If exotic marine life, pristine white sand beaches and award-winning Blue Flag waters are on your vacation checklist, Playa Flamingo is the obvious choice. Located in the luxurious province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Flamingo Beach is rich in natural beauty and enveloped by spectacularly unkempt mangrove estuaries. With so much to offer, Playa Flamingo can easily be nicknamed ‘the paved road to paradise.’
There is no question that Playa Flamingo is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Situated along the country’s Gold Coast, Playa Flamingo is located in Punta Salinas, northwest of Bahia Brasilito, 75 km southwest of Liberia.
What makes Playa Flamingo such a national treasure is that it is celebrated for being one of the best deep sea fishing destinations in the world. In fact, Flamingo Beach is highly recognized as the only full-service marina between Acapulco, Mexico and Panama on the Pacific coast of Central America. As a result of Playa Flamingo’s worldwide acclaim, every July, this beautiful beach plays host to the International Sailfish Tournament sponsored by the Costa Rican Amateur Fishermen’s Club.
Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste Costa Rica: A MUST SEE!
All year long, marlin, roosterfish, barracuda, yellow fin tuna, mahi mahi, grouper, candle fish, swordfish and snapper are only a few of the deepwater species that can be found along the coast, making this beach an incredibly popular Costa Rica fishing destination. Beyond the pleasures offered with its deep sea fishing, Playa Flamingo offers a variety of water sports. Scuba diving is available here all year round, allowing tourists to enjoy swimming with white-fin sharks and an assortment of other stunning tropical fish and marine life.
Nearby, you can experience the adventures of animal life at the National Parks and the tranquil indulgence of the Palo Verde natural reserve. Las Baulas National Marine Park has 450 acres of mangrove swamps and coastline which serves as the home to crocodiles, raccoons, pacas, capuchin and howler monkeys and over 170 species of birds. The park is also world renowned for its dedication to preserving the colonies of endangered leatherback turtles.
If your looking to get your adrenaline pumping, you can zip through the jungle on an adventurous canopy tour. The thrill of soaring between platforms while securely harnessed to a zip-line makes for a truly unique bird’s-eye view of the rain forest. For the golfing enthusiast, Playa Flamingo boasts a nearby 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The beach also has ATV, horseback riding, hiking, nature and educational activities.
Beyond marine life, Flamingo beach is home to some of the most beautiful hotels, condos and private residences on the Gold Coast. From beachside bungalows to posh resorts, accommodations are available to suit all budgets and tastes. They also have an array of shops and restaurants that await every tourist. For those in search of nightlife, Playa Flamingo has a handful of lively bars and casinos for all to enjoy.
So, whether you’re visiting Costa Rica for extreme sports, extreme fun or extreme relaxation, Playa Flamingo is easily regarded as the best of both worlds.