Costa Rica without tourists, beaches without footprints

Just think: all of Costa Rica’s beaches look like this right now. They’re empty, except perhaps for a few local residents who, I imagine, continue to take an undercover, solitary stroll here and there.

It’s a stunning, sad, beautiful thought. It’s awesome, in the true sense of that word: not positive, just incredible to contemplate. It makes me wish we were there to see these sunrises and sunsets. Then I feel somehow glad that we’re not, that all these natural places are breathing without us. Then I think of the turtles who need protection and the plastic that needs picking up and the businesses that need customers, and I wish we were there again.

Again and again, we spin through these cycles of hope and despair. I hope that remembering our beaches makes you smile and maybe wiggle your toes in imaginary sand. These coastal communities will need us more than ever, and we’ll be ready.

I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica, on a year-long quest to share daily posts on inspiring people, places and ideas from my adopted home as a kind of tonic during a rough time in the world. Sign up (top right of this page) to receive a little dose of inspiration every weekday in your mailbox; tell a friend; check out past posts; and please connect with me on Instagram or FacebookIf you want to learn more about how to support Costa Rica during the crisis, visit my COVID-19 section, updated regularly – or for ways to enjoy Costa Rica from afar, visit Virtual Costa Rica.

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