Flamingo, Costa Rica
The Flamingo Vibe
The Playa Flamingo area is a great Pacific coast destination. lt is a small town, but has some of the best resort and white sand beach options in the country.
Most of the accommodation options here are high end, but it is possible to find budget-friendly options as well (especially when traveling during the rainy season).
Map Of Flamingo
Flamingo is located on Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste Province.
The nearest big city is Liberia, which is about one and a half hours away.
Flamingo at a Glance
Nearest International Airport
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia
Popular Things to Do
surfing, rent an ATV, snorkel or diving tours
Best Way to Get Around
Rental car, walking in the downtown area
Best Time of Year to Visit
Dry season is from late December until mid-April
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Getting to Flamingo
Flights to Costa Rica
The easiest way of getting to Flamingo is by flying in to the Liberia International Airport. From Liberia, it is about a 1.5 hour drive to Flamingo. From San Jose, it is about a five hour drive.
That being said, we will go through how to get here from each airport to clear things up a bit.
If you haven’t booked your flight yet, we suggest using Skyscanner. We consistently find the best rates through their website.
Transportation From Liberia International Airport
It is much easier to get to Playa Flamingo from Liberia airport rather than from San Jose. From Liberia, the drive will take a little over an hour on a well-paved (and mostly flat) road.
From San Jose airport the drive will take about 4.5 hours. The roads are all well maintained, but this route can sometimes be really slow. Most roads are one lane in either direction and if you get stuck behind a slow truck (which will happen at some point), it can be difficult to pass.
We like to rent a car to get to Playa Flamingo. You do not need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to Playa Flamingo. An SUV is nice for comfort, but you can make it here from San Jose or Liberia with a small car.
We suggest using Adobe Rent a Car because they are the most trustworthy rental car company in this country (in our opinion) and we have a 10% discount for you. You can read more about renting a car here.
Getting Around in Flamingo
The downtown area of Playa Flamingo is very walkable. You really do not need a car if you will just be relaxing at your hotel, visiting the beach, and enjoying the great restaurants. However, there is a lot to do in the area. If you would like to explore some nearby spots, a car is the easiest way to get around.
If you take a shuttle to Playa Flamingo and would like to rent a car for just a few days of exploring, that is completely possible with Adobe. In fact, they will even deliver your rental car to you for free within Playa Flamingo. Just add a comment in your reservation about which hotel you will be staying at so they know where to deliver your car.
Also, make sure to select “Tamarindo/Flamingo/Potrero” as your drop off and pick up location.
Pro Tip: Rent a car with Adobe through our site and you will get a 10% discount! Score! You can find out more about it here.
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As with most of the country, the dry season runs from mid-December until April or May. During this time it gets very hot and dry here. By March everything turns brown due to such a lack of rain. This is also the most popular time of year to visit Playa Flamingo.
From May until August, expect some afternoon rainstorms, however, it is difficult to predict. There is typically far less rain in Flamingo than in other parts of the country.
From mid-August until December afternoon rainstorms are very typical. The rain tends to arrive around 2pm and lasts for a few hours.
For more information on the weather in Costa Rica by month and location, check out this complete guide.
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Margaritaville Beach Resort– Nice resort with all-inclusive options. There is a pool with swim-up bar and restaurants on-site.
360 Splendor– Amazing apartments with a shared infinity pool. This is a great accommodation option because each unit has a private kitchen.
Casa Chameleon Hotel– Beautiful adults-only hotel with amazing sea views. There is an amazing restaurant, bar, and infinity pool on the property.
Libelu Lounge– If you’ve ever wanted to try out glamping (glamorous camping) this is the place to do it. There is a pool on-site and breakfast is included.
Hotel Guanacaste Lodge– Simple but nice accommodation option with a pool and free daily breakfast. Located 300 meters from the beach.
Casitas Mar y Posa– Small hotel with a pool. The owners are super nice and helpful. Breakfast is also included.
Massai Apartments– Simple and comfortable apartments located 300 meters from the beach. There is a pool on-site for guests to use.
Flamingo Homes & Villa Rentals
We always love renting a home or villa for our vacation. This gives you more privacy and allows you the flexibility to cook your own meals.
Note: We try to only ever suggest places with good cancellation policies, but always double check before booking.
Sea View Play – A 2 bedroom condo that can sleep up to 5 guests. We love the large outdoor balcony.
Villa Fugata – A two bedroom villa that can sleep 4 guests. This would be perfect for a girls trip or a small family. There is a small infinity pool and everything is immaculate.
Casa Playa Bonita – A five bedroom home that can sleep up to 10 guests. We like this place for the large pool and nice outdoor space.
Things to Do in Flamingo
Go Beach Hopping
There are so many beautiful beaches in this area. Definitely check out nearby Playa Conchal and Playa Potrero.
We suggest an in-shore or off-shore trip with our buddies on the Guerrero del Mar. Captain Werner and crew will guarantee you have a great day.
Some fish you might catch include; mahi-mahi, sailfish, marlin, cubera snapper, and skipjack tuna.
Check out Tamarindo
The town of Tamarindo is located about 20 minutes south of Flamingo. This Costa Rican town is great for surfing lessons, delicious restaurants, and shopping.
Take an ATV Tour
There are multiple companies in Playa Flamingo that can arrange fun ATV tours.
Take a Sunset Boat Tour
The sunset here is always amazing and what better way to experience it than while on a catamaran or sail boat? These tours include snorkeling and some food and drinks.
Go Scuba Diving
If you are interested in diving, this is the perfect place to get your scuba gear on. Most tours will take you out to the Catalina islands where you can experience a variety of marine life.
Visit a Day Spa
With so many high-end hotels and resorts in the area, there are plenty of day spa options.
Head South to Playa Grande
Playa Grande is located just south of Flamingo. This remote beach is also home to nesting sea turtles. If you are lucky, you might just spot them.
Go Horseback Riding
Often you will see people with horses on Flamingo and other nearby beaches.
Our favorite is to take a horseback ride while enjoying the sunset.