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Playa Junquillal

Playa Junquillal is one of the best-kept secrets in Guanacaste. Although only about 30 minutes by car from Tamarindo, it feels a world away - with nothing but a deserted stretch of sand and a handful of hotels, it is definitely not a place for party animals. Junquillal holds a blue flag, meaning it has been deemed an ‘eco-friendly’ beach by the Costa Rican government. Conservation does seem to be a priority for the locals, and the beach even has its own ‘turtle hatchery’; a place where transported nests are protected from the threat of poachers and sea erosion.

The beach is breathtaking, but the waves here can be incredibly rough and the currents are notoriously dangerous. Although it might be possible to go swimming in low tide, it’s probably not advisable. Most tour activities can be arranged from Tamarindo, and horse riding is popular and available locally.

Junquillal itself doesn’t have much to offer in the way of restaurants or socializing, although there are a few bars and cafes in Paraiso, which is the nearest town. There are a handful of mid-range hotels dotted around inland from the beach, and the lovely Iguanazul resort, which is perched on the northern end of the bay. Other than that, local amenities are really limited to two little supermarkets, hotel restaurants and a beachside bar. The population is miniscule and the nightlife here certainly isn’t rocking, but if you’re looking for time out from everything then this could be the place for you.


Other places nearby Playa Junquillal: Santa Cruz, Santa Teresa, Montezuma, Playa Carrillo, Tamarindo, Nosara, Playa Avellanas, Sámara, Carrillo and Playa Negra.

By Viva User


15 Oct 2010

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