While this guide has been a long time coming, since 2017, Beau and I ventured out to Playa Conchal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica for our honeymoon. Neither of us had ever been before, and were dying to visit. Boy are we glad we did. I cannot wait to hopefully return in the near future for a longer visit! We had so much fun. I’m going to round up everything we did and what I hope we can do next time we go in my Costa Rica travel guide.
Playa Conchal is only a six-hour flight from Dallas. For many people, they are used to hearing of only San Jose, Costa Rica. However, there is another airport located in Liberia, Costa Rica. Liberia is the capital of the City of Guanacaste Province, and it’s actually called “La Ciudad Blanca” (white city) because of the white gravel and whitewashed colonial houses. Liberia is even home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica such as Playa Conchal, Playa Tamarindo, Playa Hermosa, and more! It is even home to the “Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park” which has hot sprints, waterfalls, and some of the best views the country has to offer. Liberia is the perfect escape from where you live without requiring an entire day of travel.
Where to Stay
There are many popular choices to stay when visiting Liberia. On our honeymoon, we were fortunate enough to be gifted a stay at the Westin Playa Conchal which is an all-inclusive resort on the beaches of Playa Conchal. We went in December, and were shocked at how many people were visiting at the time due to the holidays. There are also options for renting out homes depending on your preferences.
- The Westin Playa Conchal: This is one of Playa Conchal’s high-end-all-inclusive resort. It sits right on the sandy beaches and has over 1,500 acres of forests and wildlife. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous. When we arrived, we upgraded to a larger suite for various reasons. We upgraded to the Royal Beach Club that had a salt water pool for adults only. The other pools on the property allow children, but we preferred to have a little bit more privacy for our stay! The rooms are large and the one we stayed in had a kitchen, large living room, bedroom, and bathroom, and also had a private balcony and bath tub. There are eight restaurants on the property in which you can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All of the alcohol and drinks are all inclusive, too! There are so many activities to do on and off the property you will not regret it if you stay here.
- W Costa Resort– This hotel is another wonderful option and newer option. Its located within a 2,300-acre nature reserve. Not only that, it’s only twelve minutes from Tamarindo which is a popular surf spot. There are 150 guest rooms, some which contain open air showers and private balconies. It’s the perfect place to visit surrounding national parks, to golf, enjoy a spa day and more.
Where to eat
This is kind of a loaded question, as the resort we stayed at had eight on site restaurants which were all so amazing. However, below are some recommendations for places to try for your visit, and that we plan on trying next time we go.
–Ander’s Restaurant is all about seafood and it’s located in Brasilito which is very close to Playa Conchal.
–Papaya is more of an informal and relaxed atmosphere that serves amazing seafood, steak, and even non meat options for vegetarians.
What to Do
While relaxing on the beaches of Playa Conchal is a huge part of visiting, there is so much more to do in Costa Rica! Everyone is so kind and relaxed that you cannot go wrong in anything you do.
-Beach: While there are many public access spots and beaches, we loved staying at the Westin because it had its own private beach. Every time we walked down, there were dozens of local vendors selling handmade items. And you guys, the views never get old.
-Golf: The Westin Playa Conchal does have their own golf course if you are interested.
-ATV Riding: We went to a local spot down the street from our hotel and had so much fun riding ATV’s together! We had a local guide that took us around the city and we got to see some amazing spots. It was my first time riding and ATV and I had so much fun riding down the beaches and seeing all things Costa Rica!
-Shopping: There were so many vendors located in our resort but we also had the chance to travel to nearby cities that had strips of local shops.
-Catamaran: There are so many catamaran trips you can take. I am not a huge swimmer, but we ended up taking a trip with a dozen other people down the ocean to private beaches where we got to snorkel with local ocean wildlife.
-Fishing: This was my husband’s absolute favorite thing to do! We found a local guide that took us out on a half day fishing trip. While I ended up sea sick, we did manage to catch some fish and had a wonderful time!
– Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park: This was probably one of my favorite activities! It’s located a few hours from Playa Conchal but the trips are worth it. Its 34,000 acres of beautiful lush plants and two volcanoes. We enjoyed a day of zip lining which was incredible. I was a nervous wreck the whole time being so high up in the trees, but it was an experience of a lifetime to be atop the Costa Rican forests. We also went through a forest water slide, and horseback riding (which is not for the faint of heart) before hiking up the hot springs and bathing in mud before enjoying the amazingly warm hot springs.
I hope my Costa Rican (Playa Conchal) travel guide is helpful if you are planning a trip here! This was one of the best trips I have been on and I cannot wait for us to go back in the near future. There are so many more things and places to experience, but it is a trip I will always remember!
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