Beaches of Guanacaste
The Beach Areas of Northwest Guanacaste
Many people come to Guanacaste because of our beautiful beaches, access to services and the newly remodeled Liberia International Airport located under an hour from most of the beach areas. Our area has two private hospitals under construction, access to 24-hour medical clinics, grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, entertainment and more. For outdoor lovers, you won’t find a better place to enjoy nature! With over 300 days of sunshine per year and temperatures which stay consistently warm and the least amount of rainfall and humidity, it’s no wonder that more and more people want to invest in the Guanacaste region.
Playa Conchal: Famous white sand beach located in the northwest portion of Costa Rica. Located only 45 minutes from Liberia Airport and directly south of Flamingo Beach, Conchal beach has access via Brasilito Beach and Puerto Viejo beach on the south end. Conchal is bordered by the 2300 acre Beach and Golf Resort community known as Reserva Conchal. The beach is famously known for its millions of crushed shells, beautiful white sand and great snorkeling in the calm sea. To the north of Conchal is the town of Brasilito–an authentic “Tico” town with some great dining options. Brasilito beach is a nice calm beach also good for swimming. The Country Day School, an American School that educates students from Pre-K to 12th grade, is located in Brasilito.
Playa Real/ Pirate’s Bay: To the south of Conchal is a beautiful lesser known and more isolated beach called Playa Real or Pirate’s Bay. Pirate’s Bay has legends of buried treasure located in the small island in front of the beach itself, but to date, nothing has been found. What you can find here is a beautiful beach, perfect for snorkeling and an occasional surf break which attracts surfers! Pirate’s Bay is located about 7 km from the nearest town of Matapalo and only a 5 minute drive from the south end of Playa Conchal. There are a few small developments in the area for those who are looking to be off the beaten path away from all the tourists, but amongst some of the best beaches in the province.
Flamingo Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in all of Costa Rica. The topography of Flamingo lends to some of the most magestic ocean views around. The beach itself is perfect for swimming and the Catalina Islands off the coast, are regarded as a great spot for diving and deep sea fishing. Some plans to develop a new marina are under way in Potrero Bay. The area is largely residential with just a handful of hotels and condos. This is one of our most popular areas for vacationers and investors alike. You’ll see many beautiful luxury homes found beachfront and in the hills above the bay. BothLinda Carter and Liz Taylor once owned homes here! In the town of Flamingo there are a good handful of options for dining as well as a mini-mart, pharmacy and some nightlife. The La Paz Community School, an International bilingual school educating students from Pre-K to 12th grade is located in Flamingo Beach.
Potrero Beach is less populated than its neighbor to the south, Flamingo Beach. Potrero is more of a residential area and has some services in walking distance such as a mini-mart, pharmacy, and some boutique hotels such as Bahia del Sol. The Surfside development consists of single family homes, some condos and lots. Many people call the Surfside area home year-round. Potrero beach is a dark sand beach and its calm waters make it ideal for swimming.
Playa Prieta/Playa Penca: Lesser traveled beaches, beautiful white sand and located just north of Playa Potrero. These are more isolated, lesser-known beaches that are great for swimming and snorkeling.
Playa Pan de Azucar (Sugar Beach): Isolated beach just north of Potrero. Bordered by the Sugar Beach Hotel (a well known boutique hotel). Great beach ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Tamarindo Beach is the most developed beach town in our area of northwest Guanacaste as well as the most requested vacation destination and top area for investors. There are many beautiful homes and condos in Tamarindo to meet every budget need. The town itself caters to every type of tourist with hostels to five star hotels and luxury rental homes and condos. with over 40 restaurants, shops and nightlife, there is plenty to keep you busy. What draws most people to Tamarindo is the consistent surf and the long beautiful light-sand beach. Some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world happen in Tamarindo!
Playa Negra is one of Costa Rica’s most sought after surf spots. Located just 20 minutes south of Playa Tamarindo, this area is famous in the surfing world, having been featured in the Surf cult move “Endless Summer”. Playa Negra is a small town with a handful of boutique hotels, surfer cabinas and single family homes. Playa Negra has a dark sand beach, rocky in some areas, and ideal for surfing.
Playa Avellanas, located just south of Tamarindo and north of Playa Negra, is a beautiful light sand beach. The area has no village and no shops, but is a famous spot for surfing and consistent waves all year long. The focal point of Avellanas, is Lola’s Bar. Lola’s bar is one of the nicest beach lounges in Costa Rica. It offers stylish and comfortable beach furniture with a front row view to the surf, and their pizza is famous. The bar was named after the capricious diva of Avellanas: Lola, the mischivious, big pig who used to bathe in the surf of Avellanas.