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Few beach experiences can compare to seeing the blazing sun set on the epic sapphire horizon of the Pacific Ocean. That's what you'll see every evening when you holiday in Playa Flamingo, one of the jewels of the Guancaste coast in Costa Rica. Quieter in comparison to some of the other more developed resort areas in the region, it's a place to kick back and soak up the rays, try your hand at water sports, and just let the salty waters wash your stresses and cares away. It's pure powdery-sand perfection.

Things to see

The stand-out sight in Playa Flamingo is the glowing white crescent of the sandy beach, lapped gently by the rich blue waters. It's quite simply one of the most ravishing sights in Costa Rica, and that ocean hides a world of multi-colored wonders. You can see for yourself when you go scuba diving, and find yourself amid parrot fish, spotted eagle rays, and even whale sharks. It will be tropical experience to savor. There's more wildlife to be spotted a little further south, if you can bear to tear yourself away from the Playa Flamingo beach. Down in Las Baulas National Marine Park, you can catch glimpses of leatherback sea turtles, which often come to the shore to lay eggs. The park's own beach is also well worth basking on, while the forests should be explored while keeping your eyes peeled for jewel-hued birds. More ambitious visitors can also have a go at some deep sea fishing, with swordfish and snapper teeming in the waters of Playa Flamingo.

Hotels in Playa Flamingo

The resort hotels in Playa Flamingo offer everything you'd expect from accommodation in this part of Costa Rica. You can expect beach views from balconies – where better to breakfast at the start of every blissful day? – shimmering outdoor swimming pools, sunbeds to lounge on while indulging in vibrant, refreshing cocktails, and spa tubs to relax in after a hard day's sunbathing. Tennis courts and saunas are also available, while you can also make use of WiFi access if you absolutely have to go online while in this slice of paradise.

Where to stay

There are a few sprawling resort complexes by the sea, but you don't have to limit yourself to hotels in Playa Flamingo. You can still visit the beaches here and take in the spectacular views even if you opt to stay in accommodation a little further south, around the town of Brasilito. This lively enclave is a hit with many who throng here every summer. You can also find a good selection of hotels northwards, in the Potrero Bay area of Costa Rica's Gold Coast.

How to get to Playa Flamingo

Many holidaymakers will begin their Playa Flamingo holiday at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, which is the closest gateway for overseas visitors to the Pacific coastline. It's worth knowing that bus services here are reliable and frequent, making it a doddle not only to get to your hotel, but also to go exploring from resort to resort, and to go further inland if your curiosity takes you there.

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