Avellanas is located, 40 km west of the city of Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. Brownish sand beach 2 km long with a rocky coast, particularly in the south end. The sea has a strong swell, adequate for surfing and bathing under some precautions. The biggest attraction of this beach is the fantastic surfing it presents to many expert and pro surfers from all over the world. Known as ‘little Hawaii’ by the locals. Playa Avellana is located 10 kilometers south of Tamarindo in Guanacaste province, near Playa Junquillal. Avellanas is a relatively isolated beach with calm and peaceful surroundings, it is is a short distance north of Playa Negra.
You can either access this beach from Villareal (next to Tamarindo) or from Santa Cruz. nevertheless, keep in mind that the roads leading to the beach are dirt and are not paved.Not the best place for swimming due to strong currents, Avellana beach is perfect for those who want a quiet place to relax and get away from the humdrum of other beaches. If you do not surf, you can always take an extended horse back ride along the shore.
Relax on the beach beside the warm water, or enjoy some of the costarrican most fantastic scuba adventures. This beach is set in a gorgeous cove with moderate surf. Surrounded by tall, rocky cliffs that give it special appeal, Barco Quebrado is perfect for swimming and observing the surrounding landscape, which features a forested area. To the south lies another attractive beach called Barrigona.
It is a very popular surfing beach . A large beach with moderate to strong surf, Bejuco has an extensive mangrove swamp that stretches behind the beach to the mouth of the Río Bejuco. Near the south end lies Punta Bejuco.
This beach is on the Santa Elena Peninsula, the geologically oldest region in Costa Rica, situated within Santa Rosa National Park's Murciélago sector. The attractive bay is bordered in the south by the Fila Carrizal mountain range, which stretches to Cabo Santa Elena. Whith rich coastal greenery and calm waters make this an ideal place for relaxing, walking, swimming and observing the fascinating plant and bird life. Nearby beaches may also be visited, such as Santa Elena and El Hachal. Camping is permitted near the park's administrative office, 17 kilometers from the beach.
Playa Blanca is located near Punta Mala inside Bahía Culebra. With crystalline waters and gentle surf, along with other beaches, Blanca forms the Gulf of Papagayo. From this 960-meter-long beach, Playa Monte del Barco and Playa Chorotega can be seen across the way.
Together, Playa Blanca and neighboring Playa Virador form a narrow natural bridge that connects them to Punta Mala. Set in a beautiful cove with white sand and crystal-clear waters. Virador is great for swimming and diving. Although there are hotels and tourist amenities throughout the area, there are many eco-tourism options that allow visitors to experience the natural resources and amazing biodiversity of this beautiful sector of Guanacaste.
Location, 55 km NW of the city of Santa Cruz, Guanacaste.Brasilito is a 2-kilometer long beach of great scenic beauty, with moderate swell appropriate for bathing, it is a 10-minute walk from Playa Conchal and a 5-minute drive from Playa Flamingo.
A small town in the center of Playa Brasilito is a small soccer field or, while around the edge of the village you will find a few small general stores and bars. A nice pleasant place to spend some quiet time, tourists can experience life at its most natural out here.
The beach is ideal for sunbathing and walking. Playa Buena Vista is a large beach with moderate surf and lush vegetation. At its north end lies an estuary; to the south is the mouth of the Río Buena Vista. Some parts of the shore feature slightly sharp drop-offs. Trips on ultralight planes are organized from this spot, it is
Five Km, south of Montezuma, along roungh road tranquil Cabuya, “ The Gateway to Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve”.
Quiet and peaceful beach located 6 km south of Samara beach. Some hotels have been built on heights overlooking the beautiful beach
Very popular among the locals, Playas del Coco has a well developed infrastructure, with good roads and plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, hotels, resorts and markets.
The beach of Playas del Coco itself is a grayish brown and the tide here often remains quite low. Surrounded by steep cliffs and hills, this horseshoe shaped bay area is the ideal place to have some fun. However, if you are looking for a quiet spot to relax, try staying away from the center of town.
From Playas del Coco you can also head out to Pelonas Islands, Catalinas and Bat Islands as well, which are excellent sites to spot turtles, sharks and octopuses in the natural environment. The main attraction of this beach is its excellent variety of tourist facilities and great weather. Many tourists also use Playas del Coco as a base camp because of its affordable accommodations, when touring the Guanacaste region.
Located 36 km from the city of Liberia, Guanacaste.
Considered to be one of the most exotic beaches on the Costa Rican, approx 500 m long. This beach is a natural sea shell deposit, it is a marvelous beach that has perfect weatherall year long.
Playa Conchal, is bathed in sunshine most of the time, with over 12 hours of daylight from December to April. The water here is always at a comfortable temperature and is ideal for swimming or snorkeling. This beach is known for having, instead of sand, tiny bits of shell, therefore, the name Conchal, which means shell in Spanish.
With some of the clearest waters on the coast, snorkeling is a great activity for anyone who knows how to swim. With an extraordinary marine life, you can swim with the many tropical fish that inhabit here. For the more adventurous, deep seas fishing, scuba diving, and other water sports are offered as well. Playa Conchal is also close to a few national parks and nature reserves. Close by is a small estuary as well. Surrounded by a number of cattle ranches.Location, 2 km south of Brasilito Beach.
This small beach great for a family excursion, features a wide estuary and a mangrove swamp, excellent for observing flora and fauna. Tourists frequent the beach on horseback.
Location, South of Carrillo Beach, Nicoya, Guanacaste. The beaches of Playa Coyote are bisected by the Rio Jabillo and its mangrove estuary. To get from the southern (Punta Coyote) to the northern Playa Coyote, you must drive 5 km inland via San Francisco de Coyote.
Coyote is 5 km long forming one single beach with adjacent San Miguel (3 km), the two only separated by the in-between Jabilla estuary which has also an extensive mangrove. The coast is open and wide stretching out to the Coyote River estuary. Beach suitable for walks, bathing, horseback riding, surfing, and nature observation. The calm waters are perfect for children and non-swimmers. At the northern end of the beach is the estuary of the Rio Jabillo where you can watch waterfowl like egrets and herons.
This is a large beach, ideal for relaxing, walking and horseback riding, as well as exploring nearby places on mountain bikes. This beach is in front of Isla Bolaños. The island can be visited by boat or kayak. A great place to windsurf during windier months.
Light-coloured sand beach and crystalline water with very soft tides and abundant marine life. Its main attraction is a beautiful mangrove swamp. It’s is a local fishermen place, who find it a safe place for their boats, because it is sheltered from winds, this bay’s
Flamingo is located in Punta Salinas, northwest of Bahia Brasilito, 75 km southwest of Liberia, between the beaches of Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito. It is Guanacaste’s sport fishing capital and offers some of the best sail and marlin fishing in the world. With its stunning white sand and clear blue waters, Playa Flamingo is the ideal vacation getaway.Besides deep sea fishing, Playa Flamingo also offers water sports along with close proximity to the amazing Santa Rosa National Park and the Palo Verde natural reserve.
Scuba diving is available here all year round, allowing tourists to experience the excitement of swimming with white-fin sharks and an array of other spectacular tropical fish and marine life. Sailing and diving expeditions and tours can also be arranged to the close by island of Plata.Location, the North Pacific, 1.15 hour from the city of Liberia, Guanacaste.
Its name describes the broadness and close to 3 km length of this beach. This beach is part of Las Baulas National Park and one of the most important sites in the world for nesting, egg laying and hatching of the Baula (Leatherback) turtle. Due to its swell, this beach is a favorite among surfers.
The Baula Turtle has inhabited the oceans for more than a hundred thousand years, surviving through the extinction of the dinasours. These magnificent creatures are the largest reptiles in the world. In 1995, the Marino Las Baulas park (PNMB) in Playa Grande, Guanacaste, was created to secure the survival of the Baulas, making this nesting beach the most important on the Pacific coast in the Americas.Location, 45 km west of the city of Santa Cruz, Guanacaste.
Playa Hermosa, which means beautiful beach in Spanish, is located just 20 minutes from the DanielOduber International Airport in Liberia. One of the best maintained beaches in the country, Playa Hermosa, offers visitors crystal clear blue waters and stunning scenery, making it a very popular beach strip on the west coast.
Winner of the ‘Bandera Azul’ or ‘Blue Flag’, a prize given to beaches that demonstrate high environ mental standards and excellent safety facilities, Playa Hermosa is a great family destination for all to enjoy.
Perfect for swimming and scuba diving, you can find wonderful diving safaris and snorkeling opportunities for those who enjoy being out in the sea, or you can also rent out kayaks, sailboards, windsurfing equipment, canoes, jet skis and water bikes from the many shops that line the beach. Local tourist companies also offer organized fishing trips as well as catamaran rides along the Hermosa coast for those who prefer privacy.
You can also find guided horseback tours available in the surrounding areas, as well as trips to a nearby stunning mangrove swamp. If you wish, you can even take a day trip to the Arenal Volcano and relax in the hot springs found close by.Location,10 km north of Coco Beaches.
From soft, gentle breezes over warm brillant sand, lapped by gentle waves, set in a beautiful, sheltered cove with little surf, this beach’s awesome scenery is complemented by its coastal greenery. It’s a great place to swim, relax and contemplate, as well as enjoy the wildlife of rhe region.
Beautiful beach with cristal clear waters, fine sands and diverse vegetation; easy access all year long. Junquillal is situated 30 km west of Santa Cruz and 20 km south of Tamarindo. Junquillal is a three kilometer beach strip that is different of any other on Guanacaste. Backed by lovely grasslands, the beach here is mostly empty with just a few hotels and restaurants in Playa Junquillal.if you wish to keep away from the noise of the other beaches, Playa Junquillal is a short distance away from the village of Junquilla.
This beach is great for a serene stroll, as the sunsets here are quite spectacular. You must be aware that it is not the best beach for swimming as the waters here tend to be rough. Junquillal has some surfing spots as well as an estuary in the area. For those who prefer some action, activities such as horseback riding, deep sea fishing, and snorkeling are available too.There is plenty to explore, and you can also explore the immediate dry tropical forests on foot or enjoy some fishing or diving if you get bored.
Location, 2 km south of Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste. Known for its surfing ,Playa Langosta is ideal for those who want to have some excitement while enjoying the beauty of the area. With a rocky shoreline, Langosta is definitely worth visiting.
Playa Langosta at its southern end sits near the mouth of an estuary and has an excellent surf break here, attracting surfers from Tamarindo who prefer to surf among some peace and quiet, nonetheless, Playa Langosta can get very crowded in the high season when tourists and locals come here to enjoy the area’s natural beauty.
It is located only 10 minutes away from the local airport in Tamarindo and around 50 minutes from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.Brownish sand beach stretches southeastward for 3 km. The coast is very rocky, yet pleasant for watching and walks to San Francisco Estuary.
Charming village with nice hotels and great surf. Horseback Riding and Mountain Biking are other common and fun activities in the area.
Montezuma is located 18 km south of Tambor. It’s a beautiful town with beautiful beaches and lots to do – perfect for adventure seekers and nature lovers
Things to Do
- Horseback Riding to El Chorro Waterfall on the beach
- Montezuma River hike to waterfall
- Surfing, diving, snorkeling & fishing
25 km from Liberia, Papagayo Gulf. It is relatively close to the Daniel Oduber International Airport, and, has easily accessible throughout the year.
Nacascolo is a small beach at the north of Guanacaste, with grey coloured sand and blue water, hidden in Culebra Bay. It has moderate tourist development, which makes it ideal for relaxing. It has hotels, cabins, lodges and areas suitable for camping.
Towards the south side can admire a small creek that complements the rich natural environment of the beach.
Nacascolo is Ideal for bathers for his gentle waves, also to practice diving.
This long beach is situated 12 kilometers from Santa Rosa National Park's administrative office. Its northern stretch features there is a wide estuary and mangrove swamp rich in plant and animal species. The beach is perfect for walking and taking in the magnificent scenery, which includes Peña de la Bruja, a rocky island popular with surfers. Camping is permitted.
Getting to Playa Negra can be a hard on your own as there is no public transportation running here, though, tours can be arranged through various travel agencies in Tamarindo via 4 wheel drives as the roads get quite tough to navigate.
Most surfers that come to surf at Playa Negra rent cars so they can surf all the local breaks in the area.Famous because the movie Endless Summer II being filmed here, this dark sand beach lies a bit further south of the lovely Playa Avellana and the surf at Playa Negra is a reef making it ideal for the novice as well as the expert surfer.
Situated, 25 km from Samara Beach, Guanacaste. Ideal camping area, with drinking water service. Tropical paradise of flora and fauna within a cluster of beaches separated each other by rocks and soil. Nosara is a tranquil beach community, ideal for a nature lover's or a surfer's vacation.The beaches of Nosara form part of the Ostional Wildlife Reserve, located north of Nosara, therefore, a 200 m broad strip of beach area is Nosara's protected zone where no construction is allowed.The residents of Nosara are committed to preserve their natural environment.
Almost half of the land in the area is protected forest where no tree may be loggedIt is the most far-off beach with vehicle accessibility. It's highly recommended as a great place to observe the local fishermen, using ancient fishing techniques.At low tide you can wade across the river to Playa Nosara. Crossing at high tide is not advised. This is a great place for river canoeing and the best opportunity to see a variety of birds and other wildlife. Like the rest of Nosara beaches, the waves here are ideal for surfing.Nosara has three different beaches, each with its own distinctive beauty and activities.
The main beach of Nosara is Guiones Beach , a 6 km expanse of white sand, from Punta Pelada to Punta Guiones in the south. Playa Guiones ranks among the best surf spots on the Nicoya Peninsula. The beach offers easy access. At the south of Playa Guiones is Playa Rosada which boasts a rare stretch of pink sand. For most of the time it is isolated.
North of Playa Guiones is Pelada Beach. The beach of Playa Pelada is protected by an offshore barrier reef which makes it well suited for swimming. Towards the northern part of the bay you find tidal pools, and a rocky part with caves.
The waves in front of Playa Nosara are among the tallest in Costa Rica. The surf is for experienced surfers, and swimming is not advisable due to the strong currents.The village of Nosara is 6 kms inland, alongside the Rio Nosara, while most of the hotels are situated on the beach. The village of Nosara is still a small traditional town.Right in the middle of the village is the landing strip for daily flights to and from San José.
Playa Ocotal is a peaceful, sandy beach, about a third of a mile long; is a small beach protected by hills and cliffs of sedimentary metamorphic rocks of 80 million years of age. It’s clear sands mix with scarce rock formations and the dry forests of the hills. it's ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and other outdoor activities. It's also a perfect place to relax and benefit from the peace and quiet. Playa Ocotal is also one of the cleanest and quietest beaches around.It is located at only 40 kms from the City of Liberia and the gate to the Gulf of Papagayo.
The beach of Ostional is the scenery for a rarely-seen biological wonder. Around the third quarter of the moon, hundreds of sea turtles come to one specific mile of beach at Ostional to dig their eggs into the black, volcanic sand.The Ostional Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica was created in 1984 to protect one of the world's most important nesting sites of the olive ridley sea turtle.Turtles nest at Ostional year round, but peak time is during rainy season. From August through
December arribadas occur regularly once, sometimes even twice a month and the number of nesting females are in the range of hundreds of thousands as opposed to tens of thousands for the dry season months.The largest "arribada" thus far recorded in Ostional, took place in November 1995 when a calculated 500 000 females came ashore.Over the course of a five-day arribada nesting turtles will leave up to 10 million eggs on the beach of Ostional. Ostional is the only beach in the world where egg poaching is legal. Scientists found out that most of the eggs deposed in the first nights of an arribada are destroyed by subsequent turtles who dig their nests.
Therefore, since 1987, the government of Costa Rica allows on an annual, temporary suspension of the international ban on turtle-egg taking that the community of Ostional may harvest the doomed eggs on the first two dawns of an arribada. In return, the community must protect the turtles, clean debris from the beaches and patrol day and night for poachers.The Ostional Wildlife Reserve extends 15 km along the shoreline, including the beaches of Ostional, Nosara and Guiones. It is only a narrow, 200 m wide strand of beach, but extends inland along the estuaries of the rivers and mangrove swamps, protecting large colonies of birds. Offshore the reserve incorporates another 3 miles stretch of maritime zone.Ostional is a short drive from Nosara. From the Beaches of Nosara, drive 2 kms until the turnoff to Santa Marta to the left. From here it is 7 kms to Ostional.
White sand beach and blue sea, surrounded by abundant vegetation, from which can be seen several islets of various sizes. This separated natural paradise has strong waves ideal for surfing, fishing and other water sports. It has moderate tourist development, has hotels, lodges, cabins and camping areas.Location, 75 km of the city of Santa Cruz, Guanacaste.
Panama beach is accessible all year round through a new road that has been opened connecting the beach directly with Liberia.
It is five-minute drive from the beaches of Playa Hermosa and Playas del Coco. Playa Panama offers tourists stunning ocean views and laidback beaches that are within close range of some of the country’s best national parks, such as the Refugio Costa Esmeralda and the Marino las Baulas de Guanacaste.
A typical inner bay beach, Playa Panama has slate grey sand and beautiful blue waters, making it very visually appealing. Having no stones, this beach is one of the best places to swim as the currents here are not strong.
Fairly a calm and private area, Ideal for tourists who enjoy sunbathing, long walks along the shore, and a tranquil atmosphere, Playa Panama also has a range of luxury resorts and condominiums as well as affordable accommodations. Nearby the beach is the grand Four Seasons Hotel with its Arnold Palmer championship golf course.
There are many local restaurants, bars and shopping areas close by. With prefect weather, most of the year, this beach is excellent for all kinds of water sports and fishing. Snorkeling, kayaking and sailing are also popular here. When at the beach don’t forget to visit the Rocha estuary with its lovely mangrove swamp and the nearby a dry forest, both of which are within walking distance from the shore.
About 3.5 km. From Playa Hermosa. Formerly for beachfront camping, government regulations changed that to protect flora and fauna, though a new, private campground returns this as an option for budget travelers. Peaceful, with fairly safe waters.
Traditionally known as a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers, it is also excellent for diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing, this part of the peninsula also has spectacular beaches that are bathed by beautiful sunsets. It also boasts some of the most luxurious hotels in the country.
The Papagayo Gulf is about three kilometers north of Playa Hermosa in a region slated for tremendous economic growth. It boasts a rich tropical setting overlooking the Pacific and is a development area for exclusive hotels and five star all-inclusive resorts. Stunning views, beautiful beaches, proximity to Pacific National Parks and easy access are among the features that make the Papagayo Gulf region so desirable to investors.
Know for excellent diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing, this part of the peninsula also has spectacular beaches bathed by beautiful sunsets. It also boasts some of the most luxurious hotels in the country.
Around 7 km north of Playa Brasilito, Playa Potrero is just ten minutes from Playa Penca and Playa Prieta, with the fabulous five-star resort, the Melia Conchal nearby as well. This 4.5 km long bay has calm waters.
At the northern end of the beach is the tiny fishing community of Potrero. In close proximity to Playa Potrero is a small harbor from where you can hire a local fisherman to go Marlin fishing or arrange short day trips to the surf hot spots of Witches Rock and Playa Naranjo. There are also a number of diving facilities available and other water sports equipment that you can rent out at the marina.
This small, clear-water bay, 400 meters long, is located near Playa Virador. Like Virador and Playa Blanca, Prieta is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing while taking in the gorgeous and peaceful scenery.
Famous among residents of nearby La Cruz, this beach is located in the northern part of Guanacaste, on wide, gorgeous Bahía Salinas. The surf here is moderate, the sand soft. Whith fabulous sunsets, this beach invites visitors to walk along the shore and take in the splendor of the bay and Isla Bolaños.
Offers everything one could want in the way of ocean-living, relaxing, exploring and water sports. Gentle surf makes this a perfect beach for swimming and relaxing in the shade of its lush trees. Also excellent for walking and photography.
Location, 36 km SW of the city of Nicoya, Guanacaste. One of the safest and prettiest beaches in the country is Playa Samara, it has a superb coral reef and its own island in the bay, Isla Chora. It's popular among swimmers and windsurfers, and it's an ideal beach for your kids.Silvery grayish sands 5 km long. Scenic beauty, character of the sea, and existing services make this beach a very wanted for destination by tourists. Samara is not only a beach , with a wide choice of friendly and attractive hotels, restaurants, bars and discos, it is also a thriving fishing and farming community.
There are cowboys and cattle drives, fishing boats returning at sunset, fruit harvests, specialty and organic farming, tree nurseries and reforestation projects and many other authentic and vital Sámara activities.
South of Cóbano, 12 Km. This 6 km , stretch of oceanfront road is booming from Playa Santa Teresa at the north end of Playa El Carmen at the south. Some call Santa Teresa the “ new Tamarindo”. You`ll find many new developments and int`l restaurants, as well as super surfing, beachcombing, horses, tours for young and old. Cóbano has gas, supermarket and bank machine.
Things to Do:
Land: Rent quads at Frank`s Place, Urban Free Ride: ( phone: 2640-07-76), surf, ATV rentals; Ciclo Taller La Estrella, bike shop.
Surf: Alex Surf Shop, lessons ,The Shit Hole surf shop ( 2640-02-39), also sell T-shirts, Wave Trotter Surf Hostel: ( phone: 2640-08-05), Latino Crew Surf Chop, Kina Surf, Chill and Surf Rentals, ding repair, Pacifica Surf School.
Dive: Pacific Divers: ( phone: 2640-01-87), up road 200m. on left, PADI instruction. Dives snorkeling, boat tours.
Tamarindo is a Brownish sand beach 2 km long, very popular spot among surfers. Landscape is very beautiful and varied with the estuary and Grande Beach in the north and San Francisco Point and Capitdn island in the south. It has the most developed tourist infrastructure in Guanacaste. The small foreign community offers many restaurants, hotels, as well as a variety of stores for all tastes. The town itself is very nice, and offers exiting nightlife all week long.
Location, 1 km south of Grande Beach, Guanacaste.
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