In 2004, when Costa Rica was still new to me, I started exploring its different territories. It was then that I moved to the hottest part of the country - Guanacaste. I settled in a place called Brazilito. A few minutes' walk away from my house was a beach called Playa Brazilito, after the town's name.
Behind that beach (I say behind, because the small coastline extended into little tree-covered hills) was the most beautiful beach in the whole country - Playa Conchal. Turquoise water and lots of shells; in fact, conchal means shells in Spanish. The beach was like my private little paradise - it was covered by these short, leafy trees that I used to lie under.
The coastline of the beach was hill-shaped, not flat. This made it very comfortable for reading whilst resting. And that's exactly what I would do every morning for months. I had an afternoon job, and I always made sure I'd enjoyed at least a couple of hours at my sweet hideout before heading to work.
There was no room for worries. At night, I would dream about the morning, when I'd be lying down on the warm sand, reading my novels and enjoying the pure air.
Does it sound too perfect to you? It's because it was! At least for me, at least during that period, when I was young and getting familiar with the world.
"You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories."
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
After awhile, I relocated to another beach town to seize a job opportunity, but I continued going to the beach of Conchal as often as I could.
Even today, it remains my favorite beach. Nothing has change there, apart from the number of visitors. During those early years, not many people frequented the beach. In fact, somedays I'd be the only person there. How lucky!
Now Costa Rica has became a popular destination and more tourist visit the country, especially the area of Guanacaste, which has the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. The pictures I am sharing here are from those days in the past. That's where heaven was for me back then.
What is your favorite beach in the world and why?
I'd love to hear your story! As we say in Costa Rica, PURA VIDA!
Tons of love,