Dani Misleh is the lead designer at Outsite and a full-time digital nomad. She travels the world perfecting the art of the ever-elusive work/life/adventure balance. She is currently living at our newest co-living/co-working space in Costa Rica, so we asked her to share some insights, wisdom and photos from her time there thus far.
Outsite's motto is “life is short - work from the beach.” I’ve been at the Outsite Costa Rica beach villa for about a month discovering the nearby sites and enjoying the experience of truly working from paradise. We are located in Playa Bejuco, one of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica - and lucky for me the Outsite villa is a quick walk to the ocean. So, I can catch a wave anytime I like - no wetsuit required!
The community of Bejuco is quite small, surrounded by farm land with most of the local residents subsisting on agriculture and ﬁshing. Just a few kilometers away you can find other beaches like Esterillos, Hermosa, Jacó, and further south Manuel Antonio, Ballena, Dominical and Uvita. I’ve been making it a habit to go on beach runs every morning, and watch the sunset every evening (the colors are amazing here!). This location is the ideal place for some of my favorite outdoor activities - surﬁng, running, casual strolls, or even just relaxing in the shade near the water.
The following are my favorite activities that are unique to Playa Bejuco and the Outsite experience...
My very favorite aspect about living in Playa Bejuco is the sunset yoga sessions at Encantada. It’s just a 20 min walk on the beach to reach the peaceful outdoor yoga studio. Encantada also offers lunch and dinner.
Sunset yoga at Encantada On weekends there’s a local surf competition in Playa Hermosa, just a 20 min drive away. During the event, I’ll grab an Imperial (the local beer) and listen to reggae music at Backyard, a laid back beach bar. I also enjoy grabbing a healthy fruit smoothie or a bite to eat at Vida Hermosa, a tranquil spot for food and relaxation.
I took a day off and went to Parque Manuel Antonio to explore it's gorgeous tropical beaches - this is a must! Outside of the park are world-class bars and restaurants. From Outsite, I took the bus to Quepos and from there every 10 min a bus arrives to take you to the park entrance.
I rented a car (70 USD) and drove to Uvita and Parque Ballena. There, I had the best shrimp I’ve ever tasted in a restaurant just outside the park. On my way back to Dominical, I stopped at Fuego, a crafted brewery, to relax, reflect and mingle with locals and fellow travelers.
For the especially adventurous, I recommend...
Manuel Antonio Catamaran - Sign up for a tour full of beautiful views and marine exploration along the stunning pacific waters of Manuel Antonio.
ATV 6 Km Ride - A off-road adventure like no other featuring ocean views, lush river ecosystems and waterfalls.
Zipline: The zipline featured 8 different runs, with the longest run being 2,000 feet (over 60 seconds long). There is nothing quite like flying over a Costa Rican forest.
Here at Outsite, we love and enjoy outdoors so we know how important it is to reduce our impact on our environment. That's why we are very excited that Costa Rica Aims to Become First "Carbon Neutral" Country.