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Playa Azul, Guanacaste — Costa Rica 2022 Travel Guide

Playa Azul is worlds away from the developed beach Resorts further up Guanacaste’s coast. At Playa Azul there are no salesmen, hordes of sunbathers, or noisy discos to contend with. It is the perfect place to relax all day long. At Playa Azul, visitors can wander the pristine and solitary beach, listening to the Howler Monkeys or watching the waves crash against the shore, and they can watch spectacular sunsets light fire to the sky. For activities, many travelers indulge in swimming, fishing, early morning Bird Watching, and leisurely Horseback rides along the shore.

There are very few amenities located at Playa Azul itself. Yet improvements in transportation and beach accessibility have led to the development of some of the country’s most upscale resorts. The beach’s main attractions are its isolated, unspoiled beauty, and its accommodations at the luxurious Sanctuary Resort and Spa. The resort is an exclusive new development overlooking the ocean, and it is set amid 80 acres of protected forest with lush, landscaped gardens. The resort offers a range of accommodation options, from one-bedroom suites to condos and family Villas. It also features a health spa, infinity pool, five-star restaurant, and a range of activities that include jungle tours, kayaking, horseback riding, sport fishing, and snorkeling.

Playa Azul is situated 33km northwest of Samara, between the small villages of San Juanillo and Marbella. It is accessed by dirt road from Junquillal to the north or from Nosara to the south. Four-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended, especially during the rainy season.

A variety of other destinations are located within a short traveling distance of Playa Azul. Just a few miles to the north, the once sleepy fishing village of Marbella is now a popular Surfing destination, known for its consistent, world-class breaks. Picturesque San Juanillo lies just two miles south of Playa Azul, and it is the starting point for several sports fishing and dive charters. It is also a great place to find fresh fish and lobster!

The important towns of Nicoya and Santa Cruz are situated 45 minutes to 1 hour inland. They offer all the necessary stores, as well as medical and banking facilities. Nicoya, the cultural center of Guanacaste, is home to Costa Rica’s oldest church, the Iglesia de San Blas. The church was founded in 1644, and now operates as a small museum. Nicoya also houses the region’s biggest and best-equipped hospital, Hospital La Anexion. Santa Cruz hosts an annual town festival in January where visitors can see rodeos, dances, music and other local traditions.

A short drive south of Playa Azul lies the Ostional Wildlife Refuge (Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Ostional), one of Costa Rica’s most important sea-turtle nesting sites. Created in 1984, this refuge protects Leatherbacks, Olive Ridley, and Green turtles that come ashore to nest at different times of the year. The refuge also safeguards an array of marine wildlife and large colonies of birds.

Turtles nest at Ostional all year round, but the peak time is during the rainy season from August to December. During these months you may have chance to witness a rare biological wonder — the «arribada. » Each month, around the third quarter of the moon, thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of Olive Ridley turtles come ashore to one specific mile of the beach, where they dig nests and lay their eggs. The largest arribada ever recorded at Ostional was in November 1995, when at least 500,000 females came to nest. During the latter part of the nesting season, October and onwards, you may also see the tiny hatchlings making their way out to sea. Visitors are welcome to the refuge at any time for a small entry fee of $6. During an arribada, you are only allowed on to the beach when accompanied by a guide (extra $7 charge). No flashlights or flash photography is permitted, as it bothers the nesting turtles.

Playa Azul in South Walton

This stately three-story Mediterranean style vacation home has four bedrooms with multiple beds, bunks, and a sleeper sofa – enabling it to accommodate twelve fortunate guests. It has an excellent location in Blue Mountain Beach, just an arrow’s shot away from the beautiful shore. It also has a private pool that is steps away in the backyard for a refreshing dip. The patio includes chairs for lounging under the sun, a grill for fun family cookouts, and an umbrella table for delightful poolside dining.  

A gracious entry at Playa Azul includes an arch columned veranda that leads inside through a double set of curved atrium window topped glass doors.  The open living, dining, and kitchen areas encompass the entire first floor, which is regally appointed. Ceilings soar above light latte toned tile flooring and feature a partially open staircase with an ornate decorative metal railing that looks down into the living area providing an enchanting look. A trio of tall palatial Corinthian columns separates the living area from the open center kitchen and dining space. A plush taupe-colored wrap around couch and two pastel patterned armchairs provide a comfortable seating ensemble facing handsome cabinetry with shelving for decorative art and a flatscreen TV. A separate wet bar beside it includes a wine rack. A kitchen island framed by two of the columns, all the countertops, and a sidebar are all surfaced in mottled granite, which richly accents the chocolate-colored cabinetry. Three raised black leather bar chairs on the dining room side provide a great place to enjoy cocktails and appetizers while a fun family feast is being prepared. The dining area includes a sumptuous formal set of six white-clothed chairs around the table. A charming vintage sconce chandelier is elegantly suspended above from a magnificent hardwood trimmed tray ceiling decorated with hand-painted palm frond prints in each square. A full bath is tucked in nearby as a convenient powder room and for poolside use.

The staircase sweeps upstairs to a nicely furnished den with a queen-sized sleeper sofa, and a wall-mounted Flatscreen TV for entertainment off the Guest Bedrooms. One of these bedrooms is a second Master Suite with a king-sized bed, two sets of arch-topped glass doors that lead out to a wide balcony, and an en suite luxury bath. Another Guest Bedroom has comfortable cottage styled furnishings with a queen-sized bed and a Romeo & Juliet window balcony. It shares a full hall bath with a nice Kid’s Room that has two twin bunks.

The main Master Bedroom encompasses the entire third floor. It’s adorned in tropical décor with a king-sized bed, a very romantic balcony with views of the glistening Gulf in the distance, and a luxurious en suite bath that features granite-topped double vanities, a soaking tub, and walk-in shower.                   
                                                                                                      
Blue Mountain Beach has the highest elevation on the entire Gulf of Mexico and award-winning sugar-white beaches. You can walk to popular 30A restaurants nearby in this laid back village, including the Blue Mable Smokehouse, The Red Fish Taco, Redd’s Fueling Station, and Johnny McTighe’s Irish Pub. Delicious desserts may be found at the highly-rated Blue Mountain Creamery and the Blue Mountain Bakery. Other picturesque coastal villages nearby feature many other restaurants, bars, specialty shops, outdoor concerts, and fun festivals.

First Floor: Living Room with Patio Access, Kitchen, Dining, Hall Bath with Walk-In Shower, Laundry.

Second Floor: Bonus Den with Queen Sleeper Sofa, King Bedroom with Walk-In Shower and Balcony Access, Queen Bedroom, Bunk Room with Two Twin Bunks, Hall Bath with Tub/Shower Combo.

Third Floor: King Master Bedroom with Walk-In Shower and Soaking Tub + Balcony Access.

*Add $50.00 per day to heat the pool (available October — April if needed).

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Queen Sleeper Sofa

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King

Total: Queen, 2 King, 2 Twin Bunk, Queen Sleeper Sofa

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At Playa Azul, nestled at the foot of the coastal cliffs, steps lead directly from the hotel of the same name. At the same time, the beach itself is only a 10-minute drive from the city of Barahona. This romantic bay attracts with its turquoise water and strong waves, and its coast is partially covered with pebbles and white sand. Stay on the beach and enjoy the breathtaking panorama.

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Café Toral

Walk the Café Toral coffee route, an interesting hour-long tour of the famous coffee plantation located in the mountains of the municipality of Polo. Learn about the different stages of coffee production, its journey from tree to cup.

Barahona, Trail Plantations, Family Fun

Cafeto Madre

Cafeto Madre is another option for those who want to walk through the coffee plantations in the mountains of the municipality of Polo. Local guides will lead you along the trails directly to the coffee plantations. And since you are there, take a look at the Kachote mountain forest nearby.

Barahona, Trail Plantations, Family Fun

Casa Bonita

This short but scenic zipline adventure will take you over a clear river and see the rainforest from an unusual angle. The descent ends at a local spa resort where you can recover from the ride.

Barahona, Zipline, Adventure & Ecotourism, Family Fun

Corporativa Simona Esmeralda Feliz

This small cooperative, located in the municipality of Polo, is engaged in both the cultivation and processing of coffee. You can visit the factory floors between November and January.

Barahona, Trail Plantations, Family Fun

Villa Miriam

Accessible to all for a small fee, Villa Miriam is a private residence surrounded by dams formed by the San Rafael River, which flows down from the green hills nearby.

Barahona, Cenotes + Springs, History & Culture, Family Fun

City of Barahona

City of Barahona has a great location: nearby beaches, cool rivers where you can swim, from here in less than an hour you can reach a variety of natural parks, lakes and mountains.

Barahona, History and Culture, Family Holidays

Cachote

Cachote is a protected natural area covered with mountain forest and leaving an unforgettable impression. On its territory, at an altitude of 1097 m above sea level, there is a small village. Walking along the winding paths, you can get acquainted with the local tropical flora, including bromeliads and wild orchids. In addition, there are special routes for birdwatchers.

Barahona, Hiking, National Park + Conservation Areas, Wildlife Watching, History & Culture, Family Fun

Cueva de la Virgen

A half-hour walk through the green tropical forest will take you to a huge cave hidden at the foot of the Baoruco mountain range, where the turquoise color of underground waters opens up.

Barahona, Cenotes + Springs, Caves, Hiking, Wildlife Watching, Family Fun

La Ciénaga

In the charming coastal fishing village of La Ciénaga, you can participate in the preparation of homemade jam from fresh fruits harvested in the Sierra de Baoruco, and go hiking to the nearby caves and rivers.

Barahona, Hiking, History & Culture, Family Fun

Rincón Lagoon

Rincón Lagoon, the largest freshwater lagoon in the Dominican Republic, covers an area of ​​28 square meters. km and recognized as a protected scientific reserve, there are a variety of plants, birds and animals: turtles, iguanas, flamingos, pelicans, herons and mallards.

Barahona, Rivers + Lakes, National Parks + Protected Areas, Wildlife Watching, History & Culture, Family Fun

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Hotel Playa Azul

3 stars

Hotel in Playa Azul

Hotel Playa Azul features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Playa Azul. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and concierge services.
Friendly attentive reception, wonderful clean pool

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6.3

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HOTEL MARIA TERESA

3 stars

Hotel in Playa Azul

MARIA TERESA is located in Playa Azul, 300 meters from Playa Azul Beach. This property features a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor pool and a garden.
Very cool place love the facility and the staff are super nice.. I don’t speak much Spanish but it didn’t matter we still communicated fine. Nice pool pretty good food and the price you can’t beat.

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8.7

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Nichos Beach Villas

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Playa Azul

Nichos Beach Villas is located in Playa Azul. This air-conditioned apartment features a patio with pool views and a patio.
The location front to the beach.

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7.9

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Bungalows La Perla Playa Azul

Playa Azul

Offering sea views, Bungalow La Perla Playa Azul is located in Playa Azul. The property has a restaurant, shared lounge, garden, private beach area and BBQ facilities. The floor in the rooms is tiled.
The room and view were excellent with easy access to the beach very impressed

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8.9

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Playa Azul, Michoacán Casa&SolMarena

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Playa Azul

Set in Playa Azul, 400 meters from Playa Azul and 2 km from Cerrito del Capiri, Playa Azul, Michoacán Casa&SolMarena provides accommodation with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV.

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Casa de Descanso las Camelinas P/25 personas

Playa Azul

Featuring an outdoor pool and a terrace, Casa de Descanso las Camelinas P/25 personas is located in Playa Azul. It offers free Wi-Fi and pool views.

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Casa Maranones

Playa Azul

Casa Marañones is located in Playa Azul, 300 meters from Playa Azul. It offers air-conditioned rooms with access to a garden with a sun terrace.

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SKY DEPA

Lazaro Cardenas (Near Playa Azul)

SKY DEPA is located in Lázaro Cardenas. This air-conditioned apartment is equipped with 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen.

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Mi Hotel Club

3 stars

Hotel in Lazaro Cardenas

Mi hotel Club is located in Lázaro Cardenas. It features a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi. Room service is available.

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City Express Lazaro Cardenas

4 stars

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