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IGFA Offshore World Championship

Top Angler: Craig John White (Whitey) representing the Shimano West Australian Open

Top Angler: Craig John White (Whitey) representing the Shimano West Australian Open

By Sarah Munro

Marina Pez Vela just hosted the IGFA Offshore World Championship.  In case you don’t know what that means – its the biggest billfish tournament series in the world, and Quepos rocked it.  And the fish most definitely ROCKED IT. 

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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – June 2013

geminiGEMINI – May 21-June 21

Another birthday has arrived…Large tongued Gemini dogs will come your way in overly affectionate encounters, particularly after early supper, bowl-of-water-lick, or mid evening walkies until well into July. Embrace these moments, as we all know that love comes in many different forms and we should take what we can get!  
RULING GEMSTONE: ALEXANDRITE


cancerCANCER – June 22-July 22

Today you will stumble across conclusive proof that cilantro is actually the main ingredient in soaps and detergents, and that its culinary use started at a joke—it’s just that most people are too shy to admit that they’d rather spray Lysol on their burrito than put cilantro on it! 
RULING GEMSTONE: RUBY

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – June 2013

June 2013 CoverBienvenidos/Welcome  to our beautiful Paradise we are a glad you have come for a visit ….congratulations to all the graduates,  newlyweds and those of you that picked Costa Rica for a perfect vacation…we doubt you will be disappointed……..we have it all……from the best tours to the best restaurants and you will find them all right here in Quepolandia…please let our advertisers know that this is how you found them..A Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads….June brings a little more rain and the occasional torrential downpour but this time of year it is mostly in the late afternoon and evening…there will still be plenty of sun so don’t forget the sunblock…we would like to mention a couple of things about the beach area…the official looking guys trying to stop your car and have you park at the first area are anything but official….just drive on past as there is plenty of parking closer to the Manuel Antonio Park – unless you just like to walk a kilometer hauling your stuff…….the other  is we have a pretty strong riptide at times  so please use caution when swimming in the surf……we would like to thank Sjoerd (Jay) Biesmans of Wild Life Projects (photography, web and graphic design,  info@wildlifeprojects.nl) for our cover shot of the  beautiful Blue Crowned Mot Mot….Jay visits us every year and always gets some great photos….he lives in The Netherlands..There will be a wonderful party/fundraiser for our local animal group PAWS held this year on June 22nd at La Foresta Resort see their ad for the details and come on out for the fun…rest assured your support goes to a worthy cause……we hope you enjoy Quepolandia, we welcome your comments both on our website and facebook…check out our check out  Readers Resources on the menu bar above where you will find the Tide Chart, Bus schedules and much more – plus our classifieds if you are looking for a place to stay before you travel….don’t forget to send in those perfect photos for a chance at our cover or a short story about your travels …..have a  safe and wonderful time..

…..ciao for now……….P 

Happy Father’s Day – Dad (I’m your present!)


Answers To Some Of The Most-Often-Asked Decorating Questions.

By Shelagh Duncan 

My passion is design and I love problem-solving! Here are some easy and inexpensive solutions to a few of the most commonly asked decorating questions: 

Q:  What color should I paint my walls?

Pick A Paint Colour To Work With Your Chosen Fabric

Pick A Paint Colour To Work With Your Chosen Fabric

Orange. Okay I’m kidding. But only you will know what colors work best for you. You can figure it out…. Look at the accessories you already have – pillows, artwork, fabrics. You will probably start to see a colour theme there.

If you are starting from scratch, go and find yourself a fabulous fabric (or picture) you love  What are the dominant colours, what are the complementary colours? Pick your favourite colour from what you see in your accessories. You can go lighter or darker, but make sure what you choose relates to something in that pillow or art. 

Royal Palm Interiors

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Brazil Invades the World (Music Market)

Brazilian LoungeBy Jim Parisi

 A few years ago, Putumayo started a vein of Latin music albums that presented a compilation of Hispanic musicians playing modern, “chill” music. The first was titled “Latin Groove”, the second “Latin Lounge”. They were very listenable and great exposure for a bevy of new artists. Putumayo then decided to open the Brazil porthole, with stunning results. In part because the recording company had become versed in their new themes; they became slicker, more adept at their next venture into these realms. But “Brazilian Groove” and “Brazilian Lounge” both also had something else going for them. The musical and conceptual styles seemed to be made for each other. The world noticed, as reflected by sales. Putumayo noticed, too, intrigued by this global response. They released an “Acoustic Brazil” disc that was roundly received.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music
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Float Your Boat

Assisted Half Boat Pose

Assisted Half Boat Pose

By Mark Goldstein 

May is here and that means the arrival of our long awaited refreshing rains. Our rivers and waterfalls will be filling up again, and many of us will be heading for the beach as we have some extra time now that our busy season has ended. So, what to do with our yoga practice during this time of abundance of water, and shedding of clothes as we head for the beach?………..yes, it’s Boat Pose! 

Playa Yoga

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Bird Watching in the Killing Field

By Jack Ewing

Egrets Feeding

Egrets Feeding

When the first settlers moved into the area around Dominical in the early 1900s, they found primary forests comprised of hundreds of thousands of species of living organisms. Over time trees were felled and the highly diverse forests replaced with several species of grass intended for the exclusive consumption of domestic animals which in turn would be slaughtered for human food. The ecosystem that evolved around this reality was much lower in biodiversity than the primary forest it had replaced. However, certain species that humans consider pests, such as vampire bats, ticks, lice, grasshoppers and rats, experienced population explosions; and, in the case of birds, the number of species increased significantly to include those that thrive in open spaces and near livestock. 

Hacienda Baru

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Carrot Cake

By Bill Dwyer

If you or any of the people you are serving happen to be lactose-intolerant, this recipe is free of dairy products

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups   sugar
  • 1 cup     sunflower or canola oil
  • 4              large eggs
  • 2 cups   flour
  • 2 tsp      baking soda
  • 1 tsp      ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp      ground ginger or grated fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp     salt
  • 4 cups   grated carrots
  • 1 cup     chopped roasted walnuts
  • 1 cup     raisins or diced dried apricots
  • 4 tbsp    apple juice (for glaze
  • 4 tbsp    sugar (for glaze) 

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Water Safety Tips

Water SafetyBy Glen Bain

MAY is Water Safety Month in the United States so I wanted to share a few “Best Practices” with you here in Costa Rica. I hope you take these safety tips with you no matter where your pool(s) are located. Contact Costa Rica Pools in Quepos 2777-1700 or in Jaco 2643-3227 for any safety item you want, we import items every month and we have several vendors we work with in the U.S. so there is a good chance we can find what you are looking for. We fulfill special orders/requests all the time.  

Costa Rica Pools & Construction

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Fishing is a disease and I’ve got it. Deal with it……

Sarah FishingBy Sarah Munro

So WHAT if it ended my last relationship,  this one is working just fine……

I am so excited……… The OFFSHORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE JUST ABOUT HERE.  On the other hand, I’m soooo bummed out because the tourney happens after my deadline.  Can’t win it all I guess.  Otherwise, this chick is headed out for some onshore action and from what I hear – It is Totally hitting.  I’ve talked to a few captains in town and apparently there’s been some massive sea bass and red snapper brought in by even rookie anglers…….That’s makin’ my day…….. how ‘bout yours???? 

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¿To be or not To be? Parte I.

By Os

To be, or not to be; that is the question:

Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles… 

¿To be or not To be?  That is NOT the question.

¿Ser or Estar?  ¡That’s the question! 

Today it’s not about Hamlet or Shakespeare.  Today it’s about the verb TO BE. 

Spanish Pura Vida

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Bird Song…?

Rufous-vented_ChachalacaBy Nancy Buchan

Every once in a while I’ll be rudely jolted out of a blissful sleep at like 5 in the freaking morning by the incredibly loud call/song/RACKET being produced by what I call the Maniacal bird.  He mostly hangs out under dense foliage, and apparently likes to walk and talk right by my bedroom window.  He’s got this raspy, rusty-hinge kind of voice for part of his call, then a weird whoop whoop thing and tops it off with a long anguished note that can wake the proverbial dead.  It’s not quite as obnoxious as Woody Woodpeckers cackle in the old cartoons, but it’s definitely in the same category.   I finally saw him one morning, traveling on the ground under a papaya tree and a tangle of hibiscus, and he is about a foot tall, has a long skinny neck, he’s shades of non-descript brown and a pretty clumsy flyer.   I looked him up in my tattered bird bible, A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica, and he’s called a Chachalaca.   Boom cha cha laca laca, boom cha cha laca laca.  (Anybody remember Sly and the Family Stone?)  Anyway, de-forestation of his habitat is taking its toll, and some species in his family are on a fast track to extinction – which would be a horrible thing ‘cause to tell ‘ya the truth I’ve come to enjoy his boisterous concerts,  which is kinda like saying you like the sound of bagpipes  or fingernails on a chalkboard. 

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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – May 2013

taurusTAURUS – April 20-May 20

Everyone wants what’s best for you, in terms of reducing the amount of time you are allowed to show your face outside of your house. Your ideals are starting to shape the way you’re living, so congratulations.
RULING GEMSTONE: EMERALD


geminiGEMINI – May 21-June 21

The law may be your friend today, or it might turn round and bite you in the ass. Either way the word “law” is going to crop up. Holiday, it would be so nice…to be on holiday. So why not go for it?
RULING GEMSTONE: ALEXANDRITE

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – May 2013

Cover May 2013

Bienvenidos/Welcome to all you travelers….we are happy to have you visit and hope you have a great time. May is a perfect time to be here with plenty of sunshine and a little rain thrown in..a welcome sight for those of us that have endured the heat and humidity of this past dry season and welcome our vegetation’s rebirth -bring on the GREEN. You will find plenty to do from a tour of our World famous Manuel Antonio Park to white water rafting and an exhilarating zipline or a day on the water as Captain of your own boat..check out Tres Ninas Boat Rentals or one of our Charter Sportfising boats like Luna Tours, Pez Rey, Pez Espada for a great day of world class fishing….you won’t go hungry as we have wonderful restaurants so check the pages of Quepolania for their locations……….we would like to thank Lona Collison of Ontario, Canada for our most beautiful cover shot. Lona and Lloyd spent a few months here and took some great photos..Lona said the helaconia is one of her favorite flowers and from this photo you should agree! Happy Mother’s Day to those visiting from the US & CA..we celebrate on Aug. 15th here so if we are lucky we get 2 days of recognition! Please take the time to tell our advertisers that you found them in Quepolandia and take a copy home to your friends – you can also follow us on FaceBook and here on our website…..have a wonderful visit and come back soon……..ciao……P

Happy Birthday to our friend, Virginia!


Help Your Vacation Home Pay For Itself

Main PhotoBy Shelagh Duncan 

The dream of having a vacation property in Costa Rica is something many of us are living, and many others would love. However owning a second home that remains vacant most of the year can be a financial burden if you are still working, or have long-term commitments back home. If you want to be able to make the most of your investment (and still fully enjoy your time here), it is worth looking into renting your home out during the year. 

Royal Palm Interiors

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