Playa Blanca (White Beach) is Costa Rica’s top-ranked beach and is located at Hotel Punta Leona on the Central Pacific coast. Playa Blanca is a spectacular 3/4 mile white sand beach in a 750-acre private biological reserve. It is what you envision when you think of a tropical beach: blue water, gentle waves lapping on the white sand, palm trees jutting out over the sand, and a gentle ocean breeze. Here you can snorkel, boogie board, swim safely, or just enjoy the scenery in tropical splendor.
Many of our guests prefer Playa Blanca to Manuel Antonio National Park. Frankly, we agree. Manuel Antonio is beautiful, but it has some drawbacks: it is often overcrowded, in a congested area, has a smaller beach, an entrance fee, beach vendors, no snorkeling and is 4 hours from San Jose.
Playa Blanca is only 90 minutes from San Jose, much larger, very safe, with limited access and no beach vendors. Playa Blanca is cleaner, and you can safely snorkel, boogie board and swim. Because Playa Blanca is in a 750-acre private biological reserve, hundreds of birds, plant and animal species thrive here. That’s why the Costa Rican Government recognizes Playa Blanca as the finest beach in Costa Rica!
Even if you don’t stay at Hotel Punta Leona, we can arrange for you to visit Playa Blanca!