When you think of beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, you probably think of the shell-filled more beaches, but one area that typically doesnt come to mind is Jaco. But just a short drive from this bustling seaside town is a gorgeous white-sand beach called Playa Blanca (sometimes called Punta Leona) that is one of the prettiest weve seen in Costa Rica. Below is everything you need to know to plan your visit to this hidden gem.
Playa Blanca is located just north of the town of Herradura on Costa Ricas Central Pacific Coast. While just a 20 minute drive from the popular Playa Jaco, this beach is not well known among tourists. It is unmarked and many people think that you can access it only if youre staying at the Punta Leona Hotel. But this is not the case. Like all beaches in Costa Rica, Playa Blanca is open to the public.
We are thrilled that you can visit Playa Blanca during your recent stay in the Jaco area. This part of the country has mostly gray sand beaches and it can be difficult to find calm water for swimming, but Playa Blanca, with its pristine white sand and alluring water, is a welcome oasis.