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Conchal Beach or Shell Beach in English, is one of the most underestimated and missed out beaches in the area, and is another favorite of ours. It is mainly white in appearance and gets its name from the tiny white Seashells it is made up of. For a stunning beach, it is much less frequented and mainly due to the park and walk access from the Brasilito side, but it is getting busier down that side as it is the beach for the all-inclusive Westin - Reserva Conchal and the luxurious W - Reserva Conchal. We do, however, have a secret for you. If you access Conchal Beach via Matapalo, this will bring you to the far left of the beach to what is known as Puerto Viejo or Old Port. This name comes from Pirating days when Pirate ships would enter the bay and hide from the open sea. There is plenty of parking right at the beach and a small old local Restaurant & Bar called El Ecanto, nothing fancy but you can eat and drink. To get the best of Conchal Beach, walk to the middle where there is a Mangrove Estuary on the back of the beach, this is by far the most scenic and quiet area. If you are into snorkeling, take snorkeling gear! This is probably the only beach worth snorkeling in this area. Far right by the rocky outcrops is the clearest and most active, we have even seen Eagle Rays there in very shallow water. Avoid weekends and national holidays.

Good for Boogie Boarding but take your own as there are no Surfing Rentals on this beach.

About us

Scuba Dive Costa Rica is a multilingual Diving Agency located at the heart of Costa Rica's diving region in NW Pacific, serving Tamarindo, Flamingo, Reserva Conchal, Brasilito, Potrero and Las Catalinas Resort. We offer incredible diving opportunities at Las Catalinas for certified divers and first time divers through our Discover Scuba Diving Program. Snorkellers & Passengers are welcome too. Further north we have the famous Bull Shark Dive at Bat Islands which is available from May to October

Contact info

  • Playa Potrero / Flamingo
  • +506 8602 6581
  • Costa Rica Sailing Center
    Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Tamarindo
  • +506 8602 6581