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“Nice beach with short hike”
Review of Playa Biesanz

Playa Biesanz
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Sailing Tour with Lunch and Open Bar from Quepos- Manuel Antonio
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Small-Group Tour: Stand-up Paddleboarding from Manuel Antonio
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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“Nice beach with short hike”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

All beaches in this area are nice, so this one is no exception. Interesting that you have to do a small hike to get to it.

Visited August 2014
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“Hard to Find Oasis!”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Playa Biesanz is a bit hard to find (look for a small path near the Hotel Parador) and park on the road (there is room for one or two cars across from the path) and then take the 5 minute hike to this cove. The waves were gentle and we had the place to ourselves in the late afternoon.

Visited August 2014
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WILMINGTON
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“Beautiful Beach”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We stayed in a condo near Hotel Shana that is walking distance to this beach. Saw monkeys, slothes, agouti, etc. Also saw a boa constrictor kill one of the chickens right next to the path! The shore has rocks on the way in, but no waves, so easy to get in & out. There is snorkeling off to the left near the rocks that stick out of the water. Not the best snorkeling, but it was the kids first time and they loved it! You can swim out to the spot, or rent kayaks to get out there. It is a beautiful beach, clean, lots of wildlife, friendly people, not crowded. Would highly recommend.

Visited July 2014
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“Fantastic little beach”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Really scenic beach. Much quieter and more private than the larger Playa Espadilla. Look for the opening in the fence (marked by cement posts) just around the corner (down the hill) from Hotel Shana. Short dark/rocky path down to the beach takes less than 5 minutes to walk. Beautiful beach.

Visited July 2014
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Baltimore, MD
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“A small cove beach - wonderfully calm warm waters!”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

This is definitely the hidden gem of Manuel Antonio, literally! The path to get here is barely marked and the path is long and rocky. But it is worth it!!

The beach is small and more of a cove. During high tide the water comes all the way in, and at low tide you have to walk out further (over a lot of rocks, wear water shoes!) to get in deep enough. I almost couldn't believe the difference in the beach between low and high tide. I looooved it at high tide. The waves were so gentle and it was so nice to just bob in the water for the afternoon. So warm, like bath water. The sand is like silk, very fine, a mixture of black and white...my husband called it tuxedo sand. The landscape around the cove is just stunning....jungle all around, some rocky stretches and then just cove after cove of shoreline in the distance. Amazing. So glad we toughed out the walk from our vacation rental to get there. I almost wasn't sure if it was worth the long and hilly walk, but in the end it absolutely was!

There is a family renting snorkeling equipment and kayaks but we didn't use those services. They apparently sell some beer and drinks, but there are no snack vendors as on the main beach, so pack your own. Also no pushy gift vendors as on the main beach. We hung our personal items in the tree to keep an eye on them, but this beach gets less people than the main beach, so theft wasn't such a huge concern as on the other main and bigger beach. I heard the snorkleing in Costa Rica isn't so great, partially due to the slightly murky water. It isn't clear like the Carribean, but still a delight to swim in.

Just a note, that if you walk here, you should expect to have to walk back. We didn't see any buses running there during our time there, and very very few taxis. One time we were able to hail a taxi coming back from Parador, and the other time we had to have a taxi called for us from Parador. Beware taxis charging high prices from Parador....our taxi tried to charge us $10, but we got him down to the normal $6 taxi fare for the trip. Parador is a beautiful hotel btw, and very friendly staff, but is up a very very steep hill from the beach.

Visited July 2014
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