Beach Bliss at Playa Langosta, Costa Rica

 

Thank you to Micki for her post about her family journey to the beaches of Costa Rica. We hope she will share more of her adventures with us on our site.

Costa Rica is everything that the tourist brochures claim: lush, steeped in adventure, and chock full of amazing wildlife.

But we’re beach bums. All four of us are never happier than when we’re barefoot on the sand. So, of course, our first order of business in Costa Rica was to head straight to the beach.

As a family, we’ve been fortunate enough to visit beautiful beaches all over the world, including Varadero in Cuba, Boracay in the Philippines, Kailua in Hawaii, and Mamitas in Mexico.

At first glance, I thought we’d be disappointed by the muddy looking grey sands of Playa Tamarindo. I was so wrong. It’s only when I got close that I realized the water was crystal clear, and the swath of beach was wide (and seemingly, endless).

Tamarindo, a small town on Costa Rica’s Pacific side, is well known by surfers the world over. The beach break on Playa Tamarindo was made famous by the classic surfing movie Endless Summer II, and it’s often crowded with surfers trying to catch the next big break.

Because half of our little family was under six, we ventured a little bit to the south to Playa Langosta, where the waves are smaller, and the beach is quieter.

What followed was pure beach bliss.

Cole, at age five, caught the gentle waves on his boogie board, and giggled madly as they brought him into the sloping shore.

I lounged in a hammock, watching the kids and Charles build sandcastles.

As we grew hot in the midday sun, we ventured out into the clear blue ocean. We ducked under waves, and floated, carefree, as the waves pushed and pulled us.

As sunset came, we stood on the shore watching the colors creep across the sky over the Pacific.

Some days are like that. Unintentionally, somehow, perfect.

How to get there:  The closest international airport is in Liberia. From there, it’s 45 minutes by taxi or bus to Tamarindo.

What to do:  The main attraction in Tamarindo is the beach, but there are a host of other activities to keep you busy, including zip-lining, ATV rides, spa treatments, catamaran tours, watching nesting leatherback turtles, and eating at the dozens of excellent restaurants.

When to go:  October to March is best if you want to watch nesting leatherback turtles. If you’re surfing, the waves are biggest in September and October.

Have you ever had that perfect day at the beach? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Micki Kosman writes about travel, tech and family at www.thebarefootnomad.com.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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