The reason this beach is so pristine and uncrowded is that it is separated from the main part of Tamarindo and Langosta by the Langosta estuary. It is part of the master-planned 4,500 acre Hacienda Pinilla development. It is a gated area and only residents or guests of the J.W. Marriott or other guest accommodations are allowed to drive into the area on the inland road, but anyone can walk along he beach. All beaches are public property in Costa Rica. There are not very many houses and condos in the development and the area along the beach is not developed.
From our condo in Langosta, we can walk north along Langosta Beach, which has some condos and houses but is not crowded, and can walk around the point to the north to the main part of Tamarindo. If we walk south, we can wade into the water and walk across the mouth of the Langosta estuary and reach this undeveloped, pristine beach.
In the next few days I will show some scenes along the walk that will remind you that this is, after all, a Costa Rican beach.
This week on our travel photo site, Viva la Voyage, we are featuring photos of Washington, D.C., taken during the special light of sunrise.