Playa Danta

Playa Danta is a black-sand beach on the Guanacaste coast, located about 45 minutes north of Tamarindo and 15 minutes north of Playa Flamingo. It’s on the Catalinas Bay, which has calm water that makes it an excellent spot for swimming and Stand-Up Paddleboarding.

Playa Danta Best Things to Do

Snorkeling, Paddleboarding, BBQ Beach Day, Costa Rica
Snorkeling, Paddleboarding, BBQ Beach DayPlaya Flamingo

This tour starts with a kayak ride to a beach near Playa Flamingo. While you're there, you can snorkel, paddleboard, and eat a barbecue picnic.

1 km away
Beach Trip
Turtle Nesting Night Tour, Costa Rica
Turtle Nesting Night TourPlaya Grande Guanacaste

On this tour you will go for a nighttime walk on the beaches of Marino Las Baulas National Park to look for green turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. Instead of the park’s heavily trafficked Playa Grande, you will head for the lesser-known Minas or Jesus Nombre beaches.

6 km away
Marine Wildlife
Night Tour
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Area Guide

Just next to the beach you’ll find the town of Las Catalinas. This is a recent development, and the town has lots of pleasant pedestrian walkways. Cars are not allowed anywhere except the main road. As you walk through the town, you’ll see European architecture, fountains, and charming cafés. There are also spots where you can rent bikes, kayaks, and SUP boards.

If Playa Danta feels crowded, go a tiny bit off-the-beaten-path to find Playa Dantita — a smaller beach about a 10-minute hike north of Playa Danta. Both Playa Danta and Playa Dantita have lovely, blue-green water, but you’re more likely to have Playa Dantita all to yourself.

Feedback From Travelers

The resorts were beautiful . The experience was delightful!

- CARLOS M, JUN 2019

We had a wonderful time in Playa Danta. The area was beautiful!

- KIM S, MAY 2018