Pura vida Mae, as the people would say in Costa Rica. There’s no better way to describe a way of living than “Pura Vida.” It encompasses the “no worries”, “all good”, “this too shall pass”, and beyond. I went to Costa Rica with an agenda and stressed because I want to do more than I was able to on a daily basis, but then a wise person said, “Lorena, sit down in a hammock, lay back, relax, and Pura Vida.” That’s when I realized that not only I should be doing this on every vacation, but that I should be doing it on a daily basis. Don’t sweat the things that are beyond my control, work to earn a decent living, be kind whenever possible, and is trust me is always possible.
I started my vacation in Playa Grande Guanacaste. We stayed at Palm Beach Estates at the wonderful Casa Cameleon: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/250371 (Check it out) Murat was the property manager and he couldn’t be more hospitable. From there, we took a boat to Tamarindo and met with the local surf school crew, and the hooked it with surfboards and amazing Guaro. (Guaro: sugar cane rum, must try)
After a couple of days we ventured out to Playa Santa Teresa. WOW. Best waves, people, and scene. We were greeted by Dave, owner of The Greenrooms: http://www.the-green-rooms.com/. Great host and chef. He showed us around town, gave us decent pricing on room rentals, and treated us like family. Great guy, if you go to Santa Teresa, please at least stay a night there. Don’t forget to say hi to Eva and Tiffany. Make sure you visit the best beachfront bar in town, Banana Beach, (Where dreams come true) visit Tiffany, best bartender in town. She has a loose pour. https://www.facebook.com/Bananabeachrestaurant
Lastly, a couple of days before we left we visited the Playa Grande elementary school. I talked to the director of the school, and she told me the children needed school supplies, toys, and games. Since the school is low on funds there isn’t budget for teachers and the director is also the children’s teacher. It is very sad. But trust me this lady does miracles, and the children are very happy to be there. What also surprised me about the school is the it was gated and locked in chains. I asked why was that the case and she told me children were getting kidnapped and killed. I asked more questions about it and I was horrified.
People in Costa Rica are one of the nicest and most humble people I have met. People that come to visit and stay in Costa Rica acquire the same cultural attributes, they are happy and stress free. Costa Rica is on my top favorite places to go to visit as of right now. Will definitely visit again soon. Especially go back to Playa Grande School and bring more supplies to the children.
If you are interested in donating or become part of part of this good cause and helping children around the world, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I am trying to connect the dots to generate more funds and help more children. PURA VIDA!