Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
Playa Conchal or the ‘Shell’ Beach is home to a leading Costa Rica golf resort, Reserva Conchal, which is adjacent to The Westin Golf Resort & Spa. Considered by many to be one of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica, Playa Conchal has pure white sand mingled with billions of tiny shell fragments. The 2-km long blue-flag beach is a favorite for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, not just for Reserva Conchal's and The Westin Resort's guests, but also for weekenders and domestic tourists.
Playa Conchal is a 15-minute drive from the Tamarindo airport, under an hour from Liberia airport, and on average 5 hours from San Jose airport. The best way to travel from San Jose to Playa Conchal is to board a 40-minute commuter flight by Sansa Air to Tamarindo, followed by a 15-minute taxi ride to your Playa Conchal hotel or vacation rental.
Outside the resort compound, the small township of Brasilito is the nearest attraction, being a lively fishing village with restaurants, souvenir stalls, farmers market and nightlife. Lajas, another nearby town, is known for colorful arts and craftsmanship. Catch a music festival in Huacas, or watch a bullfight in Matapalo, both are farming communities within half an hour’s drive.
The best accommodation on Playa Conchal is the variety of vacation rentals available in Reserva Conchal, which are ideal for a vacation centered on golf or beach or both. The resort has condos, villas, townhouses and duplexes overlooking the fairways, and penthouse suites with panoramic view of the golf course and ocean.
Rentals in Reserva Conchal are complemented by a dedicated Beach Club where holiday activities revolve around the beach front swimming pool, fitness center, restaurants and bars. The watersports center on the beach offers horseback riding and boat rides, and rent snorkel gear, boogie boards, ocean kayaks, kiteboards and volleyballs.
The golf course in Reserva Conchal features an 18-hole par 71 championship course by Robert Trent Jones II. At the resort’s Spa, guests can select from a comprehensive menu covering massages, facials and body treatments. A steam room, sauna and whirlpool are part of the Spa’s facilities. Kids of 2-8 years old can join in the fun at the Kids Club with a supervised children's pool. Baby sitting, room service, laundry service, business center services and car rentals are arranged by the resort concierge team. For peace of mind, the resort has medical staff on standby to respond to emergencies. Forgot to pack something? Chances are you can find it in the resort’s gift shop or golf shop.