A Day in the Life of A Local
It’s safe to say that for many around the world, especially those in metropolitan areas, recent history has brought about a few lifestyle changes. It can be hard to remember what “hustle and bustle” was like and while that sounded nice at first, filling idle time is becoming more and more difficult. Well, it just so happens that here at Costa Rica Beach Rentals, we’ve been living the slow life all along. Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, and other parts of the Nicoya Peninsula are labeled a “Blue Zone” where people are known to live longer and the low stress Pura Vida lifestyle is suspected to contribute greatly to that. Costa Rica Beach Rentals knows that paradise isn’t just a setting, it’s a lifestyle, so tag along on a day that we’d be fine waking up and repeating every morning.
Most days in Santa Teresa start with a surf session. A plethora of fantastic surf breaks in a country with arguably some of the most beautiful beaches in the world makes it easy to see why a huge portion of the area surfs. And what better way to follow up an adrenaline filled surf session but than coming back down to earth with some of the best yoga in the area.
Daily morning yoga classes are offered at the luxury villas of Pranamar in North Santa Teresa where their Bali-influenced decor and veteran status in the community grants them access to the many of the most practiced and qualified yoga instructors in the Southern Nicoya.
From Pranamar, stroll directly onto the beach or have a quick jaunt up the road to Earth Cafe for a delightful cup of coffee. This healthy brunch option provides free wifi so it’s the perfect spot to check in with friends for later plans in the day before continuing on in blissful ecstasy. Offering an array of salads, sandwiches, smoothies and surfer bowls to fuel your day, their menu options are robustly healthy enough that they’ll fully excuse indulging in the house-made gelato and sweets on display here. Indoor and outdoor seating as well as their convenient central location in town make this a go-to spot for many.
Starting to see why one wouldn’t mind this day on repeat? Any day needs at least a little novelty though and the key to that is allowing room for random things to happen. In other words, make plans to not make a plan. We’ve found a great cheat for this in going for a beach walk to soak in a tidepool with a view. Mal Pais offers so many private tidepools that aiming for one in particular is entirely unnecessary. Stop and chat with faces you recognize, invite a new acquaintance to tag along, join a gathering already in progress or find the perfect spot to sponge up the scenery alone. The beauty of it all is being in the present moment.
And just like novelty is important, routine can have its perks as well. In Santa Teresa, gathering for sunset is nearly sacred. There was even a time when most of the businesses closed temporarily so it could be witnessed by all. Recently, the place to gather and make plans for later in the evening has become El Carmen beach restaurant.
Open-air and outdoor dining offer a view of sunset with a soundtrack and a locals’ favorite, chiliguaro shots, can further set the mood. Start with a traditional chiliguaro, wrap it up with a traditional chiliguaro, and sandwich good conversation with beers in between. That’s a perfect Santa Teresa sunset ladies and gentleman. Have some appetizers to offset those shots, but don’t fill up here. You’ll be tempted to try everything on the menu in this next spot.
Kooks Smokehouse has stepped on the scene only recently, but has been in the making for quite some time now and they take their authentic smokehouse barbecue as serious as fans watching their favorite teams take the games. Whether looking to catch a hometown favorite or experience local futbol, any visitor is sure to find kindred spirits at Kooks. This is the spot to view surf competitions as well, especially if seeking insight from locals who surf the Playa Carmen breaks daily. Fill up on brisket here and call it a night, or put down a base layer to keep the party going into the twilight, Kooks is bound to be full of locals sure to know where the next party is.
So with that, we’ll wake and do it all over again. True, at some point we take a break to bring you more Costa Rica Beach Rentals insight and help plan dream vacations, occasionally exploring new paradises of our own, but this is how many of us genuinely fill our days. Costa Rica Beach Rentals encourages our readers to discover new experiences all over our beautiful nation, never getting stuck in a “Groundhog Day” scenario, but we’ve also found that blending exercise and excitement with recovery and relaxation, then sprinkling some indulgence over a bit of novelty and routine, all topped off with smiles from new faces is a great recipe for success. Stay inspired out there and keep checking back for more Costa Rica Beach Rentals tips and tricks for perfecting your holiday.