This weekend a group of us went to Manuel Antonio, which is like the definition of “Tranquila.” We stayed at a hostel called Vista Serena – aptly named because the porch overlooked this gorgeous view of trees and the ocean. Signs out front advertised the hostel as having the “best sunset.” There were hammocks, the best smoothies I’ve ever had, clean rooms, and the staff was so friendly. They helped us coordinate everything, and the receptionist even invited us to her birthday party.

Saturday we went on a catamaran tour where dolphins raced alongside our boat and two humpback wales made an appearance. We snorkeled around a volcanic rock then ate fish kabobs while watching the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen.

Toward the end of the weekend, I sat in one of the hammocks at the hostel, looking out at the ocean. My only concern was what flavor of smoothie to get whenever I felt like getting up. I had just finished reading Eat, Pray, Love and I felt so peaceful. My mind wasn’t clouded up with worries or comparisons or even complex thoughts about anything in particular. I was just enjoying that moment, swinging softly and taking in the view. 



Written by Miranda Brown, Social Media Journalist

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