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Location: between Azul and La Pinta beaches in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
Tarcoles Beach entrance GPS Coordenates: 9.760068,-84.626570 (9°45’36.24″N, 84°37’35.65″W)
Tarcoles Beach GPS Coordenates: 9.759754,-84.627771 (9°45’35.11″N, 84°37’39.97″W)
District: Tarcoles, canton: Garabito, province: Puntarenas.
Zone postal code: 61102.
Tarcoles Beach Costa Rica is located in the canton of Garabito in Puntarenas, is a beautiful and quiet beach of gray sands and blue waters.
The beach is surrounded by lush natural beauty that includes forests, mangroves and lagoons that serve as nesting area for many birds, including the spectacular Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) and the unique Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), among many others.
In fact, Tarcoles beach offers variety for recreation, such as boat trips down the river, crocodile tours, hiking to the Manantial de Agua Viva waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in the country, or simply relaxing in one of the natural pools in the area. Furthermore, Tarcoles is a fishermen beach, giving you also the chance to try and catch your meal. However, due to its proximity to the mouth of the Tarcoles River, bathing in the area is dangerous, since crocodiles go from the river to the sea.
Getting to Tarcoles Beach in Garabito, Puntarenas:
From San José
Drive north towards Puntarenas on route #27. Take the Pozón exit (to Jaco), and continue for about 16 km (10 miles) and then turn right again towards Tarcoles town. Continue for about 1 km (0.6 miles), turn right again, continue for about 100 m (350 ft) and turn left until you reach Tarcoles beach. This route requires a total of one hour from San Jose.
From Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR)
Drive to the northeast towards Liberia. Once in Liberia, continue along the same highway to Puntarenas for about 120 km (75 miles). Once at the entrance to Puntarenas, continue on route #27 to San Jose for about 25 km (15 miles) until you reach the exit to Pozon and Jaco, take it and continue for about 16 km (10 miles) and then turn right again towards Tarcoles town. Continue about 1 km (0.6 miles), turn right again, continue for about 100 m (350 ft) and turn left until you reach to Tarcoles beach. This route requires a total of 2 hours.
There are no public buses to Tarcoles , however, you can take a bus from the route San José – Orotina (2233-9695 ó 2427-9146) at the Coca Cola bus station 16th st, 1-3 avenue, which takes about 1.5 hours, and then take another bus from the route Orotina – Puntarenas (2428-8462, Orotina Park side) making the stop at Guacimo and Ceiba entrance, which takes about 30 minutes. However, it is recommended to take a taxi from Orotina to Guacalillo beach, as the last 10 km must be done by foot.