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Meredith
Columbus (Mississippi)

Meredith from Columbus (Mississippi) asked

Best non-touristy beach towns not too far from an airport.

We are wanting to book a trip to Costa Rica and rent an AirBNB that is on the beach but backs up to jungle. We don't want to go somewhere super touristy like Tamarindo, but we would like to go somewhere where we can have at least a small selection of restaurants/bars/shops to sample. We like to be immersed in the culture. I'm not opposed to traveling far if the transportation situation is simple, but we are thinking of flying in to Liberia since it is closer proximity to the coast than other airports. Any advice or suggestions are welcome!

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Randy from Scottsdale

Manuel Antonio National Park near Quepos. Has what you are looking for. The BEST sunsets in all of Costa Rica. Been here 5 times. Slothes in the trees, monkeys swinging, Jesus Lizards, nice beaches, great coffee, plenty of restaurants and convenient to Adrenal, the volcano & hot springs-go at night to see the volcanic rocks & lava if it's active, Fortuna, horseback riding and a cool waterfall. Bird watching guided jungle tours!


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Meredith
Awesome! Thank you for your tips! We are booking a house in Manuel Antonio!
 

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Rocio
Agree with you guys! Manuel Antonio is my home town however it is not close to the 2 main airport of Costa Rica. Pura vida and enjoy the ride!!!
 
 
 

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Rocio from Costa Rica

Hello Meredith. Not too far from Daniel Oduber International Airport airport, I would probably recommend Santa Teresa and Malpais.  In Santa Teresa I always stay at Villas Hermosas, highly recommended.

Both beaches are very peaceful (even though Santa Tere is a bit developed, Malpais retains its laid-back, small village atmosphere with large patches of unspoiled nature).  Santa Tere is very famous for surfing, has hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. The coast of Malpais is rocky in some parts, with some bizarre volcanic formations creating fascinating scenery. Malpais directly borders cabo blanco nature reserve but there is no entrance to the park from here. Both beaches are highly recommended and the two of them are my favorite to visit.

Hope this helps! Pura vida!!


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Ross from Fort Collins

If you do any digging you will find you do not want quepos or Manuel! After 7 trips to C.R. There is almost no place left that you are looking for.... Except the Osa! Fly into puerto jimenez, rent a car and head west to a vacation rental. It's the last real place in C.R.! But there are cheaper countries just north and south of C.R. that won't remind you of Florida lol


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Richard from Costa Rica

Thats a tough request,a non touristy beach town with a selection of restaurants. After 12 years living here I can say it hardly happens that any development near a beach is non touristy but some neighborhoods along the coast always have ample homes and rooms for rent on beaches used mostly by locals an example would be Bajamar beach and Playa Guacalillo  just north of the Tarcoles River. It is an area full of wildlife but known almost exclusively by locals.

I would also recommend Puntarenas as well due to its tourist development but also a non touristy side. Much Luck


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