The areas urrounding Playa Potrero has many beautiful beaches. These range from very busy beaches with restaurants and amenities, to secluded beaches that involve a little more effort to make the journey. All of these are worth a visit.
South of Potrero is the very busy and popular beach destination Playa Flamingo. Picture white sands in a small cove, flanked by lodging, restaurants, and amenities. You can rent a condominium on the rocky point, and take in all of the beauty of the mangrove trees while a beach umbrella flutters in the Pacific breeze. Playa Flamingo has a completely different look and feel than other beach towns in Costa Rica. Costa Rican beach towns tend to be directly back from the main beach or have a physical center such as a soccer field or town square. Unusually, Flamingo has no distinct town center. The land directly behind the beach at Playa Flamingo is conservation land that is exempted by the Costa Rican government from development because of a protected mangrove forest. The result is that the rocky, hilly areas at each end of this beach are built up with amenities and lodging, while the center remains an unspoiled pristine beach that must be seen to be believed.
Playa Danta and Playa Dantita
On the road to Las Catalinas, north of Potrero, are two more beautiful must see beaches-Playa Danta, and Playa Dantita. These beaches are well worth the extra effort to get there.
Playa Danta is a beach in a serene cove with light grey sand that bisects the water and the large development at Las Catalinas. Although the development itself is limited access private property, the laws in Costa Rica require that all beaches be available for use by the public. This beach is a hugely popular destination with locals, particularly on the weekends. Playa Danta is a popular destination for snorkeling and paddle boarding, and the offshore islands make this a unique place to spend the day and view a spectacular sunset.
On the other side of the point occupied by Playa Danta is the much more remote Playa Dantita. The only way to get here is to hike-either by walking along the rocks at low tide, or taking a path through the forest. This beach offers stunning clear turquoise waters, white sands, against a backdrop of gorgeous tropical shrubbery. This is a great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy a peaceful experience. Be sure to explore the tidepools on the northern end of the beach-you are likely to find lots of sea creatures.
Whateveryou choose, the beaches of Guanacaste Province are a must visit. If you plan a trip to Guanacaste, and are passing through Playa Potrero, we’d be honored to serve you a meal, or offer accomodations at The Whiskey Howler. We advise that you plan well in advance, as we are continually booked during the busy dry season.