The 29th of February is a rare, unusual day. One that doesn't exist most years of our lives. Time is a funny thing. It is our most important possession, a man-made system of measurement, yet something that doesn't truly exist. Time is not tangible, but you can lose it. Time is not guaranteed, so don't waste it. You don't find time for things, you make time for things. I'm going to use this bonus leap day that we've been gifted, during the month of love, to share a photo tour of our beloved Caribbean beaches of Costa Rica.
The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is known for it's grouping of long, expansive white, black and brown sand beaches. Also known for its diversity, both in people and sand, the Caribbean coast is a melting pot of cultures, lifestyles, flavorful food and expansive animal species. With not much of a dry season, the rains come every few days to replenish the Earth, keeping the vegetation vibrant and flourishing. When a gorgeous, sunny day comes along we make sure to get out and enjoy these magnificent beaches that surround us.
This is Playa Negra, the black sand beach that lies right outside our front door, at the quiet, northwest end of Puerto Viejo. It is known for its layer of powerful waves and narrow shoreline:
Below is Playa Puerto Viejo, the small stretch of beach in downtown Puerto Viejo, location of the famous Salsa Brava wave break, and where many surfer's spend many days:
If you head northwest from Puerto Viejo you will come across the small village of Cahuita after about 14 kilometers. You can hike to Cahuita Point and you're almost guaranteed a capuchin monkey sighting while hiking this jungle trail along the sea.
Turning around and heading in the other direction from Puerto Viejo, the first beach you will come to, right outside of town, is Playa Cocles (pronounced Coke-lace, not Cockles). This picture is taken from the beach looking out on a small island:
Next up comes Playa Chiquita, a quiet stretch of sand and calm, clear water:
Further down the road you will come to our favorite Caribbean beach: Punta Uva. Each side of this beach meets up to form a point in the middle, which is how this beach was gifted its name. The first road to Punta Uva is a perfect spot to kayak, stand-up paddle board, and swim, as the turquoise waters are very calm and inviting:
The second road to Punta Uva is our chosen favorite beach spot. We prefer to post up underneath some palm trees for the day and go back and forth between ocean swims and sand naps:
The last beach on our tour is Playa Manzanillo, which borders Panama. You can hike a short trail out to an expansive lookout point, where you can admire the endless, blue sea and the pristine stretch of beach (or show off your yoga poses):
That winds up our Caribbean Beach Leapin' Daze tour. Peace Out Beaches!
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.