The Pacific northwest coast of Costa Rica is world-famous for it’s beautiful beaches and Playa Conchal is among the best anywhere in the entire world. Nestled in a protected cove just south of the charming village of Brasilito is a little slice of heaven known as “Playa Conchal”. The literal translation is “Shell Beach”, but interestingly, the beach is not covered in shells at all. There is no need for sandals at Playa Concha. With each step your feet sink deep into white talcum powder sand that is so soft it feels like you are dancing on clouds.
So why the name “Shell Beach”? Well, if you step into the water you will notice that the fine white beach sand gives way to course ocean floor that is made up entirely of pulverized sea shells. This unique blend of heavy sand is not stirred up with the waves, leaving the water crystal clear water. The other benefit is the wonderful exfoliating effect the rough sand has on your feet. The tickle of the sea floor soothes and reinvigorates the soles of your feet as you play in the calm azure waters.
Playa Conchal has everything you could want in a tropical paradise. Several steps up from the water the sand gives way to broadleaf trees that offer a welcome respite from the sun. At the north end of the beach is a small reef that offers terrific snorkeling. The waters are protected and typically calm enough for small children to enjoy their first view of the fascinating marine world below. Just beyond the protection of the trees are vast acres of sand that are suitable for all kinds of beach play.
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. You may even see flying fish or breaching rays as you stroll along this crescent shaped wonder.
There is nothing more relaxing than spending slow-time with your sweetheart. Imagine no phones, no emails, no stress. Should I listening to music, read my favorite book, or simply enjoying a comfortable snooze while wrapped in the warmth and splendor that is Playa Conchal. Ahhh…
Playa Conchal is my favorite beach in the area, and is one of the most beautiful natural wonders that I have ever seen.
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