This is Playa Flamingo, which is about a 20 minute drive north from Tamarindo. Its bay is more sheltered than Tamarindo, which makes it popular for sports fishing. As I mentioned yesterday, there is excellent sports fishing in the boats in Tamarindo Bay, and Flamingo offers additional sports fishing opportunities nearby.
Playa Flamingo has a pretty bay and a small beach. There are a number of other small beaches in the area around Flamingo. There are a few hotels, restaurants and condos, as you can see in this photo. My wife and I prefer the much longer beach for walking and swimming and the much larger availability of restaurants, activities and shops in Tamarindo and Playa Langosta, but this is a matter of personal preference and some people prefer the Playa Flamingo area.
Costa Rica is adding marina facilities as part of its national commitment to continue to develop infrastructure for tourism. Playa Flamingo has a natural harbor behind the peninsula shown in this photo. (Some of the sports fishing boats are visible if you enlarge the photo.) The government put out for bid a marina development project for Playa Flamingo and the winning bid was a $90 million (USD) project that would include a cruise ship pier and a hotel, as well as a marina for private boats and yachts.
The companies who lost the bid have started legal action to challenge the winning bid, and the investment money for the winning bid was from U.S. business interests. The combination of the legal complications and the recession have created uncertainly about the project.
One also has to wonder how it would change the area if cruise ships start arriving nearby. I am sure that the businesses that own shops and run tourist activities would welcome the additional crowds, and the rest of us would make sure to plan our activities on days when the cruise ships are not in port.
There is a new marina that opened recently in the Gulf of Papagayo, a little further north.