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Costa Rica July 6, 2016 posted by

My Daily Fix: Surf Box, Playa Flamingo

Surf Box Playa Flamingo Costa Rica Wanderlust Living
Surf Box, Playa Flamingo

If you’re visiting the beaches of Guanacaste, Costa Rica or staying around the Playa Flamingo area and need a coffee fix, you’ll definitely want to stop at Surf Box. Chances are you’ll find me and my husband hanging out there, along with a bunch of other local expats. This is our neighborhood Starbucks, but SO much better.

Surf Box has only been open for about six months but has quickly become the hot spot in our little beachside community. The owners are an adorable expat couple, Dan and Natasha. Dan is from New York City and Natasha is originally from Montreal. They opened Surf Box out of Dan’s frustration to find a decent cup of coffee and a comfortable place to sit down and enjoy it. Natasha thought there was also a need for fresh, healthy food that she was used to in Montreal, not to mention a place to just get a good quality bagel.

To my surprise, neither one of them has ever owned or operated a restaurant before, but this idea for a great coffee shop and cafe just kept coming back to them. Finding a location was a challenge but when they happened upon a small space right off  the main road they immediately saw the potential.

The restaurant interior is small, like a little box, with only five tables – but it’s totally air conditioned! This is exciting for those of us that need to escape the heat and get a little work done from our laptops. Restaurants in Costa Rica are mostly all open-air, so finding one with four walls and air conditioning can be more difficult than you might think.

There is also a patio outside that has three large community style tables for sharing or for larger groups. You can order your espresso and sip it right at the counter or order anything off their menu to go. You can leave a book or take a book from the Surf Box community bookshelf (color coded of course).

So great, the restaurant is cute, but what about the food!? Well, that’s even better!

The menu might be small but it’s packed with goodness. For breakfast I am always torn between the Acai bowl and The Mexicana, fluffy scrambled eggs covered in pico de gallo with jalapenos piled on a piece of thick,multi-grain bread. They also make some pretty insane tasting french toast, waffles and have a variety of delicious smoothies. For lunch I always go for the tropical shrimp tacos, but the quinoa salad is tasty too! You really can’t go wrong with any of their food. Trust me, I think I’ve had everything!


Surf Box has become our second home and we can’t go to Surf Box without seeing at least three people we know. Which actually makes it hard to get anything done, because you end up just talking to everyone. Ahhh the beauty of small town living…

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My Daily Fix: Surf Box, Playa Flamingo
Costa Rica May 17, 2016 posted by

Sailing with Serendipity Charters

Serendipity Charters Wanderlust Living Andrea and Kids
A few weeks ago, my husband and kids took me on a wonderful sunset sailing trip for Mother’s Day. Okay let me rephrase that – I booked a sunset sailing tour for me and my family on Mother’s Day. Because let’s face it, if you want something special to happen on Mother’s Day sometimes you have to do it yourself.

Serendipity Charters offers private and semi-private sailing tours out of Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica and when I saw the Mother’s Day special that Serendipity Charters was promoting online, I booked it!
We hadn’t been out on a boat in a long time; we usually save these trips for when friends or family come to visit. It’s a fun way to spend the day with friends or a large group of people.

Serendipity is a great boat for people that want a more private and relaxed boating experience. They take private groups of up to 20, but will only do 13 for their semi private tours. There are larger boats in the area that take out 40-50 people that can feel more like a party boat and can get a bit crowded. We were on the boat with only 8 other people, so it felt more personal and enjoyable.

Serenipity Charters Hudson in Boat Costa Rica Sailing Wanderlust Living

We happen to be friends with the owners of Serendipity Charters. Our son Hudson goes to school with their son and they are very good friends. Captain Brad and Geneva sailed Serendipity down to Costa Rica from the US Virgin Islands and have been running their successful Costa Rica sailing business for four years. That is one of the biggest benefits of living in a small expat community; you get to know everyone – especially if they have a business in town. Naturally, we love to support our friends and all the local entrepreneurs. They are a great example of a family that went against the norm and set out to create a beautiful life they love.

Serendipity Charters Hudson Snorkeling

Our journey included sailing over to a small hidden beach to put down the anchor close enough so that we could swim over to the small private beach. The crew provides all equipment for snorkeling and fishing as well as lunch, snacks, fresh fruit and all drinks (beer, wine, cocktails, soda, juice). We had the most delicious chicken tacos for lunch and later they brought out champagne at sunset as part of the Mother’s Day special.

Serendipity Charters Hudson Jumping Costa Rica Sailing

Serendipity Charters Mckenna Jumping Sailing Costa Rica Wanderlust Living
After swimming and having some lunch, the crew pulled up anchor and we started to make our way back to shore while watching the gorgeous sunset. Our family was huddled on the front part of the boat and of course I was trying to take photos of both the the kids and the sunset, and as usual, everyone messed with me. It clearly didn’t matter that it was Mother’s Day, but I have to admit – this was probably my favorite part of the day. Watching my kids fooling around and having fun together, Mother’s Day made! Even if it was mostly at my expense.

Serendipity Mothers Day Sunset Sailing Tour

Mckenna Serendipity Costa Rica Sailing

Serenipity Charters Sailing in Costa Rica Playa Flamingo

Serendipity Charters Costa Rica Sailing Private adn Semi Private Tours
Serendipity Charters offers two half day tours. The morning charters depart at 8:30am – 12:45pm; the afternoon sunset cruises are from 1:30pm-5:45pm (or after sunset. They also offer full day charters that depart at 11:00am and return at 5:45pm or after sunset. For more information or to book your tour contact Geneva at Serendipity Charters.

photo on boat






Meet Captain Brad and Geneva –  read their story!

Sailing with Serendipity Charters
Andrea October 4, 2013 posted by

My mornings on Playa Flamingo

The beaches in Costa Rica are beautiful and it’s hard to choose a favorite, but for early morning running or walking on the beach, I love Playa Flamingo.

A few times a week after I drop the kids off at school I will drive to Flamingo and go for a power walk or light jog on the beach.  On my drive to playa Flamingo I pass by all the beautiful white boats out in the marina and with the mountains behind them, it’s gorgeous.  This is just one of my favorite little things that makes me smile.

It’s only 8:00am so usually I get the whole beach to myself or there might be one or two other people.  The length of the beach is  the perfect size and if I walk it twice it’s close to two miles.  It is here I am able to walk off any stress or think creatively about my business and also take a few moments to soak up where I am and how grateful I am for being here.  After I finish I stretch and do some yoga in the sand.  There is something deeply satisfying about putting your feet in the sand.

I always feel incredible after a power walk on the beach.






My mornings on Playa Flamingo
Adventure September 4, 2013 posted by

Harris’ Jeep almost falls off a cliff

What started as an awesome day doing stand up paddle boarding in Flamingo ended even more awesome when local construction workers had to come save my Toyota FJ40 from a most certain demise. The video below does a much better job of showing you than words ever could. We are definitely enjoying the adventures here!!!




Harris’ Jeep almost falls off a cliff