I have a confession.  I feel foolish for complaining when we first got to Costa Rica about being on a beach, again.  We had just heard so many negative things about Costa Rica, and Puerto Viejo specifically, that my spirits were down and seeing the price of everything in this country made it worse.  We are having our own little vacation here though and it is pretty incredible!

While Scott works 3-4 days a week, Carter and I spend most of our time on the beach or in a swimming pool.  When we’re not getting wet we like to take bike rides into town and treat ourselves to ice cream!  On Scott’s days off we try to travel (by bike so we can’t necessarily stray too far) away from our little beach paradise to explore other beaches and things that Puerto Viejo has to offer.

This is what I saw when I got off the bike.

This is what I saw when I got off the bike.

I didn't realize how bad it actually was until I got him out!

I didn’t realize how bad it actually was until I got him out!

Today as Carter and I were on the beach making patterns in the sand with our feet I thought about it being February and how for most of my family and friends in the US that means winter.  Then I thought about how I haven’t seen snow in over a year!  This is the first time that’s ever happened!  I thought about how I miss the snow, but I’m very grateful for the sand right now.

Though our days are not perfect, we are very much enjoying them.  It seems that Carter is unfortunately starting to wean himself out of his naps right now (I’m really hoping it’s just a phase and he’ll soon realize how much he loves sleep!) so we are having more interrupted nights than we’re used to, early mornings, and a very cranky little person come late afternoon.  Scott and I are taking advantage of our early mornings and taking time to exercise on the beach.  Yeah, I get to do yoga every morning on the beach!  By the way, yoga on sand is much different than on a floor.  I believe that much more balance is required.

Being here does seem like a little vacation.  Usually when we get to a country we’re always trying to bust a move to go everywhere and see everything, but here it is so touristy that there really isn’t much for us to do.  And we’re okay with that.  We love our little spot on the beach where we set up the hammock every morning and we play in the sand and water until Carter’s nap.  Then he and I softly sway with the light breeze off the ocean as he sleeps and I read.

So I apologize for complaining before actually experiencing what it’s like here.  It is very different than we expected (very touristy, and very pricey), but we’ve found a very comfortable place here in our apartment and at the beach.  This morning as Scott and I looked out over the ocean as the sun was coming up over the trees, he kissed my forehead and said, “This is a little piece of heaven.”

He walked around for several hours with these goggles around his neck!  We never actually made it to the beach that day haha.

He walked around for several hours with these goggles around his neck! We never actually made it to the beach that day haha.

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This kid LOVES to be buried!  When he breaks free and pulls his limbs out from the sand he always yells "ta da!"

This kid LOVES to be buried! When he breaks free and pulls his limbs out from the sand he always yells “ta da!”

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