Hidden away to the southwest of the town, Flamingo Beach is picture-perfect, with almost-white sand sloping into a relatively calm sea, and buttonwood trees separating it from the road. This Blue Flag beach is great for swimming, with a fine-sand bottom and no strong currents, though there are a few submerged rocks in front of the Flamingo Beach Resort, so you should swim a bit farther south. There's sometimes a bit of surf, so if the waves are big, keep your eye on little paddlers. There is little shade along the beach's 1-km-long (½-mile-long) stretch, and no services, though there are restaurants in the beach resort and the adjacent town. To find the beach, go straight as you enter town, and instead of going up the hill, turn left after the Flamingo Beach Resort. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: swimming; walking.
southwest of town, in front of Flamingo Beach Resort, Flamingo, Costa Rica