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Foreign Influence

Beach front Property in GuanacasteOn a much lighter but interesting note, induced basically by foreign influence, is how the names of different beaches have been “changed.” Here are a couple examples of beaches in the North Pacific, and their real names.

  • The stretch of rocky beach between Punta San Francisco, Tamarindo, and the Barceló Hotel is mistakenly call Langosta by many. Playa Langosta actually starts on the other side of the estuary where Hacienda Pinilla begins.

  • The real name of this stretch: Barco Quebrado.
  • Playa Flamingo. Real name: Playa Blanca.
  • Sugar Beach. Real name: Pan de Azucar.
  • Bahia Piratas. Real name: Playa Real.
  • A famous surf spot in the beautiful National Park of Santa Rosa that many call Witch’s Rock is actually on Playa Naranjo and the big rock island in front of it is what is called Witch’s Rock, or Roca Bruja.

The examples can go on and this will probably continue, but no worries, Pura Vida.

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