Potrero Beach is an ideal location for the Costa Rican Beach vacation, plenty to offer in terms of activities and miles of beach to do everything, or just take rest at Playa Potrero, Costa Rica.
Playa Potrero is a located very near to the Playa Flamingo. It is a five minute walk from the wonderful Flamingo Beach. Potrero is a small town of typical Tico with amazing and gorgeous beach stretching two and a half miles along the northern Pacific Coast of Guanacaste province. It is small town and very quite. Playa Potrero is located along Costa Rica’s ‘Gold Coast’; this tropical beach with its warm tranquil waters is an incredible place to enjoy a relaxing, laid back beach holidays. There are several beaches nearby Playa Potrero. About seven kilometer away in the north is Playa Brasilito, just ten minutes away from Playa Penca and Playa Prieta, which carries the marvelous five-star resort and the Melia Conchal is also nearby.
Playa Potrero is easily accessible beach in Costa Rica and has a flourishing fishing community and availability to all sorts of beach activities. The guides are easily available to take visitors to deep sea fishing. The travelers can get all sorts of water sporting equipment, including jet skis, windsurfing equipment and sea kayaks easily; these are rented from a number of local providers. There are several stables that provide horses for riding on the beautiful stretch of playa Potrero. This is a perfect place to start a day trip to Witches Rock or just to go fishing or snorkeling, Playa Potrero offers all sorts of activities. The protected bay of Potrero offers an ideal location for yachtsman and fisherman. At the south end of the beach is the Flamingo Marina where boats of all shapes and sizes are anchored. Or just simply go for a stroll or sunbathe along the shore. The sunsets here are a wonderful sight and should not be missed at any cost.
Just off shore from Playa Potrero is the Santa Catalina Island that’s one of the best choices for scuba diving up and down the Costa Rica coast. These barrier islands provide ideal dive opportunities for both experienced and beginner’s divers.
The visitors come here to relax in peace as the beach is quite and not much crowded as the Playa Flamingo or Playa Brasilito. It is a great place to stay at as there are several economical and affordable hotels are available. There are few upscale hotels also in Playa Potrero.
Hotels / Places to stay
Playa Potrero has a wide range of accommodation up class International hotels and private beach cabinas.
Bahia Del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites – Playa Potrero
Bahia Del Sol Beach Front Resort is located on the beach. It is an attractive hotel with studios and the property has its own section of tropical forest. The rooms of the hotel are next to the beach and just a few steps away an open air restaurant and bar, swimming pool with Jacuzzi that overlooks Bahia Potrero.
This hotel and resort is on a beautiful tropical sandy beach with calm warm water, where you can leisurely walk, sunbathing or just relaxes. The sunsets are really amazing and you would not like to miss this. There are several activities that you can enjoy.
At Bahia Del Sol, all the rooms have air conditioning; cable, TV, telephone and hotel have all type of amenities with fully equipped kitchen.
Bahia Esmeralda Hotel – Playa Potrero
It is located 200 meters from Potrero Beach and 4 kilometers from Flamingo Beach. Bahia Esmeralda surrounds a lush tropical garden, with a refreshing pool in the center. Choose a suite, apartment or villa, each is with a kitchen and terrace, AC, hot water, Cable TV, ceiling fans and decorated with Italian flooring and tiles. Suites are available for 6 people; Villas are for 4 people and Apartments for 2 persons. Tours are also arranged at the hotel.
Villaggio Flor del Pacifico – Playa Potrero
It is a family- friendly hotel, located near the beach in Playa Potrero; this hotel is close to Penca Beach and Flamingo Beach. The other attractions also include Conchal Beach.
Recreational amenities at Villaggio Flor De Pacifico include an outdoor tennis court and an outdoor pool. Other amenities include complimentary parking and complimentary wireless Internet access. All the Guestrooms open to balconies with garden views and feature flat-panel televisions with cable channels.
Activities In and around Playa Potrero
There are several possibilities of different activities at Playa Potrero. Costa Rica uniquely offers the richness and remoteness of nature with access to modern amenities. You can enjoy the white sand beaches of Flamingo Beach or the beach along Playa Potrero. In Potrero Beach, you will find relaxation, but if you looking adventure. You are in the middle of it. Costa Rica’s wildlife is much more diversified.
Sport Fishing – Deep Sea Fishing
Flamingo Marina in Playa Flamingo offers a lot of water sports. Sport fishing charters leave Flamingo with tourist attractions set on marlin, selfish, tuna, Dorado (also known as dolphin), snapper, Wahoo and roosterfish. In each season you will get different fishes.
Flamingo is a best-known scuba diving center. There are several that are providing equipments and guided tours. They also offer daily guided diving trips to the Catalina Islands which is only about fifteen minutes offshore by boat and are the home to Sea Turtle, Stingrays, Giant Manta Rays, Sharks, Barracuda and more. You can have the Experience of the undersea environment of volcanic rock with 20-80 feet visibility in 75-85 degree water at depths of 60-70 feet. Diving at shallow depths, you will see colorful coral and tropical fish such as a variety of species of puffer fish, wrasses, porcupine fish, parrot fish, butterfly fish, damselfish and eel. Costa Rica Diving offers diving at more than 35 dive sites including the Bat Islands, certification programs, and snorkeling tours. 2 tanks ~$75/person. Multiple dive shops in the area.
The Garra de Leon golf course is regarded as the best in all Costa Rica. The Golf course borders 1.6 miles of white sandy beaches and the Pacific Ocean. The 7,080 yard layout from the back tees is the best to host a professional event. The narrow valley, lakes, and fairways of stunning Costa Rica offer enjoyment for all skill levels. About 20 miles away, surrounded by hundreds of acres of undeveloped Costa Rican purity lies the Playa Hacienda Pinilla golf course. Its 18-holes are spread through 4,500 acres with an “ocean” side and a “ranch” side offering both tactical and natural diversity. Recent tallies have confirmed that thirties colonies of howler monkeys making homes in the royal native trees. Hacienda Pinilla is a must play for all golf lovers.
Canopy Tours are a Costa Rica favorite and Guanacaste offers one of the last dry forests. These tours start by taking you into Costa Rica’s dry forest.
ATV four wheeler tours will take you through the jungle’s terrain of hills, rivers, and beaches. In few minutes you will find yourself engrossed in the dry forest experiencing the natural beauty. Tours are led by bilingual guides who will point out the finer aspects of the tropical dry forest while experiencing the thrill of motorized invasion. Make sure you pack appropriate clothing for this tour.
Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano is the most active volcano in Costa Rica. During the day you can observe steam coming from the hollow & perceive sound lava rock fall over the slopes. Most nights you will see Arenal emitting lava into the glittery sky. Around the place, relax in pools naturally heated by the lava surrounded by lush tropical gardens. After this relaxing experience, have a superb dinner.
Arenal and Monteverde – Two Days and 1 Night
Make a Visit to the hot springs with verdant tropical gardens and watch the Volcano at night when eruptions look like natural firework displays. Next day you can continue to Monteverde.
National Parks & Private Preserves
Many National Parks are near this place or reachable via a day trip such as: Marino Las Baulas National Park, Palo Verde National Park and Wildlife Refuge, Las Baulas National Marine Park (turtle nesting), Vida Silvestre Ostional Refuge, the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Tamarindo Mangroves & Estuary, and Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
Off Road Adventures
Drive your own 4 wheeler on guided tours through the backcountry through watercourses and rivers. Observe cattle, horse ranches, local artisans, flora & fauna. Beach drives with break for snorkeling, swimming, sun-bathing, and sea kayaking. During the tour at night, watch different species of animals’ and rare birds.
Catamaran Sailing and Snorkel Tours
Make sailing tours on specially equipped catamarans. Do visits to secluded beaches. You will have opportunities to encounter sea life such as whales, dolphins, manta rays, and sea turtles. Sea kayaks for those travelers that do not want to snorkel.
Colorado River Rafting
A hot-air balloon kayak will take you down the river, while you astonish at the inexpressible canyon and slow torrents. You can have the time of your life paddling on the Colorado River and enjoying a memorable experience.
Drive along the rear roads of Guanacaste area and learn about the authentic life of locals to end up on a barge at the Tempisque River. After all this adventure, relax for a while and taste the genuine flavor of Guanacaste in an old-fashioned local restaurant.
Corobici or Tenorio Nature Float
What a better way to enjoy a beautiful river than running in a rubber raft? This is a fabulous tour of the river for those who do not mind getting a tan and doing a bit of paddling. During the floating, you will see several exotic birds, lizards and talking monkeys hanging upside-down by their tails.
Tenorio River Rafting
Enjoy with white water adventure of fast-moving water. Make a team to conquer the river and maneuver through some fast and powerful torrents. Survey the wildlife in the jungle of Costa Rica.
Buena Vista Hot Springs
Give a treat to the body and soul at Buena Vista Lodge. Take pleasure through treatments with volcanic mud and sulfurous waters of the hot springs, where we go by hours or on a tractor tram.
Selvatura at Monteverde Hanging Bridges
Terrific structures which will take you into the new height. Treetop walkways cross through the cloud forest. Explore a community several species of tropical butterflies. Visualize that over 100 beautiful hummingbirds flying gladly around you. Find out the world’s third largest private insect collection.
Palo Verde National Park
Reach at the Tempisque River and get on their boat, the Palo Verde National Park experience will start along the slow-moving river, which crosses the dry Pacific savannas. Observe the amazing array of wild birds and countless of creatures such as howler monkeys, king fisher and green iguanas. There is a prospect to find out anteaters and crocodiles relaxing in the sunshine.
Colonial Granada Nicaragua
The oldest colonial city of the American. Make a visit to the historic Granada established in 1524. Cross the boarder, you can have the enjoyment of the lake and volcanoes on the way to the city of Granada, bound to the lake, for a boat ride to the Isletas. This will be an unforgettable tour.
Monkey Park Animal Rescue Center
If you have a desire to help endangered species, Monkey Park created an animal rescue center. The animals at Monkey Park are unable to survive in the wild on their own.
A tropical river floats to view alien birds, monkeys and reptile. A horseback ride along sheltered forest trails in the lush rainforest. KOKOdrilo Creek’s zip lines to view the jungle from a different perspective as you glide from tree to tree. The activity center is a 4,000 acre ranch, home to diverse animal species. Guides will help you spot the Howler Monkey, Iguanas, the American Crocodile and several water birds, all surrounded by the scenic beauty of the lush river banks.
The Miravalles Volcano has a dense primary forest growing on steep slopes, often covered in clouds. After 2 hours of horseback riding, you may walk inside its hollow. Observe steaming pools, bubbling mud and fumaroles. Try a mud bath and take a plunge in the natural hot springs.
Nicaragua – Masaya Volcano, Masaya Market, Granada Colonial Jewel and Nicaragua Lake
The city has several colonial buildings and is near to Lake Nicaragua and the Mombacho volcano. Granada was founded in 1524 and holds the tile of oldest city established on mainland by Spanish invasion. During colonial times, Granada was attacked many times. Later on the city was made capital several times before Managua got chosen to end the fight between Granada and Leon for being the capital city.
Masaya Volcano National Park contains an area of 54 kilometer and includes two volcanoes and 5 craters. Visitors can glance over the edge a the Masaya Volcano and look into the impressive hollow which is continuously emitting smoke and sulfurous gases.
From Flamingo, there is something for everyone. And the list is very long as wave runners, surfing, Scuba Diving, bird watching, horseback riding, hiking, tennis, shelling, Spanish Language school, shopping, Arboreal Canopies, Butterfly Farm, Outrigger Canoes, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Palo Verde National Park, Barra Honda National Park, Santa Rosa National Park and more.
Getting to Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
There are two primary routs into Potrero, the Monkey Trail from the north and the road to Flamingo. From East to West Potrero begins where it meets Playa Flamingo at Surf Side and continues through Playa la Penca, Playa Prieta and ends where it meets Playa pan de Azucar, Sugar Beach.
A scenic forty five minutes drive from Liberia Airport brings you the paradise of Playa Flamingo and than To Playa Potrero. Taxies, Rental Cars and Buses are also available from San Jose, Liberia, and Tamarindo.
Liberia Airport offers flawless travel to the region, and Flamingo Beach can be access by way of a paved road than to Playa Potrero. Otherwise, the smaller airport in Tamarindo receives domestic flights from around the country, and from this airport visitors can get taxi or bus ride to Playa Potrero via Flamingo Beach. From the capital of San Jose, however, the bus or car travel is about six hours along the Inter-American Highway.