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Costa Rica is coming back to the blog.  Every year there seems to be a place, a lifestyle that speaks to me and inspires my year.  Over these last few years it has been Montauk, India and now, Costa Rica.  I’ve somehow managed to spend a good chunk of time there over these last months.  The pura vida (pure life) mantra  and lifestyle of the country has helped me to hone in on what moves me, what I want to do and who I am. Sometimes in New York it’s easy to get caught up in what I should be doing, who I should be, rather than what’s closer to my heart.  At the same time, New York is a great place to make things happen when you do figure out what it is you really want, so I hope to spiritually marry the best of both of these worlds in the months to come.

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The town of Santa Teresa on the Pacific side of Costa Rica has really stolen my heart.  There is something about this surf town clustered around a dusty – but less dusty road these days as more of it is being paved – that feels right.  I love the international vibe of the people who have settled there – heaps of Argentinians, Italians, Israelis, French and Canadians who seem to be following/living their art and passion.  There is good food, sweet music, beautiful yoga decks, a great farmer’s market and always a wave to catch somewhere.  I also like its imperfections.  It is a real town, things happen, there can be a seediness.  It’s not a bubble, very much like New York and other places that move me.   I love the way a cluster of small towns lie next to each other comprising an even greater whole.  The villages of Mal Pais, Santa Teresa and Hermosa harmoniously play off one another.  Whatever you are in the mood for you can find within minutes – the rustic charm and craggy rock pools of Mal Pais, the relative bustle of Santa Teresa with its shops and restaurants, or the quiet wide-open beauty of Hermosa.

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SANTA TERESA SHORTLIST: The Farmer’s Market on Saturday afternoon for fresh veggies, dream catchers, gluten-free crackers and a fun hippie beach vibe.  Product C for the freshest fish in town and awesome lunch.  You have to try the fish cake; it’s definitely made with love.  Koji‘s for incredible sushi and a bit of a scene, kind of feels like the old Montauk, where you would always run into some kind of artist at dinner.  If you’re lucky, while you are there the power will go out in town and you can eat your entire meal by candlelight.  Brisas del Mar for a beautiful sunset dinner. Olam for organic salads and juices.  Marianne, the French bakery, for coconut macaroons and buttery croissants.  Horizon Yoga Hotel to stay and/or to do some beautiful spiritual yoga with Yoav on a breathtaking deck and then have lunch afterwards. Pranamar for yoga with Nancy just steps off the sand.  Stay at the super chilled out Buenos Aires Hotel or rent Milarepa for a quiet vibe with friends. Surf everywhere from Playa Carmen to Santa Teresa to Hermosa.  Rent a bike and ride down to the end of Mal Pais for a long swim in the calm waters and buy fresh fish when it comes off the fishing boats in the late afternoon.  Kika for live music Tuesday and Thursday nights and Rocamar for a lovely sunset vibe on Sundays. Girls you have to buy one of the locally made surf bikini’s Tica Surf they look amazing and actually manage to stay on as you get tumbled through the ocean.  The Good Life for cool art and beautiful tattoos.  You’re going to want to get one while you’re there… it just happens.

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