Guanacaste Beach GuideBelow are short descriptions of each of the 40 beach towns covered in this directory
These blurbs are in order starting at Tamarindo and heading north to el Jobo then start again heading south from Tamarindo to Playa Bongo on the border with Puntarenas Province. To get the best details on Guanacaste beaches Take the full Guanacaste Beach Tour
Heading North from Tamarindo
Playa Tamarindo is the most popular beach town in Costa Rica and an ex pat hub for sure and the perfect starting point for exploration of Guanacaste. In fact 90% of all tourists disembarking in Liberia have Tamarindo on their immediate itinerary
Playa Grande beach is adjacent to Tamarindo beach and accessible across an estuary featuring Crocodiles and an amazing abundance of wildlife. Grande is a sleepy surf town with miles long of fine, pale sand; It is important to note that the entire beach coast is protected and belongs to Las Baulas National Park, meaning you must take care with the soft upper part of the beach as it may contain delicate turtle eggs waiting to hatch.
Playa Conchal is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and is unique in that it is made up of tiny crushed shells. Backing the beach is the sprawling world famous Reserva Conchal beach and Golf Resort
Brasilito is the quintessential Tico fishing village with lots of cool holes in the wall, broad beautiful beaches and a thriving local population. Beautiful Playa Conchal is a short walk south.
Playa Flamingo is the ideal vacation getaway! For decades it has been one of Costa Rica’s favorite vacation destinations by both foreigners and Costa Ricans (Ticos). With the expected completion of a long awaited deep water marina this year Flamingo is poised to become an important jewel in the Guanacaste crown
Playa Matapalo is a very remote beach surrounded by the most incredible wildlife and virgin rainforest and for many years was difficult to get to. Also home to the Riu resort resort Hotel and has many eco-tourism possibilities
most pristineOcotal’s chill atmosphere, local vibe and fun waves make it a nice beach to escape the busy crowds or use as a homebase. It has great snorkeling, beachfront hotels and restaurants and is a great launch point if you want to do scuba diving or fishing. Additionally, Playa Ocotal has the “Blue Flag” meaning it is recognized as one of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica!
Playa del Coco is the definite Latin hub of Guanacaste and Western conventions are largely tossed away and this town gets it going at night and is a lot of fun. If you want to [arty with the Costa Ricans then Coco is your cup of Tea
Papagayo is very close to the Guanacaste airport in Liberia and has become a very upscale destination for tourists and ex pats alike. Featuring a 4 Seasons Hotel and several incredible Wellness offerings the peninsula is dotted with many beautiful secluded beaches and is a great jumping off point for eco tourism
The quiet fishing village of El Jobo is well-known to locals for its gorgeous beaches. It is one of the most secluded beach destinations in Costa Rica. The Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by the picturesque Pacific Ocean which is lined with scenic rock outcroppings separated by beautiful tropical beaches. To the north, there is the wind-blown Bahia Salinas. The protected Bahia Jobo is to the west and the Golfo de Santa Elena is to the south.
Heading South from Tamarindo the beaches turn a little more wild and remote with each town having a distinct flavor and personality
Looking for a more remote feel? You won’t have to look far as just south of bustling Tamarindo is Playa Avellanas. Here, the road turns to dirt and the jungle becomes undeveloped and pristine.Great waves, a chill vibe and of couse Lola’s beachfront restaurant make the trip worthwhile
Abounding in tropical beauty, Playa Junquillal Costa Rica is a picturesque little beach town and an ideal base for your vacation. Serene beaches with tide pools and lush tropical vegetation form the backdrop for relaxation and adventure. Playa Junquillal is just west ofSanta Cruz and south of Tamarindo with warm and friendly locals who are proud of their town’s Ecological Blue Flag status.
So if you’re a beach lover who isn’t quite into beach bumming with large crowds and want to experience a Costa Rica less populated, here is one beach you have to put on your list, Playa San Juanillo. It’s one of our favorite local beaches!
A visit to Ostional will be unlike any other location in the entire country. This small village provides a glimpse into the natural side of this country, and shows what life was like centuries ago. While many come to Costa Rica to see the fine dining and expensive hotels, if you are looking for something a little purer, you cannot afford to miss the small town of Ostional in Guanacaste.
Defined by its worries-by-the-wayside attitude and shorelines untainted by commercialism, Nosara is a small town famous for its yoga and surf. Many people know it as “No shoes, no shirt, Nosara,” which aptly sums things up. Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the traditional village of Nosara sits six kilometers inland, although the 6 kilometers of white sand beaches are the biggest draw.
Guanacaste’s often overlooked gem . If you are seeking a more authentic visit to Costa Rica, there is Samara. While Samara has its share of amenities, it still has a local vibe and small beach-town feel.
A photographer’s dream, Playa Bejuco is a secret waiting to be discovered along Costa Rica’s coast. With stunning vistas and a view of nature found nowhere else and an extensive catalog of local wildlife you can capture on film, this beachside town is just waiting to become your next vacation destination. Take in the sights with gorgeous sunrises and sunsets over pristine, untouched beaches, and enjoy nature as it was meant to be seen.
Quiet and tranquil, Playa Coyote is considered by many to be one of the best remote beaches in Costa Rica. The perfect place to have a long relaxing holiday away from the hubbub of the city, this picturesque beach offers tourists amazing sunsets and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Divided by the Rio Jabillo and a mangrove estuary.
Playa Manzanillo is a quiet beach with very warm water, black sand, beautiful seashells, and great views of Playa Iguanitas, Panama, Hermosa, and Penca, which are on the other side of the Papagayo Gulf.
Playa Bongo and surrounding beaches are all geographically unique and form the outwash of the Bongo River Basin affording some of the most incredible landscapes where thousands of years of mountain run off meets the Pacific Ocean.