Photo of the Day: Playa Guiones, Costa Rica

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As fall begins in the US, and Minnesota is even in the midst of a very early season snowstorm, if you're already lusting for warming climes, then bask in the glory of Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica.

Hardly a secret anymore—there are a good number of high end yoga and surf-oriented hotels in Nosara—but still off the beaten track in the sense that dirt roads are the norm and a 4x4 a help in getting around (though bike rental is easy too), Playa Guiones doesn't disappoint.

If you need a break from the beach, in parts with trees coming right down to the water as in the photo above, hikes through the tropical forest and nearby mangrove swamps satisfy the need to get out in nature.

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