01 May
Caribizine May 2010 cover

Caribizine May 2010 cover

Welcome to the first issue of Costa Rica’s premier south caribbean magazine, Caribizine. We want to become your favorite resource for local news, reviews and events in our community. If you have an event or class you would like featured on the community calendar or are a local business looking for affordable exposure please get in touch. Our office is located in Cocles right near the Libreria Caribe and you can contact me anytime at the email below to make an appointment. Our office is staffed with the best writers, photographers and designers all aimed at helping you promote your business both locally and globally.

We are very proud of our community and want to help spread the word about all the positive things that are happening in the area. If you are a local writer, photographer or have any suggestions for our publication please get in touch to find out how you can contribute.

The staff and I hope you enjoy this issue of Caribizine, Pura Vida!

Puerto Viejo Open Pro

01 May

Puerto Viejo Open Pro

surfing Salsa Brava

The Puerto Viejo Open Pro surf competition is set for May 15th, 2010. The entire event is planned and organized exclusively by local surf instructor and legend Alberto “Beto” Miguel Torres Speranza. This much anticipated event is guaranteed to bring the best of the best in surfing to the area, and will surely prove to be an amazing experience.

Puerto Viejo Open Pro

© Daniel Acosta Sanchez Photography

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of 06’ and was first dubbed as the “Legalize” Surf Tournament. The idea behind the competition was to simply bring friends together for a day of partying, music and spectacular surf. It soon proved to be a huge success and therefore grew bigger and bigger each year with the support of the community growing as well. Competitors and spectators alike, from all over the world, come together for a day of friendly competition, stunning talent and gorgeous views.

It’s no secret that the waves of the Puerto Viejo area are ideal for both experienced and first time surfers. The types of waves are changing daily and therefore prove to be the ultimate location for all levels. The Puerto Viejo area has been hailed as “the best waves in all of Costa Rica”, and Beto will be the first to confirm this. Also according to Beto, the last event held on January 30th, 2010 had “the best waves ever”.

This month’s competition titled “Jah First” is set to begin at 8am at the Hotel Totem. It is located across from the lifeguard tower in Playa Cocles, just minutes from Puerto Viejo. As an added bonus, try and locate Beto prior to online slots the competition, and receive a voucher good for 1⁄2 off hotel rates for Hotel Totem! The entry fee for those who wish to participate is only $30.00 which includes an event t-shirt, food, drinks and a spot in the competition. Anyone is welcome to enter, and it is recommended you register one day prior (May 14th) at Reggaeland, which is casino online located below Chile Rojo in Puerto Viejo.

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There are over $1500.00 in prizes to be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place along with major bragging rights. Heats are divided into the 16 & under group and the Open heat for all others. Women are also encouraged to compete, either along with the men, or if enough women enter, a heat will be designed exclusively for them. 3 judges are selected ranging from those with old school surf experience and style, to the new age younger surfers. This diversity provides the judging panel the opportunity to utilize their own personal experiences and ability to evaluate the skill of the competitors, in harmony. Judges take the competitors style, level of risk, wave choice and determination all into consideration when choosing the winners along with a multitude of other factors. This will be an exciting all day event on the beach filled with food, drinks, music, and surf. Be sure to arrive early and claim your spot in surfing history!

Puerto Viejo Open Pro

© Daniel Acosta Sanchez Photography

This amazing experience IS NOT TO BE MISSED, and is made possible by the generosity and support of the community residents and businesses along with the undying passion that Beto holds for surfing. Please ensure these types of happenings can continue and keep supporting local businesses… Pura Vida!

“I don’t care who wins, I just want the best surfers to be recognized…” -Beto

Horseback by the Sea Side

01 May

Horeseback by the Sea Side

Ryan and Dawn begin their adventure

It was one of those perfectly sunny days when my friend Ryan and I decided to go horseback riding on the beach, but we found ourselves faced with one dilemma, which company should we use? It is very important to me that the tour agency we would be using for our adventure was reputable and humane to their horses. Having traveled around the world I have witnessed various horse back riding tour operators that sadly don’t take care of their horses. They abuse these beautiful creatures with poor diets and literally ride them until they drop dead. The tourism industry perpetuates this cruel practice and so it had been many years since I had been on the back of a horse. The beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, however, were beckoning me. I began to ask around town for a recommended place we could ride healthy and happy horses. The overwhelming response from the locals we talked to was the Caribe Horse Riding Club in Playa Negra.

Horeseback by the Sea Side

Your Author and Leo

The owner, Vanessa Petin, cares very much about the health and well being of her horses and this is evident when you visit her stables. She even asked me what type of saddle I would like as she has a few different choices based on the riders experience level and preference. I smiled and told her that because I am a beginner, I would prefer the saddle that is the most difficult to fall out of! Vanessa then introduced us to the horses we would be riding for our two hour trip. My horse was a beautiful stallion named Leo and Ryan was on the lovely Olive. Vanessa gave us the option to choose where we would like to go for our tour and we opted for a combination of riding on both the beach and on the jungle paths. Along the way she pointed out various plants and animals and explained many interesting facts about this area. The jungle paths were lush, quiet and cool and Leo found lots of plants he wanted to snack on during our journey. I hadn’t really even ridden a horse since I was younger, but both Vanessa and Leo made me feel very relaxed and comfortable as they expertly guided us through the jungle. The slower pace of being on horseback really allows you to stop and enjoy the scenery unlike anything else can. After an hour Vanessa started to lead us to the world famous “Black Beach” of Playa Negra. I personally love the tranquility and privacy of this particular beach, and the horses loved running in the surf just as much as we did! Even though I was a little scared I held on tightly as Leo ran down the beach, both of us completely enjoying the freedom and joy of being able to live in such a beautiful place. We watched the changing sunset colors on the way back to the stables and the happiness that both Ryan and I felt was completely evident in the picture Vanessa took of us. Our day with Vanessa and her horses was amazing and I recommend it to everyone wanting to enjoy the Caribe Sur in such a unique and relaxing way.

The Caribe Horse Riding Club offers a variety of tours, including full and half day and even full moon night tours which I am really excited to try out in the future! Prices are very reasonable, our two hour tour was just $60 a person. You can book your adventures through their website www.caribehorse.com.

Tell Vanessa that Dawn from Caribizine sent you and she just might share a secret part of my adventure riding on Leo with you…. Enjoy!

Get Naked and Covered in Chocolate

01 May

The Pure Jungle Spa is an experience like none other when relaxation and tranquility beckon your name. The spa offers a myriad of services ranging from the Ultimate Total Body Chocolate Decadence massage that includes a mixture of fresh hand ground cacao beans and cocoa butter, applied to the whole body leaving the skin feeling velvety smooth, invigorated and detoxified, to the Tropical Bliss facial; a freshly whipped papaya exfoliation treatment. Pure Jungle also offers, among other choices, the Caribbean Cooler skin quenching, sun burn treatment. This body indulgence is designed specifically for those who have spent a little too long soaking on the beach. It includes an application of cooling cucumber and aloe, along with heat absorbing banana leaves to alleviate and hydrate the skin. Pure Jungle Spa prides itself on using only fresh, natural ingredients grown on local organic farms, and products made exclusively by local indigenous families.

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Pure Jungle Spa

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Following your blissful massage an ice cold glass of water or herbal tea awaits you along with an organic slice of chocolate that is to die for (the chocolate is also available for purchase). Be sure to check out Pure Jungle Spas array of products as well, including natural perfumes, tropical body butters and spectacular lip glosses. All products are made with all natural, organic ingredients.

With a variety of massages available, all at affordable prices, you may find it difficult to choose. Be sure to stop in and check out all that they offer. Spa packages are also an option to those who simply cannot choose just one, as well as couple’s massages; which they boast as one of their specialties.

Reservations are recommended and can either be made in person, or by calling (506)2750-0536. For even more information please visit www.purejunglespa.com.

Pure Jungle Spa is nestled just minutes from Puerto Viejo, next to the La Costa De Papitos hotel in Playa Cocles. Book your appointment now, this jewel within the jungle will not disappoint.

Pure Tranquilo on the Black Beach

01 May

Banana Azul

Banana Azul in Playa Negra

Banana AzulA large sigh of satisfaction, “ahhhhhh”, is the first thing that comes to mind upon entering the pristine grounds of the Banana Azul hotel. This beautifully landscaped and extremely aesthetically pleasing property was

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Banana Azul was born as the vision and dream of owners Colin and Roberto. Colin originally resided from Vancouver and Roberto, a teacher in San Jose. They both now call Banana Azul their home and the care and pride they take in it is very apparent. The hotel is home to 14 stunning rooms all equipped with lock boxes for valuables, delightful views of the property and clean private bathrooms. Balconies connected online casino overlook lush plants and wildlife, and Big recover deleted files incorpo- rates all data, including structured recover deleted files and unstructured recover deleted files from e-mail, social media, text streams, and more. include a hammock to lay back and relax in the ocean breeze. Laundry services are available, and for the convenience and safety of all guests, online casino the reception area is staffed 24 hours a day. The variety of rooms to choose from and rates can be found online casino on the user friendly and extremely informative website www.BananaAzul.com. All room rates include a full breakfast, with lunch and dinner available at the restaurant within the hotel. Wifi comes complimentary whether casino online you are a guest at Banana Azul or not, and laptops can be rented upon request.

New to Banana Azul is the tranquil and inviting Massage Del Mar. This handcrafted casino bungalow located directly on the black sand beach is where you can receive an ocean side massage. This amazing amenity is offered to anyone who is looking to relax with the sounds of waves crashing on the shore, including guests of Banana Azul, visitors of the property and couples. Massages can be booked through the hotels partnering tour company Gecko Trail at www.geckotrail.com. Gecko Trail can also assist you in everything from booking your stay at Banana Azul to adventure getaways and everything in between. Conveniently, Gecko Trail has an office and informational booth directly on the property.

Banana Azul is the perfect choice for when you are searching for a relaxing and casual Caribbean vibe vacation. The hotel requires all guests to be age 16 or older, and offers such extras as boogie and surf board rentals and bicycle rentals to experience all the shopping, restaurants and bars Puerto Viejo has to offer. Whether staying at Banana Azul or not, it is more than worth a visit to indulge in their delicious entrees, refreshing cocktails or casual atmosphere. You will quickly become a believer of Banana Azul’s mantra “The best things in life are not things”. Be sure to mention you saw them in Caribizine!

Yummy Food, Amazing Ambiance

01 May

Que Rico Papito!

Que Rico Papito!

Que Rico Papito, located on the lush grounds of La Costa Papito, is gorgeously set in the midst of the jungle offering spectacular appetizers, salads, entrees and much more. The bar and dining area is spacious and clean, set delightfully under a large and exquisitely constructed thatch rooftop, allowing for a relaxing, unique and satisfying dining experience. The menu offers a wide variety of options including a delicious curry chicken dish, served within a hollowed pineapple for even more flavor to a delectable red snapper entree and filet mignon. Most entrees are served with a crisp refreshing salad, which can be paired perfectly with a blend of basil and olive oil if you choose.

For pre-dinner cocktails, Que Rico Papito is the place to go. Their happy hour offers 2 for 1 drinks, and live Calypso music with a Caribbean barbeque on Thursdays. They are able to accommodate any size party, from a romantic dinner for two, to a gathering of friends. The staff is extremely friendly and ready to serve your every need.

Que Rico Papito!

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Conveniently, Que Rico Papito offers free WiFi which I easily logged onto while waiting for the main course. They have computers available for use, or you may bring you own. Reservations are usually not necessary but you can contact the restaurant at (506) 2750-0800. For even more information please visit www.costadepapito.com. Que Rico Papito is located on the grounds of the beautiful La Costa De Papito bungalows, where the jungle meets the sea, minutes from Puerto Viejo in Playa Cocles.
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The Adventure of Thirsty Thursday and the Bottomless Beer

01 May

DonTe's Bar & Taqueria

Donovan and Terisita

Don’t be fooled by the delightfully devilish demeanor DonTe’s Bar & Taqueria may portray at first glance…. upon pulling up a stool to this Caribbean hot spot, the chill vibes of Bob Marley fill your ears and the laid back, yet accommodating attitude of the staff will gladly fill your drink.

DonTe’s Bar & Taqueria, which was recently featured in the New York Times, is located just a short stroll from Puerto Viejo directly across from Cocles beach and “La Isla” at the Cabinas El Tesoro. Owned and operated by Donovan and Teresita, this young couple from California’s goal is to offer an affordable way to enjoy the nightlife of the southern Caribbean, in a hip and vibrant, yet earthy environment.

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I Give Thee Worldly Treasures

01 May

Tribal MarketEnter the Tribal Market, and you quickly realize you have just stepped foot into a unique and eclectic gallery of beautiful art from all over the world . Vanessa, the owner of the charming Tribal Market and also a practicing midwife, finds the treasures within the shop from areas all over the world. She and her family turn the quests for trinkets and handmade items into once in a lifetime journeys for them all to enjoy. She has obtained one of a kind items from places such as Bali, Laos, Cambodia, Peru, Mexico and many more countries. Vanessa also includes handcrafted pieces such as jewelry and stained glass made by local artists in the gallery, as well as some of her own jewelry. The exotic and rare offerings of the Tribal Market are perfect for those searching for their own unique piece of the world.

Tribal Market opened 4 years ago and has since grown into a quaint shop (referred to as the art gallery), a studio available for classes and a coffee shop/eatery. Within the gallery you casino online can find everything from handmade rugs made from

recycled plastic, to original textiles and tapestries, marvelous handmade jewelry, natural oils, masks, hand sewn purses and clothing plus everything in between. Every item is unique casino online online casino and one of a kind. Nothing ever comes from a factory, therefore every item is exclusive and never duplicated. Vanessa receives all health plan companies online casino canada are not in the online casino business of replacing roofs for homeowner’s maintenance purposes. the beautiful items directly from the artists and works closely with indigenous tribes and families to insure all treasures she purchases benefit them directly. Vanessa takes great pride in the rare pieces she finds and can tell you exactly where each nbso piece came from. The newly opened coffee shop and eatery is a great addition to the Tribal Market property. The cafe’ offers a refreshing array of beverages and specializes in ethnic cuisine from all over the world.

Connected to the art gallery is a spacious studio that offers a multitude of classes and workshops. There is a variety of classes offered ranging from prenatal care courses, yoga, meditation, and a monthly psychology workshop. The studio can also be rented out for other classes and workshops and can be organized and planned out through Vanessa. There are monthly courses also offered, including a sacred chant workshop held every Thursday at 4pm, and a ceremony held every full moon. Both of these and others are free to anyone who would like to participate. Vanessa is a firm believer in offering “positive activities” and loves having the means to offer them to the community. Be sure to stop in and see what other classes are available this month!

The Tribal Market is located just south of Playa Cocles near Cubali town road and is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10am to 6pm. You can contact the store by phone at 2750-0923 or at tribalmarket@yahoo.com.

CuKa’s Corner

01 May

CuKa's CornerHi Everybody!

My name is Cuka and I am a baby howler monkey living at the Jaguar Rescue Center. I came here after my mama was forced to abandon me because I was very sick. After some medical care and lots of snuggles from my new human parents Encar and Sandro I am pleased to report that I am very happy and healthy with all my new “sisters” at the center. Each day we all go out to the jungle and interact with the wild monkeys there. We swing from branches and eat leaves and learn all the valuable skills we will need when we are released back into the wild. Did you know that Howler monkeys are vegetarian and the our loud howling can be heard up to three miles away? I would love for you to come visit me and learn all about my animal friends at the Jaguar Rescue Center. We have baby sloths, wildcats, snakes, owls, an oligno and so many more. There are two tours at 9:30am and 11:30am Monday through Saturday and one of the few places in all of Costa Rica you can have a baby monkey sit on your head! We are in Playa Chiquita, only a short ride out of Puerto Viejo and we are open rain or shine. Tell them Cuka sent you!

Love xoxo, Cuka

ps. Here are some fun animal facts and pictures of my friends

Jaguar Rescue Center

The Jaguar Rescue Center is not a zoo, it is a center where we heal rescued animals, and then when the time is right, we return the animals back into their environment.

Jaguar Rescue Center

Snakes are not slimy and cold as you think, they are totally dry. Their skin is soft to the touch and in the case of boas, pythons and many others, they feel like silk!

Jaguar Rescue Center

Monkeys are primates like humans. They are our first cousins and they deserve great respect.

Jaguar Rescue Center

The animals that the center receives are mostly monkeys, sloths, felines, porcupines, snakes, and birds such as toucans and birds of prey.

Jaguar Rescue Center

Snakes are not aggressive animals but defensive. All bites are by accident, if one was stepped on for example as you pass nearby.

Jaguar Rescue Center

The animals reach the center in very different ways and range from babies abandoned by their parents, to adult animals that have been wounded by humans as we impact more and more of their environment!

Ecologically Friendly Tips

01 May

for your Jungle Home and Business Gardens by Christina Orr

“Remarkably diverse, and extraordinarily rich”, is Costa Rica’s combined flora and fauna. Because Costa Rica lies on the isthmian link that has been made possible by the dramatic interchange of biota between the previously separated North and South American continents, it hosts 800 species of birds, 350 species of amphibians and reptiles and 8000 species of higher plants. The enormous and tragic devastation of tropical forest, unfortunately promises to continue into the 21st century, despite the best efforts of all who care for it (Janzen, 1983). Thanks to contemporary Costa Rica environmental legislature, it is no longer at the hands of large logging interests. Modern destruction is due to the suburbanization of the jungle, commonly referred to as the domestication of small plots of land or “lots.”

Yet, it does not have to be like this. New and existing land owners of this beautiful Talamancan jungle have an opportunity to be guardians of the jungle diversity we co-habitate. The following are a few jungle friendly practices we can all employ to support and maintain our flora and fauna diversity.

Pack up your plant droppings, clippings and rakings below your cherished trees and plants, and along your property lines.
We live in a unique environment of tightly packed, porous clay soil. The secret to unlocking this rich soil lies in the quantity of mulch or dry decaying material we provide it. When we rake it naked we further shut down the tightly packed porous clay, and deny it the forum to absorb nutrients. Our goal is to mimic Mother Nature while creating a safe and comfortable setting for our families and ourselves. It is a fine and delicate balance for sure.

Respect and Cherish the Creeks, Drains and Swamps.

All local creeks, drains and swamps provide valuable resources to all jungle and human life. These precious waterways purify our drinking water in its flow toward our community watersheds. Therefore, it is against Costa Rican law to chop, clean or alter within 10m of a creek in an urban or suburban setting, within 15m of a rural setting, and within 50m of a creek with surrounding land inclination of 30 degrees or more.

Refrain from the use of Pesticides and Herbicides especially in drains and waterways.
All of the land we co-habitate here in the Talamancas is coastal slope; that means it all drains to our wells and then to the sea, and rapidly. With an average annual rainfall of 134” in the province of Limon, dangerous chemicals (that are manufactured in other countries and outlawed in those same other countries!) are ineffectual to their targeted noxious weed, before they are washed away down slope and toxic to wild, human and sea life.

Be a Friend of the Coconut Walk.
The 50m of the coastal tide line: the sole natural habitat of the coconut, the transition of jungle and sea, public and private lands, is endearingly referred to as the coconut walk. It is a delicate and fragile ecosystem, which over the past 100 years has suffered from blight to now human destruction.

Understandably so, the desire of the modern business owner is to clean the coconut walk for the enjoyment and the safety of the tourist. However, the coconut walk does not like to be well manicured. If one wants to clean up the coconut walk for recreation and safety, it is best to pack up the droppings, clippings and rakings around the bases of the existing trees and shrubs in the coconut walk. The coconut and associated trees (noni, almond, sea grape) depend on the nutrients and protection they receive from the so-called “debris” of the coconut walk.

Plant Native Species in your Jungle Garden.
The integrity of our biodiversity here in the Talamancas depends upon our conscious reforestation of native plant species. For instance, we are currently witnessing the endangering and extinction of native shade palms, and worse, the introduction of non-native, aggressive and evasive species. Insist upon and support native plant nurseries. Practice the art of nature-scaping.

Create Habitat in Your own Garden for Local Fauna.
As good jungle stewards (and lovers of wildlife in our yard, right?), we need to provide habitat for the animals with whom we co-habitate. When we plant trees and shrubs that are “feeders” (food source), we directly provide scarce food sources, and nesting sites for our wildlife friends. Not to mention the fact we gain invaluable entertainment and joy for ourselves.

Plant and Maintain the Guarumo (Cecropia sp.) Trees in your Garden.
Myth: The Guarumo trees are dangerous trees because they grow tall and angularly.
No lot is too small for the Guarumo tree (Cecropia peltata L.). She is the most amiable, resourceful, and dependable tree family (Cecropiaceae) we have in our jungle home and business garden. First, most wildlife eat or use her: the monkeys, orlapengula birds, sloths, toucans, birds of prey, and ants are consistently found in these trees. Secondly, she makes herself of interlocking fibrous segments which allow her to grow tall and angularly, yet, securely. Thirdly, she’s so amiable that she grows in harmony with existing trees; that’s why she is always at an angle. Fourthly, the Guarumo trees are medicinal (we as humans use the leaves medicinally), with large, attractive palmate leaves.

Create your own Carbon Source.
There is no reason to burn, as everything brown and dry in your garden (for example, dry leaves, limbs, pods, bark, husks, clippings, etc.) serves a purpose. It is your available carbon source that should be packed up around your cherished trees and plants. When we burn these precious jungle by-products, we deplete our carbon reserves that unlock the secrets of our porous clay soil. Mother Nature depends on the top-coat of carbon source to create lush hummus to work her jungle magic.

World Change starts in our individual hearts. Be Fearless, Choose Love.
Myth: You don’t have to cut it all down and cover it with gravel to protect yourself
We all have the capacity to create kinship and safety with all life through our magnetic thoughts, words and actions. I recommend consciously creating the domain in your home and business jungle garden as “I won’t trouble you if you don’t trouble me,” with all your jungle flora and fauna.

Christina Orr, local Jungle Conservationist, Naturescape Gardener and Oxygen Farmer, president of Clave de Amor del Bosque, S.A., president of Medicinal Jungle Body Products, S.A., founder of Medicinal Bush Body Oil and Vivero: A Plant Nursery, resides in Playa Chiquita Talamanca de Limon, Costa Rica. Contact 011-506-8342-6817 or 011-506-2750-0259 or www.medicinalbushbodyoil.com.


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