A couple of years ago, I spent two glorious weeks wandering around Costa Rica. The first week involved a lot of roaming around rain forests, attempting to photograph various creatures and searching for the elusive quetzal (which I managed to catch a glimpse of through binoculars). The second week was all about beach bumming in the magnificent surfer town of Santa Teresa. I don’t surf but I wish I did. I would have taken a lesson or two but since my laziness knows no limits, I decided to lounge around in the hammock instead. Somehow, I did manage to take a few photographs…none of which really do justice to this stunning paradise….
I packed all sorts of appropriate outfits in preparation for the trip, but ended up wearing my bikini and a couple of sun dresses for the most part. The good news is that I didn’t have much laundry to do when I got back. The bad news is that I looked nothing like this gorgeous model in this month’s W Magazine sporting haute couture in the jungle and rolling around in designer swimsuits and/or half naked on Santa Teresa’s beach. Still, this stunning shoot brings back memories of a place I’ll never forget.
Photographs by Mikael Jansson
If you ever happen to wander over to Santa Teresa, you might want to consider staying at Gumbo Limbo Villas. I promise you’ll be greeted by monkeys, iguanas and warm smiles. The view is incredible, the villas are stunning and the outdoor shower is everything. Plus, Betty makes a mean breakfast burrito that I still crave two years later. So much so that I might just have to go back.