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April 22, 2019

Beautiful Beaches of Costa Rica: Playa Conchal

As far as beautiful beaches go, Playa Conchal on the Pacific northwest of Costa Rica is among the finest anywhere in the entire world.  This little slice of heaven is nestled in a protected cove just south of the charming village of Brasilito.  The literal translation of the name Playa Conchal is “Shell Beach”.  Even so, it is difficult to find any shells on Playa Conchal.  The reality is that there really is no need for sandals at Playa Concha.  This is because with each step your feet sink deep into white talcum powder sand.  It literally feels like you are dancing on clouds…

A couple of dozen tourists play in the surf and sand under a clear blue sky at the beautiful Playa Conchal, Costa Rica | brought to you by

Playa Conchal is offers both soothing sandy-bottomed beaches as well as reef-lined coves like this where you can frolic and snorkel safely with your family.

So why the name “Shell Beach”?  Well, as you step into the water your feet will be surprised by a completely different sensation.  The fine white beach sand transitions to a course ocean floor made up entirely of pulverized sea shells.  The waves typically do not stir up this unique blend of heavy sand.  As a result, the water stays crystal clear.  In addition, the other benefit is the wonderful exfoliating effect the rough sand has on your feet.   Above all, the tickling soothes and reinvigorates the soles of your feet as you play in the calm waters.

Playa Conchal: A beautiful beach in a tropical paradise. 

First of all, the are plenty of broadleaf trees rimming Playa Conchal that offer a welcome respite from the sun.  Secondly, at the north end of the beach is a small reef that offers terrific snorkeling.  These calm protected waters are typically suitable for small children.  They can safely enjoy their first view of the fascinating marine world below.  Another benefit: the beach is not crawling with vendors trying to sell you trinkets.  You truly can experience peace and tranquility.  Lastly, between the sheltering trees and the surf are vast acres of sand that are suitable for all kinds of beach play.

A few small single sailor boats are lined up at the shoreline waiting to be taken out to sea | brought to you by

Playa Conchal has a great mix of secluded stretches for those wanting privacy, as well as water toys arrayed for rent along the shore.

Visit the Beautiful Beaches of Playa Conchal!

Playa Conchal is well situated on the pristine west coast of Guanacaste province.  With Playas Potrero, Penca, Brasilito and Flamingo all close by, booking your vacation rental in the Conchal area is sure to delight!  Special Places manages a variety of properties in this area that are suitable for any budget.

The best part about Playa Conchal? 

It is practically deserted during the week which makes it a perfect place for a romantic walk with your favorite person.  So go ahead, take your sandals off and your sweethearts hand.  After that, soak up the warm sun while the waves gently lap your ankles.  You may even see flying fish or breaching rays as you stroll along this crescent shaped wonder.

A wide angle shot of the gorgeous Playa Conchal with the hills of Playa Flamingo far off to the north | brought to you by

A typical weekend at Playa Conchal where the locals come out to play. This is about as busy as it gets… during the week you have the beach pretty much to yourself!

There is nothing more relaxing than spending slow-time with your sweetheart, right?  Imagine no phones, no emails, no stress.  Should I listening to music, read my favorite book, or simply enjoy a comfortable snooze?  Whatever your fancy, you will enjoy it while wrapped in the warmth and splendor that is Playa Conchal. 


People milling about the north side of Playa Conchal enjoying the soft white sand, snorkling, water toys and all kinds of sun | brought to you by

With an bath-like average water temp of 82-84 deg F (28-29 deg C) Playa Conchal is the perfect place to spend the day for sun-seekers, water-sport enthusiasts alike. Or you can to take a picturesque walk with your friend…

For me, the waters of Playa Conchal, Costa Rica are a therapeutic mix of enveloping warmth and bliss.   The beach itself is spotless and the waters are indeed crystal clear. Any locals you might happen along are genuinely friendly.  This is easily my favorite beach in the area, and is one of the one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica that I have ever seen.

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