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Honeymoon beach time: Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio?

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Honeymoon beach time: Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio?

Honeymoon is in November. Fiancé and I plan on spending a few days in Arenal and are totally confused where to spend our beach time after that. Fiancé is primarily looking to surf every day and I am looking to swim in the ocean and sunbathe with a drink in my hand. We are a young couple and enjoy wildlife, tent camping and beautiful, remote beaches. Any suggestions on where to beach/where to stay? Is a car rental necessary?

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1. Re: Honeymoon beach time: Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio?

The beach area depends largely on which airport you're leaving from. Tamarindo makes sense if it's Liberia. If it's SJO you can find something further south on the Pacific side. There are plenty of good places to surf, weather dependent.

If you don't want to rent a car you can use shared shuttles or private drivers from place to place. If you have less than a week (you don't say) you might consider staying in Arenal and not moving around.

November can be very rainy. You might be frustrated if your goal is to sunbathe. The hot springs in Arenal, though, are good in any weather.

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2. Re: Honeymoon beach time: Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio?

The weather will likely be better further north. Tamarindo might suit you as it offers surfing there and several beaches nearby which also are good for surfing or sunbathing. Tamarindo, however is the most developed beach town of the Guanacaste beaches and although it is small compared to many places, you may prefer something less developed such as Playa Guiones near Nosara. Fly into LIR if heading to the Guanacaste beaches.

Edited: 12 May 2018, 21:17
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3. Re: Honeymoon beach time: Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio?

As mentioned earlier, the month of your travel might need to be considered when choosing your destinattion(s). While no one knows for sure what the weather will be like when you are in a certain area, there are probabilities and averages for the month of Nov. - https:/… .

If you want uncrowded, remote beach, the ones inside the MA park or the public beach outside the park are not that.

Edited: 13 May 2018, 02:16
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4. Re: Honeymoon beach time: Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio?

There are a lot of nice beaches in Guanacaste, many of them with few or sometimes no people. The crowds all seem to flock into a few beaches like Tamarindo and leave the other ones alone for the most part.

One example is Playa Bahia de los Piratas. The day I was there , there were 2 or 3 other people swimming. Then I noticed the water adjectent to it, there were surfers surfing by Playa Real. Another really nice beach that not too many people visit is Playa Mina/Minas just to the north. Look them up on youtube.

Definitely recommend renting a car (a 4 wheel drive will make the rough roads easier). so then you can visit these types of beaches, and also if the water conditions are not to your liking, you can go to a different beach. One day I went to Playa Ventanas (just north of Playa Grande, a big-time surfer beach) and Playa Ventanas was not its usual calm waters, so we just got in the car and went somewhere else. Playa Ventanas is another beach where many times there are no people at all.

I agree with the comment above that Manuel Antonio is not the beach you are looking for. It's a nice beach with good swimming, but it's also a tourist destination.

By the way, the sun rises really early in Costa Rica, I think around 5:40 am in November. If you want to make the most of the daylight time and maybe wake up to hear the animal sounds change at sunrise it's worth remembering.

Edited: 14 May 2018, 00:26
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5. Re: Honeymoon beach time: Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio?

Just north of Tamarindo is a good surfing beach called Playa Grande-- and just north of Playa Grande is a secluded beach with calm water called Playa Ventanas. Accessible via a road at Playa Grande—take a right before Hotel Las Tortugas and drive parallel to the beach. After a few kilometers, the road dead-ends at the beach.

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6. Re: Honeymoon beach time: Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio?

Great adfvice y Daily Dude...simple and nice..

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7. Re: Honeymoon beach time: Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio?

We like Manuel Antonio, but it doesn't fit your definition of a remote beach, lots of people, but good wildlife. The beach inside the park is beautiful but there are better areas for surfing.

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8. Re: Honeymoon beach time: Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio?

We just returned, flew into Liberia, rented car (Vamos) drove to Arenal for 4 days (Nayara resort Spa and Gardens) great honeymoon spot. We then drove and stayed in Playa Flamingo for a week (rented house VRBO). This was a great location, great restaurants and located close to many beaches. We visited around 8 beaches, most were empty or had no more than 4 people. The busiest being Conchal and Flamingo, but not busy compared to Florida or Hawaii beaches.

Driving in Costa Rica was a breeze, most roads were well paved and google maps worked great. So much cheaper and less of a hassle than trying to arrange transportation.

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