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Bahia Salinas

This is the northernmost beach in Costa Rica. It's surrounded by the National Parks of Santa Rosa to the South and Guanacaste to the East. This is a place to visit if you want to get away from it all as it is remote and tranquil. Excellent for windsurfing and.

kiteboarding as the wind blows strong all year and particularly between December to March. Also for visits to Bolaños Island which is a Natural Refuge where there are several bird colonies. Not the place to go if you're looking for an active nightlife, but there's lots to do activity-wise. Probably suitable for families with young children, couples, windsurfing, kiteboarding or fishing enthusiasts.

Transportation options from Liberia Airport to Bahia Salinas

Transportation from San José Airport to Bahia Salinas

Coco Beach

A small Costa Rican fishing village, now developed for tourism, is somewhat similar to Samara in terms of size. The beach is considered to be not as pretty as some others on this coastline, but it makes up for it in the lively bar scene and has close proximity to several other beaches. Many visitors who are staying at Playas Ocotal, Hermosa or Panama come here for the day to shop or at night for a drink or three. Also a short hop from Liberia airport, just 45 minutes, and is served hourly by buses from Liberia.

Transportation options from Liberia Airport to Coco

Transportation from San José Airport to Coco

Samara - Carrillo

Playa Samara is one of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica in our opinion. The beach town of Samara is more relaxed than Tamarindo and at the moment less developed although this may change. But still has a lively restaurant and bar scene. There is a much more local feel to Samara with a good mix of Costa Rican and foreign visitors. It's a good size - not too big, not too small and plenty to do. Something for everyone here.

Playa Carillo is just a couple of kms along the coast road from Samara. The beach is much quieter and all the hotels are at the south end, up a hill from the beach. There is not really a centre like in Samara. The beach itself, has no development on it, a line of palm trees separates the beach from the road. It is a bit of a shame that the road is so close to the beach as it can be rather offputting to be ogled by cars whizzing by while sunbathing! However, the beach itself is small, very pretty and you can often find yourself with the beach pretty much to yourself. A bit quiet for some but a welcome oasis of calm for others and with Samara so close by you can get the best of both worlds.

Transportation options from Liberia Airport to Samara - Carrillo

Transportation from San José Airport to Samara - Carrillo