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Southern Guanacaste Beaches

Southern Guanacaste Beaches

Southern Guanacaste Beaches

A Walk on Costa Rica's Wild side

Todays journey begins once again on Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica’s most popular Beach destination and down the Pacific Coast towards the Nicoya Peninsula and Guanacaste’s southern zone which offers many flavors of beaches, from the wild windswept turtle nesting beaches of Ostional to the  Health & Wellness rich Nosara and Samara both of which have become meccas for Yoga lodges, wellness retreats and a pronounced spiritual and healing community , Couple that with considerably less developed beach front and a few world class surfing beaches, heading south of Tamarindo is really like taking a walk on Guanacaste’s wild side.

Playa Negra

Tamarindo beach does extend further south if you’re walking, melding into Playa Langosta, a sleepy little beach village  featuring a few lovely small hotels right on the beachfront peppered with several rather stunning beachfront Villas and of course The Langosta Beach Club, one of my favorite spots for lunch or dinner or wiling away the afternoon at a table under the palms with several cold Heinekens. I understand that the Beach Club has recently changed management so its hard to say until a revisit if the world class cuisine has maintained the same standards set by Arnaud and his lovely wife. However take heart I just learned that Arnaud has opened the Tamarindo Beach club in the heart of Tamarindo and I cannot wait to get back and sample what I am sure will be a culinary treat.

So trekking to the Southern Guanacaste beaches requires you to jump in the car and come off Tamarindo beach and take the Santa Cruz road heading south. When I arrived 15 years ago this was a rough ride unpaved most of the way and a bumpy  treacherous drive during rainy season but in recent years this road as been paved enabling easy access to this dusty farm land that fronts the southern Guanacaste beaches The first sign of civilization heading south towards Nicoya is Hacienda Pinilla which in recent years has seen many more families residing within its borders even though many of the main American schools are a good 20 miles away in Brasilito. Hacienda Pinilla is a huge beach front development that has managed to preserve the untamed backdrop quite nicely and truly has a lot to offer families and vacationers alike principally security and natural beauty situated on one of Costa Rica’s most pristine surf beaches. Of course having a championship seaside golf course  helps maintan the property values along with a 4  star hotel

Guanacaste Beaches

Guanacaste Beaches

Guanacaste Beaches

Southern Guanacaste Beaches

Southern Guanacaste Beaches

Todays journey begins once again on Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica's most popular Beach destination and down the Pacific Coast towards the Nicoya Peninsula and Guanacaste's southern zone which offers many flavors of beaches, from the wild windswept turtle nesting beaches...

Playas del Coco, Guanacaste

Playas del Coco, Guanacaste

If your dream vacation includes partying at the beach, water sports and the option to get in some fishing, you should book your flight to Costa Rica right now.This beach is easily accessible to the public, and is one of Costa Rica’s most well-known since it draws...

Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero was the first town I lived in and at the time was a dead end leading to untouched virgin beaches to the north . Absolutely perfect for the explorer in me. Nowadays there is at least one development beyond Potrero on Playa Dante and is pretty exclusive...

Punta Islita

Punta Islita

A sun worshiper's paradise- with golden sunshine, brilliant sunsets, and breathtaking beaches- the quaint community of Punta Islita makes for an outstanding beach vacation. In addition to its pristine natural beaches, the tucked away village of Punta Islita contains a...

Great Beach Day trips for your next Tamarindo Vacation

Great Beach Day trips for your next Tamarindo Vacation

So you have found Tamarindo Beach and its a wonderful escape especially if you were expecting a Miami Beach kind of vibe then you were surely pleasantly surprised. But if that was a pleasant surprise you are really in for a treat. Travelling in both directions from...

Playa Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo

 Let's assume that your beach adventure is beginning in Tamarindo. You will not have to go far to explore some very cool hideaways within walking distance from Tamarindo beach. From there we will work our way farther afield and get into some serious exploration and...

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Playas del Coco, Guanacaste

Playas del Coco, Guanacaste

Playa del Coco

If your dream vacation includes partying at the beach, water sports and the option to get in some fishing, you should book your flight to Costa Rica right now.This beach is easily accessible to the public, and is one of Costa Rica’s most well-known since it draws scores of local and international tourists each year.

Fly into Liberia’s Daniel Oduber International Airport and you’ll be just a short drive away from the beach of your dreams, Playas del Coco.

This beach isn’t for the traveler that is looking for serenity and peace, this beach is for the traveler that is looking to mix and mingle.

As the largest village in the province of Guanacaste, Playas del Coco offers an abundance of accommodations and services for visitors.

Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero

Big main beach and a few hidden beach gems like Playa Penca and Playa Prieta and playa pan Azucar(Sugar Beach)

Playa Potrero was the first town I lived in and at the time was a dead end leading to untouched virgin beaches to the north . Absolutely perfect for the explorer in me. Nowadays there is at least one development beyond Potrero on Playa Dante and is pretty exclusive but beyond yet remain a few uninhabited beaches ready for the intrepid explorer. I once did a 10 mile hike past Potrero with my dog Seikan and marvelled at the untamed jungle and spotted Capuchin or White Faced Monkeys on that trip for the first time. The memories that stick were all the opened oyster shells on these virgin deserted beaches and my mind turning to where must be the buried treasure as it had an ancient untouched vibe going on. Potrero is a lot of fun and boasts a couple of very cool spots that make it worth the trip.Ticos and Gringos live side by side as some of the small developments remained affordable but that is beginning to change after the 15 year bureaucratic struggle over the Flamingo Marina has finally resulted in broken ground and some very tasteful high end development

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Punta Islita

Punta Islita

Punta Islita

A sun worshiper’s paradise- with golden sunshine, brilliant sunsets, and breathtaking beaches- the quaint community of Punta Islita makes for an outstanding beach vacation. In addition to its pristine natural beaches, the tucked away village of Punta Islita contains a “bustling artistic community” and a lovely local arts museum.