Playa Samara, Costa Rica - This American Girl

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Two days ago


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in Playa Samara


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on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica


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I hopped on my bike, bikini clad, ready for adventure.


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I rode down the beach, watching fishermen walk fearlessly into the frigid ocean


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children protect the catch from hungry packs of vultures


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and birds circle overhead


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diving mercilessly into the ocean to feast.


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I tightly gripped my handlebars as I bounced on unpaved country roads


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waving hello


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to the cattle


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who stared.


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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


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and climbed fields of barnacle covered rocks


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to reach a secluded pink sand beach


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where Mel Gibson has a home. Shhhh!


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My body weary from my long journey


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I watched the sun begin to set


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the sky light on fire


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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



Want to create a truly life changing trip to Costa Rica? My eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica will show you how!


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