Bahia Salinas

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Visiting Bahia Salinas

Bahia Salinas is part of the of the Guanacaste province and has one unique feature. It is blessed with nearly constant winds from November to May! This makes Bahia Salinas the premier Wind and Kite Surfing location in Costa Rica. The winds generally maintain a steady 25 mph speed. Bahia Salinas in located in the northwest corner of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is so far north that the top side of the bay is actually in Nicaragua. The waters in this area are teeming with marine life like turtles, dolphins and a multitude of different types of fish.

Highlights

Kiteboarding, surfing, kayaking, …

Windsurfing SunsetThe constant winds from November to March as well as the consistently flat water turn Bahia Salinas into a paradise for the tourists who love water sports. Grab a kite and board on the waters or enjoy an afternoon of surfing, kayaking or windsurfing.

 

 

A large variety of activities

ATV Tour Zuma ToursGuanacaste has many exciting activities and adventures that will appeal to every person in your party. Because of the proximity to Nicaragua, there are a variety of great day and overnight trips to the colonial city of Granada as well as the surf town of San Juan del Sur. Local providers offer mountain ATV tours, horseback riding, zip line excursions and if you venture a bit further there are excellent adventures to be found at Palo Verde National Park, Rio Celeste, and Rincon de la Vieja to name a few!

Bolanos Island National Wildlife Reserve

Bahia SalinasBolanos Island National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful tropical island. It is a unique bird sanctuary that can only be accessed by boat that is home to spectacular seabirds including Brown Pelicans and Frigatebirds. This fragile ecosystem receives less then 2 inches of rain per year and is only open to visitors from April to November. The rocky terrain of the island makes for some exciting hiking. The lovely white sandy beaches are frequented by lizards, crabs and a multitude of other marine life. During the offseason birders circle this small paradise by boat with a guide and observe the magnificent seabird species as they feed and nest. The protection of this little gem of a reserve began in 1981. It continued to provide much-needed protection to many spectacular bird species!

Santa Rosa National Park

witches rock costa ricaThe northern part of Guanacaste is largely made up of tropical dry forest. The Santa Rosa and Guanacaste National parks are stunning and more off the beaten path destinations for the keen explorer. Santa Rosa features over 500 square kilometers of national park that is home to over 250 native bird species. Here you will also find a war museum dedicated to one of Costa Rica’s most memorable battles as well as the remote and stunning Playa Naranjo.

Nearby beaches!

Snorkeling in Costa RicaEnjoy the relatively calm waters and dry, sunny weather that Guanacaste is famous for.  Among one of the favorite beaches in the area is El Jobo. This white sand paradise is surrounded by rolling hills and spectacular Pacific Ocean views. The perfect spot to spend a day playing in the beautiful blue water and relaxing on the beach. Another favorite beach area is Despensa Island, which offers some of the best snorkeling in Costa Rica! The crystal-clear water that surrounds the island offers snorkelers the chance to see a large variety of marine life like the Angel and Parrot Fish as well as many other colorful and exotic species.

Guanacaste coastline

Stand Up Paddle SmaraIt would be a shame to visit Guanacaste and go further south to explore the rest of the famous beaches. Explore the Gulf of Papagayo and see beaches like Playa Panama, Playas del Coco and Playa Hermosa. Go a bit further south and visit the surf hubs of Playa Grande and Tamarindo. The most southern edges of Guanacaste known as the Nicoya Peninsula are home to iconic beaches like Playa Samara and Nosara as well as the more remote surfing paradise of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais!

By all means, enjoy yourself in the beauty of Bahia Salinas Costa Rica and see all the amazing beaches. 

Tips

Visit between November and March: Not only is this the Costa Rica dry season, it is also the tine of the year that Bahia Salinas offers consistent winds for the water sport enthusiasts.

Explore the province of Guanacaste: From some of Costa Rica’s most iconic beaches to the diverse beauty of the national parks and volcanoes, there are a lot of destinations to choose from!

Visit Nicaragua: Bahia Salinas is right at the tip of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. The close proximity of Nicaragua makes Bahia Salinas the perfect starting point to explore this gorgeous country. There are plenty of agencies that offer day tours of places like San Juan del Sur or the beautiful colonial town of Granada.

Getting there

Closest International Airport: Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR)

car rentals vacationBahia Salinas is conveniently located at about half an hour drive from Liberia, capital of Guanacaste and home to the international airport. From here you can rent a car or arrange for a shuttle to take you to Bahia Salinas. Shuttles can be either shared or private depending on your preference.

Dining

Gallo Pinto VegetarianPlaza Copal Restaurant offers casual yet high quality dining with an atmosphere that is great for kids as well as adults. Here you can enjoy amazing sea food dishes as well as some local favorites such as Gallo pinto and Casado. If you favor high quality Italian food, visit Blue Dream Restaurant and Pizzeria.

Where to stay

Spa Dreams Las MareasDreams Las Mareas is an elegant and family friendly all-inclusive resort. Offering unlimited luxury and conform, this 5-star gem can arrange a wide variety of activities for you in the immediate area as well as the whole province. It is a great location for that exciting yet relaxing family vacation as well as a romantic getaway for the couple and honeymooners. You may not even want to leave your hotel!

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