Playa Real, Guanacaste

Beautiful beach at Playa Real
Beautiful beach at Playa Real

Nestled close to the stunning shorelines of Playa Conchal, the less frequented Playa Real is smaller than Conchal but doesn't lack in quality. This sun-soaked destination is just north of Tamarindo, serving as the ideal locale for travelers seeking a quiet environment and laid-back atmosphere with all of the activities and splendor of Costa Rica's finest beaches. Tucked along the northern Pacific Coast region of Costa Rica, Playa Real is considered one of the country's best beaches.

Virtually Untouched

Crystal clear waters and white sand are well-preserved and seem virtually untouched in Playa Real, also known as or Royal Beach. Imagine an afternoon spent basking in the warm sun here in a hammock, or a few hours spent strolling the sands with your spouse - could perfection come any closer? Aquamarine waters and a calming ocean breezes complete the package here for any sunbather. The year-round temperature teeters between 70 and 85 degrees, making it a perfect attraction even during Costa Rica's rainy season.


A tropical dry forest surrounds the beach, making for convenient access for an afternoon hike. Travelers can catch a glimpse of monkeys or iguanas while venturing through the forest, or they can head to the waters for sport fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling.

For those seeking an afternoon or weekend getaway, Marino Las Baulas National Park can be done with the help of a four-wheel drive vehicle. This park serves as a sanctuary for leatherback turtles during their nesting season. Protecting the seas, forests, mangroves and estuaries, there is incredibly biodiversity that makes this park home to incredible species, such as the armadillo, coati, magnificent frigatebird and brown pelican.

Finding a serene destination isn't hard to do in Costa Rica, but the ideal climate, natural beauty and private locale of Playa Real is sure to please any traveler.

Getting to Playa Real

To get to Playa Real, travelers will likely land at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, and get a taxi, shuttle or rental car from the airport. From the hamlet of Matapalo, visitors will venture down a small dirt road that opens up ... to paradise. Playa Real is a very private beach, so the trek may be slightly more challenging than more popular destinations, but the adventure is truly worth it.

Guanacaste Escape Adventure Tour
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting at $932 per person
Costa Rica Beach & National Park Tour
14 Days / 13 Nights
Starting at $2,068 per person

Where to Stay near Playa Real

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W Costa Rica - Reserva Conchal
Starting at $360 / night
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The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa
Starting at $419 / night All-Inclusive
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Rancho Humo Estancia
Starting at $157 / night
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Libelula Lounge - Boutique Hotel
Starting at $128 / night
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Occidental Tamarindo
Starting at $136 / night all inclusive
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Playa Grande Park Hotel and Villas
Starting at $77 / night
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Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica
Starting at $287 / night per person - All Inclusive
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CC Beachfront Papagayo All-Inclusive Boutique Hotel
Starting at $380 / night All-Inclusive

Things to Do near Playa Real

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Del Mar Surf Camp - Nosara
Starting at $65 / person
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Coyote Sportfishing Tamarindo
Starting at $475 / Day
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Palo Verde Jungle Boat Tour with Lunch
Starting at $120 / person