Wanderlust Wednesday: The Sea is Calling Me – Playa Espadilla in Costa Rica

I could feel my heart beating and adrenaline coursing through my veins. My ears were filled with the sound of waves crashing as we made our way down the narrow winding path to Playa Espadilla. A sense of urgency overcame me and I suddenly needed the sea like I needed air to breathe.

I started running.

Bounding toward the ocean, we hopped over tree branches, ran through small puddles, and jumped over rocks and coconuts. As the tree line broke I gasped and came to an abrupt halt.


Tears came to my eyes and I wiped them back with the back of my hand. I hurriedly flung my flip flops off into the distance. The seafoam was calling my name. As I dipped my toes into the warm water everything seemed to slip into a sea of calm.

This was it – my happy place. Rocks jutting out of the water, seafoam hissing at my feet, and warm rays of sunshine from the setting sun kissed my face.

There is something special about the Pacific Coast. It is wild, untamed, and has a special spirit all its own. While it may be lacking in calm crystal clear water, the force of the waves, the ruggedness of coastline, and the wind that whips your hair around grounds me somehow.

As I stood looking out into the endless ocean, I dug my toes into the sand. I bit my lip with hesitation. I couldn’t deny it anymore.

I need to live by the sea.

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Disclosure: We were guests of the Costa Rican Tourism Board however all opinions are my own.


28 Responses to “Wanderlust Wednesday: The Sea is Calling Me – Playa Espadilla in Costa Rica”

  1. Mags December 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    Just gorgeous! I wish I were spending winter there.

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 11:55 am #

      So do I…. 🙁

  2. Maria December 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Stunning! It had to be difficult to leave.

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 11:56 am #

      Incredibly. But I take solace in knowing that we are going to save money to buy a place on the beach one day.

  3. Kenin Bassart December 14, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    It’s amazing how powerful the ocean can be. I get a complete sense of serenity whenever I see water.

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      YES. There is just something so calming about it. I can sit there forever (almost literally).

  4. Mary @ Green Global Travel December 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Truly gorgeous images! It’s impossible not feel a sense of serenity in looking at such breathtaking photos!

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      Thanks Mary. I really do love photographing locations. Here is to hoping I’ll be able to capture more!

  5. Hogga December 16, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    wow, so beautiful!

  6. Adam December 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Amazing photos! Stop making me jealous about your Costa Rica trip already!!!

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      I CAN’T HELP IT. But really, it is an easy place to photograph.

  7. Ayngelina December 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    It is so cold here in Toronto, you make Costa Rica look so tempting.

  8. Alex December 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    I feel the same way. I feel at home by the ocean. I can never be away for too long. I guess this will mean goodbye to Texas? 😉

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      We have the Gulf (yuck.).

  9. Diana Edelman December 16, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    So beautiful!!! Come to Thailand. It’s not the Pacific, but I bet you can take some really pretty pictures! <3

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Once we pay off our credit cards that may be a possibility!

  10. Heather December 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Now the sea is calling me too 🙂

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      It’s contagious. Sorry.

  11. Giselle and Codygcmakeup@yahoo.ca December 16, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Wow, just gorgeous!Great photos Erica!
    We also Looooove the Sea, and the Ocean. Any body of water really, as long as it is clean 😉 You should really come check out Thailand!
    We have a feeling you will LOVE it!

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

      Thanks guys! I think this is why I love diving so much. There is something mystical about the sea. But really, it is where I feel most grounded.

  12. Federico December 17, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I miss tico land!

    • Erica December 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      I do too… 🙁

  13. Camels & Chocolate December 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    These photos are fantastic. Doesn’t CR have the best sunsets? They rival Florida in that respect.

    • Erica December 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      I totally agree.

  14. Juno December 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I can use some beach time right now. 🙂

    • Erica December 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      I’m already feelin’ like I need it again. OH THE HUMANITY!

  15. Kara Brandt January 17, 2014 at 1:31 am #

    Costa Rica is such an ideal place for nature tripper. It’s diverse and beautiful. You had a great travel!

  16. Ian January 22, 2014 at 1:05 am #

    That beach is simply amazing!

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