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Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica

Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica

Playa San Miguel in Guanacaste Province/Costa Rica is often described as one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. Very little new construction has been allowed there, so the essence of its spirit remains intact.  You’ll find no intrusive towering condos or gated communities,  though the property owners and the municipality continue with years of dysfunction.  The rules continue to change, and recently most of the (few) restaurants, hostals and hospitality-related businesses have been closed and/or ordered to be torn down because they were too close to the line or were not given permission for construction or did not have the correct concession.  Unless one visits during the holiday season, they will experience the beauty of solitude.

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Classic Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica

Classic Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica

Goodnight Moon

Pre-sunrise – Goodnight Moon

6 a.m. stroll - Playa San Miguel, CR

6 a.m. stroll – Playa San Miguel, CR

Costa Rica’s northern neighbor, Nicaragua offers equally stunning beaches. San Juan Del Sur has always been a favorite little jewel of mine. When I first discovered it a dozen years ago, the front line provided lodging options and many restaurants. The eclectic little grid of streets behind that front line reminded me of a Hollywood ghost town, and I returned to Costa Rica and told my friends that I wished I had enough money to buy the entire town!

San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua - The Colors Slipped in the Sky

San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua – The Colors Slipped in the Sky

Several years later I returned and found that others had discovered its charm, and now it’s a unique bustling community.  The town that Vanderbilt established during the gold rush lives on!

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San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

SJDS WANDERLUST

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Farther up Nicaragua’s coastline is an area called ‘Limon Uno” and “Limon Dos.” Not the easiest place to reach in the rainy season, the area’s stunning beauty of the beaches rewards the intrepid traveler! Playa Rosada is one of my favorite petite beaches.

Playa Rosada Nicaragua

Playa Rosada Nicaragua

"Playa Rosada" Nicaragua

“Playa Rosada” Nicaragua

Playa Rosada Nicaragua

Playa Rosada Nicaragua

PLAYA ROSADA NICARAGUA

I asked my friend who lives near Playa Rosada if anyone had ever spotted the skull in the late afternoon.
“Not until you pointed it out,” he said!

Playa Rosada - Nicaragua

Playa Rosada – Nicaragua

Playa Rosada, Nicaragua  - Calm Reflections

Playa Rosada, Nicaragua – Calm Reflections

Playing leapfrog, let’s jump to Cruzita Ecuador, arriving in time to watch the fishermen prepare to leave during high tide.

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Cruzita Ecuador Fishermen

Cruzita Ecuador Fishermen

Fresh Tuna, Anyone?  Cruzita Ecuador

Fresh Tuna, Anyone? Cruzita Ecuador

Cruzita Ecuador Fisherman and Family

Cruzita Ecuador Fisherman and Family

Cruzita Ecuador

Cruzita Ecuador

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If you’re looking for a beach with lots of people, try Manta Ecuador during a holiday!

Manta Ecuador New Year's Holiday

Manta Ecuador New Year’s Holiday

Manta Ecuador

Manta Ecuador

Manta Ecuador Morning Run

Manta Ecuador Morning Run

See more beaches at Where’s MY Backpack.

I’ll leave you with Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches.

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Marie and Hank – Playa Tarqui – Manta

Have a good week, everyone!
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