Two days ago
in Playa Samara
on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
I hopped on my bike, bikini clad, ready for adventure.
I rode down the beach, watching fishermen walk fearlessly into the frigid ocean
children protect the catch from hungry packs of vultures
and birds circle overhead
diving mercilessly into the ocean to feast.
I tightly gripped my handlebars as I bounced on unpaved country roads
to the cattle
I spied on families of howler monkeys, swinging in the trees, and marveled as ominous bellows released from their tiny bodies.
I waded through crocodile rivers
and climbed fields of barnacle covered rocks
to reach a secluded pink sand beach
where Mel Gibson has a home. Shhhh!
My body weary from my long journey
I watched the sun begin to set
the sky light on fire
and thought what a perfect day it was in Playa Samara, Costa Rica.
Where to stay:
Become part of the family at Casa Brian. With complementary breakfast, hammocks overlooking the ocean, friendly vibes, and bonfires at night on the beach, what more could you need?
Where to eat:
Next door to Casa Brian, feast at Mango’s for the best Costa Rican casado I have ever tasted. Whole red snapper caught that day, perfectly crusted seared pork, or saucy braised beef with comforting stewed black beans, sweet fried plantains, and tangy cilantro covered cucumber tomato salad will only set you back $5. The connected bar blasts reggaeton and hosts karaoke at night, but the soda retains a tranquilo atmosphere.
What to do:
Rent stand up paddleboards and watch the sunset from the ocean
Swim to the nearby island and lay on its white sand shore
Bike outside of town to nearby Playa Carillo, Buena Vista, or Playa Barrigona
Lay contently in your hammock overlooking the beach
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