Playa Potrero, Guanacaste

Nestled next to Playa Flamingo in the quiet fishing village of Potrero, Playa Potrero is tranquil and serene.

Playa Potrero is located along the northwest Pacific coast of Guanacaste, surrounded by rolling hills, tropical vegetation and diverse wildlife. Visitors look out onto the gorgeous turquoise waters that stretch over the white sand beaches of the bay area. This beach community is ideal for watching the sun set in all its glory.

Travelers who want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of modern life will find Playa Potrero to be the perfect destination.


As a historic sportfishing community, Playa Potrero has gotten its claim to fame from avid anglers that cast a line in the waters just off shore each year. After all, the region is known as the sailfish capital of the world.

Fisherman reel in record-sized fish in nearly every category, so it's no surprise that sportfising is the No. 1 activity in the area.

Travelers can head out on a half or full-day excursion on the open sea with local charters.

Scuba diving

There are several top diving spots located just off the shore of Potrero, including the chain known as the Catalinas.

These small islands were formed by volcanic pinnacles, and have, over time, become one of the best locations from which to view marine life.

Divers can find eagle rays, whale sharks, black tip sharks, humpbacks and manta rays underneath the waters depending on the season.

Horseback Riding

As a former cowboy region, Playa Potrero is filled with equestrian activities led by experienced instructors.

Whether you want to trot down the shoreline of the beach during low tide or traverse through the mountains, horseback riding is a great way to get the lay of the land. Tours typically last two to three hours and provide visitors with a unique vantage point of area wildlife and the stunning landscape.

Horseback riding is ideal for beginners and experienced riders. There are several tour companies to choose from in Potrero and neighboring towns.

Perfect Weather

The weather in Playa Potrero is near perfect, as the temperatures stick around the 80's and 90's during the day.

This region also receives less rain than other parts of Costa Rica, and its dry season spans from November to April. During this time, the nights are cooler as winds from north come through after the sun sets.

The green season here is between May and October, and the majority of rain will usually fall during October.

If you're seeking a tranquil getaway from life, Playa Potrero is a great place to dig your toes into the sand and throw caution to the wind.

If you have traveled to this region in Costa Rica, whether you just stopped by or stayed within the village for the entirety of your trip, share your experiences with everyone so future travelers can plot out the perfect vacation.

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