Playa Langosta

In Costa Rica’s beautiful, lush landscape, one will find the delightful beach resort of Playa Langosta, which is located on Tamarindo’s southern coast. The phrase Playa Langosta translates to Lobster Beach in English, and this is not surprising as the residents of Langosta Beach once depended on lobster fishing as their primary trade. Over the years, tourism has significantly boosted Costa Rica’s economy, although lobster fishing is still a popular activity in this part the world. Playa Langosta is an ideal neighborhood in which to spend a peaceful and quiet sojourn.

Playa Langosta, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Photo by dankitPlaya Langosta is also a perfect spot for those who enjoy surfing in an area that is never overcrowded, as the beach features a mostly residential atmosphere and offers a terrific surf break. In addition, the beachfront itself is breathtakingly beautiful at any time of the day or night. Although the shoreline is mostly rocky, this adds to the quaint charm of the landscape, and the small pockets of sandy beach offer secluded spots where sunbathers can leave the stress of everyday life far behind.

Although a quaint residential area of Costa Rica, Playa Langosta is also home to some exciting activities. Amid the handful of charming bed and breakfast establishments is a small casino, which is located within one of the town’s larger hotels.

There is also a local surf club in Langosta, which welcomes those on vacation with a daily visitor’s pass, subject to availability. The club offers tasty bar snacks and cocktails, as well as enjoyable games such as darts, ping pong, and billiards, and volleyball games are often scheduled on the beach in front of the club.

There is a small supermarket in the town, which is located within easy walking distance from almost all hotels and beach home rentals. It is open seven days a week until sundown, and often features fresh lobster for sale. There are several great restaurants in the area, which are also within walking distance, and most eateries are open every day of the week during peak tourist season. Additionally, the beach is conveniently located about ten minutes from Tamarindo’s local airport, and less than an hour from the international airport in Liberia.


On the north end of Playa Langosta there is a picturesque volcanic rock, which is surrounded by a sandy beach. When visiting this attraction one should bring a camera, as many photo opportunities will present themselves here. Also close by is the Las Baulas National Park where visitors can catch a glimpse of the nesting leatherback turtles that reside in the area, as well as many other protected wildlife species. Although it is a small beach town, and less famous than many other areas of Costa Rica, no one will be disappointed after a visit to Playa Langosta.


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