Pink sand, turquoise water, and green turtles…yes please! When I went river kayaking with my guide, Cacho, of Cacho’s Surf School in Nosara, Costa Rica, he told me about Pink Sand Beach. I was looking to do some snorkeling and he said this little island with rosey pink sand would be the closest spot.
To access Pink Sand Beach we would need to kayak, so once again, we headed out in the Landcruiser with our kayaks strapped on top.
Although this time, instead of kayaking in calm, river water, we were going full tilt in the open ocean. That meant avoiding whitecaps, fighting the current, and being in the direct line of the beating hot sun’s rays.
I’m not going to lie, for me, it was incredibly exhausting. And for a little while I was worried about how far we were going because I was getting tired and I couldn’t seen the island with pink sand for what seemed like forever. But my guide would never steer me wrong and about 30 minutes into our trek I was relieved to see a little white blip appear on the horizon.
It took some endurance and strength to dodge waves and fight the current, but after about an hour (and a little bit of whining on my part) we made it to Pink Sand Beach.
The reason the sand is so pink is because of all the shells that have broken apart.
Cacho even found a bit of quartz.
But we didn’t kayak all this way just to see the pretty-in-pink sand.
Unfortunately, I dropped the ball with this one. None of the underwater pictures we took turned out. We saw a stingray, turtles. puffer fish, clown fish, and lots of other little brightly coloured fish that I couldn’t name. But don’t go to Pink Sand Beach expecting spectacular snorkeling. It certainly wasn’t the most colourful or plentiful reef I’ve ever snorkelled, and we really had to keep our eyes peeled to spot the sea creatures, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
When we got back to the beach we ate some watermelon before heading back out on the water.
It was a perfectly pura vida kinda day.