If you are planning a Costa Rica vacations, you should visit Islita beach, one of the hidden beaches in the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste. It’s a beautiful place with an amazing shoreline and a beach extending for 1 kilometer. It is actually formed by two beaches, Islita and Corazalito, which are separated by high cliffs formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. The second beach is around 1 mile long and has an estuary and a mangrove swamp. It is a great stop for your Costa Rica adventure travel.
The beach has deep blue water and gray sand; it’s warm and has many hours of sunlight throughout all the year, with a dry water and occasional rains during the rainy season. Due to the moderate sea waves, the place is perfect for swimming and scuba diving. Surfers will do better at Camaronal and its world-class Costa Rica surfing experience, which I did the day before Islita, and I really enjoyed. Since they are neighbor places, the landscape is similar.
Near the beach, you can stay at the Islita town. It is a small town, inhabited by a community of artists and foreigners, combined with the traditional rural experience of Guanacaste, which makes it unique. There’s even a small art museum at the town, and a beautiful white church. Islita town has several Costa Rica hotels and cabins of different budgets, including the popular Hotel Punta Islita, with a breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean and its own air strip for small planes.
Other things to do at Islita are horseback riding and hiking, which I recommend to do in the hills surrounding the beach. The view is amazing and it’s a great experience for your Costa Rica family tour.
To get to Islita Beach and town, you can drive from Samara during the dry season, or take the Ferry in Puntarenas if you are coming from San Jose. During the rainy season, flying is recommended.
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