Playa Blanca in Costa Rica is one of those hidden gems that most tourists don’t visit because they don’t know that it exists.
Alright, now on to the complete guide to Playa Blanca in Costa Rica.
Getting to Playa Blanca in Costa Rica:
Playa Blanca is located within a private resort. This means that the public can’t access it, right? Nope! All beaches in Costa Rica need to have public access by law. That means there is a secret way for you to get to the beach.
You will need a rental car to get here. If you haven’t already booked one, please read our Rental Car Guide and grab your 10% discount.
To get to Playa Blanca you need to type in “Parqueo Para Particulares” into your GPS (we like using the free app Waze for directions) or into Google Maps. This will direct you straight to the Playa Blanca parking lot.
From San Jose it will take you about 1.5 hours. From Jaco it will take about 30 minutes.
From Route 39 (the highway) you will turn onto a dirt road. You will continue on this road for about 15 minutes. It may seem like you are in the wrong place, but you aren’t. Just keep going! Eventually you will enter the resort area with many nice private homes and hotels. You are allowed to drive here. Just keep going straight all the way to the end.
At the end of the road, you will see a dirt parking lot with an attendant. The attendant working will ask you for a few dollars to watch your car for the day.
Accessing Playa Blanca in Costa Rica:
After parking, you can access the beach in front of you called Playa Mantas. This beach is nice and your best option if you have children or anyone with difficulty walking. There is a huge inflatable play structure in the water that kids will love.
If you want an even more beautiful beach, head to the left when you reach the sand. At the end of the beach, there is a path you have to go up and over to get to Playa Blanca. It requires a little climb up a few rocks and then down the other side. It is not difficult, but if you have a bunch of beach gear with you, it can be hard.
During high tide, this end of the beach is under water and it is really difficult to get to because the rocks are covered in water and really slippery. Trust me, I learned the hard way when I fell in and soaked an ipod. 🙁
Last Tips For Playa Blanca in Costa Rica:
-Bring a picnic or stuff for grilling: There is no place to buy food on the beach. If you plan on spending a full day here you will need to carry all your food and drinks on to the beach with you. There are grills which you can use for free. You just need to bring your charcoal.
-Arrive and leave at low tide: You will be unable to access the beach during high tide. If you need to figure out the tides, check out the site Magic Seaweed.
-The parking lot fills up fast: There are a very limited amount of spaces in the parking lot. We suggest arriving early (by 9am) to ensure you get a spot. If it is not low tide, you can enjoy the Playa Mantas side of the beach and walk over to Playa Blanca when the water goes out.
-Don’t leave anything valuable in your car: Although there is a parking attendant, I wouldn’t leave anything important in your car. You just never know.
-Wear a dry shirt into the water: The water is such a pleasant temperature here and usually, it is calm enough that you can easily swim. If you are in the water or even just walking, we suggest wearing a fast drying shirt. You would be surprised how fast you can get sunburned here. We are so close to the equator.
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