You came to Costa Rica because you wanted to experience a true deserted and pristine beach? Go to Playa Palo Seco, you will not be disappointed! This five miles long unspoilt beach lined with tall palm trees may be off the beaten track but it is well worth the effort. You will find it 30 minutes south of Jaco beach and just 20 minutes north of Quepos and Manuel Antonio on the the Central Pacific Coast, in the province of Puntarenas.
You may spend the whole day walking up and down this magnificent beach without ever meeting anyone! It is is perfect for swimming and surfing and in Palo Seco, the flamboyant sunset will be yours only. The estuary forms a peninsula where you may admire an incredible diversity of wildlife. It is also navigable and is great for fishing snapper, grouper and robalo. You are sure to come across crocodiles, scarlet macaws, toucans, all sorts of monkeys and sloths. The Parrita mountains are just a stone throw away with white water rafting, canopy tours, hiking in the jungle, horseback riding, and waterfalls; plenty to do when you think that the place is deserted!
About 40 years ago the land was subdivided into lots; Palo Seco Palo Seco became a weekend gateway and many simple cabinas were then built. Since then a variety of hotels and restaurants have risen, followed by medium to large sized homes owned by North Americans and Europeans. There are still today many empty lots. There is now a strict master zoning plan in the area, however it is expected that Palo Seco will always remain the deserted and pristine beach that it is today. It already has all the necessary amenities such as banks, shcools, groceries and food, doctors, dentists, schools, attorney’s office, and more. The nearest hospital is in Quepos, some 25 minutes away.
The Playa Palo Seco Elementary School has a sea turtle sanctuary program; they help to protect and release thousands of Baby Sea Turtles, as their mother come back every year to lay their eggs. Best time to see the sea turtle hatchlings is from August to November.
Palo Seco is one of the very few places where a nice little beach front lot can still be found at a reasonable price! Far away from the bustling and hustling crowd, this splendid deserted beach does not disappointed those seeking beauty and peace. Beautiful sea, gorgeous sunsets and a climate to die for. Fresh sea food, good cocktails, this is life as it was always meant to be! Grab it and don’t ever let it go!