Playa Flamingo

This mile-long, crescent-shaped beach, also known as Playa Blanca (White Beach), is as beautiful as any of the famed beaches in Costa Rica. Among the first of Costa Rica's beaches to receive international attention, Flamingo Beach has evolved into one of the country's most lavish areas.

Playa Flamingo 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.

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Panache Catamaran Sailing, Costa Rica
Panache Catamaran SailingPlaya Flamingo

Head off for a day of sailing, snorkeling, and swimming on this tour. You’ll sail up the coast from Playa Flamingo and explore some of the Nicoya Peninsula’s most beautiful coastal areas.

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Area Guide

With its gleaming white sand, Flamingo Beach is the perfect setting for a vacation getaway. It hosts some of the most beautiful Hotels and condominiums that Costa Rica has to offer. Many gorgeous Villas dot the Playa Flamingo Beachfront, where wealthy foreigners and Ticos continue development at an astonishing rate.

Unlike many beach communities, Flamingo Beach has no village center. The community that extends east is home to exclusive beachfront Resorts and coveted private property. Thus, life beyond the beach and water sport activities is limited to a few excellent restaurants, and visitors seeking nightlife should head to the nearby town of Brasilito, or beyond. However, there are some family-friendly activities that will take you out to sea or nearby national park tours.

Nature and wildlife

As is the case with all Beaches in the Papagayo region, Flamingo Beach is rich in natural beauty. Mangroves are abundant in the area, and Salinas Point offers a stunning view of both the Potrero and Brasilito Bays. Not far south of Flamingo Beach is the Marino Las Baulas National Park (Parque Nacional Marino las Baulas). Established in 1990, this refuge encompasses roughly 450 hectares of coastline and mangrove swamp, and it is one of the world's most significant nesting sites for the endangered Leatherback Turtle. These giant, majestic creatures come ashore to nest between November and April. There is an informative turtle museum on site and night-tours are offered during nesting season. The park is also a great place to spot marine birds, including the White Ibis, the Blue-winged Teal, and the Muscovy Duck. Additionally it is home to monkeys, Coatis, and even crocodiles.

How to get here

Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport offers seamless travel to the region, and Flamingo Beach can be access by way of a paved road. Alternatively, the smaller airport in Tamarindo receives domestic flights from around the country, and from this airport visitors are a short taxi or bus ride away from Flamingo Beach. From the capital of San Jose, however, the bus or car ride is about six hours along the Inter-American Highway.

Feedback From Travelers

It was absolutely beautiful

- DELIA O, JUL 2019

Bismark and Jose were the best and the experience was fabulous! Water a bit cloudy for snorkeling, but great even so. Had the beach to ourselves and had a great time!

- JOHN M, JUL 2019

Great beach - nice bay with white sand. Not crowded. Big waves which were fun for most of the family!

- PETER L, JUN 2019