Playa Ocotal is one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. It is a small, pristine beach that is somewhat secluded. The beach does not border a large population center and, as a result, gets fewer visitors than other Guanacaste beaches. The hills above Playa Ocotal are dotted with some of Costa Rica’s most expensive vacation homes. Playa Ocotal’s protected shoreline provides beach goers a safe place to swim, snorkel and relax. The beach has no dangerous rip tides, nor the large waves that some Costa Rican beaches are famous for. Playa Ocotal is not a good beach for surfing…but is an excellent swimming beach for families with children. The rock formations directly below Los Almendros offer some of Guanacaste’s best snorkeling. Snorkeling equipment can be rented on site from Rocket Frog Divers.
Look for the Blue Flag:
Playa Ocotal proudly flies the Blue Flag awarded by the Costa Rican government to the country’s cleanest and most eco-friendly beaches. Los Almendros is committed to keeping the beach in pristine condition. Its staff patrols the beach daily for litter and ocean debris.
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One of the most dramatic beaches in the country, this serene crescent of black sand beach ringed by rocky cliffs contrasts nicely with the sparkling, clean turquoise water. It’s only ½ km (⅓ mile) long, but the views stretch for miles and include nearby offshore islands and the jagged profile of the Santa Elena Peninsula 34 km (21 mi) away. This is prime fishing, diving, and relaxing territory. Right at the entrance to the Gulf of Papagayo, it’s a good place for sport fishing enthusiasts to hole up between excursions. There’s good diving at Las Corridas, just 1 km (½ mile) away, and excellent snorkeling in nearby coves and islands, as well as right off the beach around the rocks at the east end of the beach. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: snorkeling.