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A Blue Flag triumph, new brew, and more in Perez Zeledon

Perez Zeledon news for July 25th, 2014


Editor’s note: This article is part of our new “Community Reports.”

Costa Rica’s Latest Blue Flag Triumph — Right Here in Perez Zeledon

Congratulations to Charles Earl Rosenbarger, Jr. and Betzei Jemenez Sing for receiving the latest Blue Flag Ecological Program Award for their CHEWMAX project of 120 hectares of ecologically protected land in Perez Zeledon.  A small ceremony was held in celebration on July 16, with supporters, staff, and dignitaries in attendance.


Costa Rica’s Blue Flag Ecological Program (Bandera Azul Ecologica), was created in 1996 with the goal of protecting the nation’s fragile coastal ecosystems, safeguarding the country’s many beaches, helping to improve the health of its citizens, and furthering Costa Rica’s reputation as a world-class tourism destination.


Rosenbarger and Jemenez have created a self-sustaining paradise with 120 hectares of primary forest, many natural springs of crystal-clear, clean water, and have begun the arduous and costly work of tree-planting, creation of trails, disbursement of organic material, and signage to make it all accessible to visitors. WOW!


Their plans include selling some parcels of land to individuals as well as building a small town center for residents on the property.  The remaining property will be available for nature enthusiasts.


For more information on CHEWMAX, please call Charlie at 506.2771.8217.

For more information on Costa Rica’s Blue Flag Program, please contact


A huge round of applause for Charlie and Betzei for their contribution to Perez Zeledon.



A New Brew for P.Z.


There’s a new craft beer brewery in town — Von Dincklage — opened by a Tico/German named Eduardo Prado Beita, who is the heir to the Von Dincklage brew recipe and methods.  And man, that’s some great beer!


The brewery is located in the Complejo Rio Plaza, 200 este de la Catedral, PZ, at the very back of the mall on the left.  A miniature wine vineyard has been planted in front, and the place will truly be spectacular when the porro trees bloom all around the plaza.


Eduardo says, “ I have always had a romantic fascination with beer culture, in fact, a fascination with beer, wine, and food.  I would like to share that passion for craft beer with the citizens of Perez so we can all have more choices of gourmet beverages.”


Eduardo served in the U.S. Navy for over ten years as an aviation electrician.  He holds a degree in business management from the University of Maryland, College Park. He brings the flavors of his Navy Service in the Persian Gulf along with the extensive traveling he has done in Europe to each beer he crafts.


Perhaps the only thing finer than beer for Eduardo is his line of gourmet spices, also from recipes inherited  from his father-in-law, which are sold in many local grocery stores in Perez.


To order a keg for your next party, book a tour of his spotless brewery, or buy some of those killer-diller spices, please call 506.2770.1381.  Eduardo speaks perfect English, and even better Cerveza.




Gourmet Cooking Classes –

Come learn the intricacies of fine gourmet cooking with master Chef Pablo Bonilla.


Where:  La Terraza Restaurant, Hotel Chirripo, San Isidro, Perez Zeledon

When:   Four sessions, beginning Sunday, August 3rd, 3-5PM


Chef Pablo is an accomplished chef who has trained in Spain with the finest chefs of Europe.

Don’t miss this chance to take your culinary skills up a level, with Pablo.

For more information and prices, please call 506.8499.0585


Carol Vaughn

Carol Vaughn is an Inside Costa Rica Community Reporter covering Perez Zeledon.

Carol Vaughn holds a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts and is retired from a career as a tap dancer and teacher. She moved to Costa Rica two years ago from Washington, DC, and settled into a cabin on the banks of the Quebradas River in Perez Zeledon.

She also blogs for AngloINFO and is a volunteer Warden for the US Embassy for Perez Zeledon, helping out fellow Americans in emergencies.


Editor’s note: Our Community Reports do not undergo our normal editorial process and are provided by volunteer Community Reporters.  If you notice an error, please send an email to [email protected]  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Community Reporter for your area, please write [email protected]
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  • Timothy Williams

    A great first report from our first published Community Reporter, Carol Vaugn. On behalf of ICR and our readers in PZ (which are sure to grow as we expand this section with Carol’s help) – a big thank you, Carol.

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