General Area Information

Guanacaste north Pacific coast of Costa Rica

Guanacaste, the “gem of Costa Rica”, is well known for its stunning beaches, national parks, and abundant wildlife. The province is the sunniest and driest in Costa Rica, with a considerably shorter rainy season than the rest of the country.

Dry season is from November to May with average temperatures 33ºC (91ºF). Rainy or “green” season runs from May to November. Green season showers are usually late afternoon or at night, still leaving plenty of time for outdoor activities, excursions and sunbathing with an average temperature of 31ºC (88ºF). During this period “El Veranillo” or “little summer” occurs mid July and the region experiences a few weeks of dry conditions.

Playas Brasilito and Conchal

Playa Brasilito is a small, rustic beach town which has remained unspoilt by development despite being located a short walk from one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica – Playa Conchal. Conchal Hotel is situated approximately 250 meters (around 5 minutes walk) from Brasilito town centre and its own beautiful dark-sand beach. The town centers around the town square, which is mainly usually used for impromptu soccer matches and for grazing horses. Remember that large areas of Guanacaste are still farmed traditionally by ‘sabaneros’ – Costa Ricas own cowboys! Please note that as in many remote rural areas in Costa Rica there are very few sidewalks – although there are paths so you don’t have to walk directly in the road.

Brasilito has an excellent selection of restaurants, ranging from typical local “sodas” serving good-value casados and other typical dishes, to genuine Italian cooked pizza and pasta and amazing fresh seafood. Some restaurants have superb locations directly on the beach, great places to watch the sunset with a cocktail or cold beer.

A short walk to the north along Playa Brasilto you will find quiet sunbathing and swimming spots with dramatic views of the small offshore island, Isla Loros. To the south, and over a small headland you come to the spectacular Conchal Beach, with fine crushed white shells underfoot. This is widely regarded as one of the finest beaches in the country, and being sheltered it is perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Brasilito is situated approximately 15 kms from the town of Tamarindo, 5 kms from the great surf breaks of Playa Grande, and 5 kms from Playa Flamingo with its fantastic sailing cruises, scuba diving and sport fishing trips. Liberia International airport, with direct flights to many cities in the US and Canada is approximately 45 minutes drive. Tamarindo airport has routes servicing major destinations in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. There are bus links, via Liberia and Santa Cruz, to and from all major destinations in Costa Rica as well as Granada in Nicaragua.

Overall, prices are a little cheaper in Playa Brasilito than in the larger and more touristic towns nearby.

The hotel is also located close by to well-stocked grocery stores, pharmacies, dentist and medical services.