Costa Rica is like an onion…layer after layer is peeled away, revealing new depths you were unaware of, leaving your eyes stinging with tears due to the magnitude of the immense beauty that surrounds you.
Costa Rica is like a person…a long-lost lover. A mysterious, complex soul, brimming with life and constantly leaving you in awe and wonder. Reeling you in, you fall deeper and deeper into mindless, consuming love with this piece of Earth.
Costa Rica is many things to many people. This country truly is the most breathtaking sanctuary I have ever laid foot on. I know when we leave here we will long for this place in our cells, our bones. The soul of Costa Rica will be permanently intertwined with ours.
A week ago we discovered our new favorite Costa Rican beach. Playa Linda, which means lovely or pretty beach, more than lives up to it's name. It is a secret, hidden gem, with no signs and just a small dirt road entrance.
Driving down the quaint, bumpy beach road we remark over the manicured rows of palm trees upon palm trees, creating hundreds of perfect hammock spots and plenty of cool shade to lounge in.
Finding an ideal spot, we claim a section of palms and sand, and set up our beach camp for the day.
If anyone needs me, this is where I'll be…
The volcanic sand is packed and firm, the beach goes on for miles, without a single soul in sight. Perfect beach-walking conditions, our beach therapy awaits. Untouched and pristine, this piece of beach is majestic and breathtaking. It is easy to get lost, seconds slip into hours, and it becomes difficult to remember what year it is.
Time ceases to exist. No worries, no hurries, and no problems.
Shiny, white objects glow under the piercing sun, as they lay half buried in the sand. Little gifts from the ocean, deposited on shore for the first person who happens to come upon their brilliance. 10 whole sand dollars, my priceless beach loot for the day.
Shadows dance across the sand as I collect my last sand dollar, I turn toward the sky to admire a ribbon of pelicans strung above the palm trees, like Costa Rican Christmas lights.
After a soothing beach walk we lounge in our hammocks and admire a Tico man fishing for his dinner. If you want to fish in Costa Rica, all you need is a piece of fishing line and a spool. Fishing poles are overrated. Why complicate life?
(Fish for dinner, not compliments...)
Mesmerized by the vibrant blue sky and the whispy clouds, this is so much better than any movie on any flatscreen TV. Lounging on the deserted sand, under the shade of our sunbrella, the clouds dance across the sky and melt into the horizon.
We are full of gratitude for another unforgettable beach day of falling in love, happy coconuts, and only our footprints in the sand…
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.