Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Travel Guide

Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Sights

Playa Panama

  • Playa Panama, at Culebra Bay
  • Beach–Sight

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

On the southern end of Culebra Bay, this calm beach with black sand stretches 2 km (1¼ miles), and is frequented by guests staying at nearby El Mangroove resort and Casa Conde Beachfront Hotel. Devoid of rocks and waves, the water is virtually flat, making this a popular spot for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming. There’s a wooden shack next to El Mangroove offering overpriced water activities and equipment. Local vendors stand beachside, selling everything from sarongs to snow cones. With a minimum of six people, you can organize a snorkeling tour on a boat to the outer bay. There isn’t much shade on the sand, but a grassy area between the resorts and the beach is lined with swaying palms and mesquite trees. A path meanders from one end of the bay to the other, meaning you can stroll without getting too much sun. There's guarded parking ($1 tip) between the two hotels. Amenities: food and drink; water sports. Best for: kayaking; swimming; walking.

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Playa Panama, at Culebra Bay, In front of El Mangroove, , Costa Rica

Published 06/18/2015


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