Local beaches along the
coast and other area destinations
Finca Las Brisas has some of the most beautiful
Costa Rica real estate for sale. Located near the Pacific Ocean
in the province of Guanacaste on the Rio Frio in the hills
above Playa Samara.
Guanacaste covers most of Nicoya Peninsula
on Costa Rica's northwest coast. It has over 200 miles of
coastline with more that 70 different beaches. The following
are several of the beaches near Finca Las Brisas.
Note: all of the beaches are pretty close as the "crow
flies" but we are 5 kilometers up a windy mountain gravel road
so the actual time to the beach by driving is 20 to 30
minutes to the closest beaches. All driving estimates are
realistic and vary for the conditions of local roads. (We
have noticed that most of the hotels in the area
underestimate the driving times from the airport and local
The east end of Playa Samara
is in the photo above.
Playa Samara (20 minutes away)
"One of the safest and prettiest beaches in the country,"
"Playa Samara is the perfect long white sand beach with
shallow, gentle waters." - The Key to Costa Rica
This is a great beach for children to play in the surf, for
windsurfing, sea kayaking, horseback riding, and for first
time surfers. This is currently the closest beach to Las
Brisas until we build access to the Nosara side of the
Some people claim the
reef on this beach keeps the sharks out of the surfing area
making it the safest beach along the coast.
Clearly we offer some of the most gorgeous
sale in Costa Rica.
Playa Carrillo (25 minutes away)
This is the closest beach to Finca Las
Brisas and rumored to be the favorite beach of the Costa
Rica president. This secluded destination is set in a
small bay about 5 miles southeast of Samara. The beach ends
at Punta Del Indio (The Cape of the Indian), named that way
because when it’s seen from the opposite side of the bay the
cape resembles someone lying face up. The waters are crystal
clear, perfect for snorkeling around the coral reef or
enjoying the water, since Playa Carrillo is so great for
This beach is the perfect place to
end a Finca Las Brisas day swimming, surfing, walking or playing
Playa Garza (40 minutes away)
sportfishing beach, protected by a reef
Garza, the fishing village has some bars, small native
restaurants and coconut palm trees. When we drive from Las
Brisas to Nosara we pass right through the beautiful area.
This town resembles a small
visitors dream of developing when they first see it - until
they discover that Costa Rica has protected the beaches.
What is currently there will stay, but there
will not be new
development on the beach. Costa Rica beaches will never
develop the way
costal areas have in most of the US.
The beach has as steep slope to the surf and the
crashing in. The last time we were there we sat out at the
tables in front and waves rolled in right up to our
In the picture Benjamin is standing inches away and 10
meters out the water would be over his head and that wave
coming in is much larger than it appears. Great for boogie
Local fishing charter boats are available for
day trips or
for just a few hours.
Playa Buenavista (35 minutes away)
If you want a private place
to go Buenavista might well serve
your needs. Located 100 meters down from the Flying
Crocodile which is one of the most interesting places to
stay and close to the finca owned by Mel Gibson.
One home has a lookout tower in the trees and we are sure you
will find people on the beach during the season, but we
haven't seen any except during tourist season.
Playa Guiones (45 minutes away)
One of the longest beaches,
about 5 kilometers of light sand and rolling surf. A
favorite beach for surfers with consistent and dependable
waves. The beach, as part of the National Wildlife Refuge is
pristine with tropical vegetation and offers a private
Costa Rica national surfing championship have been held here.
Because the waves roll in gradually this is an exceptional
place to play in the surf.
Walk around the point to the pink sand beaches and fish for snook, tuna, jacks, or red snapper.
Playa Nosara (60 minutes away)
Black sand beach and a favorite place for fishermen, because
2 of Cost Rica's longest rivers empty into a lagoon behind
Playa Nosara. Explore up the river by canoe or kayak and
enjoy a unique wonderland of animals and tropical
When the tides are right this is great place to fish.
The beach is also a wonderful walking beach.
Playa Ostinal (65 minutes away)
Black sand beach and the
second largest nesting place in the world for olive ridley
turtles. Hundreds of thousands of females arrive in huge
“arribadas” during several nights and dig holes in the sand
to lay their eggs.
Playa Ostional is one of the
few places in the world where you can observe this
phenomena. The biggest arribadas normally occur from July to
Zoologists report that the
Ostional population of this endangered species is stable in
contrast to most places in the world because of the efforts
of the locals to protect the area and the eggs during
Playa San Juanillo (70 minutes away)
Playa San Juanillo is actually a series of small, mostly
protected coves. The primary cove is a classic picture of
colorful local fishing boats (pangas) protected by a rim of
rocks and reef. Here the water is more calm than most other
beaches on the entire peninsula. This makes for very
pleasant swimming and much better snorkeling than many
places on The Pacific Coast.
Walk out to the point and there are lava cliffs jutting into
the Pacific and tide pools. Round the point and more tide
pools and another beach cove.