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Only Minutes From Exotic Costa Rica Tourist Attractions

Crowned by awesome mountain ranges dotted with virgin rainforests and framed by pristine, environmentally protected beaches. Costa Rica is one of the world's most exotic vacation destinations. Come to Flamingo Beach Resort and discover a host of enticing Costa Rica tourist attractions. Lose yourself in the gorgeous waters and gently curving white sands of Flamingo Beach, famous for its marina and world-class deep-sea fishing. Retreat to refreshing solitude of the estuary at Rio Salinas, where birdlife fills the mangroves. Or travel to Isla Catalina (Catalina Island), which is famous for its incredible array of marine life. And with more golf courses than any other region in the country, you may be tempted to test your swing amid wondrous tropical splendor. Regardless of your interests, a Costa Rica trip offers an exciting choice of attractions and activities, including:

  • Flamingo Beach (in front of our resort)
  • Flamingo Beach Marina (0.5 miles)
  • Isla Catalina (accessible via boat)
  • Potrero Beach (0.6 miles)
  • Pan de Azucar Beach (4.4 miles)
  • Conchal Beach (5 miles)
  • Garra de Leon Golf Course (5 miles)
  • Marino Las Baulas National Park (12.5 miles)
  • Grande Beach (12.5 miles)
  • Las Baulas National Marine Park(turtle nesting) (14 miles)
  • Tamarindo Beach (16 miles)
  • Coco's Beach (17 miles)
  • Langosta Beach (17 miles)
  • Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course (20 miles)
  • Palo Verde National Park and Wildlife Refuge (40 miles)
  • Sabanero (Cowboy) Museum (41 miles)
  • Artisan Village of Guaitil (42 miles)
  • Liberia (45 miles)
  • Vida Silvestre Ostional Refuge (56 miles)
  • Corobici River Floating (56 miles)
  • Lake Arenal (97 miles)
  • Tamarindo Mangroves & Estuary (xx mi.)
  • Rincon de la Vieja National Park (xx mi.)

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Escape to the intimate Flamingo Beach Resort on Playa Flamingo for a truly exceptional resort vacation. This exotic destination blends the tranquility of an unspoiled tropical paradise, an extensive array of leisure pursuits, and a rich, colorful culture. Book your Costa Rica vacation special online today for our preferred rates.


Birdwatching at Flamingo

Check out the 42 species of birds you can see in our mangroves!


Common Name

Species Name

Amazon Kingfisher


Banded Wren


Bare-throated Tiger-Heron


Black Vulture


Black-bellied Whistling Duck


Black-headed Trogon

Trogon melanocephalus

Boat-billed Flycatcher


Brown Pelican


Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Cinnamon Hummingbird


Gray-breasted Martin


Great Egret

Ardea alba

Great Kiskadee


Great-tailed Grackle


Green Heron


Green Kingfisher


Hoffmann's Woodpecker


Magnificent Frigatebird


Mangrove Hawk


Mangrove Swallow


Mangrove Vireo

Vireo pallens

Melodious Blackbird

Dives dives

Nightjar -- Species Unknown


Orange-chinned Parakeet


Ringed Kingfisher


Ruddy Pigeon


Rufous-naped Wren


Squirrel Cuckoo


Steely-vented Hummingbird


Streak-backed Oriole

Icterus pustulatus

Tricolor Heron

Egretta tricolor

Tropical Kingbird


Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Turqoise-browed Motmot


Western Wood-Pewee


White Ibis


White-lored Gnatcatcher


White-throated Hummingbird


White-throated Magpie-Jay


White-winged Dove


Yellow Warbler


Yellow-green Vireo

Vireo flavoviridis


Costa Rica Holidays & Festivals

Holidays (feriados) are dear to the hearts of most Costa Ricans. Traditional holiday celebrations offer visitors insight into the culture and beliefs of Costa Ricans who are renowned for their gregarious nature which is apparent during the numerous fiestas, horse parades and carnivals celebrated throughout the country.

December is the most festive month of the year as Costa Ricans look forward to eating traditional foods, meeting up with friends and family and, of course, “mucha fiesta” !


January 1: New Year’s Day Celebrations. Fireworks light up the county on this national holiday, and street parties lure locals with music, dancing and food.

Mid-January: Alajuelita Fiestas. An oxcart parade and parties to honor the Black Christ of Esquipulas. Alajuela.
Mid-January: Santa Cruz Fiestas. Typical music, folkloric dancing and bullfighting to honor the Black Christ of Esquipulas. Santa Cruz (Guanacaste).


Final Week of February: Liberia Fiestas. Guanacaste folklore and traditions are celebrated with music, rides and concerts. Liberia (Guanacaste).


March 19: San Jose Day. Fairs, Catholic masses, bullfights and plenty of street food mark the feast of Saint Joseph, which is celebrated throughout Costa Rica. Country-wide.


Week Preceding Easter: Holy Week. Costa Ricans take their Holy Week seriously, but not always religiously – travel peaks during this week, and even the most humble hotels can fill up months in advance. The country’s more traditional residents celebrate with religious parades through the streets and wide-scale worship. Country-wide.
April 11: Juan Santamaria Day. Parades, music and dancing to honor the nation’s hero, Juan Santamaria, who helped Costa Rica defeat William Walker and the invading Filibusters. Country-wide.


May 1: Labor Day. Many processions, the day off from work, and a presidential speech mark this day’s celebrations. Country-wide.
May 29: Corpus Christi Day. A religious festival that warrants a day off from work. Country-wide.


June 29: Saints Peter and Paul Day. Religious celebrations to honor the Catholic saints Paul and Peter. Country-wide.


July 25: Annexation of Guanacaste Day. Costa Ricans celebrate the day that Guanacaste province chose their nation over neighboring Nicaragua in 1824. The biggest celebrations – bullfighting, parades and plenty of drinking – are centered in Liberia, Guanacaste’s capital city. Country-wide.


August 2: Virgin of Los Angeles Day. Costa Rica’s largest religious holiday – pilgrims march on foot or on their knees towards Cartago’s Los Angeles Basilica to pay honor to La Negrita, Costa Rica’s black Virgin. Country-wide.


September 15: Independence Day. Parties and festivals throughout the country. Traveling south from Guatemala, the flame of independence arrives in Cartago on this day. Country-wide.
Third Week: International Beach Clean-Up Day. A more modern celebration, this day joins locals and visitors together to keep Costa Rica beautiful. Beach towns.


October 12: Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day). A celebration of Columbus’ discovery of the New World, and the many cultural influences that helped form modern-day Latin America. Country-wide.


November 2: All Soul’s Day. Costa Rica’s version of Mexico’s famous Day of the Dead has people paying their respects to lost loved ones. Country-wide.


Early December: Christmas Celebrations Begin. Decorations have been up for months, but Costa Ricans really begin to celebrate in early December. This is the best time to begin making tamales – each family has its own recipe. The long preparation process produces one-of-a-kind treats that are distributed as gifts to friends and neighbors. Country-wide.
December 12: La Yeguita Fiesta. A parade to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe, and its accompanying dancing, food and fireworks. Nicoya (Guanacaste).
December 15: Beginning of Caroling Season. Christmas carolers begin to sing door-to-door, often to raise money for local charities. Country-wide.
December 24: Christmas Eve. A large Catholic mass marks the Mass of the Rooster and transition to Christmas. Traditionally, families eat their Christmas dinner at midnight between December 24 and 25.

December 31: New Years Eve gala and fireworks display: Flamingo Beach Resort, Guanacaste.  Not to be missed!