Located in Guanacaste province on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, Buena Vista beach is as raw and rustic as they come. Only the soft sand and ocean at your feet and the beauty that comes with a virgin beach that hasn’t yet been touched by hoardes of tourists. Visit and you may not even see other soul while you’re there. We spent a morning at Buena Vista and only saw one couple walking along the shore and a couple of fishermen knee-deep in the ocean’s waters.
Buena Vista beach is a stone’s throw away from the more popular (but also pretty quiet) Samara beach. Both beaches can be reached a few hours’ drive from either of the major airports – San Jose or Liberia. Buena Vista beach is located a little northwest of Samara, at the end of the road that runs northwest from town. Hotels and house rentals will often help out in arranging for a taxi to pick up guests from the airport upon their arrival.
Where to Stay
With the remoteness of Buena Vista beach there of course are no hotels located right on the beach, however I can recommend a few properties nearby. The first is the Samara Pacific Lodge Hotel, located about halfway between Samara beach and Buena Vista beach. This little family-run hotel is a well maintained property with a large, salt water pool and little restaurant onsite where a different dinner menu is posted daily. Great food as well.
If you would prefer to rent a house during your stay, Casa Halcon is located between the two beaches, but closer to Buena Vista. Chris Hawk is the owner (he also resides on the property in a very cool tree house) and owns two houses that he rents out. The houses are surrounded by fruit and hibiscus trees and include bicycles for getting around.
Another place we came across that looked really nice was El Pequeno Gecko Verde, a small resort surrounded by jungle and located just off the main road, between the two accommodations listed above. A pathway from the hotel leads guests to a “secret beach” so small and remote, it doesn’t even have a name.
Before You Go
Buena Vista beach is remote, which means no washroom facilities or places to buy food or water. Make sure you pack some water (at least) and please take any garbage with you when you go. A beach umbrella would also be good, as the beach is wide open with no shade.
If a quiet slice of paradise is what you’re craving, without another soul in sight, a trip to Costa Rica’s Buena Vista beach may be exactly what you’re looking for.
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