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Family Vacations: Top 5 Beaches for Children

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It’s that time of year when we pack up the family’s swimsuits and visit the natural wonders of the Guanacaste coast. Planning a vacation with children is not an easy task, especially during these holiday times when there are so many tourists.

According to Lt. Rodolfo Murillo, head of operations for the National Coastguard Service, the beaches along the northern Pacific coast (from La Cruz to Nandayure) are characterized by gentle waves during this time of year. “The beaches will be monitored daily by personnel trained to handle any contingency and provide security for swimmers,” said Murillo.

The Public Force will also be implementing a security plan so these areas will have police officers.

The Voice of Guanacaste selected five Guanacaste beaches that are ideal for traveling with little ones. Here they are:

Samara Beach: This beach is 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) long and is located 36 km from the city of Nicoya. It is very popular for swimming, learning to surf or kayaking. It is one of the safest beaches on the Pacific coast and has a Public Force police station right at the entrance. In addition, the gray sand beach and warm water is surrounded by palm trees and other trees, with plenty of space in the shade.

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Ocotal Beach: Ocotal is located 40 km south of the city of Liberia, located a few minutes from Playas del Coco, where there are many restaurant and hotel options. It is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving or lounging in the sun. The beach is surrounded by dry forest and protected by hills and rock formations. It is a clean and peaceful beach, ideal for going there with the family.

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Potrero Beach: It is located next to Flamingo Beach, in a very quiet fishing village. It is surrounded by hills, dry tropical vegetation and nature, with clear water and white sand going around the entire bay. It is recommended for watching sunsets.


Junquillal Bay: This beach is located in the canton of La Cruz and is 2 kilometers long. It is a wildlife refuge where a lot of animal life can be seen. It has white sand and fresh water where swimming areas are marked to swim in peace. It has public toilets, space for camping and cooking grills.

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Rajada Beach: It is located in Bahia Salinas, in the canton of La Cruz. It is a beautiful, small and secluded beach, perfect for relaxing, taking a walk or participating in watersports. Its crystal waters and gentle waves make it ideal for swimming, diving or snorkeling.

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