Most beaches in Costa Rica are just “drop-dead” beautiful but if you want to discover the “cleanest” beach, this is the place!
To foster the preservation of that natural resource, many beaches enter into an ecological certification program known as the Blue Flag program. In 2013 a total 122 beaches submitted applications and 107 of them qualified for the Blue Flag.
Blue Flag designations for 2013 were awarded in 10 categories: beaches, communities, schools, natural protected areas, watersheds, climate change, climate neutral community, community health, sustainable homes and special events.
Playa Junquillal in Guanacaste should be proud of the numerous ecological efforts of this area and the surrounding communities. A stroll down the beach will bring you to the area where the Blue Flag is flown with pride. Playa Junquillal is just one of the beaches in the immediate area to receive a Blue Flag. The beaches and towns in this vicinity are notably clean and cared for.
If you hike or drive slightly north, the dark sands of Playa Junquillal transform into the white sands of Playa Blanca where Hotel Iguanazul makes it’s home.
This hotel and beach are one of the best-kept secrets in the country. The beach is untouched, secluded and has an abundance of tidal pools that are great for snorkeling or just hanging out. The hotel is strategically perched on a bluff to take advantage of some of the most beautiful sunsets and is only steps to the pristine beach.
Having a hotel in this area makes it convenient to enjoy the wilderness of the countryside and this quaint community. The people of this area are a mix of locals and “imports” which enjoy the place where they live. They embrace the environment and many are involved in conservation, sustainable tourism, watershed preservation, organic agriculture, turtle hatcheries and much more.
Finding a treasure like this doesn’t happen everyday. If you want to learn more about participating in the preservation of the Junquillal environment contact firstname.lastname@example.org