EDGE Travel | Guanacaste
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We love Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste’s stunningly beautifully beaches stretch along more than 125 miles of tropical Pacific coastline. Warm, sunny skies bathe its crystalline turquoise waters and pristine beaches, giving way to unforgettable sunsets each night. Playa Conchal (Shell Beach because its “sand” is composed of crushed shell) stands out as a jewel among jewels in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica. From birder’s paradise to snorkeler’s dream, with nearby national parks and nature reserves, idyllic and picturesque Playa Conchal defines “vacation Costa Rica,” making Pura Vida a reality.

Nearby Playa Brasilito (a short walk up the beach from Playa Conchal) offers the quieter attractions of sunbathing and beachcombing a few moments’ walk from the tiny hamlet of Brasilito, while Playa Flamingo’s (about 10 minutes drive) mile-long white sand beach stands in lonely splendor, with only a few hotels close by. Further south, Marino Las Baulas sits on Playa Grande, one of the most important leatherback turtle nesting sites in the world.

North of Playa Flamingo lays Las Catalinas, a new, purpose-built beach town that caters to sustainable living. Its public and private spaces frame and intermingle with Costa Rica’s abundant and beautiful outdoors. Set on more than 1,000 acres, Las Catalinas sits between spectacular tropical hills and valleys and the shimmering Pacific.