We had our first beach day of the 2016 season at Playa Doña Ana, near Puntarenas. 22 of our friends and neighbors came, as well as lots of Tico families enjoying the kids’ summer vacation from school. The beach has secure parking (1,000 colones per car), picnic tables, BBQ grills available, bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms, lots of shady trees with monkeys in them (most of the time), a beautiful view, warm waters, and even a restaurant (though it’s not always open during the week). Entrance fees are 1,500 colones/person (about $3) and only 750 colones/adult 65 and over (about $1.50). Here’s a peek at our beach day:
You can check out the location and get directions on Google Maps Costa Rica by searching for “Playa Doña Ana.” There’s a Maxi Pali grocery store about two miles before the beach (coming from Rt. 1) which is a great place to buy food and/or drinks. You can cook on the grills or bring something ready to eat. Everyone brings their own food though there is a lot of sharing going on!