Junquillal is one of the finest beaches the Pacific Ocean has to offer!
Situated in Guanacaste, Costa Rica northwest province, it owns 2 kilometers of sandy beach, clearest water and sometimes high breakers, ideal for surf, best point about 400 meters south from Casas Pelicano.
About 200 people live here permanently, forming a rich tapestry of international cultures, interwoven with the cowboy life stile of Guanacaste native inhabitants.
The kindness of the “Ticos”, how the Costa Rican´s name themselves proudly, is mind-blowing. Contributing to Junquillal’s allure is its village charm. There are just a few other lodging opportunities, a handful of restaurants, two stores and a school for 20 children.
Don’t come here with plans to go shopping, visit the disco, and rent noisy watercraft.
Come here for solitude, beach walks, lazy hours in the hammock and spectacular sunsets in a dry tropical enviroment. In case you should have forgot the existence of the Milky Way, myriads of stars will refresh your memory in the summer nights. The dry season from November to May with temperature of 30-35° C (90° F) is a special attraction for all, who like to escape from winter time
Lots of wild living animals like monkeys, iguanas, the variegated squirrels, giant butterflies, humming birds, pelicans and some kinds of parrots are a common sight; with luck you might see nesting turtles or watch whales on their way to the south.
Costa Rica is nature museum live! By the way: 25% of Costa Rica territory is conservation parks (Parque Nacionales).
More activities could be horse back riding (www.paradiseriding.com), fishing on the rocks and even deep sea fishing.
Day-long excursions to explore volcanoes and tropical dry woods with their imposing giant trees or a trip on boat to admire aquatics and sea birds can be done individually or as guided tours.
To come in touch with “local color “ you could visit a “Fiesta” with bull riding as attraction number one. Even small villages celebrate once a year their own Fiesta for 3 to 4 days, with local food, a lot of beer and dancing in the night. Profits are for the benefit of the village’s social proyects. So, to go to the Fiestas means, enjoy and help the people.
Most famous in the area is the Fiesta of Santa Cruz, bull riding even twice a day, horse parades, marimba music in all streets, forlkloristic dances and live music. Work stands still, banks are closed, every body is out day and night, well dressed and just partying.
In other times, Santa Cruz is just a picturesque county seat with colorful old wood houses as well as moderm supermarkets, stores and offices.