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A Taste of Brasilito

Brasilito is…the place to visit if you are looking for an off-the-beaten path, lazy adventure with lots of local flavor. Located on route 180 just north of Huacus and south of Flamingo is where you will find this small community brimming with pura vida layed out along the stretch of Playa Brasilito.

No need for alarm clocks with roosters crowimg daily and howler monkeys alerting all the sun will rise soon. Life in Brasilito does not officially begin until the small white-haired senior with sun-kissed skin takes her morning stroll down the dusty road toward La Casita Pescado parallel to the beach. Some say she is Indira, the name of the busy but crumbling bar that sits on Playa Brasilito. Others say Indira is actually the daughter. One thing is certain, you can set your watch by her morning walks. The parade of locals walking to work, bus stops and waiting for rides increases joined by kids of all ages trying to balance stuffed back packs on their backs while briskly walking to school.

Around the plaza, the center of every Tico village, are several restaurants that open for breakfast. Options range from typical tico desayuno of gallo pinto, fresh fruit and plantains to an American breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and toast. Not in the mood for a full breakfast? No problem. Stop by Licuas2 Locos, the white smoothie truck, parked next to Super Cindy, on the north-west corner of the plaza for a delicious, fresh fruit smoothie to go. Or cross the street and walk a few steps north where you will find Roger and his old pickup, a local with a great smile and friendly disposition, selling cold refreshing pipa (green coconut) water and sugar cane juice. Two tropical treats you must try before leaving the country. If you are a chocoholic, the Beach Chocolate Factory, just a mile down the road, makes fresh hot chocolate and handmade chocolate covered granola bars.

After breakfast the only question is,