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Beach Cactus, Orange Seashell, Biking to Manzanillo

Beach Cactus

When I was exploring this beach, Playa Panama, in Costa Rica, I was surprised to come upon a cactus at a far edge of the beach! It seemed to be majestically standing guard over the turquoise blue water.

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Beach Cactus – SOLD

Orange Seashell

There are thousands of seashells lying on any given beach, but you really can appreciate each one:

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Glowing Seashell – SOLD

Bike Ride to Manzanillo

Manzanillo is a half-hour bike ride south of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

Bike Ride to Manzanillo, Costa Rica

It’s nearly in Panama. You feel like you really are “away from it all”, and the truth is, once you leave Puerto Viejo, you are. It does get hot, so bring water to drink…

Dog in Manzanillo Costa Rica

Or cool off in the water:

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Manzanillo Beach – SOLD
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, Potomac River Hiking, and Costa Rican Beach Adventures

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

While I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, I visited neighboring Nicaragua with my wife (then girlfriend), who was visiting me from the U.S.

Bienvenidos a Nicaragua

My wife’s father is from Nicaragua, so we went to see the extended family in the capital of Managua. Before going to Managua, we visited the coastal town of San Juan del Sur.

San Juan del Sur beach
San Juan del Sur

While Costa Rica and Nicaragua are similar in many ways and also have a little rivalry going (both claim to be the creators of the “gallo pinto” dish), I never did see women carrying things on their heads in Costa Rica, but saw this many times in Nicaragua!

eating lunch in San Juan del Sur
eating lunch in San Juan del Sur

We had a memorable trip and I look forward to visiting again and seeing more beaches, such as Miramar on the Pacific, or Corn Island on the Caribbean side.

Currently I’m working on a painting of a sunset over the water in San Juan del Sur.

Potomac River Hiking

The other day we went for a walk along the nearby Potomac River. After a cold winter, Spring is in full bloom here.

I got a few photos that I’ll also soon be painting!

Potomac River 1

Potomac River 5

Adventure in Playa Panama, Costa Rica

Playa Panama is in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, along the northwest Pacific coast.

Playa Panama2

It’s a tranquil alternative to nearby Playa Hermosa, a popular beach among locals and tourists.

A few friends and I visited both beaches, and took an adventuresome route from Playa Panama nearly all the way back to Playa Hermosa a couple miles away. We decided to walk/climb/crawl along the waters edge between the two beaches.

playa panama hike

…..and here I am as a Costa Rican Ocean God:

Costa Rican Ocean God

Soon I’ll be finishing a painting of Playa Panama, which is currently in progress.

By the way, did you know that the province of Guanacaste is one of the places with the most centenarians in the world?