Costa Rica Expat City Guide

Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Located along Guanacaste’s renowned “Gold Coast,” Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica, is a charming town that offers an impressive selection of top-notch resorts and some of the most exquisite white sand beaches in the region. Positioned between Playas del Coco and Potrero to the north, and Brasilito, Playa Conchal and Tamarindo to the south, Flamingo Beach is a great option for tourists and heat-loving expats alike.  The beach’s name is not derived from the flamingo bird, but rather from the sand’s pinkish hue. The immaculate beaches have earned the distinction of being a “Blue Flag Beach” due to their purity and cleanliness.

Flamingo is home to a diverse array of marine life, both in the waters near the coast and beyond the nearby Catalina Islands, Bat Islands, and Gulf of Papagayo. These waters are teeming with an array of fascinating creatures, including white-tipped sharks and giant Pacific mantas, as well as Sailfish, Marlin, Roosterfish, Snapper, and Yellow Fin Tuna.

One unique aspect of Flamingo is that there is no traditional town center. Instead, the central area near the beach is comprised of a vast mangrove forest, while each end of the town is developed with shopping, dining, entertainment, and lodging options.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape or a fun-filled adventure, Playa Flamingo is the ideal destination for those seeking a tropical paradise with plenty of amenities and attractions to explore.

Playa Flamingo Location

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Playa Flamingo Climate

Climate Type: Tropical Savanna

Similar to many other regions along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Playa Flamingo experiences consistently high temperatures throughout the year compared to the cooler inland and mountainous areas. The average temperature typically fluctuates between 31°C (88°F) and 35°C (95°F). Although the dry months, which span from December to January-April, are still characterized by warm weather, the humidity tends to be lower, creating a more pleasant and comfortable climate.

Playa Flamingo Weather

Hacienda Trancas, CR
9:19 am
weather icon 26°C | °F
L: 26° H: 26°
scattered clouds
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:22 am
Sunset: 6:07 pm

At a Glance

Popular Expat Neighborhoods: Playa Flamingo

Largest Regional City: Liberia

Vibe: beach, ocean, resort, tourist, adventure-seeking

Distance to Nearest International Airport: Liberia International Airport – 42 kilometers (26 miles) – approx. 60 minutes without heavy traffic


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