I love the beach. I’ve said it before, salt water soothes the soul. And this particular spot will forever hold a special place in my heart. It’s where I go to clear my head.
The ocean makes me feel so alive.
And I feel like, somehow, it knows me. Each time I visit there seem to be new critters milling about, waiting to say hello. Some days there are crabs peeping out from the surf, some days sand dollars are scattered about. When I shot these photos, the rocks were covered with ladybugs. The little guy I picked up seemed to like these Pura Vida Bracelets just as much as me. He nestled onto the strings and hung out while I watched the waves.
Local artisans handcraft these festival-worthy wristlets in Costa Rica. It all began when a couple of dudes from San Diego visited the island country and met a couple of bracelet-makers living in poverty. They teamed up and Pura Vida Bracelets now provides full-time jobs to more than 100 people in Costa Rica.
Pura Vida is a way of life.
It’s the Costa Rican mantra of “pure life” — taking things a bit more slowly, helping others, appreciating life’s simple treasures and choosing to live life to the fullest.