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Emily’s list: Costa Rica and no ATMs edition

Emily Crone

This weekend, I’m traveling to Costa Rica for the first time. I’ll be hanging out in Tamarindo for a few days, then doing a much-needed retreat at Peace Retreat in Playa Negra. It’s a tiny little town on the Pacific Coast. It sounds like a very peaceful and relaxing place. I was reading the retreat’s website for details of what to bring, and I read that there are no ATMs in the town. You have to go to Tamarindo (which is nearby) if you need to get cash.

I’ve done a lot of traveling, but I don’t know if I’ve ever gone anywhere (perhaps other than a volunteer trip to the slums of Mexico) that doesn’t have ATMs. I’m not sure if any of the local merchants accept credit cards. I’m going to have to hope that I bring the right amount of cash.

My first thought was that this was a major inconvenience. Internet may be spotty, too. But you know what? I’m realizing that it might actually be nice to unplug. Being in a small beach town is exactly what I need right now to unwind, and if that comes with no ATMs, minimal cell phone service, and spotty WiFi, I’ll take it. I wouldn’t want every day to be that way, but a simpler life will be nice for a week.

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