Playa Bejuco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
is a secret slice of paradise!
If you drive 1.5 to 2 hours from the capital city of San Jose you will find a secret slice of paradise called Playa Bejuco. It is a small, quiet beach community ideally located between two of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica. It has Jaco to the North (about 30 minutes) and Manuel Antonio National Park to the South (about 30 minutes). This perfect location allows guests to visit and take advantage of restaurants and activities in both of these popular locations very easily. A short 10 minute drive to the North towards Jaco you will find Esterillos Oeste, which is a small surfing town with restaurants and a grocery store called Super Sol. For pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, butcher shops, etc., the town of Parrita is about a 10 minute drive south towards Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. Parrita is a farming town where you are guaranteed to get an authentic Costa Rican experience since it is not frequented by tourists.
Most of the time Playa Bejuco will feel like your own private beach with kilometers and kilometers of wide open beach to explore. The most popular times at Playa Bejuco, when you will see a crowd, are during the Christmas/New Years holidays and also for Semana Santa - Easter week. The rest of the year it is normally very quiet and tranquil.
Popular Activities in Bejuco:
The long stretch of beach at low tide is perfect for a long walk, run or bike ride! You will also often see horseback riding on Playa Bejuco as well as on-shore fishing and the occasional beach soccer game.
Playa Bejuco is known for its excellent surfing and is popular for boogie boarding. It is not known as a beach to snorkel or swim around, as it is not a cove protected by the forces of the Pacific, but if you are a capable swimmer and know how to handle rip currents that exist all along the coast, you will enjoy the beauty and power of the Pacific coastline. We do recommend that small children stay close to the water's edge and all others that are not strong swimmers stay with the ocean below their waist when standing. Kids do love playing in the streams that cut through Playa Bejuco to get to the ocean and sometimes there are tidal pools to explore at low tide. You might also be lucky enough to find one of the huge sand dollars that can wash up on shore at Playa Bejuco.
Are you looking for wildlife? The trees around Playa Bejuco are often visited by the scarlet macaws. Keep your ears open for their distinctive squawk. In the trees leading down to the beach, keep a look out for large iguanas and white-faced monkeys. When you pass over the Bejuco bridge take a look up the river and you might even spot one of the resident crocodiles.
Local Businesses in Bejuco:
Mini Super Bejuco (local grocery and corner store) - 2779-4292
There is one elementary school in Playa Bejuco which has about 40-60 children. It is an open air school with three small classrooms teaching Kindergarten through to Grade 6. Through community participation this school has been able to receive improvements, repairs and supplies. For more information on how you can help please click HERE.
Playa Bejuco is very lucky to have a community run lifeguard program which operates during high season and peak times. This program was started by a local resident who is also very involved with the local surfers and provides surf lessons through her company Surf506. For more information about this program please visit their facebook page at Playa Bejuco Guardavidas.