Best Day Trips from Playa Brasilito

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Playa Brasilito is a fabulous beach town located right next to Playa Conchal and is a fantastic launching point for all types of outdoor adventures in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province is filled with beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, impressive volcanoes, hot springs, and more. While in Playa Brasilito, don’t miss the chance to hop in your vehicle and drive to the following nearby destinations.

The Shortest & Best Day Trips from Playa Brasilito


Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park is one of the most biologically diverse national parks in Costa Rica. You can take a boat ride down the park’s largest river, the Rio Tempisque, to Pajaros Island (Birds Island) and see monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, and dozens of resident and migratory birds during the journey. In fact, Palo Verde National Park is considered one of the best locations for birdwatching in Costa Rica.

A blue boat sailing through marshy waters in a rainforest in Costa Rica.
You will be able to see birds, monkeys, and crocodiles as you cruise through Palo Verde National Park in a boat.
  • Distance from Playa Brasilito: 79 km
  • Travel Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes (one way)
  • Half-Day Tour: Palo Verde Wildlife Safari by Boat

2. Playa Flamingo

If you don’t want to spend much time in the car, Playa Flamingo is one of the shortest day trips from Playa Brasilito, offering plenty of fun and unique activities for all ages to enjoy. Flamingo Beach is home to the Marina Flamingo, a world-class marina that is an excellent launching point for fishing charters, snorkeling tours, and private sunset catamaran cruises.

After a day on the water, you can check out some of the best restaurants in Playa Flamingo before returning to Playa Brasilito.

A man leading the way for a group of three people on an ATV tour in a dusty environment.
There are plenty of adventures to embark on in Playa Flamingo, including ATV tours.
  • Distance from Playa Brasilito: 3.5 km
  • Travel Time: 5 minutes (one way)
  • Guided Activity: SUP in Playa Flamingo

3. Playa Tamarindo

If you want to continue beach hopping, head to Tamarindo Beach, south of Playa Conchal and Playa Brasilito. Tamarindo is known for having some of the best surf lessons in Costa Rica, so if you are a beginner surfer, enroll in Tamarindo surf lessons or workshops to learn the basics before you “shred the gnar” on Tamarindo Beach.

Tamarindo is also one of the best beaches in Costa Rica for intermediate and advanced surfers. The town is filled with fabulous restaurants, shopping, and nightlife — so stick around and hang out for a while before returning to Playa Brasilito.

A woman in a red long-sleeve surf shirt surfing in Playa Tamarindo.
Tamarindo Beach is the perfect place to go surfing in Costa Rica for both veteran surfers and beginners.
  • Distance from Playa Brasilito: 20 km
  • Travel Time: 35 minutes (one way)

4. Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de la Vieja National Park is home to the largest and most active volcano in the Guanacaste Province. This park has natural attractions, including freshwater lagoons, hot springs, waterfalls, and mud pits, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure, including horseback riding, hiking, and swimming.

A bright blue lagoon in Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park is filled with natural beauty, including hot springs, lagoons, and waterfalls.
  • Distance from Playa Brasilito: 80 km
  • Travel Time: 1 hour and 53 minutes (one way)
  • Day Tour: Rincon Volcano Hike

5. Diamante Eco Adventure Park

Diamante Eco Adventure Park is only a short half-hour drive away from Playa Brasilito and Playa Conchal. However, you and your family can spend hours enjoying all the fun activities for all ages at this adventure park, including ziplining, ATV tours, and horseback riding.

While at Diamante Adventure Park, you can also visit the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, where you will see rescued sloths, jaguars, and toucans, or embark on the Costa Rica Cultural Experience Tour to learn about the production of coffee, cocoa, and sugarcane in Costa Rica.

A man ziplining over a lush green rainforest and wearing a blue helmet
Ziplining is one of the many fun activities you can participate in at Diamante Eco Adventure Park.
  • Distance from Playa Brasilito: 22 km
  • Travel Time: 34 minutes (one way)

6. Las Catalinas

Las Catalinas is a resort community in Costa Rica that offers tons of fun things to do and places to explore on a day trip from Playa Brasilito. You can hike or mountain bike on the miles of trails through the mountains, lounge around on the relaxing area’s beautiful beaches, dine at some of the fabulous restaurants in Las Catalinas, or go shopping in the town center.

Blue ocean water lapping the sandy beach surrounded by lush greenery.
Las Catalinas offers a bit of everything – hiking, mountain biking, surfing, shopping, and more!
  • Distance from Playa Brasilito: 12 km
  • Travel Time: 21 minutes (one way)

7. Las Baulas National Park

Las Baulas National Park protects the endangered leatherback sea turtles that come to rest on Playa Grande and Playa Langosta. While observing sea turtles is the most popular activity in this national park, you can also go surfing, snorkeling, swimming, and horseback riding during your day trip from Playa Brasilito.

A statue of a sea turtle in Las Baulas National Park.
You will see plenty of sea turtles (the real ones – we promise!) while you are in Las Baulas National Park.
  • Distance from Playa Brasilito: 17 km
  • Travel Time: 29 minutes (one way)

Find the Perfect Place to Stay in Playa Brasilito

Special Places of Costa Rica offers condos, houses, and vacation rentals in Playa Brasilito and Playa Conchal that allow you to enjoy this popular beach town and all the fabulous day trips that are just a few hours (or a few minutes!) away. Stay with us for a memorable vacation!

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