Playa Buena

If you’re spending your vacation in Guanacaste, check out Playa Buena for white sand and a great view of Papagayo.

Easy Drive

Playa Buena is between the well known beach towns of Playa Hermosa and Playa Panama. If you’re driving from the south, you’ll be on Route 159, which is the main corridor along the coast in this area.

Once you pass Condovac in Playa Hermosa, you’ll look for a well maintained road which turns to the ocean(left). There are several resorts at the end of this road including Occidental Papagayo Adults Only, and Sol Papagayo. 

Once you’re at the entrance of Occidental, there is a Y junction in the road that has ample street parking. You may also find a local parking attended, so be sure to have a couple thousand Colon for him to watch your vehicle.

Well maintained road with parking areas

If you're heading out for an adventure, you're going to need some cold watch and snacks. Pick up a backpack cooler, which has ample room for what you'll need while you enjoy the beach. There is an added benefit of freeing up your hands to carry the fun stuff!

Walking The Path

Some beaches in Costa Rica are rather adventurous to access. Playa Buena is no such beach. The path is laid brick which is easy to traverse. It’s also wide so you can carry some wider equipment if you have it. 

A great option for any beach adventure is always a Backpack Cooler, which allows you to free up your hands to carry other beach essentials. 

The walk to the beach from the parking area is very short, so it’s a great location if you have young kids.

Well maintained path to the beach

Protect your gear with a waterproof fanny pack. These are great as you can be confident that nothing will get wet as you tour Costa Rica. You definitely don't want to leave important items on the beach, so with these packs you can explore the water without constantly watching your stuff!

White Sand, Great View

This beach is fantastic for the whole family. There’s a massive beach area at low tide, and the water was breaking very easy.

Off in the distance you’ll be able to see the volcano range that lies behind Liberia. You’re also going to be able to see the resorts around the bay like Planet Hollywood and The Four Seasons. 

On the occasion of filming, it was particularly windy out. This caused some dirt to be kicked up in the water around the shore. Snorkeling in these conditions wasn’t great, but on a calmer day there’s lots of tide pools and rocks which will make for clear views of all the sea life. 

You’ll also be able to rent Jetski’s on this beach, we were quoted at $50 USD for half an hour. There was also a couple getting a massage on the beach during our time there. Surely the increase in tourist traffic from the nearby resorts increases the services offered on the beach.

Lots of white sand with volcanos in the distance

However you decide to enjoy Playa Buena, it will surely impress. Check it out on your vacation!

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