by Ben the Grate
April 2, 2003
The far left side of the beach is crowded with restaurants and hotels (most ruinously expensive) and is at the entrance to the national park, so it's the busiest. The farther right you go, the less people you'll find, until rocks bar the way for further walking unless you're gay and you've brought shoes.
Surfing is excellent here, especially just before sunset when big waves come in. Swimming can be tricky, as the undertow and rip are very strong.
In winter (dry season) local parties and festivals are held on the beach which draw TONS of ticos, gay and straight.
Many open-air shops along the beach sell the traditional beach trinkets and beachwear, as well as refreshments and snacks.
If you're a deserted beach lover, though, you'll need to journey into the National Park to find more solitude! Read that section separately.
From journal Costa Rica 101