Playa Langosta, Costa Rica
The Playa Langosta Vibe
Playa Langosta is the place to stay if you are looking for luxurious villas and a relaxed vibe but close enough to the action of Tamarindo.
There isn’t a whole lot to do in Langosta itself besides enjoying the beaches, but that gives it the peaceful feeling.
We got married at a beach front villa in Langosta, so it definitely holds a special place in our hearts.
Map Of Playa Langosta
Playa Langosta is located on Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste Province.
It is just south of the bustling surf town of Tamarindo.
Playa Langosta 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 Playa Langosta
Flights to Costa Rica
The easiest way of getting to Playa Langosta is by flying in to the Liberia International Airport. From Liberia, it is about a 1.5 hour drive to Playa Langosta. 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
Renting a car and driving to Langosta on your own is a great option if you would like to have a car for fun day trips while in the area. The drive is on main roads the entire way and if you are a somewhat experienced driver you shouldn’t have any trouble.
We work exclusively with a local car rental company called Adobe for all our rental needs. They are the best company and we could rave about them all day. Plus, they have given us a 10% discount and other great perks to pass on to you.
You can find out more and book your car here.
If you are traveling with a group of people and don’t plan on renting a car, a private shuttle is the way to go.
You can all sit back and enjoy the Pacific coast scenery while a competent driver ensures you get to your destination safely.
We work exclusively with Adobe Transfer for private shuttles. You can find out more and get a shuttle price quote here.
If you are traveling as a couple or small family, a taxi is usually a more economical option rather than a private shuttle.
There is a family of certified Costa Rican taxi drivers based out of Liberia who we think very highly of. They will take very good care of you!
If you are interested in taking a taxi, click here to contact them for a price quote.
Oh, and they will give all our readers a $10 discount off the official taxi price list!
From San Jose Internation Airport
From San Jose it will take about five hours to drive to Playa Langosta.
The drive here is long, but doable.
The first two hours of the drive are on a main toll highway. If you are a somewhat experienced driver you should have no trouble with this.
The tolls do not accept credit cards. They will take dollars or colones.
You will then drive on a main road that can feel like it take foreverrrr. A lot of big trucks drive this road and it is often hard to find a place to pass them.
Eventually, you will turn off on a smaller main road called Paso de Tampisque.
If you need to stop for a quick meal or bathroom, there is a small plaza with a Subway, Papa Johns, and Taco Bell located just before you make a left-hand turn on to Paso de Tampisque.
Other than that, there are not many quick food options along the way.
However, there are several gas stations if you need a bathroom break. Most of the gas station bathrooms are actually fairly decent.
From the turn on Paso de Tampisque, it is usually smooth sailing until you reach downtown Langosta.
Just not that police tend to hang out in the first few miles of your turn onto Paso de Tampisque controlling speeding.
We suggest downloading the free app Waze for directions in Costa Rica. It is the best and often other drivers are really great about inputting where the police are hanging out.
In other words, this drive is doable. We’ve done it many many times. However, after a long flight, driving for five hours might be the last thing you want to do.
A private shuttle is the most comfortable way to get to Playa Langosta.
Your shuttle driver will be waiting for you when you exit the airport and will take care of everything.
You and your group can just enjoy looking out the window. Your driver will be happy to stop for pictures or food along the way.
This is a really great option for Playa Langosta because you will most likely be renting a villa with your family or friends. A private transfer can hold all your guests and takes the stress out of driving yourself.
From San Jose it is possible to take a domestic flight to the Tamarindo airport. This is definitely the fastest way of getting here, but it is usually a bit more expensive and we don’t suggest it for people who are scared of small planes.
Getting Around in Playa Langosta
While staying here you may opt to just enjoy the amenities of your beach front villa. If you hire a private chef and arrange day tours, you won’t need a vehicle.
However, Langosta is a great jumping-off point for tons of cool day trips that are often easier to organize on your own with a car.
If you opt to take a shuttle or taxi to Langosta you can always rent a car for just a few days if you would like to do your own exploring.
Adobe is happy to deliver a rental car to you for free within 12 miles of their Tamarindo office. Langosta is a bit over 12 miles from their office, so you may have to pay a small delivery fee.
Just make sure to select Tamarindo as your pick-up location in the reservation form.
In the comments section of the reservation form, specify that you need the car delivered to you at your hotel in Langosta.
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.
Our Suggestion: If you won’t need a rental car for the whole trip, take a private transfer or taxi to Playa Langosta and arrange with Adobe to have a car delivered for just a few days. That way you can have a little time to get out and explore on your own.
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Playa Langosta Weather
The most popular time to visit Langosta is between the end of December through early May. This is dry season in the Guanacaste region. You can expect extremely hot weather and no rain.
Keep in mind that the area is not as pretty come late February through mid-April. At this time of year there has been so little rain that everything starts to turn brown and dried out.
Also, keep in mind that rental prices are seasonal. This means that you will be paying a lot more for a villa in the dry season versus the rainy season.
We like to visit this area between May through mid-August. At that time of year, you will likely have a daily afternoon thunderstorm, but there are far fewer tourists, and everything is green and blooming.
From mid-August through mid-December you can expect the temperature to cool off a bit and more rain. It is really difficult to predict the weather at this time of year. Sometimes you might experience rain all day. Other times the weather may be completely fine.
For more info on Costa Rica seasons check out our guide to the weather by month.
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There are only a few hotel options in Langosta. Instead, most people opt to rent a villa or condo. If you would like to stay at our hotel, we have four great options for you.
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel – A very nice resort style accommodation option. There is a shared pool, restaurant, lounge, massages services, and concierge located on the property.
Favela Chic Tamarindo – Adults Only – Modern bungalows with a shared pool. Each bungalow has a private kitchen. The beach is about a five minute walk away.
Sueño del Mar Beachfront Hotel – This hotel is located directly on the beach. It is cozy and nice. Breakfast is included in the room rate.
Capitán Suizo Beachfront Boutique Hotel – A stunning beach front hotel. This place features an outdoor pool, spa facilities, an on-site restaurant, bar, and massage services
Playa Langosta 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.
CASA DE LUZ – An 8 bedroom/ 7 bath home that can sleep up to 23 guests. There is a large pool and beachfront access. This is the villa we rented for our wedding and we loved it!
Villa Estrella Azul – An 8 bedroom / 6 bath home that can sleep up to 18 guests. We love this place for the open floor plan and the amazing property with private pool
Soul House – A 4 bedroom/ 5 bath house that can sleep up to 14 guests. The style of this place is absolutely stunning. It has a zen- Balinese feel to it. It would be the perfect place for a relaxing retreat.
Beachfront House – A 4 bedroom/ 5 bath home which can sleep up to 8 guests. This home has amazing views of the Pacific ocean a pool and nice outdoor seating areas.
Moroccan Villa – A 3 bedroom / 3.5 bath home which can sleep up to 8 guests. It has a secluded Moroccan feel to it. I think you will really like the style.
TWO BEDROOM CONDO – A 2 bedroom/ 2.5 bath condo with large shared infinity pool. This place is a short walk to the beach and you will have ocean views from your large balcony.
Modern Three Bedroom Condo – A 3 bedroom/ 3.5 bath condo that can sleep up to 8 guests. I love this place for its minimal Scandinavian style. This place as a large balcony with ocean views, a shared infinity pool, and a short walk to the beach.
CAPTIVATING 2 BEDROOM CONDO – A 2 bedroom/ 2 bath home that can sleep up to 6 guests. We like this spot because the condo complex only contains six units, so it feels very private and cozy. There is a large rooftop terrace you will have access to as well as a pool.
CONDO WITH PRIVATE Jacuzzi – A 3 bedroom/ 3 bath condo that can sleep up to 8 guests. We love this place because you will have your own private jacuzzi as well as access to the shared pool.