Discovering a new beach is something we look forward to, and we have been determined to find the closest beach to our house. That happens to be Playa Tortuga, "Turtle Beach".
Located along the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, near the charming town of Ojochal, Playa Tortuga has a few different entrances. After turning down some random side road, we pull up to a deserted beach paradise.
Settling in, we claim a section of sand and set up shop. I could tie a hammock up in my sleep these days, a hammock is something we never leave home without. It is a portable nap spot, a bed strung between palm trees, therapy for the soul, and permission to do nothing.
The sun bounces off the water, reflecting the vibrant blue sky above. The sand sparkles, the ocean is blinding with beauty, and life once again looks like a painting.
Our miniature dachshund Sophie is excited to be frolicking on the beach. Sun's out, tongue's out.
Two local dogs approach us, sniffing Sophie, wondering if she is a cat, a dog or a chew toy.
She passes the test and they joyfully sprint up and down the beach as a threesome.
It's a dog's life around here...
'Living La Pura Vida', Sophie wears herself out as she runs tirelessly along the pristine shoreline.
Stopping only to ponder the meaning of life...
As I'm trying to keep up with Sophie, I discover a few gifts from the ocean. Being spoiled by deserted Costa Rican beaches, I now judge a beach on it's sand dollar supply and Playa Tortuga does not disappoint.
When you find so many whole sand dollars that you can't possibly take them all home with you...#costaricaproblems
Sand dollars are quite fascinating. I feel lucky to live in a place where they exist in such abundance. Ever heard The Legend of the Sand Dollar?
As much as we love living near the beach, we don't like the beach living with us. Sand happens...but we try not to bring too much of it home with us.
Sophie's ocean bath somehow becomes a dog-pile pool party, all black and tan dogs are invited.
Until next time...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.