Costa Rica Beaches

I had the wonderful opportunity of traveling to Costa Rica the second week of November for 10 days.  In that time frame, I had the luxury to exploring many beaches in Nosara and even one of their natural waterfalls.  To my surprise, the beaches were nearly spotless.  It raised a very important question as I was taking in all of this 3rd world country's beauty;  why aren't our hometown beaches this clean!?

When you think about it, Huntington Beach & many other beaches down the coast are just as big of tourist attractions as exotic beaches like these.  Is Huntington not exotic enough to be given the same respect these?  Sadly, American beaches and everyday streets are consistently littered and covered in people's trash everyday.  These tourist attractions remain astonishingly clean with little to no maintenance, simply just people's willingness to clean up after themselves and their respect for the land.

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Ostional Wildlife Reserve is a popular spot during turtle season, where most of Nosara's turtles come to lay their eggs.  This being a huge tourist attraction, I found a single empty water bottle on the sand, which I used to bring home some of the beautiful volcanic black sand.  With that being the only piece of trash I saw, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Tamarindo's claim to fame was the movie Endless Summer ll in the 90's, which exploded the town's popularity with two very famous surf spots nearby, Witch's Rock & Ollie's Point.  Even though I saw the most hotels and souvenir shops visibly possible shoved into this small town, there was not a single piece of trash on this beach.  To my surprise, the only thing washing up on any of these shores during high tide was driftwood.

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This trip was truly eyeopening, and the amount of respect and knowledge I brought to the states with me of other people's way of life was worth the entire trip.  Even though I will never understand why this piece of the paradise is respected more than any American beaches are,  I will not lose respect for my own hometown beaches.  All I can ask of visitors and the community is to take the time to do your part, whether it be picking up your own/someone else's trash to partaking in beach clean-ups, anything helps.

Ocean Pollution

Saw this video on Facebook the other day, and couldn't believe it!

After looking into it, the employee still has his job, but the general manager does not.

The Purpose of Giving Back

After tons of thought about how I could help the community, I realized the answer was in my backyard.  I have been very fortunate to grow up in such a beautiful place around a lot of people who thrive to do many great things for the environment.  I grew up in Girl Scouts always doing beach cleanups, as well as with my father every time we went camping.  It was a rule that you always left a place cleaner than you found it.  That is exactly what I am on a mission to do.  Everyone can make a difference by just going out of their way to do a little extra!

 

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Went to one of the cleanest beaches I've ever been to over the weekend, and still discovered tons of trash scattering the beach.  Jake and I went on a mission up and down the beach about 4 miles there and back picking up our surroundings.  I had three people tell me they appreciated what I was doing, one of the people first questioning what exactly I was collecting, and countless confused stares as I walked around them cleaning the beach.  It is so sad that people were confused by what I was doing, when picking up your surroundings has been such a natural action instilled in me at a young age.
We found:
a eaten corn on the cobb
3 random flip flops
2 washed up pairs of socks
4 broken eggs
various hair bands
a hard plastic bracelet
numerous amounts of empty snack wrappers
a water bottle full of sand (making my bag SO heavy)
an apple core
a plastic army man
a broken plastic shovel
and MANY MANY MANY more random objects...

PLEASE JOIN THE CAUSE TO KEEP OUR BEACHES CLEAN!