Playa Conchal Costa RicaPlaya Conchal Costa Rica is located on the country's Nicoya Peninsula, just south of Playa Flamingo and 30 minutes or so north of Tamarindo. The word concha in Spanish means shell, and Playa Conchal is named for the millions of tiny shell fragments that make up its white sand.
The beach itself is one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica, not just due to the unique sand, but also for the clear, aquamarine waters that lap the shore here - making for excellent snorkeling. The most popular snorkeling spot is at the north end of Playa Conchal around a lava rock reef formation. Locals rent equipment on the beach.
Playa Conchal Costa Rica is not really a town unto itself, and the only building on the beach is the lavish Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort. However, you don't have to stay here to enjoy the beach, as all beaches in Costa Rica are public property. Just one kilometer to the north is the ramshackle little town of Brasilito with more budget-oriented options.
Activities in Playa Conchal Costa RicaIn Brasilito there are a couple of tour companies, such as Costa Rica Temptations (506/2654-4585) and Santana Tours (506/2654-4359). They can set you up on activities like horseback rides, fishing excursions, ATV tours, scuba diving trips and they even offer scooter rentals. For surfing talk to the people at Qcho's Shop (506/2654-5704).
On Playa Conchal there are water sport concessions with rentals for beach goers. You can also buy day passes (8am-5pm) or night passes (6pm-1am) to use the Paradisus Resort facilities as a non-guest - they have a killer pool.
If you'd like to play eighteen holes, and you're a guest at the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort, you will have access to one of the best golf courses in Costa Rica. The Garra de Leon course is a Robert Trent Jones II design that is as beautiful as it is challenging.
Getting to Playa Conchal Costa RicaBuses from San Jose to Playa Flamingo will stop in Brasilito, and they leave regularly - Brasilito is just under 1km or 1/2mi north of the entrance to Parasisus Playa Conchal Resort. From Playa Flamingo to Conchal there is a bus three times a day at 7:30am, 11:30am, and 2:30pm. Taxis from Flamingo to Conchal cost about $6.
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