Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Costa Rica Diary - Surfers Paradise

Good morning, y'all! Today you get to see some more colorful pics of our Costa Rica trip. After spending two nights and an entire day in Montezuma we went up the Pacific Coast to check out Santa Teresa, an amazingly laid-back hipster/surfer spot. I felt comfortable there right away. The people living in Santa Teresa are simply cool, stylish and relaxed, you can tell they really live the motto 'pura vida'. My boyfriend and I arrived early in the morning and it took us a while to find some good and cheap spot for the night. After more than an hour Miguel found Casa Eddy, where we had an entire apartment just for ourselves. It was the first time that we had a private kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom so it was just the perfect spot for us. Eventually we stayed three nights because we were so comfortable there. Santa Teresa was actually the most relaxing part of our entire trip.
So let's start this post with one of the prettiest cafés I've ever been to, Zwart Art Café. It's such a unique place with its own art gallery and super healthy, tasty food. We went there around noon and I had a 'Zwart Jar' which is coconut cream layered with tropical fruit and Chia passion fruit cream topped with toasted almonds and coconut flakes, yummyyyy! I love these kind of places, they remind me a lot of the hipster bars in Brooklyn. The café's gallery is just amazing, so many bigger and smaller paintings in joyful colors, each carrying a beautiful message. I could have bought every single piece! At Zwart Art Café you can enjoy some yummy and healthy food, read a good book or simply admire the paintings. Feel free to check out their Facebook page here  for more infos.

That day we also went to the beach. It was crazy hot so we went earlier in the morning. We didn't stay too long because of the heat and you can't really swim to cool down because most of the time the waves are too strong. However, we had a great time at the Playa Santa Teresa. We had some pineapple, I read a magazine while my boyfriend was sleeping and of course he had to take some photos of me too, haha. Here I wanna thank Triangl swimwear for this beautiful bikini they sent me. I chose the Farrah model and absolutely love it! First I thought the neoprene might be uncomfortable but it fits perfectly and is way more comfy than I thought.

The village of Santa Teresa is surely one of the most laid-back places I've ever seen. The little surf town has its very own charme with its surfboards, creative kitchens and beach babes in bikinis. The sea is alive, the long coastline is wild and during the day almost abandoned, there are loads of stylish boutiques and cafés, people riding bikes or ATVs with their surfboards under their arms and the main road is dusty and bumpy. It's easy to sink into the easy-going rhythms of pura vida here - perfect beaches, perfect food, perfect sunsets, what more can you ask for?

So this was our home for three days, Casa Eddy. As I said, we were very lucky to have found this romantic place. We had an entire apartment with a kitchen and two bedrooms just for ourselves. Everything was made of wood so it looked like a jungle cabin and we loved waking up with the noises of birds and monkeys.

I'm ending this post with some pics of Santa Teresa's famous sunsets. My boyfriend and I loved spending the last hour of the day at the beach, watching the surfers hit the waves, chatting with people and simply admiring the beautiful colors of the sky. I even did some yoga, it was just a perfect spot for some meditation. It kinda became a routine for us spending our evenings at the beach watching the sunset. Everyone came together there at night to surf, play, chat, take a walk or just enjoy the pure life. I wish we could all live like that!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Costa Rica Diary - Montezuma

Happy Friday, guys! Do you have any great plans for the weekend? I'm staying with my parents for a few days so I'm gonna spend the weekend catching up with my family and some friends, studying and blogging.
Today's post is about Montezuma, a very charming little place on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. A friend of mine who lived in Costa Rica for a while recommended it to me so my boyfriend and I just had to check it out. From La Fortuna we took a public bus to Puntarenas and from there a ferry to Paquera on Peninsula Nicoya. The ferry surely is a good option to get to the peninsula, it's only around $1.70 per person and way more comfortable than a bus. Another bus ride and at night we finally arrived at Montezuma at night. My boyfriend started looking for a hostel while I was waiting at the beach with the luggage. We did it like that most of the time. So he finally found something. We had a simple but cozy room at the hostel Pura Vida, a lovely chill out place with lots of nice people. You'll see some photos at the end of this post. On our first night we didn't do much cause we were pretty exhausted from traveling all day, plus we weren't used to the heat on the Pacific coast and just wanted to relax. So the next day we walked around a little, bought some food at the supermarket and explored the village of Montezuma. I loved the vibes of this place, everything was so colorful and laid-back, the expression 'pura vida' surely matches this spot perfectly.

Later during the day we walked to the waterfall of Montezuma. It was not as big or impressive as the ones we had seen in La Fortuna but equally beautiful. Since it was dry season there wasn't much water flowing but it was still pretty. The Montezuma waterfall is separated into three parts and you can swim in different pools. My boyfriend and I climbed up the hill to get to the third and upper pool from where you could jump down to the lower one. I actually didn't jump because I was afraid to hit some rocks but my boyfriend did and surely had a fantastic time! I went swimming, jumped into the smaller pool and also had a pedicure by some fishes. You know these tiny ones who attack your feet the minute you put them in the water? A lot of spas make money with that, well in Costa Rica you get it for free, haha!

Our day ended at the beach. After so much walking in La Fortuna the last few days and climbing up to the top of the waterfall we were exhausted, even more because it was crazy hot. We found a nice spot at the end of Montezuma's beach with a hammock under the palm trees. So we had some relaxing last hours by the sea before dinner. The bikini I'm wearing is from Mylo Beachwear, a Mallorquin company that makes beautiful handmade crochet beachwear (check out their Instagram here). It's super soft and comfortable and you can perfectly combine it with denim shorts and some casual shirt. I hope you like the photos of our day in Montezuma!

Our hostel Pura Vida

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