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Respect & Pura Vida

By Matt Bernard:
My son Jackson is seven years old and at the beginning stages of learning how to surf. We’ve been going surfing in the afternoons, after school for a few months now.
He has recently started paddling into his own waves without me pushing him and yesterday he paddled into the biggest and best wave he has ever ridden. I was about 30 meters away yelling “Go Jack, go!” There were about 4 or 5 adult men paddling for the same wave and were in the “right of way” position, but when they heard me rooting my son on, they gave him the right of way and let him get the wave.
This is the kind of vibe we have in and out of the water here in Tamarindo. If we had been somewhere else, I doubt it would have gone this way. The “kid-friendly, family community vibe” exists in and out of the water here. This is the main reason I chose the Tamarindo/Langosta area to raise my son.
Whoever you guys were yesterday, thank you so much for allowing my son to have the experience that has completely hooked him on surfing for life!
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The new Tamarindo Police station – ya casi…

The new police station in Tamarindo will be completed very soon. Thanks to ADI Tamarindo and everybody involved. Great job. The total construction size of 340 sqm includes dorm-style bedrooms with bathrooms for men and women, two prison cells, a secure weapon arsenal, and ample office space.

Here are more pictures taken on December 15th

 

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Road to Langosta

The road work is on its way, from the ABC office to Langosta (including the loop). The planning of this project began in 2016 and after several previous attempts, it is finally underway. The German non-profit organization GIZ is leading the project and coordinating with BID, MOPT Municipalidad, Minae and others such as; AyA, ASADA, Copopeguanacaste, Bomberos and ADI to complete the road. The road has a length of 2.5km (1.55 miles) and costs a total of 949,900,000 Colones (about $1.5 million USD)

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Let’s support their efforts

recycle

It takes a manufacturer a fraction of a second to create a plastic bag, we use it for 20 minutes to get our products from the store to the house, then it takes over 100 years for it to disappear completely.

There are many other alternative substitutes for plastic that work great and are very accessible.

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Water Project

water tank

We are in the middle of our dry season and the question remains: “Is there enough water to make it through to the rainy season?”

Last year the water situation caused the AyA (Acueductos y Alcantarillados, Costa Rica’s national water provider) to stop the approval of water permits for new constructions in Tamarindo. The situation is and has been serious, but there is a solution on the way.

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Robert August Surf & Turf Charity Event

golf event

Today we are starting off by sponsoring the Robert August Surf & Turf charity event, which is one of the major fundraiser’s of the year in Tamarindo. It provides most of the needs for CEPIA’s after-school program. It provides sports, English, tutoring, technology, arts, and fun to more than 1000 kids. The children also participate in surf and swim competitions, day trips, tree planting, beach clean-ups, recycling, and much more!

Thank you again CEPIA for letting us be a part of the program this weekend!

If you’d like more information, please visit www.cepiacostarica.org for more details on future events and sponsorships.

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Environment a Priority for Costa Rica

Howler Monkeyby: Federico Bonilla, Real Estate Consultant

Costa Rica has always been known for its environmental concern. Various environmentally conscious programs, such as FONAFIFO’s Forestry Credit program promoting forestry and reforestation, have been set by the government in order to maintain Costa Rica’s famous biodiversity and natural landscapes.
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