Central America, Costa Rica

Playa Conchal- Savings in paradise, a walk on millions of seashells

February 22, 2015

Costa Rica was the start of Where Are We? vblog series started to let our moms know where we are. Mom’s are concerned. They want to know your safe and in a good place. This is to assure them were doing well.

After a long day of bus transfers and a border crossing we finally arrived to our first bed in Costa Rica on Playa Brasilito. Playa Brasilito is a great swim beach with very few people. There are gentle waves on this long grey stretch of beach and a short walk to the seashell filled shores of Playa Conchal. Even though the Westin (starting at nearly $500 a night) was a 10 minute walk on the beach we found that the area was a great first stop for the budget traveler in Costa Rica. We were living in our own luxury on our first couple nights in Costa Rica enjoying long-forgotten amenities such as hot water and air-conditioning $30 (Hotel Brasilito) and $35 (Coral Reef Hostel in Tamarindo). There’s a huge gap between the costs in Nicaragua to Costa Rica. Mark’s complained about the price of bananas for the first two days. It’s gorgeous out here, most definitely worth the one month stop.

Border crossing midday.

Border crossing midday.

There are slices of paradise all over Central America's Pacific Coast whether El Salvador, Nicaragua or Costa Rica. The further south we go the more beautiful the landscapes.

There are slices of paradise all over Central America’s Pacific Coast whether El Salvador, Nicaragua or Costa Rica. The further south we go the more beautiful the landscapes.

The beginning of Playa Conchol looked like this. A beach walk would be on millions of crushed sea shells. At the beginning local vendors renting snorkels and barbecuing. A couple hundred meters and you would be in the front playground of Starwood's all-inclusive Westin Spa and Golf Resort.

The beginning of Playa Conchal looked like this. A beach walk would be on millions of crushed sea shells. At the beginning local vendors renting snorkels and barbecuing. A couple hundred meters and you would be in the front playground of Starwood’s all-inclusive Westin Spa and Golf Resort.

You wish you could pinch it and put it in your pocket but sunsets were meant to be shared. Pull out the good energy from it's source and smile throughout the day, you are after all on the beach and not in an office.

You wish you could pinch it and put it in your pocket but sunsets were meant to be shared. Pull out the good energy from it’s source and smile throughout the day, you are after all on the beach and not in an office.

Let it drop. We'll catch it again tomorrow.

Letting the sun drop so others around the world can enjoy it. We’ll catch it again tomorrow.

The standard Costa Rican tourist activities were all there- horse back riding, renting ATVs, standup paddle boarding and swimming activities. We weren’t able to go to Playa Flamingo (a 5 minute ride away) but when you visit Costa Rica expect to miss so many amazing beaches and places because there are literally hundreds of beaches. Playa Carrillo, Manuel Antonio, Puerto Viejo….. Google top 5 or 10 beaches in Costa Rica. We only have a week on this coast before heading an hour &  a half south of San Jose to volunteer.  We’ll be helping out at Casa Mariposa located near the entrance of Chirripo National Park (Costa Rica’s highest point). Excited to be in a different environment  and be on routine again after so long.

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