Playa Espadilla Norte, Quepos

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  • It is a beautiful Manuel Antonio Beach and is located right in front of our hotel Buena Vista Beach Villas. Quiet, vegetated with shadow to protect themselves from the strong sun. Not so strong waves and sea Beach to enjoy, extensive to walk and explore it, continues with Playa Playita. If you you think help my comment I invite you to vote on it as useful by clicking here below where it says "Thanks to Edgardo Z". Thanks a lot
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  • Beach Espadilla is located at the end of the road, before reaching the National Park. You have to Dodge who want you to pay for parking. The beach is very long and wide, and although there are busy areas, you can always find a quiet place where he set the record. It is a perfect beach to walk and enjoy a nice swim in the warm waters of the Pacific. To highlight the lovely sunsets which can be enjoyed from its banks if you are visiting in the afternoon.
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  • Beach located close to the entrance to Manuel Antonio national park. Good place for swimming surfing and relaxing.  more »
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  • Beautiful light tan gently sloped (almost flat) beach. Great for young children with usually gentle wave action on the flattest parts of the beach. Extra wide beach at low tide. The water temp is always perfect year round. It is backed the entire 1.35 mile length by green tropical trees inhabited by monkeys, sloths and a variety of colorful tropical birds.There are high rises or commercial buildings at beachside. At the south end of the beach food/entertainment, hotels and souvenir shopping is very convenient but doesn't encroach the beauty of the beach itself. The entrance to world famous Manuel Antonio National Park is about 1/4 mile from the beach, and it has two very distinctive but smaller beaches of its own. There are plenty of kind and attentive Tico and Nico venders offering lounge chairs/beach umbrellas, parasailing, jet skis, surfing lessons and surf/body board rentals as well as snow cones, fresh chilled coconuts opened for you to enjoy cold coconut water. One travel magazine listed this beach as one of the top 15 in the world. I've enjoyed it nearly daily for two years. It's a lovely and charming bit of paradise....I've loved living here! You'll love, too!
  • It was quite but a very nice elongated beach with rolling surf. Always feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @joerazz
  • Beautiful beach. go to the north part if you want less crowds This is the main beach of MA area, outside of the park (ie you don't have to pay to use it) :) We loved it for our week stay up the hill - super warm water, fine sand, plenty of shade (if you don't want to pay for the chairs and umbrellas). The beach is super long (about 2 km). All the restaurants are geared towards the south end, and so are the crowds. Beach chairs - you can rent them for about $10 US a day (2 chairs and umbrella) but we've chosen to just bring our own throw and stay in the shade of the trees Tips: if you want less people, go towards the north end of the beach. There are less rocks there too - since the South end of the beach is where big rocks come close to the shore, there are more rocks in the water on the sand too. If you take local bus to the beach (xxx colnes) you can ask for the one before last stop, so you don't need to hike back north from the last stop. There is plenty of shade under mangroves and tall trees along the beach (on the weekends many of those places are quickly spoken for by the locals, so arrive early to have a choice of the spot) There are no washrooms at the beach - you would need to pay at the restaurant to use theirs (500 colones), and not all of them allow you in unless you order. Bring your snacks (cooler with a cold watermelon - mmm) but beware of monkeys - they tried to steal bananas from our backpack (they smell bananas for miles, and would actually open your bags to take them out) - luckily the fellow beach goers scared them away and saved our bag. We made new friends that way :) Beware of the strong undertow in the water - try to go no further than waist deep, especially if you're not a super strong swimmer. We talked to quite a few people who were pulled away from the shore and had to be rescued by the guards. The guards seem to be vigilant but would prefer not to need their help (our 14 year old was pulled by the currant, and my husband luckily was next to him and brought him back, but that was a scare. At least he did not need any more persuasion to stay close to the shore afterwards). Rent boogie boards - with those kind of waves we all had an absolute blast with the boards - I could not pull my family out of the water for the entire day Mind the sun - it is not even Mexico or Cuba - the sun is super strong here. We've seem more than one person with the raw wounded noses - the result of a bad sunburn. We all used swim shirts, and I was glad mine had long sleeves too. Plus hats and zinc based sunscreen - you need to get used to applying it but I find it stays much longer and protects better than the regular chemical ones (not to mention their harm to the skin).
  • Nice long beach. It’s said that it’s supposed to be crowded, but (at least for the days in Jan) it was very nice and quiet. There are some small restaurants / bars with friendly service. There is a surfing school where you can rent a body / surf board. One minor point: The beach sales people are quite annoying. They can walk with bells and you need to say ‘no’ every time. 4 stars is a good beach. This is 4+.
  • within walkable distance to the Manual Antonio National Park. Parking available. Accessible by bus from Quepos. Beautiful view.
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