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Surf, Sport fishing, zip lining-Playas Flamingo and Brasilito—Costa Rica

Surf, sunset sailing, sport fishing, beach hopping, zip lining, horseback riding, estuary boat rides and so much more are offered on the west coast (Province of Guanacaste). Playas Flamingo and Brasilito are two of my favorite beaches. They are the more popular tourist haunts and are pretty, safe and clean however, meals are as expensive as eating back in the US. The views are stunning especially if you catch a sunset!

View of sunset on Playa Flamingo

View of sunset on Playa Flamingo

The above picture is in Flamingo, there is a local woman selling wares (just below the sunset).  The picture below is her.  She was kind enough to pose for us. To see more pictures, click here.

Local woman selling necklaces on Flamingo beach

Local woman selling necklaces on Flamingo beach

The Main Street is charming.  All the glamour of a little town with stores selling trinkets, charms and souvenirs.  Some are quite fascinating and original.  It is a nice feeling to stroll down this street and find peace in your soul!

A boundary wall covered in creeper plant

Flamingo street picture

We found this beautiful boundary-wall, covered in creepers on the Main Street. To see more pictures, click here.

Here the beaches are awesome and you can rent dirt bikes for an exciting ride through sandy gullies and on the beach. You could also go deep sea fishing or scuba dive with an assortment of tropical fish, marine life and YES, white fin sharks!!!

Picture of Brasilito beach

Brasilito beach

This is a picture of part of Brasilito beach right across from “Tikis Seaside Grille”. To see more pictures, click here.

To get here, you fly into Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), Liberia (we drove from San José).  There are many car rental companies just outside the airport area and they will even have a valet awaiting your arrival for free if booked in advance. The drive to any of the above beach locations is approximately 78-85 kms typically taking 1¾ hours. The roads are pretty good and the driving is like anywhere else in the world. We felt pretty safe driving around here. There are also public bus services.

You should also consider visiting La Fortuna, Arenal-Sky Adventures, Limon and Playa Negra.


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  • Don’t listen to common opinion, Costa Rica is not safe. Always be alert and in tune with your surroundings.
  • If you are driving and park in a parking lot, some person will come up to you and ask for money to keep your car safe and he will tell you, it isn’t safe if you don’t pay.
  • Try to park in strip malls, or large shopping centers, relatively safe.
  • Do not leave anything of value visible in the car.

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