social media for final events, movie nights and cultural activities at MPV.  
 

Marina Pez Vela Open

April 23

The Marina Pez Vela Open is going to be a one day shoot out with an entirely new format this year. The Tournament is an important warm up event for the Offshore World Championships, which start with their kickoff event the next day, but is also a chance for locals or visiting anglers to compete and share in these fun one-day events. This year’s MPV Open brings the best of competitive fishing and fun fishing together with two entry divisions, including one for IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) rules which require that each angler hook and release their own billfish, and another division for a relaxed meat fish division which allows for hook and pass angling for those with a bit less experience. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this amazing kickoff event!  
 

Offshore World Championships

April 24-April 29

The Super Bowl of sports fishing returns to Costa Rica again this April and will be bringing together the World’s Best Anglers to compete for this coveted World Championship title. Unlike most tournaments here in Costa Rica and around the world, the OWC requires that teams have won a prequalifying tournament to participate and anglers fish all days on a rotation of Costa Rican flagged vessels. This tournament is an important support for a local charter fleet who felt the direct impacts of Covid drops in tourism, brings a global spotlight on the nation’s world class Sportfishing waters, our conservation efforts and hospitality. There is no better time to come to the Marina and watch the international teams with their daily weigh ins, national flags and team spirit and 4 days of the world’s most competitive fishing. These anglers compete by international rules, don’t have the luxury of their own boats, captains and crews, and are on a new boat each day to insure parity and a focus on angler skills. Come out and support all the international teams, but moreover Costa Rica and Marina Pez Vela as the host of this global celebration and competition.


What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – March 2022

What's Shaking headerWHAT AN INCREDIBLE START TO 2022!

After a few years of what seemed to be a never-ending line up of challenges, we could not have scripted a more exciting first few months of 2022. The INSANITY of the Rockstar tournament, to the incredible fun of the Rooster Rodeo and Iconic Pescadora Tournaments, Presidential Elections, Super Bowl, Gran Fondo de Andre Amador have brought more energy and life to MPV than we have ever seen before, and the year is JUST GETTING STARTED. March is keeping the pedal to the metal in terms of fun, activities and some more action-packed tournaments.

SAILFISH SLAM, March 5th

This one-day sailfish shootout is one of the new tournaments which are bringing both the newcomers and the world best anglers together in some amazing fun formats that people just can’t get enough of. The event provides a team award to the boat which gets the most RELEASE points, which are awarded for each sailfish, caught and released in the event. It is a GREAT way for friends, family, coworkers, or even random groups of individuals to come together to enjoy some amazing fishing and fight for the top boat. There are also awards for the Top Junior Angler, (16 years and under), Top Female Angler (some of the best in the world are from or frequent this area) and First Time Angler Award. This last prize is in recognition of just how many first-time fishermen and women we have joining in these events and prizes go to the most releases by a first timer. Get your team, sign up, and don’t miss this epic shootout. 

PELAGIC PURA VIDA BLUE MARLIN, March 24-27

After the record-breaking success for the 2022 Rockstar Tournament, the team from Pelagic have added another HUGE event to the 2022 calendar. The Pura Vida Blue Marlin event is going to bring together the top Blue Marlin anglers from around the world to crown the top Blue Marlin angler and team. This magnificent fish is the KING of all billfish, and this is the first and only tournament to focus on what is the most highly regarded gamefish in the world. Unlike most tournaments, this inaugural event limits the typical “fishing fences” allowing boats to run over 100 miles offshore with a focus on finding, catching and releasing these stunning species. Like the Rockstar, the Pura Vida Blue Marlin is going to be a record-breaking event and will also be the first Tournament of its kind with a Sonar and No Sonar division. Groundbreaking in every way, this is an event you will not want to miss.
 

MOVIE NIGHTS, Wednesdays

Our free movie nights under the stars are back and it couldn’t have come soon enough. What began as a fun way to kick of the weekend has become part of our community culture here at Marina Pez Vela during the dry season. Whether you are here on vacation or a local looking for a unique way to spend the evening with a selection of dining options and a classic under the stars, this is a great option. Every Wednesday night at 6:30pm, you can pull up a seat, toss down a pad or lay out on the “lawn” and enjoy a free movie on Costa Rica’s largest outdoor screen. You can check out the Marina Pez Vela website or Facebook page for the lineup of movies and we will see you soon for our version of the drive in!


What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – February 2022

What's Shaking headerMarina Pez Vela brought in 2022 with some AMAZING experiences, energy and most importantly hope for a great year to come. There is tremendous energy at the Marina right now, some amazing new tenants, Costa Rica’s biggest Sport fishing tournament ever and February is going to bring more success stories and life to our community. We are so honored to be part of the reactivation of our community, to be creating a public space to share with locals and tourists alike. To be helping to demonstrate how we can all work collaboratively to create SAFE spaces where health protocols and security can allow us to share and create lasting memories in this beautiful part of the world. Movie Night Under the Stars are back every Wednesday night at 6:30. This is a great weekly tradition that brings together our local community and visitors to share in some magical sunsets and a weekly feature on Costa Rica’s largest projected outdoor screen. Check the Marina’s website for the weekly feature films. Superbowl LV is also on the big screen at MPV so you won’t miss any of the action.

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What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – January 2022

What's Shaking header2022!!! A new year is upon us, full of new beginnings, new hope, new opportunities, and an undeniable sense of energy, optimism, and Pura Vida in every breath of air! The last month of 2021 truly set a tone for what was to come and after an amazing holiday season here at Marina Pez Vela, highlighted by the illuminous nightly show and some amazing holiday celebrations, we are ready to celebrate all that 2021 has to offer. While for many places, after the Christmas and New Year holiday there is a bit of a lull, at MPV we move into the biggest events of the year to keep that energy and action moving with a super fun slate of news and events.

MOVIE NIGHTS ARE BACK!

Every Wednesday night at 6:30pm the Marina welcomes back our community and visiting tourists to enjoy a free movie night under the stars. This is a great weekly tradition that brings together our local community and visitors to share in some magical sunsets and a weekly feature on Costa Rica’s largest projected outdoor screen. You can check out our website, marinapezvela.com, for the weekly feature films, but this is a great way to break up the week, enjoy a sunset and some food specials at any of our amazing restaurants and spend an evening with family, friends, chilling under the stars at MPV.

ROCKSTAR, January 14-16th

The biggest, baddest, largest jackpot tournament in all of Costa Rica is BACK. The 2022 Rockstar is going to be the event EVERYONE is talking about for all of 2022. There are already a record number of boats and anglers signed up for this event at the time of publication and it promises to be the single largest tournament in the history of Costa Rica, both with number of participating teams and with the largest payout in history here. If you are reading this before the 14th, get a team together and join the fun at MPV. If not, the daily weigh-ins and energy around this event is something you will not want to miss!

ROOSTER RODEO, February 5th

While this event is not until February, we wanted to include here to encourage anyone interested to swing by or call the Marina Pez Vela Guest Center and get signed up. This one-day tournament is focused on Roosterfish, one of the iconic inshore fish which is helping to make the local fishery famous all over the world. This catch and release tournament focused on conservation tagging Roosters for research and seeing which of our teams can land the largest Rooster of the day. A super fun tournament for anglers of all skill levels and the inshore nature also makes it a great way for those who might be a bit nervous about heading offshore to experience a tournament, all right off the coastline. Whether you are busy fighting this beautiful and fun species, or just marveling at the coast with a cold beer in hand, a day in the Rooster Rodeo is a day to remember!


What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – December 2021

What's Shaking headerIt finally feels like the clouds have lifted and we are seeing the end of a long winter both in terms of the end of the rainy season as well as the more than 18 months of impact from the Covid crisis in our tourism based community. December brings hope, opportunity, a renewed sense of gratitude for the wonderful community where we live, the manner in which we have come together to endure challenging times and excitement for what looks to be a wonderful high season ahead of us. The energy got rocking here last month with the two Dorado Derby Tournaments, which brought more boats than EVER before and a lot of fun, families, and friendships together at the project. December brings with us that holiday spirit, vientos Navideños, and the sense of community, brotherhood and celebration which defines both this country and the family at Marina Pez Vela.

TRIATHLON RETURNS TO MPV!

One of the most exciting and enjoyable events for our community these past years has been the Quepos Triathlon, which had to be cancelled last year due to the Covid crisis. We are happy to announce that this December 5th, the COOPENAE TRIATHLON is back! There will be a limited pool of athletes this year, but 500 of the top competitors in CR and about 1500 visiting guests will come to pour their hearts into our waters and streets in this exciting competition. The dates in early December are always a quiet time before the high season and these local sporting events help bolster the local economy and provide a great example and inspiration to the youth and families in our Canton. Set your calendars, wake up early, come down for a breakfast at MPV and cheer on these athletes.

QUEPOS TACKLE SHOP OPENS AT MPV!

We are incredibly happy and proud to announce the grand opening of the Quepos Tackle Shop here at Marina Pez Vela! Marsha Bennet and her team are back to Marina. The marina has long needed the integration of a dedicated tackle shop and we were able to make space for the integration Marsha and Tanners iconic team with the relocation of the marina’s social outreach offices. Anything and everything you could need for your angling experience you can find here, and the friendliest and most knowledgeable team is waiting to help anglers of any ability to find the right lures, lines, rods, and reels. Don’t miss a chance to go visit the team and congratulate them on their new grand opening!

HOLIDAYS AT MPV

While we are not hosting a BRIGHTLIGHTS event this year due to the caution and care regarding the pandemic, there will be some beautiful and fun holiday activities going on all month at Marina Pez Vela. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for news on holiday specials at the restaurants, some fun activities for the families of our community and those who are visiting. 


What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – November 2021

What's Shaking headerNever before has an upcoming “high” season been awaited with as much anticipation, joy, and celebration as what we and the world are now experiencing. November is always a time of renovation and energy here in Quepos/ Manuel Antonio as we move into the end of our rainy season and begin to plan for the coming holidays and peak tourism season. With the major advances and leadership in helping to insure vaccinations and health protocols, November will also be an important back-to-business month for so many in our community, and the family at Marina Pez Vela would like to take a moment to thank everyone in our community whose resiliency has helped to allow this area to be one of the touristic areas with the fastest recoveries anywhere in the world.

November is an action-packed month here at the marina and brings us back to fishing tournaments, some new additions to the plaza, and one of our favorite celebrations!

DORADO DERBY and DORADO DERBY DOS

November 13th is the now famous Dorado Derby one-day fishing tournament. Last year, due to some logistics issues caused by some incredible rains, we had to break the tournament into two weekends as some anglers couldn’t get safely to Quepos and the result was so much fun that we decided to replicate the two-weekend option again in 2021! November 20th will be the Dorado Derby Dos. The rules, format, FUN is the same so pick one of these two weekends, get a team together or reach out to the Marina Pez Vela Guest Center to get hooked up with some other anglers. The Dorado bite has been epic and these one-day tournaments are a great opportunity for anglers at all levels to have fun, get an action-packed experience, share with friends, colleagues, family, and celebrate the coming season.

AUDIO MASTERS opens at Marina Pez Vela

We are extremely proud and happy to announce the opening of the Audio Masters store at Marina Pez Vela. This dynamic and beautiful new store is going to be a GAME CHANGER for so many of our community! Audio Masters is a tech solutions company which sells and installs home and professional security systems, audio systems, cell and computer parts, chargers, adapters, is an authorized MAC distributor and service center, and also offers some direct Amazon services. The days of “pleading” for a loaned charger for whatever version of MacBook, laptop, cell phone, are over as we have this great new additional. With the holidays coming up, make sure you drop by to check out this new beautiful and necessary addition to the plaza and our community!

THANKSGIVING

Just as we await the high season with a renewed sense of gratitude and perspective, this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, which every year is more and more widely celebrated even here in Costa Rica, is going to be special. Covid has given us all perspective, and the family here at MPV will be giving THANKS this year to our amazing team of employees, our local community, and nation as a whole for coming together during this past year. All of the restaurants here will be open and ready to welcome you, your guests, friends and families to join us and to give thanks for our collective blessings.


What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – September/October 2021

What's Shaking headerWHALES ARE WHAT’S SHAKING!

The world’s longest mammal migration with humpback whales from both hemispheres coming to our pristine waters to have their young, teach them the art of survival, breaching and feeding, and begin the migration to the colder waters of both hemispheres. The Humpbacks are the main attraction and can be found just off the coast of Manuel Antonio and during these two months the whale watching tours are jaw dropping experiences with these majestic giants. Costa Rica has become so well known for “once in a lifetime experiences” and the experience of seeing these mammals up close, marveling when they breach with the dramatic background of Manuel Antonio is unforgettable. The Marina Pez Vela Guest Center has created opportunities for every budget and every style traveler so do NOT miss out on this opportunity to create memories with friends and family and also to support the local tour operators and economy during what are traditionally the most challenging months of the year.

 
COSTA RICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY, September 15th

While Costa Rica will not be 100% back to normal this year, the enormous advances with the vaccination program in the country is going to allow for some of the traditional celebrations of Costa Rican Independence Day to take place. IF there is one thing that the pandemic has taught all of us here in Costa Rica, it is that the pride, strength, and commitment for all of Costa Rica, but especially the smaller communities whose livelihood was almost entirely based on tourism, is unbreakable. At the time of publication, the specifics of this year’s celebration are yet to be determined as the health and security of our community will be at the forefront of all we and the community organize, but DEFINITELY come by the Marina as we will have some events, typical foods, some traditional folk dances and music popping up in and around the month-long celebration of our Independence.

HALLOWEEN, October 31st

What was once an expat holiday, hidden in the bars of the area, has become one of the most enjoyable family evenings and cultural fusion events of the entire year. The Marina, with its easy and safe trick or treating has become the PLACE to be for Halloween. Seeing both the expat and local families come together with their kids and extended families to celebrate everything that is so special but our community and this project is one of the highlights of the year. As the dates approach, stay tuned for restaurant specials and details on the schedule and security measures to insure a safe and enjoyable Halloween here at Marina Pez Vela. 

TOURNAMENTS ARE COMING

Get ready for the iconic Dorado Derby which is coming soon on November 13th. This is a super fun tournament, ideal for families, friends, first time anglers and anyone just looking to experience a day on the water, the fun of fishing at a great price in a great environment.  Inquire now at the Marina Pez Vela Guest Center for your reservation and more details.


What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – July/August 2021

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WE ARE BACK!!! Not that we ever really went anywhere but this July and August are a real celebration of a lot more than just US Independence Day. It is amazing to be welcoming all the families, US and global travelers who are coming back to discover or rediscovery this amazing destination. For so many of us who live and work in the tourism industry, the past 14-15 months felt desolate and eerily quiet. The Summer of 2021 will be remembered as our official COMEBACK season and it is something to celebrate. The joy in those fortunate to be visiting this Costa Rica, this magical area and our installations at the marina is matched only by the warmth, enthusiasm and gratitude in which the hotels, restaurants, tour operators and community in general are extending to the returning tourists and investors alike. Costa Rica has always been the land of Pura Vida, but now, more than ever, the family at Marina Pez Vela and this nation as a whole is ready to roll out the red carpet!
 

July 4th

This years July 4th Celebration here at Marina Pez Vela is going to be about a celebration of the return of visitors from the USA and all the demand for the rest of the year. While we will not have any large special events, out of respect and caution to insure we are respectful and responsible in our leadership to curb any potential contagion of the Covid virus, our restaurants, tour operators, and staff will be providing specials and promotions to make everyone feel at home and have a taste of a traditional 4th of July. Come by for a burger, bbq ribs, a hot dog, and some smiles as we celebrate another 4th in paradise.
 

August 15th, Mothers Day

This is one of the most special holidays in Costa Rica and it is a national holiday here for all the right reasons. Never has a celebration of our beloved mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers been more important than on the tailwinds of the stress the past year has inflicted on all corners of the globe and our society. Marina Pez Vela will be offering mothers day specials and a safe and warm environment from which to celebrate those amazing women who are the backbone of our lives, families and communities. Can’t hurt that we also get to celebrate our MOM’s surrounding by the breathtaking beauty of Mother Earth in all her glory here in Manuel Antonio.
 

Get ready for the Whales

Reminder that August is actually the official start of our whale watching season. While the bulk of this majestic migration is during September and October, we are already seeing the first of the Whales in August and the team at the Marina has a bigger and better offering than every before to allow anyone and everyone to experience this majestic creature. Reserve your visit now and have your camera ready,
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What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – April/May/June 2021

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Hard to believe we are already here in April and have just completed our second Semana Santa while dealing with the CoVid crisis and its impact on our community, our beloved Costa Rica and the world at large. While so much of the world has been focused on the countless obstacles and hardships which we have collectively endured, the team and family at Marina Pez Vela is incredibly proud to be a beacon of light, hope and resiliency as we cross over the year anniversary from the closing of our borders in 2020.

This April -and the months ahead- there is a lot to celebrate, highlight and share with our community and including the ongoing tournament series for 2021 and some new additions to our commercial plaza.

Emilio’s Cafe and Faxas Cuban Cigars are both open for business here at Marina Pez Vela!

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What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – February 2021

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Marina Pez Vela brought in 2021 with some AMAZING experiences, energy and most importantly hope for a better year to come. There is tremendous energy at the project right now, some amazing new tenants, Costa Rica’s biggest Sportfishing tournament ever and February is going to bring more success stories and life to our community. We are so honored to be a part of the reactivation of our community, to be creating a public space to share with locals and tourists alike, and to be helping to demonstrate how we can all work collaboratively to create SAFE spaces where health protocols and security can allow us to share and create memories in this beautiful part of the world.

ROCKSTAR WAS HUGE

There are times when a name is just hype, times when the promise of something is bigger than the event itself, times where it’s all talk and no walk. AND THEN THERE WAS THE 2021 ROCKSTAR TOURNAMENT. 67 teams, more than $970,000 in prize money on the line, INSANE billfish bite with 364 anglers releasing 922 Billfish, including 37 blue marlin and 1 striped marlin in this two day extravaganza.

Here are the results.

Big Boat Division
First Place: Cabana with 3800 points
Second Place: Game Plan with 3500 points
Third Place: FishTank with 3400 points
 
Small Boat Division
First Place: Rockstar with 2100 points
Second Place: Gamefisher 2 with 1400 points
Third Place: Trifecta with 1300 points
 
Team Alaska, Good Times, Marina Pez Vela, and Kenneth Knock Development all took home prices in the Tuna and Dorado gamefish divisions.
 
Rockstar was much bigger than just the world class fishing, it was about the Marina, our community and all of the amazing teams who came to share with us showing the world we are BACK, that TOGETHER we can honor both protocol and health concerns, and still enjoy this amazing facility at Marina Pez Vela and the world class waters off our coastline!  

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What’s Shaking @ Marina Pez Vela – January 2021

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HALLELUJAH! AMEN!! PURA VIDA AND ADIOS 2020!!

While we can’t speak for the entire world, I think it is safe to say that never has a new year been welcome with as much hope, excitement, and communal sense of “good riddance” to the year we are leaving behind! 2020 was a challenge for the entire world and the family at the Marina, we are incredibly proud to have been a beacon of hope for our collaborators, our boat owners, and community at large. While 2020 was a year to endure for so many in our community, the hardest of times also brings out the BEST in us all as individuals, as a community, and as a project. Seeing the generosity, entrepreneurial spirit, resiliency, and love in our community has made us all remember just why it is we have chosen to live or visit this magical part of the world, and to be thankful during this 2021 ahead for the blessings which are part of anyone lucky enough to be reading this magazine and our updates.
 
So, onward and upward and there is PLENTY to be excited about in this fresh start in 2021.

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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela – March 2020

What's Shaking headerMarch is a HOT month here at Marina Pez Vela and we are not just referring to the summer temperatures and booking tourism season. 2020 has been off to an insane start at both the project and in the area and we will take advantage of this new update to both recap some of our biggest events from the past and fill you all in on the activities to come here in March at the Marina.

2nd ANNUAL PESCADORA TOURNAMENT

We want to start by THANKING SAMANTHA MUMFORD and her entire organization team for an amazing success in the 2nd Annual PESCADORA tournament. This amazing event was a huge success in its first year and the event at the end of February was bigger and better here during its second incarnation. In addition to the record setting number of participants, tremendous female anglers and record setting fun, the PESCADORA represents so much more to the project and the area. Marina Pez Vela is about inclusion, changing perceptions, and letting the community, country, and world know that Sportfishing is much more than the tradition stigma of a “angler”. Marina Pez Vela is about inclusion, sharing this wonderful, and sustainable sport with families and our community and nothing represents this commitment than the PESCADORA and its amazing participants.

FIRST ANNUAL ROOSTER RODEO – SATURDAY, MARCH 7

While the waters here are well known for the sailfish and marlin bite which attracts anglers from around the world, many fewer are aware that our inshore fishing and specifically the ROOSTER fishing here is world class. This amazing species is the focal point of the first ever ROOSTER RODEO, a one day inshore tournament focused on catching, tagging, and releasing these amazing species. To the novice, the Rooster fish is the one that looks like it has a MOHAWK with an amazing dorsal fin that sticks up like the crown of a roosters head. MPV has hosted several important satellite tagging expeditions and is leading the research on the conservation of this species and this tournament is all about celebrating its beauty and conservation. Learn more at marinapezvelatournaments.com.

9th ANNUAL QUEPOS BILLFISH CUP – MARCH 19-21

This is the longest running tournament at Marina Pez Vela, one of the most competitive and this will be the biggest and baddest year ever. The QBC is back with the kick off registration event on the evening of March 19th and two days of intense fishing competition. The QBC, which is the only event in Costa Rica that is a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championship, is going to have some new formats this year which retains all the fierce competition, but also opens it up to anglers looking for more fun than fight. With two divisions, the GUN and the FUN you can select whether to fish with the IGFA rules or in the FUN division where hook and pass rules allow for just about anyone to try their hand in tournament fishing. The QBC is also the first leg of the Marina Pez Vela Championship Series (Gun division required) with a chance at a bonus of $25,000 to the series champion who accumulates the most points between the QBC and the Marina Pez Vela open the following month.

WEDNESDAY MOVIE NIGHTS UNDER THE STARS

March has a total of 5 MOVIE nights so get your calendars ready and we will see you on:

March 4th: Bumblebee
March 11: Spiderman-Into the Spider-verse
March 18: Tomb Raider-Adventures of Lara Croft
March 25: Pokemon Detective Pikachu
March 31: Christopher Robin
 
Do not miss out on all the fun and action here and whether you are participating in the tournament or just looking for some great food in a beautiful setting, MPV is the place to be in March!