Walk out on the beach in front of Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and you are greeted with a stunning view of a long, curving beach of light sand, volcanic reef and rolling blue waves. What you don’t see is trash.
Pranamar’s clean beach of Playa Hermosa (“Beautiful Beach”) is thanks to the hard work and dedication of Costa Rican Maxfred Moraga and the committed business owners who sponsor him in a community beach cleaning program. The effort was recognized recently when Playa Hermosa was honored once again with the Costa Rica Ecological Blue Flag Award by the Costa Rican Tourism Board for being one of the cleanest beaches in the country. The Santa Teresa area beaches of Playa Hermosa, Playa Santa Teresa, Playa Carmen and Mal Pais all received Ecological Blue Flag Awards for 2014, along with a record 104 other Costa Rica beaches, at a ceremony in March 2015.
When I stay at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, one of my favorite things to do is to swim in the giant tide pool down the beach about five minutes from the hotel.
The larger-than-Olympic-sized shallow sea water swimming pool is one of the best-kept secrets of the area. It is located between Pranamar Villas and “El Peñón,” or the big rock, where Santa Teresa Beach turns into Hermosa Beach – better known as “Playa Hermosa”. Since Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa – listed by TripAdvisor as Top 10 Beaches in Central America and Top 10 Beaches in Costa Rica for 2015 – are better known for being some of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica, the tide pool often gets over-looked for great waves.