Playa Langosta at a Glance
- Nature Lovers
- Beach walking
- Boogie boarding
- Las Baulas Marine National Park
A great beach for walking, either with water-shoes or barefoot. Terrific seashells and sometime sand dollars can be found. Abundant tidal pools, where swimming pools can form during high tide. Beautiful sunsets. Good surfing on southern end near the mouth of an estuary. Some rocky portions and sandy portions.
Fast Facts About Playa Langosta
Also Known As: Playa Langosta or Langosta Beach
Region: Guanacaste & the North Pacific
Closest Town: Tamarindo is about 2.5 km driving from the beach
Closest Airports: 50 minutes to Liberia (LIR) and 10 minutes to Tamarindo (TAM) airstrip
Average Temperature: 70°- 97° F (21°-36° C)
Crowd Level: It completely depends on the time of year. It can get pretty busy during the high season, especially on the weekends from December to April and Easter Week. It is less busy May through November. This beach can feel totally secluded or crowded; it just depends when you go and what time of day.
Playa Langosta is located just south of Tamarindo and Playa Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It is more laid-back and quiet than its close neighbor. The shore is mainly dotted with small bed & breakfasts, condos, and rental homes that range from simple to extravagant. It is a locally well-known area.
Take a two-minute jungle walk from the beach using the public access trail. It’s a great place to bring a picnic lunch or head to before or after a meal in neighboring Tamarindo. Here you can skip stones, hop from rock to rock, check out the tidal pools, find shells, relax, and take a long sunset stroll. This place fills up, especially on holidays and weekends during peak season.
Playa Langosta is a long beach, with excellent waves for surfing near the mouth of an estuary. Currents can be strong, especially on a falling tide. The sand is a nice cotton-like white color and is lined with natural foliage but few palm trees. It’s a great beach to find surprises in the sand such as various seashells and the occasional sand dollar if you’re lucky! The further you walk the quieter it can be as you listen to the rhythm of the sand and surf. This is a nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town and take in a picnic lunch or watch the sunset in the evening.
Nestled between Las Baulas National Marine Park and Playa Tamarindo, this beach has a very natural, laid-back feel with little development or solicitors. Expect strong sun, great surf, and a beautiful shoreline for relaxing and watching the surfers near the estuary mouth. Just under an hour from Liberia and minutes from well-known Tamarindo, this pristine beach is a must-see for nature and beach lovers.
Best Time to Visit
Playa Langosta is great to visit year-round. The driest time of the year is December to April. The rainiest is September and October, but in general Guanacaste is the driest part of the country. Check out neighboring Las Baulas National Park between October and March to catch a glimpse of the leatherback turtles that nest in the area.
Birdwatching & Wildlife Viewing
This beach is not so much about the birdwatching and wildlife but more about the sand, waves, tidal pools, and sunsets. You might see some pelicans occasionally.
Amenities & Infrastructure in Playa Langosta
The beach is accessible by a two-minute sandy beach path with railings. You can arrive via a small dirt road and park along the side of the road. The nearest amenities and many hotel options are in Tamarindo which is 2.5 km (1.5 miles) away by car.
Public transportation: No, nearest is from Tamarindo with either: hotel shuttle to LIR, or taxi or local bus to Liberia
Public amenities: No, but Tamarindo is 2.5 km away
Shopping: A small local supermarket can be found in Langosta with many options for shopping—both food and otherwise—nearby in Tamarindo
ATMs: No, nearest in Tamarindo
Gas stations: No, nearest in Tamarindo
WiFi or Internet cafés: No, nearest in Tamarindo
Cell Phone Reception: Some reception, mostly with Kolbi ICE service.
Restaurants: A few restaurants in Langosta but a wide range of fare from local to international can be found in Tamarindo.
Nearest medical facilities: Hospital de la Anexion in Nicoya, Hospital de Liberia or
pharmacy in Tamarindo.