Playa Flamingo was one of the beautiful of the beaches we encountered while in Guanacaste. It is accessed from the paved road leading to Brasilito, then a side road, through a town, that eventually turns to dirt. You can park on the side of this road. The beach is across from a large, very fancy hotel. There are guards at the entrance to this hotel to prevent unauthorized entry. You can patronize the restaurant, but you cannot go to the pool, use the bathrooms (without buying something) or even go to the bar. There are no other services (as in bathrooms) or businesses near the beach. Everything is up a large hill back in the small town.
From Liberia, take Highway 1 south, through Filadelfia, to Belen. Turn right at Highway 155, toward Brasilito. You will have to take a left in the small town of Santa Ana. Turn right on the road marked for Brasilito. Continue through Brasilito and the road will make a sharp left turn to put you in front of a bay with many boats. If you don't like large waves, this is a good spot to swim. The road will go through a small, tourist-oriented village, then descend down a sharp hill before turning to dirt and making another abrupt left turn. This is Playa Flamingo.
200 mtrs sur Escuela, Brasilito, 5159, Costa Rica
Good for: Business
The Restaurante el Camaron Dorado is located right on the beach of Playa Conchal in Brasilito (north of Playa Grande and Playa Tamarindo). Some tables are within meters of the breaking surf. Before the meal begins, a floral water rinse is brought to the table to freshen up your hands for the fantastic meal to follow. Flowers are also brought for the girls' hair. There must have been six different waiters, including the owner, waiting on us during the meal.
The food is delicious, with many interesting and unique seafood specials to choose from. The bartender mixes a variey of tasty frozen drinks, some that I had never seen before. Don't eat too much--you don't want to miss dessert. To work up the room, kick off your shoes and take a stroll along the ocean for a few minutes. I tried the Flan and the Banana Flambe. Usually a huge flan fan, here I preferred the flambe.
Near the end of the meal, the sun started to descend over the point to the southwest of the restaurant for one of the most beautiful sunsets that I've ever seen.
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Favorite Dish: The Red Snapper and the Banana Flambe
The "seashell beach" was mentioned by several resources I encountered. The access was stated to be from Brasilito on a small road. This road begins as a rutted, dirt road, but soon becomes just the sand itself. There is a resort perched just to the west of Brasilito, so access to the beach has been made difficult. If you want to reach it, you'll need a 4x4.
At Playa Flamingo, there is no need to take a snorkeling trip to do some great snorkeling. Playa Flamingo is just south of a "finger" of a rocky point that separates it from Playa Potrero, where there are more larger resorts. Rent snorkeling gear at the scuba shop nearby, north up the road along the beach. Take it to the north end of the beach, where it starts to get rocky (see picture below). If you're a comfortable swimmer (10-20 feet deep, waves can push you around rocks), start kicking out towards the point, around the larger, mostly submerged rocks. There are tons of colorful fish, coral, and little snake-like things. Swimming around one rock, my buddy and I came up upon a large stingray, about four feet across, hovering near the bottom. I love finding great places without having to pay for them. Hope it's as good for you as it was for me!
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