It doesn’t take much to realize why Costa Rica ranks high among the world’s most seasoned beach travelers. The gap between expectation and reality converges the moment the aircraft begins its descent into Liberia. A glimpse into either end of the plane guarantees the vacationer that their trip will indeed be a beautiful one, as a lush green landing reaches the crescendo. Costa Rica is a country known for running on the forefront of biodiversity protection, ranking number three in the World’s Environmental Protection Index. It’s not an easy feat, but not an overlooked achievement either. The pride and practice that comes with protecting the environment is evident here, and you can’t help but walk away with a little bit of perspective.
I spent a weekend luxuriating in CR’s pristine beaches, by starting the mornings at Playa Blanca watching white foam lap on even whiter coasts, and the afternoon admiring the sunsets from the mercurial, black sand beaches of Playa Virador. Running around the resort, you’ll even experience a pang of envy for the abundance of wildlife that calls this paradise home.