I'm a sucker for the beach. Few things make me happier than lying on a beach with clear blue water and white sand. And after an intense, and I mean INTENSE first half of the semester ( taking six classes had basically rendered me a walking zombie), the prospect of spending one week on the beach doing next to nothing was immensely appealing. So early Friday morning after a crazy, coffee-fueled past two weeks, three of my friends and I packed our bags and went off to Costa Rica. We mainly stayed at a condo in Los Suenos and our days were spent lazing by the beach, eating delicious guacamole and chips, hitting the gym, snorkeling, hiking, running, taking leisurely dips in the pool, the sea, the marina, anywhere with blue water, really. I strongly recommend the beach in the Manuel Antonio National Park as well as Lake Tortuguero, both of which were slices of paradise. The weather was gorgeous- hot and sunny, and I returned to New York feeling recharged like you wouldn't even believe it. I felt like I spent a month in Costa Rica instead of a week and I'm still running on a post vacation high. Looking back at these pictures, I can't believe I was there less than a week ago. -Hairin
Above are pictures from Lake Tortuguero and below are those from what turned out to be our favourite strip of the beach in Los Suenos.