We are packing up to check out of Hotel Tropica Latino, in Playa Santa Teresa. Another new favorite place of ours. This area has the most beautiful beaches and the best sunsets. We splurged on an oceanfront room for my b-day, with A/C, wifi, a huge king bed and an oceanfront balcony. This has definitely been the best birthday of my life!
We are sleeping a few steps away from the best beach in the area. It's so nice to wake up and walk outside and already be at the beach. We've gone for many beach walks while here and I will miss this place when we leave today! Within hours of arriving we were already discussing living here. This area is the perfect combo of everything for us, the beautiful beaches like Uvita but without the sketchy vibe that you could be robbed at any moment. This town feels very safe and friendly. The town itself reminds us of a smaller version of Manuel Antonio, but without the hagglers trying to pressure you to buy their stuff. It suits us well. Plus I've hardly gotten any bug bites while here, which is a good sign.
After checking in yesterday we ate at an Israeli café across the street. Andy had a mai tai and chicken shiskebabs, which were both delicious. I had a watermelon daiquiri and the beef kebab plate, both good but the beef kebab was not my favorite. We took a sunset walk on the beach and then a swim in the pool, which we had to ourselves. The next day was my birthday and we woke up and walked on the beach again. Then we went to a local café for breakfast, we had yucca hashbrowns, eggs, bacon, French toast and coffee. The coffee here is so good, I can't get enough of it. Then we lathered up the sunscreen and laid out in beach chairs by the ocean. Definitely got some good sun! We had a couple ice cold coronas on the balcony and then decided to walk next door to the Banana Beach Bar for some birthday drinks and appetizers. We had the best strawberry daiquiris and ordered some tuna sashimi and a hummus plate. Super delicious of course. They brought me a free birthday shot and I was definitely feeling good after that!
We walked on the beach some more, with some beverages, and were followed down the beach by three gorgeous wild horses (although they were pretty tame). We got some cool pictures with them. Definitely one of my most memorable moments. Then I may or may not have taken a 2 hour drunk nap and slept through the sunset, but Andy got some great pictures for me. We ended the evening with a nice dinner at Shambala, the restaurant at the place we're staying. We had tuna tartare and tarragon chicken in mushroom sauce. Delicious of course!
Now we're off in the direction of Tamarindo, which I'm sure will be one of our new favorite places!
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.