Spotlight On: Serena Nava

March 26, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Hey PV fans! We love the feedback that we receive from you guys each and every day and want to share this story with you of a brave young girl and her father who were able to overcome a horrible situation and transform their lives into something positive and truly admirable.

Serena Nava was taken by her mother when she was three years old, leaving John with no idea as to where his daughter had gone. John had no idea where his daughter was for over two years and then one day, he heard from Child Protective Services in Amarillo, Texas, where she had been living in foster care. John had to fight the judicial system in Texas to win back his daughter and was finally reunited with her after all that time. John never lost faith in himself and his love for his daughter through that rough time.

Serena and her father moved to Costa Rica where she just recently became the Open Women’s Champion for the Guanacaste Surfing Circuit at age 11! John is so proud of her daughter’s resilience and positive attitude and we were so touched by this story! Serena and her father exemplify the Pura Vida lifestyle by living life to the fullest, cherishing those you love, and always believing in yourself.


5 Best Beaches in Costa Rica

September 22, 2014 — by Griffin Thall


Costa Rica is known for some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking for an awesome surf spot, or a relaxing beach to lay out, Costa Rica is sure to have a place for you!

1. Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio is located in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. This beach has so many activities and adventures to offer. You can swim in the crystal blue water, hike the Manuel National Park, surf, or just lay back and relax. An awesome advantage to this beach is that is is one of the only two beaches that carries all four types of monkey- spider, howler, white faced, and the squirrel monkey! This location is also great for spotting sloth’s, inside and outside of the national park. Manuel Antonio was rated one of the World’s most beautiful national parks in Forbes. Manuel Antonio will offer a huge variety in wildlife, adventures, and amazing views.

2. Jaco
Jaco is in the central pacific region of Costa Rica. If you are looking for a beach full of tourist attractions and lots of services, then Jaco is the beach for you. Not only does this beach offer 2.5 miles of awesome waves, and adventures for everyone, its the most developed beach town in Costa Rica. Jaco provides a great authentic vibe for lots of travelers. Jaco’s beach offers warm water, consistent surf, and an awesome cinnamon colored sand. If your looking for a place with great tourist attractions and beautiful waves, then Jaco is the place for you!

3. Uvita
Uvita is located in the South Pacific Region of Costa Rica. If your looking for a less crowded feel, then Uvita is your place to go. This untouched beached is enchanting to many of its visitors. Long walks on the beach are a must if your visiting this area. The water is also excellent for swimming and snorkeling. During the months of May to October, it is possible to watch olive Ridley and Hawksbill sea turtles come ashore to nest. Playa Utiva is a beautiful white sand beach that is incredible for surfing, scuba diving, horse back riding, and kayaking if your more adventurous. Utiva is also packed with breathtaking waterfalls. This “off the beaten path” beach will sure to exceed your expectations.

4. Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
Playa Hermosa is located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. This beautiful grey san beach is located between two mountains. This beach has a welcoming laid back atmosphere that makes people want to relax and enjoy the bright sun. This beach doesn’t have much surf, so this beach is ideal for swimmers. Visitors enjoy the ocean by snorkeling, sport fishing, and scuba diving in the beautiful clear ocean. There are a lot of National Parks close by to this excellent beach. Come here to soak up some sun rays and relax by the soothing sea.

5. Matapalo
Matapalo beach is located in the central pacific area of Costa Rica. This beautiful beach is the perfect escape from all of the tourist destinations with its laid-back vibes. This brown sand beach is great for relaxing, swimming, or watching breathtaking sunsets. This beach has embraced its natural habitats awarding it the Blue Ecological Flag (Bandera Azul Ecológica) for its dedicated effort in the commitment to preserving the quality of environment. This is the perfect place to read your favorite book on the beach and relax in its beautiful environment.

There are hundreds and hundreds of beaches in Costa Rica. Many of the beaches in Costa Rica will provide you with awesome weather and positive vibes. Each beach gives you a variety of different activities, and different types of sand and waves. Costa Rica is such a beautiful country that has many beaches to offer to show its true beauty.

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