In Playa Jacó, sisters María Fernanda Gavilán and Ana María Gavilán have found a recipe for success through their commitment to local sustainable food and jewelry design. Maria is a self-taught chef who whips up flavorful dishes at her stylish vegan restaurant, SER. Think artisanal plates like Portobello Miso Carpaccio and Pejibaye and Heart of Palm Ceviche with Coconut Curry that are not only healthy but inventive and delicious.
And Ana María, the designer behind the twins’ fine jewelry label, De Polvo Y Viento, celebrates the sea by crafting pieces that resemble ocean waves and sea fan coral. “We were lucky to grow up by the beach, surrounded by nature,” says María. “Now we’re conveying that love of our home through food and design.” Sustainable business decisions like sourcing vegetables grown in a 150-foot radius and using raw, native stones instead of diamonds, reflect the morals they grew up with. “We hope our choices inspire others and make them feel just as connected to this place,” says Maria.