Beachside Bingo

Step right up and buy your bingo cards! From the left: Tim, Randall and Ryan

Okay, I would have made a pretty good Catholic if Saturday night Bingo was the major requirement! I’ve always loved bingo but haven’t played it all that much. However, now that I’ve had a taste of the Potrero bingo experience at the Sailing Center, I’d be a regular if I was staying in Potrero.


I had just a blast – and I won. Actually it was the biggest prize of the night; a $20 certificate to the MerKdo (the little grocery mart I frequent here) AND (this is big “and”) a ½ day adventure from Pura Vida Drive, worth $60. I’m not positive what that is but it’s an adventure and I’m always up for that. So, yay for me!

Early birds, like me, ready for the games to begin!

But here’s the thing – Potrero has a lot to do, especially for a small town. There is some kind of live music venue in town or nearby nightly – from Jazz to Country to Karaoke. Oh, yes – there are two places I’ve identified that have karaoke. I no longer impose my awful singing on others, but I love to listen. So guess where I’ll be next.

Getting back to the bingo, though. This was a large group of expats (about 50) playing for a couple of hours and really enjoying the caller, the suspense and the prizes. Cards were $5 a piece, raffle tickets for the 50/50 (half to the winner, ½ to the charity of the evening) were $2 piece and Pilsner beer was $2 a bottle at happy hour prices. It would be hard not to have fun. The proceeds from the evening went to the local neighborhood watch.

Sunset view from the Costa Rica Sailing Center

I also got a good look at the Costa Rica Sailing Center, which I had assumed was strictly a sailing school and boat rental business. I could not have been more wrong. Although reportedly it’s only been in existence for less than 2 years, it has become a mainstay for the expat community with a restaurant, bar, beachfront area and a pool that you are welcome to take a dip in after you drink or dine or both. There are annual memberships available that cover many of their services and amenities. I’m planning on a return for lunch and a swim this week.

Folks just having fun before bingo begins.

So, I had to come to Costa Rica to actually win at bingo…

My booty – the old school meaning!

Author: Kathy Lynn Hall

I've embarked on the lifestyle of vagabond as a solitary woman and I'm excited about sharing my experiences with you.

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