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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – February 2018

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It seems like the Christmas and New Year celebrations just run right through January and with all of the tourism and events here at Marina Pez Vela, February has appeared in the blink of an eye! With the blue summer skies, flat ocean waters and billfish bite back on, it feels like things are back to “normal” here at the marina with a vibrant schedule for the month and what seem like masterpieces painted each night with our live “SUNSET SHOWS”. The energy here at the project is palpable and growing each day and whether you are a local reading this monthly publication for the updates on the area or just picked up this magazine on your first visit to the area, do NOT miss out on the chance to come down and share in the essence of MPV where our local community, travelers from around the world and the finest project on the Pacific Coast all blend effortlessly into the tropical backdrop. February is another packed month with everything from smash mouth Football of the Super Bowl to a romantic Valentine’s Day concert…

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¿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

6 Important Things to Consider When You Are Choosing Your NEW Sofa

Design WiseBy Shelagh Duncan

Your sofa and your bed are probably the two largest furniture investments you’ll make, so you will need to make some wise choices. In my opinion, comfort is king when it comes to seating and sleeping, so investing in a good sofa and a good mattress are paramount.

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A quality sofa should feel and look solid. Try before you buy—sit back and relax in it, check the arm and back height and sit as you would at home. I could wax on about eight-way, hand-tied springs, double doweled joint, and glued and screwed corner blocks—but it is the comfort level that usually seals the deal.

A wood frame bench with arms and a back passes for a sofa here, but the days of putting a couple of seat pads on it and calling it a sofa have long gone. Let your builder do the cabinets and doors, but not your seating. Even with thicker seat cushions the foam will compress badly if it only has a wood platform to sit on. Upholstered furniture uses a specific layering of springs and different cushioning materials to achieve exactly the right support and feel.

From my experience finding a comfortable sofa in Costa Rica is one of the biggest challenges facing not just newcomers, but even those who are looking to replace their moldy, worn or just plain uncomfortable ones.

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Titi Conservation Alliance – January 2018

Titi Conservation Alliance small logoFeliz Año Nuevo!

We would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported The Titi Conservation Alliance Annual Online Auction in early December 2017. We were so fortunate to have many generous donors and buyers and truly appreciate the support. Proceeds from the auction will be earmarked to strengthen our Environmental Education program that has provided free environmental education to 4th and 5th graders in our area since 2003.

Highlights 2017

The Alliance once again planted close to 3,000 trees in 2017, although some plantings were lost to flooding from Tropical Storm Nate. We are very grateful to the local area landowners who participated with us in 2017-Marcia Bennet, the Gamboa family in Tocori, Palma Tica, the Barahona family and Leo from H2O. If you are interested in planting trees on your property with the help of TCA, just give us a call to schedule a visit with Ing.Juan Pablo Aguero, our forestry engineer.

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Diseases of Prosperity

I believe in having to pay to play. The best and most rewarding things in life take ample amounts of time to mature. Things such as relationships, love, fitness and financial goals, and successful careers all need time and continuous effort in order to truly fruit. Work needs to be done and sometimes blood, sweat, and tears are a part of the process along the way. If something comes easy its value most likely is low. I find it curious that some cultures influence us in exactly the opposite direction through media, marketing, and their focus on profitability. The forces that be try to persuade us that there is a quick cure for everything or that by simply buying a product worries will end. If you are hungry fast food is the answer, no need to even get out of your car. Any ailment or discomfort, pop a pill to mask the symptom, no need to sleep, rest, eat nutritious food and be hydrated. Looking for love? Websites for immediate and perfect “soulmates” are a few clicks away. If that is still too much work we have legalized prostitution right here in Costa Rica. One can’t get quicker than that! My point being this month is a new year which means we can shift our minds and change our lives. If we can get comfortable with being uncomfortable we can re-wire ourselves from the inside out. Enjoying oneself when not in a comfort zone is one of the secrets to anti-aging, change, and growth. Magic can happen when we chose to pay dividends with struggle, knowing that the results will return tenfold.

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Fiddlin’ Around – January 2018

Fiddlin'Around headerAt the stroke of midnight on December 31st I’ll bet many of you were enthusiastically singing along to the song Auld Lang Syne. Some of you with lampshades or goofy hats on your head. Or with your optimistic arms around someone else besides your significant other. Many of you hadn’t been up later than 10 pm since last years’ festivities. And then there’s the amateur drinkers embarking on their first epic hangovers. But every year, throughout the world, we somehow manage to unite for a couple of musical minutes to say goodbye to the past year with this ancient tune.

Portrait of Robert BurnsAuld Lang Syne was written by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in the year 1788, and was set to the tune of a traditional folk song. Besides being used to bid farewell to the old year, it is also sung at funerals, graduations, or at the end of group events or gatherings. Many scouting organizations sing the song to close their yearly jamborees, and it is meant to pay homage to old friends as it conveys a sense of longing for the past. It is a melancholy yet beautiful song which looks at the past with nostalgia, but also with a feeling of comradery about our shared experiences. Though most of us know parts of this song, so we’re able to tipsily sing along, I’ll bet most of us don’t really understand the meaning of many of the words or their origin.

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Karma Saving the Rainforest – January 2018

KSTR logoBy Karma Casey

Happy New Year from Karma, a spokeskid at Kids Saving the Rainforest! With the first issue of the year, I wanted to reach out to our wonderful community of Manuel Antonio and Quepos and see how we can all get involved helping out Costa Rica’s wildlife!

To learn about one great way to help Kids Saving the Rainforest, check out the LEAF-let we are including in this issue! You can help collect leaves for the hungry sloths, anteaters, monkeys, and other wildlife in our care! These animals need lots of fresh leaves to help give them a more natural diet. The animals in our nursery and rescue center need to learn the foods they will eat in the wild once they are released. You can help!

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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – January 2018

What's Shaking headerWOW…while there are likely more appropriate adjectives to describe all that took place during the month of December and close of the 2017 year here at Marina Pez Vela, the sheer pace of it all and incredibly memorable moments have even our most verbose of collaborators speechless! Triathalon, Bright Lights, Christmas, New Year’s….a truly fantastic close to 2017 is like the red carpet for 2018 and an AWESOME year ahead. 

January has the family at Marina Pez Vela continuing with some amazing events and news and we are very excited to share with you all the most important reminders for this first month of 2018!

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That’s Fishin’- January 2018

That's Fishin' headerBy Benn Gilmour

January kicks off the peak time in our Billfish season, where our waters off Quepos offer Anglers some of the best Sailfishing on the planet when huge numbers of big Pacific Sailfish (70-140lbs) gather here to reproduce. Anglers flock from all corners of the earth to come and experience our amazing fishery for themselves. There are not many other places in the world where you could be in with a chance of double-digit Sailfish releases in just one day. This is what Quepos is famous for—you have come to the right place!


Pelagic Rockstar TournamentWith the arrival of our Billfish, it is by no coincidence that the first of our major tournaments, The ‘Pelagic Rockstar’ takes place this month from January 11-13. The event promises to throw the entire Marina Pez Vela into party mode for the weekend with Rock ‘n Roll Bands, Pelagic Girls, dockside parties, & your chance to purchase some awesome Pelagic fishing apparel at the tournament village. For the competing teams there are some big cash prizes (and bragging rights!) to aim for but even if you will not be fishing, come down to the Marina Pez Vela and join all the fun. There will be early morning boat parades before the teams head offshore and from sunset onwards you can join us for the nightly bands & entertainment. This event promises to be a blast!

Last minute entries to the tournament can be made by contacting the iFish Quepos team at tournaments@marinapezvela.com.

Pelagic Rockstar Tournament Schedule

January 11 Team registration & 7pm kick-off party.
January 12 6.30am boat parade, day 1 fishing & 4.30pm dockside social.
January 13 6.30am boat parade, day 2 fishing & 7pm evening prize presentation.

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Leftover Turkey Gumbo

Chef's Corner logoUsing leftovers from holiday meals is just another way to prolong the feast. Here, the turkey carcass and meat scraps can become a wonderful hearty soup to serve with rice and plenty of hot sauce.


  • 3 quarts of leftover turkey carcass stock
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 1 lb (or ½ kg) of sautéed andouille sausage or any sausage
  • We like shrimp too
  • Turkey meat
  • Steamed rice
  • Hot sauce
  • Parsley to garnish

Leftover Turkey GumboDirections

  1. All gumbos start with a roux which means browning flour in oil. I use a low flame and plenty of patience for stirring the pot.
  2. When the roux becomes dark chocolate brown, you must add that Cajun “holy trinity” which is chopped onions, green peppers, and celery.
  3. Then you follow with the stock, and finally the meats. The meat choices are really up to you and what you have on hand.

The only rules to making gumbo are: don’t burn the roux and laissez les bon temps rouler. Or “let the good times roll!”

¿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

The Second Half-Century Club

Shambling through paradise headerI promise this entire article is not going to be a bummer, but—I have reached the age where the death of a contemporary no longer elicits a response of ”O my god, What happened?” No, it’s more like “What was it she had again’’? Or “Yeah, no great shock, last time I saw him he looked like garbage wrapped in skin”.

When I arrived in CR almost 30 years ago, the core of expats I first got to know were primarily 2nd half century club members. Not too long ago I ran into one on the street. Back in the day we called him “Memo Loco’’. His real name was William. I had not seen him in at least 20 years. My last recollection of him was a rainy Sunday morning at the San Clemente in Dominical. I was having breakfast when Memo Loco entered. He was in the middle of an extended coke and alcohol-fueled party. On a dare, in front of all the customers, he stood in the middle of the restaurant, tilted his head to one side and poured his beer into his ear.

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Spanish Sucks – December 2017

¡Hola amigos!  How did you do filling the previous seven verbs?  Remember to check your answer on this link: http://www.oscostarica.com/printable-spanish-flashcards/

This month there are seven new verbs.  THE LAST SEVEN ONES.  Fill the boxes with the conjugations of the verbs in present tense…

Remember that I chose those 70 verbs based on the frequency of use, the importance of complexity and the pattern of conjugation… Every month I will give you seven flashcards to fill!  Go to my website and compare your fillings with mine:  http://www.oscostarica.com/printable-spanish-flashcards/

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Surrender the Selfies

The way we portray ourselves to the public is never how it seems. The lexicon of internet usage that has just appeared this century has a word that spurs on many thoughts for me. Selfie. This unique noun, brought to us from technology has gone beyond a picture, it is a word that has changed how people experience moments in time and brings a “mirror” to every situation that has a cell phone. Like anything, there are varied opinions on what a selfie is actually showing. A picture is worth a thousand words. Everyone has an opinion, and very easily images can be misconstrued. Health, happiness, beauty, and achievement all are on a sliding scale and a matter of opinion. A projected public picture can translate to egocentric, self-involved, or pompous…for it is a very fine line indeed. The phenomenon of woman pursing their lips (duck face) with an ever so mystic look in their eyes to me is downright idiotic. Sickening when it is a young girl just doing what she’s seen hundreds of times before. We are bombarded daily by television, magazines, and internet often saying that we are not good enough, that we just don’t measure up. Culture, trends, and the ever so popular cosmetic surgery all help to shape opinions on who is beautiful and what the “in thing” is…Hollywood reigns supreme. With Go-Pro cameras making everyone think they are heroes (or not) body image is a major player in how we go about our work, play, and our very lives.

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Ocelot Factory


Photo: Daniel Allen

By Jack Ewing

On September 14, 2016, one of the Hacienda Barú guides sent me a photo of an ocelot killed on the coastal highway in front of the Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge. From the spot pattern on its neck and shoulders I was able to identify it as a young male, about two years old, who I had previously named “Frodo”. His identification was made possible by comparing the photo of the dead ocelot with photos and videos of Frodo taken by our trail cameras. Every individual ocelot’s spot pattern is unique, and this facilitates identification. There are tunnels under the highway at Hacienda Barú, and most of the ocelots use them. I assume Frodo had never crossed the highway before and didn’t know about the tunnels.

Dead ocelot on the roadA couple of months earlier a new mature male, an enormous individual who I named “Brutus”, had ousted the male who had reigned for at least three years. I would imagine that Frodo, who was probably a son of the ousted alpha male, and who was approaching reproductive age, felt threatened by Brutus and was forced to leave the territory where he was born and raised. The death of the beautiful, young spotted cat was saddening, but not cause for alarm. There was at least one producing adult female and an immature female, “Tinkerbell”, about a year from reproductive age. There was also quite possibly a second mature producing female within Brutus’ territory. So the death of Frodo wouldn’t have a major impact on the population. We thought.
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