Playa Ventanas, also known as "Windows Beach", gets it's name from the rugged sea caves carved into the massive rock wall that lines the shore. Just off the Costanera Highway 34, this is an easy beach to access, and a safe and pristine spot to waste the day. The cost is 1500 colones/car (about $3), if you arrive before 2pm. After that the entrance fee is waived.
Coconut palms line the beach, creating many ideal hammock spots in the cool shade. My husband Andy and I spent our 7th anniversary enjoying breath-taking Playa Ventanas, as this has become one of our favorite beaches in the Southern zone of Costa Rica.
A quaint beach stand, that is run by a friendly, local Tico man, sells delicious and authentic Costa Rican beach snacks: pipas frias (cold, fresh coconuts), ceviche fresco (freshly made ceviche), and platanos (homemade plantain chips), so that you may never go thirsty or hungry. After a salty swim there is nothing better than ice cold coconut water, flavorful ceviche and crunchy plantain chips to munch on.
The caves this beach was named after extend out into the ocean, and are about 50 meters deep. At low tide you can walk through the caves, exploring the dark caverns, and admiring the strange sea creatures stuck to the wall. At high tide the ocean barrels through the caves, building pressure which erupts with a "blowhole effect", spraying a salty, ocean mist high into the atmosphere.
Standing on the shoreline and looking out at the Pacific Ocean, you can see the famous Las Tres Hermanas (The Three Sisters) rock formation. These are believed to have separated from the shore many years ago, creating the beach caves that Playa Ventanas is known for.
Playa Ventanas is also known for its vibrant sunsets over the water, which is why we chose to spend our anniversary evening at this special spot. "Windows Beach" always lives up to it's name. The sinking sun alights the ocean below with an orange fire, and we are looking through a window, straight into heaven.
Sunsets are one of my favorite things in life. Each one is unique, each one spectacular, each one free. Sunsets are Mother Nature's kiss good night, the opening music of the night, proof that no matter what each day can end beautifully.
It's impossible to watch a sunset and not dream...
"Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside
you should be sitting under." - C. JoyBell C.
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.