PLAYA JUNQUILLAL

Playa Junquillal is one of the finest beaches the Pacific Ocean has to offer! You'll find two miles of clean sand, situated in Guanacaste, Costa Rica's northwest province. Playa Junquillal is not quite a town, but much more than the sum of its few parts. Here you'll find a rich tapestry of international cultures interwoven with the cowboy lifestyle of Guanacaste's native inhabitants. One will arrive with the conveniences of modern transportation, and then truly escape the hectic pace of everyday life.

People looking to slow down and live simply will find just what they seek in Playa Junquillal. Comfortable climate, comfortable living and excellent hosts to welcome you all combine to make Playa Junquillal an idyllic getaway.

Contributing to Junquillal's allure is its village charm. There are just a few other lodging opportunities, a handful of good restaurants, including the best Italian I've ever had, some within an easy walk from Plumita Pacifica and a school for 20 children. There are stores here that carry the basic grocery items, and for complete shopping Santa Cruz is very convenient. But don't come here with plans to shop for trinkets, visit the disco, rent noisy watercraft or seek diversion. You can find all of that, and great golfing too, just a short drive away.

Come here for solitude, lazy hours in the hammock or spectacular sunsets in a dry-tropical environment. Come to surf the world-renowned waves. Come to explore the biodiversity, experience some of the best birding in the world, or go horseback riding.

ABOUT THE NICOYA PENINSULA

Base your stay in Playa Junquillal and you'll have easy access to many of Nicoya Peninsula's other attractions. Many day-long excursions leave from Playa Junquillal on microbus and offer guided tours in English, Spanish and German. Please visit Helmut's Tours for details.

See the area on horseback riding with Paradise Riding in the section entitled "RECREATION"

Self guided tours to Barra Honda and Rincon de la Vieja are popular day trips. Read about Costa Rican history or other nearby attractions in Frommers, Lonely Planet, or Let's Go guide.