I am an advocate for unplugging, unwinding, and giving yourself space to recharge. Often times, in the midst of life's chaos, it's hard to find that escape at home or even nearby. For me, travel is a necessary mental and emotional break. I love it so much. As I continue my journey in satisfying my wanderlust, several special places have really reached my soul. Costa Rica is one of those.
I first traveled to Costa Rica in 2016 on my honeymoon. My husband and I settled our craving for adventure by repelling our way around the Arenal jungle and then headed to a quiet beach town called Santa Teresa at the base of the Nicoya Peninsula. This area of the country is a "blue zone", which means that residents live longer than most of the rest of the world. I felt it as soon as I arrived. There was instant relief from the tension and stress that I was used to in my daily life. The fresh fruit was abundant, the lifestyle was simpler, and the people were happier. The residents of this area would rise with the sun and surf in the early morning and then sleep after sundown once the tide pulled back out.
The infrastructure was simple here. When there was too much activity, the entire town