Playa Conchal
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Michelle P
1 contribution
Oct 2022
I would highly suggest booking a tour through Erik at the Westin beach! Our family of 4 (two boys ages 5 & 10) booked two different tours with him and both were private tours with local guides who were fantastic! For the first tour we went to a National Park in Rio Celeste this was about an hour drive past the airport with beautiful scenery on the way. Our guide Bryan (who was the best!) stopped to show us toucans and pointed out the volcanos. When we arrived at the national park we walked to a gorgeous waterfall. On the way our guide stopped to educate us on rainforest foliage. After this we went to a private property to find sloths, this was such an awesome experience. The guide and owners took us on a walk through their property and took the time to show us sloths, bats, frogs and any other plants/wildlife that we came across that they thought we would find interesting. After this we ate a traditional Costa Rican lunch at a wayside restaurant. We enjoyed chatting and joking around with with Bryan. He was fantastic with my 5 year old who just loved him. After this we went to a cocoa and coffee bean farm, where we learned all about the coffee drying process and made hot cocoa. This was very interesting and we really enjoyed it. All in all everyone we came across at the various locations were so kind to my family and took the time to make this experience really special for us! I would highly recommend!
Written 8 November 2022
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camcam777
Tampa, FL53 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Nice beach tucked away. The vendors are a bit much. Friendly but ask you every 10 minutes if you want a pina colada. I know they are just trying to make income but it was not pleasant to be asked so frequently.
The Brasília beach you park at isn’t nice at all.
Written 30 August 2022
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crackjack246
Cookeville, TN36 contributions
Aug 2022
We so enjoyed our day at Playa Conchal! We stayed at the Deria and had our driver bring us here based on reviews. There was a short walk once you get to the area, but even the walk was neat. I had my 2 sons(19 and 22) and husband so we carried our cooler ourselves, but someone will take your stuff in a wagon as well. You walked down a black sand beach which was cool itself, then you walked down a path(wear shoes) and over to the beautiful white shell beach. We were greeted by a guy who will set you up if you want it(very affordably) with a shelter(take it) snorkels, and canoe if you want it, massages on the beach( the best I've ever had) and drinks. If you don't want it, just say no thank you. We also got an hour jet ski which was pricey, but fun. Everything else super reasonable!Be sure to tip well, especially the massage ladies. They work hard very reasonably! It was a super day on a beautiful beach with lovely people.
Written 23 August 2022
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Rory C
6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Beautiful Beach and great location! We stayed at the Westin with fantastic amenities and right on the ocean. Sophia’s massages in the beach were amazing !! Very friendly, clean and safe. Incredible deep tissue massage 10/10 recommend!!
Written 17 August 2022
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twinairsigns
Boston, MA87 contributions
Jul 2022
The curved harbor is situated at the base of rocky headline, engulfing guests with white sugar sand, crystal clear water, and a verdant mountainside as far as the eye can see. Much of it is comprised of shells, so bring shoes if you're planning to walk long distances.
Written 21 July 2022
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MRYmomRN
Monterey, CA4 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Like all the beaches in CR, Playa Conchal is beautiful. We parked in Brasilito, and then followed the trail of beach goers to Playa Conchal. There is a small river crossing that changes with the tide, so sturdy shoes are encouraged (it’s rocky). Many locals have set up stands of trinkets, drinks, food, and even tents to make your stay more enjoyable. We, however, declined. We found a shady spot under a tree. As the name suggests, the beach is comprised of many tiny shells. It’s not unpleasant, but it is rougher underfoot than most beaches. The day we went, there was a very strong shore break and undertow, so we were uncomfortable letting our kids (8 & 5) be near the water’s edge by themselves. The other thing that was not great was we were stationed near the sea-doo rental, and the noise and gas fumes were a constant throughout our stay. No thank you.

Personally, I would skip this beach.
Written 15 July 2022
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amanda
Rancho Cucamonga, CA30 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Wow what a stunning beach! We were so happy to have stopped at this beach for the day. They water was crystal clear and the seashells everywhere only added to the beauty. There was minimal waves and you could walk out into the ocean with no issue. There were people available to rent you chairs, an easy up, see-doo’s and snorkels. Of course they had other food and item vendors as well.
Written 8 July 2022
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Blimey2010
Houston, TX311 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We stayed at the Reserva Conchal and that grants you access to the Westin’s beach club which is the best way to access this beach. The water is pristine and the sand glimmers because of the crushed shells. As much as I loved the clearness and the beautiful turquoise color, you have to be very careful with the waves. Although the waves are not high, they are very strong when they come ashore and when they pull back. Be careful with small kids.

You can get a massage on the beach anywhere between $20-30 per 50mins. You can see some howling monkeys as well.

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this beautiful beach.
Written 23 June 2022
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Nico
5 contributions
May 2022
This was supposed to be an undiscovered gem! As you cross over from playa Brasília’s to playa Conchal you are greeted by a swarm of locals who want to sell you everything under the sun, not cheap! They continue to swarm you even when you sit down and are trying to just chill. I found that the strong currents at the beach can make even experienced swimmers struggle, not a kid friendly beach and no life guard. The pristine beautiful beach described in travel books does not exist anymore.
Written 26 May 2022
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Sydney B
Erie, CO77 contributions
May 2022
No sand! It’s tiny little sea shells. Not the most swimmable depending on currents. We had a nice day kayaking the bay on a calm day.
Written 20 May 2022
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