South Pacific Costa Rica Magazine and Travel Guide, Ballena Tales Issue #61

SUSTAINABILITY at El Fuego Brewery Dominical

Sustainability a great responsibility for our inhabitants.

Dear Readers,
The natural wealth of the South Pacific in Costa Rica is recognized worldwide. This treasure that was hidden for a long time, has just been unveiled for the enjoyment of national and foreign visitors. Today, connected by an excellent highway (HGY34), it is a destination close to the capital. More and more tourists fall in love with the exuberant green of nature and the deep blue of the ocean that distinguish it. This has added a great responsibility for those who live in this paradise: SUSTAINABILITY.

The awareness of vigilantly taking care of the natural treasures that the South Pacific shelters, increases every day more among neighbors, organizations, chambers, government institutions and tourism companies. This new edition is dedicated to sharing with you the efforts that are being carried out to protect our beaches, rivers and the environment and related contributions are evident throughout the magazine.

El Fuego Brew Co. did it right from the very start, creating “bio-jardineras” to treat their wastewater from the brewery and restaurant. A small town gave rise to the initiative "Bahía Free of Plastic" that is now being emphasized by the Tourism Chambers and official entities. Graciela Pulido alerts that you have to "go into detail" with respect to micro-plastic. The administration of the Marino Ballena National Park motivates teamwork. Blue flags are only won thanks to the collaboration between neighbors and community organizations. Ojochal also gives an excellent example of sustainable living!

Mother's Day is celebrated in Costa Rica in August. Congratulations to the mothers, who educate their children for the era of innovation! Fortunately, more and more activities are offered for children (both local and expatriate), including two dance and theater studios with excellent teachers, as well as a new playground in Bahia.

There are numerous other initiatives, including that of the Lifeguards and DAWG. Surely you would like to participate in one or the other. Contribute your ideas and talents. We will tell your story!

Dagmar Reinhard, Editor Ballena Tales Magazine and Travel Guide

Dagmar Reinhard, Editor
Ballena Tales Magazine and Travel Guide

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During 2020, Ballena Tales Travel and Service Guide Magazine has published numerous uplifting, constructive, and thought-provoking articles on nature, people’s initiatives, or a healthy lifestyle. Our contributing authors are members of our community, business owners, and individuals with deep knowledge and love of the South Pacific, thus creating an oasis of inspiration and well-being for you to enjoy.

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“Entangled in Costa Rica” A Documentary about whales rescue 2021

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Veganism is on the rise – and it is far more than a food trend!

It leads to a lifestyle based on sustainability and compassion.
The three pillars of veganism are:

1. Compassion for all animals (i.e. an understanding that there is no difference between a chicken or a dog, a calf, or a cat).
2. The concern and care for environmental issues (i.e. massive land use and pollution caused by life stock farming, pesticides, antibiotics, etc.); and
3. The positive effects on health (i.e., low cholesterol, no lactose intolerance, a pure conscience, etc.).

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AFU – Academy of football Uvita

An academy in which, apart from sporting fun, players are trained to their maximum potential on and off the court. Including educational
components such as respect and discipline, values that serve also being off the field.

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Before the Internet’s availability, people consulted countless non-digital sources such as phone books and shared friends’ opinions about hotel and restaurant services.
Today consumers have an Internet connection 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to search for information from their computer or cell phone.

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Le French Café – Plaza Bahía Moana

Le French Café at the brand new Moana Plaza Bahía stands out for its innovative decoration. The large terraces welcome the sea breezes, and there are comfortable seats, a well-equipped bar, and display cases with delicacies in bread, desserts, and sweets.

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SCALA Restaurant at the top of the Escalera mountain

Scala Restaurant is located at the top of the Escalera mountain in Uvita and offers an incredibly beautiful contour between the jungle and the sea. It is outdoors so you can enjoy the cool breeze that blows across the terrace.
Scala has an extraordinary gastronomic approach, using a unique and innovative culinary strategy that characterizes signature cuisine.

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Alma de Ojochal Hotel

The Alma De Ojochal Hotel is, as the name says, “the soul of Ojochal” and is in tune with the spirit of Pura Vida on the South Western coast of Costa Rica. Here you will have the feeling of enjoying life to the fullest, embracing experience and adventure in a very relaxed atmosphere.

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