Playa Junquillal Costa Rica
A short walk down a marked trail takes Tierra Pacifica residents to our magnificent local beaches of Playa Junquillal. Regular visitors and residents of Junquillal consider Playa Junquillal Costa Rica to be one of the country’s hidden gems, a relatively secluded area that has not experienced the rapid growth seen in Tamarindo and many other coastal communities. The pristine beaches offer an ideal place to unwind to the sound of the surf. Several reefs in the area provide excellent snorkeling and lobster diving. World-class sport fishing can be found just offshore.
Of the many popular Pacific coast towns of Costa Rica where retirees, surfers, snow-birds, and internet commuters have settled, Playa Junquillal offers the best of small-town charm and community with great amenities and services. The beach-front town is strategically located in a string of surfing, fishing, and tourism-based communities meaning your best surf break, fresh catch, or helping hand is never far away.
Playa Junquillal residents and visitors enjoy a variety of activities including surfing, snorkeling, yoga, paddleboarding, horseback riding, bird watching, gardening, and even a zipline canopy tour, to name a few of the area’s offerings. There is a well-stocked grocery store, a welcome center with maps and information, and a wide variety of casual and fine dining to keep your palate entertained. Heading to Liberia for the international airport, additional shopping, or a private hospital is by a paved highway and a little over an hour’s drive.
Playa Junquillal has an established tradition of nature protection. The beach is nesting ground for several different types of sea turtles, including the famous giant Leatherbacks and once endangered Olive Ridleys. A local non-profit organization (Vida Verdiazul) protects these turtles through hatcheries and night patrols while another US-based, watershed-wide organization (Restoring Our Watershed) works to protect the entire valley river system, emptying in the estuary at the heart of Junquillal.
Though coastal living is typically more expensive all over the world, Playa Junquillal is generally less expensive than other, popular tourist destinations in the area, such as Tamarindo, Playa Grande, or Nosara.
By the numbers:
- Population: About 300 full time residents
- Typical Temperature: 75 – 92°
- Nearest Airport with US flights: Liberia, 1 hour drive
- Nearest US Consulate: San Jose, 3 and a half hour drive
Some of the closest famous and not so famous beaches
Be sure to check out all the beaches in the area, here we list just a few to get your personal checklist started:
• Playa Junquillal
• Playa Negra
• Playa Grande
• Witches Rock
• Ollie’s Point
• Playa Marbella
• Playa Ostional
• Playa Nosara
• Plus many more you’ll get to know from the locals
Playa Junquillal and our neighboring communities offer countless dining options that are sure to rival your favorites back home. From beach bars to fine dining, there’s something for everyone.
Here is a list of area restaurants, websites if available, and phone numbers.
• Amigos, Junquillal 2658-7227 or 8315-0537
• Bar Latino, Paraíso, 2658-8152
• Cafe Playa Negra, Playa Negra, 2652-9351
• Guacamaya, Junquillal, 2658-8431
• Hotel Playa Negra Bar & Restaurant, Playa Negra, 2653-4389 or 2652-9134
• Iguanazul, Junquillal, 2658-8124
• Jalapeno Taco Grill, Playa Negra, 2562-9270
• Kon Tiki, Playa Negra, 2652-9117
• Las Tuquitas, Rio Seco, 2658-8367
• La Ventana Café, Playa Negra, 2652-9197
• La Vida Buena Pizzeria, Playa Negra, 2652-9082
• Lola’s, Avellanas, 2652-9097
• Mary’s Place, Playa Negra 2653-4123
• Mauna Loa, Avellanas, 2652-9012
• Mundo Milo, Junquillal, 2658-7010
• Tatanka, Junquillal, 2658-8426
• Villa Deevena, Playa Negra, 2653-2328