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Ticos Shine Bronze & Make History in Jaco!

Carloz Muñoz

Carloz Muñoz – photo ISA

By Sarah Elena

Congratulations to our Costa Rican surf team who took third place in the ISA World Surfing Games in Jaco, the finals of the 2016 Aloha Cup! For eight days, the eight teams gave it their all as they paddled for the gold through the heat and choppy waters. The Tico team, defending world champs from last years competition, received an incredible turnout and endless support from their fans who have traveled near and far to back the team. Locals and travelers from all over the world lined the beach in Jaco to celebrate the marvelous talent and skills that are displayed by our Tico team and other countries represented in the competition.

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – September & October 2016

September October coverBienvenidos…Welcome to the Rain forest, 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 when it rains haha). Are restaurants and tour companies are in full swing to make your stay here unforgettable and without the crowds 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 recommended 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 Barba Roja and Byblos on the mountain. Hawg and Bills and El Sol at the beach.

We want to congratulate the Costa Rican Surf Team, Noe Mar McGonagle , and Jaco for an outstanding ISA Aloha Cup World Championship. The Tico team took the bronze in team competition. Noe Mar McGonagle brought home the bronze for Costa Rica in the individuals. We were fortunate enough to be there for the finals and Jaco deserves the Gold medal for hosting. The town was packed with surf fans from around the world and ended with a Cultura Profetica concert rocking the beach.

Costa Rica celebrates their 195th 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 appreciate their Independence….Pura Vida

We would like to thank Boris Marchegiani for our cover shot of one of the first babies born as part of the Scarlet Macaw reintroduction program at Gaia Hotel and Reserve. We also thank all its staff members and veterinarians Chris Castles and Ana Maria Torres for their work and dedication to bringing this beautiful species back into the skies of Manuel Antonio.

October 31 is Halloween so get your costumes ready for fright night in the jungle. Marina Pez Vela will be having a Halloween Bash as well as many bar and restaurants around Manuel Antonio and Quepos.

Also want to welcome our new advertisers Blue Restaurant & Social Lounge and Pura Vida Pest Control to our pages.

Sept/Oct 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 at Quepolandia.com or on facebook. We appreciate and welcome your comments.
Happy Independence Day Costa Rica!!!

Peace and Enjoy…D

An Important Article

memoirs of a massuer headerSharing is one of the best qualities in the world. It as an action taken with joy and caring and celebration. Whether you are sharing your life with another, giving someone a ride, or simply gifting another human by being kind, sharing is a trait that many tourists here in Manuel Antonio appreciate, as well as around the world. It is easy to forget about the importance of sharing when one is preoccupied with him or herself. To hold and grasp to one-self, and the material things one earns is a lonely dead end street. How many times have we seen a person who looks as if they have it all, and in the end is ultimately unhappy, probably because they chose not to share. To “have it all” is a misnomer. It does not exist. Depending on your religious philosophy we all, have it all by simply being born. Sharing ourselves openly and completely is enough. To be true to oneself some find to be a mountain too high to summit, others live within it with ease, where are you on that scale?

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Cajun Inspired Stuffed Chayotes

Stuffed chayotesBy Desiree Brassert

Elevate the humble chayote (or mirliton in Louisiana) with this Cajun-inspired recipe. The miniature version (or cocorro in these parts) makes for an attractive party appetizer or side dish. Try this unfailing southern technique of: boil–hollow–stuff–bake, and you’ll be on to something!

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Saint Clownfoot

shambling through paradiseRight now, as you read this, someone in Costa Rica—most likely a foreign man—is walking down a street in agony. This man has just bought a pair of shoes from a local zapateria, and the agony is because they convinced him that all would be bueno if he bought the size 44 shoe for his size 46 feet. This man, exhausted after having visited a few dozen shoe stores, finally relented and forced his foot into a shoe meant for a man with slightly smaller feet. Every step produces a wince and the beginnings of a ripe and bloody blister.

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High Lonesome Sound

Fiddlin'AroundThere’s a feeling that can quietly creep over us and which is painful, but also kind of unique to each of us, which makes it even more powerful. I’m talking about being lonesome. Some sounds and musical efforts to explain this isolating and singular sorrow do better at defining this very un-definable word than words ever could. Musical sounds that can’t be described very well but we all know what they ‘feel’ like. Lonesome is the sound of one trumpeter playing taps in a quiet graveyard. Lonesome is the sound of an unseen paddle wheeler blowing its steam whistle to warn other boats on a foggy and dark Mississippi River. Lonesome is a train whistle somewhere in the distance on a hot summer night. Lonesome is Carlos Santana’s distinctive guitar echoing through a hushed and reverent stadium before the rest of the band kicks in. Lonesome is hearing two coyotes (some Native Americans called them ‘song dogs’) singing to each other across a vast mountain meadow. Lonesome is the sound of a frightened kitten abandoned in an urban alley. The great and often troubled Hank Williams wrote a song called I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry in the 1940s that perhaps says it best:

Hear the lonesome whippoorwill, he sounds too blue to fly. The midnight train is whining low, I’m so lonesome I could cry. I’ve never seen a night so long, when time goes crawling by. The moon just went behind a cloud, to hide its face and cry. Did you ever see a robin weep, when leaves begin to die? That means he’s lost the will to live—I’m so lonesome I could cry. The silence of a falling star, lights up a purple sky. And as I wonder where you are, I’m so lonesome I could cry.”

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Kids Saving The Rainforest – August 2016

Lexi at KSTRBy Lexi Baca
Spokesperson for KSTR (age 12)

Two years ago, my family and I moved to Costa Rica from California. We were ignorant. Foolish. Selfish. Just like many of the people here for the first time. We went for kayak rides, and following advice from our tour guides we reached out eagerly with a piece of fruit in our hands, waiting for the monkeys to come down and grasp it in their tiny paws. We were unaware of the fact that it’s harmful for many reasons to feed wild animals, both to humans and the animals. We didn’t appreciate our flora, pulling at its leaves and trampling it with our sandal-clad feet. Most of all, we let things happen. We watched, but did not know what to do about it. Until we met someone who did.

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That’s Fishin’ – August 2016

51 lb World Record Snook on a 15 lb line

51 lb World Record Snook on a 15 lb line

By Sarah Munro

Sometimes awesomeness just happens. Sometimes it doesn’t. Take this for example—I’ve booked inshore fishing with Roy Zapata (local/international fishing legend), and always knew in the back of my head that it was possible to catch a world record fish. Why not, as Roy has brought in world record fish before. And when he was chartered in my tournament last year, it was Roy that took Papa to ‘the spot’ and brought in a 77 lb grouper, the tournament winner. Roy is indeed a legend. I’ve had my fair share of fish when I go out with him—last time we had 8 different species of fish in one day. No world record, but just try and go and do that yourself. It’s one thing to write it, it’s quite another thing to do it.

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10 Simple Things to Make you Happier at Home

Happiness is always an inside jobBy Shelagh Duncan

I know, we tell ourselves “We live in paradise—what’s there not to be happy about? The resulting guilt because we don’t feel happy can just make things worse.

If you believe that our homes are an extension of who we are, we have somewhere to start. But if we are not happy in ourselves, how can we be happy at home? Perhaps we can change this up, and make our home a happier place to be so we, in turn will feel happier. Can this be possible?

What we do within the space we call home—both inside and out—shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. The colours we paint our walls, the textures of the fabric we use and even the artwork on our walls can all influence how we feel. But without redoing our interior design and buying all new furniture what other options are there?

Royal Palm Interiors

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Twice-in-a-Lifetime Experiences



The Best Job Ever

By Jack Ewing

“The biggest caiman in the swamp always takes possession of the pool that surrounds the area where the cattle egrets nest,” I told the guests. “Whenever a clumsy egret chick falls in the water he grabs it.”

We had been observing a nesting site with hundreds of cattle egrets. It was nesting season and the small island of woody shrubs was full of egrets. It was located in a large open pool in a mangrove estuary. The egrets loved it because predators like raccoons, and coatis wouldn’t cross the water to get to the nests. I assumed they were afraid of the caimans.

Hacienda Baru

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Spanish Sucks by Os¡Hola amigos!  ¿How are you guys doing?  ¿Did you watch the five previous videos?  I hope you did!

This month, I am gonna share with you more of the links of some of the most inspirational TED Talks I have watched about learning languages.

T.E.D. logoSome of them have influenced me and/or my methodology of teaching, some of them (quite my favorite ones) have changed my point of view about learning languages and/or why to learn languages and even better some of them influenced my point of view about life, traveling and being a human…

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TCA celebrated Dia del Arbol with Hogar de Ancianos

Hogar de AncianosOn Friday June 17, TCA celebrated Dia del Arbol, (National Tree Day) by organizing a tree planting with 6th grade students from the Naranjito Elementary School at the future site of the Hogar de Ancianos. The Elderly Care Hogar of Quepos is relocating from its current site in Paquita to a new site located at the entrance to the small community of Naranjito about 15 minutes from Quepos. The 2 acre lot was generously donated by Lic. Manuel Solano, however the costs of the necessary infrastructure such as road entrance, electric and water connections have been raised by the Homes’s administrative Association from public and private donations. Building plans and permits are almost fully completed and construction is due to begin in later this year. Part of the property has been set aside as a “Green Reserve Area” with a short walking trail along the stream that runs through the property.

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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – August 2016

By Scott Cutter

So much for a quiet and uneventful green season! The environment here at Marina Pez Vela just keeps getting more dynamic and the combination of the summer travel season and the events here at the project, there is never a dull moment. We want to thank everyone who came out to join us in our July 4th celebrations and hope that all of you, locals and visitors alike will stay tuned for our upcoming events and continue to form a part of the community and family at the project. August promises more fun and celebrations and here is an update of some important activities and happenings at the project.


August 15th is Mothers Day here in Costa Rica so do not wait to make your reservations at any of the restaurants here at Marina Pez Vela. There is no more beautiful setting in which to treat your mother to a special dinner, beautiful environment to celebrate all they have and continue to do for us and space at the Marina is going to go fast. Z Gasto Bar, Runaway Grill, Mercato del Porto, Gabriellas Steak and Seafood, Sunrice and Falafel Bar are all here to make an unforgettable experience for your mothers and of course the decadent Gelateria Amorosi for those with the sweet tooth!

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – August 2016

August 2016 coverBienvenidos…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 all right here. Amazing beaches to stroll or fly with Aquas Azules Parasailing. World class sport fishing and a fleet of boats waiting for you at Marina Pez Vela. Congratulations to Roy Zapatao for your world record 51 lb. Snook.  (see article pg. 44).  We have   tours from skydiving (Skydive Costa Rica) to scuba diving and everything in between. Whether you want to relax and enjoy the nature and wildlife on a mangrove tour or for a little more adrenaline try white water rafting ( Quepoa Expeditions). 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 its kind EcoTram at Hacienda Baru( tell Jack we sent you). August is whale season so while you are enjoying a cocktail at our many restaurants with a view pay attention to the coast you never know when a family of Humpbacks will go swimming by.

We want to welcome the ISA Surf World Championships to Jaco August   The Costa Rican surf team will be defending their World Title which they won in Nicaragua in 2015. The surfing will be world class as well as the destination, what better way to defend the title then to have home field(ocean) advantage. So lets go out and support the CR surf team to another World Championship. Thank you Paul for the amazing cover. VIVA COSTA RICA!!!

We would also like to wish all you mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. We would not be here if not for you. So don’t make mom cook take advantage of our incredible selection of restaurants. She probably would not mind a massage or mani pedi either.

I would also like to welcome our new advertisers Tico Pod Art Gallery, Coral Yacht Adventures, Monkey Ride and The Kayak Lodge.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow us here or on facebook. We appreciate and welcome your comments. Again Good Luck to the Costa Rica Surf Team…

Peace and Enjoy……D




National Parks of Costa Rica by Gregory Basco and Robin Kazmier

National Parks of Costa Rica coverBy Gary Garrett

When Costa Rica’s first national park was created in 1971 ( Poas Volcano National Park), the country’s deforestation was at an all-time high. In point of fact, even during the 1980’s, Costa Rica was losing its forest cover at a rate higher than any country in the western hemisphere. With international attention focused on Brazil’s disappearing rainforests, the disaster in Costa Rica went largely unnoticed. In 1950, for example, 90% of the of the country was covered in forest. By 1990 that figure was 25%.

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