Whenever I’m deciding on a destination, I have a few standard criteria:
- Good wifi
- A co-working space
- Vegan food options
I was fortunate to find a few spaces in Costa Rica that fulfilled all 5.
Getting around: I arrived in Liberia airport and had a shuttle scheduled for my first destination: Nosara. I used Tropical Tours Shuttles whenever I was going from A to B, and I used tuk-tuks everywhere in between. The public transportation system is supposedly decent, but I was more concerned with comfort, convenience, and efficiency.
Cash: There are ATMs in most towns, but not many and there were a few instances where the machine ran out of cash, so I’d recommend withdrawing when you have the opportunity.
While I moved around quite a bit in CR, I visited (Nosara, Santa Teresa, Manuel Antonio, Dominical, and La Fortuna) I only found two of the five destinations to be worthy of settling down in.
This spiritual slice of heaven was a dream come true. Even with my near kidnapping and the strange hostel vibes I found so much peace in this chic, Costa community. While this is a digital-nomad-friendly spot, it gave me more of a relaxed vacation vibe.
Where to stay: I stayed at Selina so I could work at the co-working space. However, I wouldn’t recommend this. Here, you’ll have to either walk along a busy dirt road or take a tuk-tuk pretty much everywhere. I’d definitely recommend staying west of 160 but preferably at one of the below locations:
- Moana Surf Resort
- The Gilded Iguana
- The Buena Vibra Collective
- La Negra Surf Hotel
- Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
- The Nomadic
Where to Eat: The food in Nosara was some of my favorite. Below are a few of my favorites:
- La Luna – I visited here just about every night for the watermellon margaritas and their incredible tahini dressed salad dish
- Naked Foods – I ate here for lunch just about every single day. This vegan cafe has beautiful and unique options.
- Beach Dog Cafe – I only went here a few times but – woah. Their vegan breakfast is next level.
- Mindful Bites
- Nosara’s Bagel House- yummy French food
- Al Chile
- Surf Club – healthy smoothie bowls
Things to do: I’m sure there were plenty of things to do here, but I spent most of my time walking along the beach, surfing, and going to yoga and meditation workshops. I felt perfectly content relaxing and enjoying nature and the spiritual way of life in this beautiful destination.
My heart has never felt more at home than it did in ST. This stunning location will always hold a special place in my heart as a healing, invigorating, cosmic space under the sun. I can’t even big to explain how magical this place is, so I’ll just provide my recommendations below:
Where to Stay: The best thing I ever did was book a few weeks at Santeria Lodge. But if you can’t secure a room here, these would be secondary recommendations:
- Cabinas Calocita
- Hotel Horizon
- Hotel Santa Teresa
- Beachfront Villa Bonita
- Casa Del Mar Surf Destiny
- Hotel Atrapasuenos
- Hotel Nantipa
- Bajo el Arbol B&B
- Don Jons Lodge
- Swinda Cowork Office
Where to Eat: My favorite way to start the day was to grab a cup of coffee at The Bakery and walk along the beach.
- The Bakery
- Product C – amazing tacos
- Chop It – fantastic salads
- Taco Corner – I was obsessed!
- Koji’s – upscale but super nice quality
- Dift Bar
- Zula Restaurant – yummy, cheap mezze plates
- Soda Playa Carmen – ate here many times with my friends from Santeria lodge
- El Almacen
- Amici – enjoyed a yummy birthday dinner here with new friends – pizza was incredible
- Katana – pricey but amazing
- Banana Beach – chill beach bar vibes and yummy cocktails
- Earth Cafe – I loved walking along the beach to this adorable vegan cafe
- Zwart Cafe – super cool, trendy art studio with yummy vegan food
Things to Do: Again, I was perfectly content here surfing the incredible, consistent, cerulean blue waves, walking along the beach at sunset, and practicing yoga just about every day. This was all when I wasn’t working my butt off at Selina’s co-working space or in my hammock at Santeria Lodge.
As for weekend activities, I got really involved with the community and volunteered for beach clean-ups and farmer’s markets at Restaurante Playa Carmen. I went to my first ecstatic dance at Makanas Beach Bungalows (life-changing). I tried raki – incredible. But mostly, I read, walked, surfed, swam, and did yoga.
Favorite yoga: Selina with my friend Sabrina, and sunset yoga at Hotel Horizon.