Westin Playa Conchal
Collected by Karen Gardiner , AFAR Local Expert
500 m SO de la Escuela de Playa Grande, 933 Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Santa Cruz, 50308, Costa Rica
Marino Las Baulas National Park is a protected area compising Playa Grande, Ventana and Langosta. Together they are the stage for one of the most magical occurrences in the animal kingdom: the nesting of the gigantic baula (leatherback turtle),...
Monkey Park, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
More than just monkeys, this well-kept park houses an ocelot, alligator, toucan, various exotic birds and spider monkeys. We must’ve been the only tourists in Costa Rica NOT to see monkeys in the wild, so it’s a good thing we stopped here. Your...
Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
There’s no better excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of Tamarindo for a few hours than a cold cerveza and some fresh tacos. Your destination: Taco Star in Playa Grande. Walk the 40 minutes up the deserted beach (save for a few surfers), and...
Tamarindo, Santa Cruz, Costa Rica, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Just a 10-minute drive from the most popular surf town in Costa Rica is a massive 2,000-acre eco-ranch with indigenous wildlife, creeks, mountains, and huge trees. The scenery is practically out of a Jurassic Park movie set. Black Stallion Surf...
Corona Street,, 100 meters behind Hotel Pasatiempo,, Provincia de Guanacaste, Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica
On Wednesday evenings, visit Dragonfly Bar & Grill, located just off the main drag about 100 meters northeast of the Hotel Pasatiempo on Corona Street (I know, an actual address would help, but this is Tamarindo). At the Dragonfly, you’ll find...
Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
North of Santa Teresa, in Playa Hermosa, you’ll find sushi master Koji Hyodo carving yellowfin tuna, red snapper, and sea bass at his tinkling, tin-roofed restaurant, Koji’s. His signature Koji Roll wraps spicy tuna around fresh shrimp paste and...
155, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Ask anyone in Tamarindo where to eat lunch, and the first recommendation will be Nogui's. There's a reason for that. A smattering of beach chairs, tables, and benches right on the beach make up Nogui's dining area. There's also an indoor bar and...
Brasilito Beach, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Sprawling Brasilito Beach is nestled in a quiet town that is considerably less developed than its neighbors, and that’s the charm. For a low-key destination with a more local feel, stay in Brasilito and spend your days lounging on the beach or...