Junquillal Beach - Costa Rica

Horseback riding along the deserted beach.
Horseback riding along the deserted beach.

Playa Junquilla is located on the Pacific coast in the canton of Guanacaste.

Tamarindo is 30.5 kilometers away from Junquillal Beach and Santa Crux 36.3 kilometers. Most of the hotels are located inland a bit away from the 3 kilometer long beach.

This is a well known surf destination among surfers from Costa Rica and surfers from the USA.

The waves break to the left and right over a sandy bottom. Surfers should have some experience before going into the water at Playa Junquillal. This spot can handle heavy swell and the waves will still run clean at a height of over 3 meters.

A beach break for experienced surfers...
A surfer in the beach break of Playa Junquillal.
A surfer in the beach break of Playa Junquillal.

Besides offshore fishing the Rio Andamojo is another option for fishermen in Playa Junquillal where red snapper can be caught in the river.

Junquillal Beach on the map

Junquillal Beach on the map

Facts about Junquillal Beach, Costa Rica

  • Junquilla Beach is located in the province of Guanacaste.

Driving times and distances

  • Distance from San Jose to Junquilla Beach: 260.2 kilometers respectively 161.8 miles.
  • Travel time from San Jose to Junquilla Beach: 5.13 hours.
  • Distance from Liberia to Junquilla Beach: 93.1 kilometers respectively 57.8 miles.
  • Travel time from Liberia to Junquilla Beach: 1.57 hours.

In 2004, WWF initiated a conservation project at Junquillal Beach, to improve the survival outlook for Leatherback, Black and Olive Ridley Turtles. The project has been a success, residents and foreign volunteers now help to protect these endangered sea turtles.



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