Top 5 Beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

The province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica has been given the nickname of the “golden coast” as a symbol of the enchanting and spectacular beaches you can find. Many of these beaches have the reputation of being Caribbean like without the overload of tourists. Pristine sceneries, luscious jungles and dazzling landscapes are the reason why visitors from all over the world come and visit the golden province in Costa Rica.

Here is a list of five beautiful beaches in Guanacaste Costa Rica.

Playa Conchal


What makes Playa Conchal such a special beach is the characteristics. Instead of sand, the shore is comprised of millions of pieces of small shells. You can only reach this beach through two ways – crossing Playa Brasilito next door or staying at the Westin, a resort hidden in the jungle behind the beach. The waters are incredibly clear with a turquoise tint and it is one of the most cherished beaches in Guanacaste.

Playa Flamingo


Playa Flamingo is also known as Playa Banca, with pillow soft white sand and clear waters. Flamingo beach is one of the most well known and is one of the first beaches in Costa Rica to be recognized for its beauty and splendor. This crescent shaped beach is one of the most visited and popular due to its international recognition for the organic landscapes, wildlife and Caribbean type beach.

Playa Hermosa


This is a different Playa Hermosa than the one in Puntarenas and this one is not for surfing. Instead, it has dark sand with clear blue waters that set the perfect scenery for a full view of the sunset and a quiet environment to enjoy a beach day with family or friends. During rainy season, the lush green jungle on the cliffs surrounding the beach makes for the most photogenic landscapes around.

Playa Huevo


Not as well known as the other beaches mentioned, Playa Huevo is mainly reachable just by boat. There is no town, no buildings, just pure beach. You can take a boat in the Gulf of Papagayo to take you there or walk through a path in the jungle on the way to Playa Hermosa. This beach has stunning cliff views, an ancient cave to explore and brilliant green blue waters.

Playa Tamarindo


Playa Tamarindo is known for a great beginner’s surfing beach but also for the amazing views and sunsets. It is a long beach, with darker sand but bright blue waters surrounded by green hills, mangroves and estuaries. Waves are soft enough for those who want to swim but have clear breaks for those who want to try to ride a board. The sunsets at Tamarindo are breathtaking as you get the clearest view of the sun going down for the day.

These are just a small sampling of beautiful beaches in Guanacaste. As you explore more of the province, you’ll find several beaches that are hidden, secrets and even unknown to the locals! There is no limit to choices of which beach to enjoy and beach hopping is one of the favorite activities of visitors and residents here.

About the Authors

We are Samantha and Yeison, a couple living at the beach in Costa Rica and the authors behind the travel blog Mytanfeet. We are exploring Costa Rica slowly and surely and want to share our adventures with you! You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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