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History and Culture Flamingo Beach

Playa Flamingo is known for its sandy beaches and crystal clear sparkling ocean and over the years has become a popular destination for tourists due to its pleasant ambience and suitability for many water sports. It is nestled into Costa Rica's Golden Coast amongst other pretty and popular beaches such as Tamarindo, Potrero and Brasilito. Playa Flamingo has no real town centre, it is more a collection of hotels, private apartments ad a few nice restaurants, however you are never too far from something a bit more lively in Costa Rica and the neighbouring towns and beaches will be sure to provide you with a party or two and a much more active nightlife scene.

Playa Flamingo is located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, in the northwest of the country bordering Nicaragua. It is quite a sparsely populated region. Its capital city is called Liberia and two other important cities in the area are Cañas and Nicoya.

History and Hamburgers

Historically, artifacts found suggest that the early inhabitants of the area of Guanacaste were fine pottery craftsmen and experts believe they had developed a quite advanced agricultural system. At the time of the invasion of the Spaniards the tribe present in the area was the Chorotega Indian tribe, who had arrived here from Mexico. The Spaniards, in the form of Hernán Ponce de León and Juan de Castañeda arrived in 1519 and gradually established the rather lucrative trade of selling slaves to Panama and to Peru. They also brought with them foreign European diseases and between these two circumstances the native population declined rapidly.


The development in the area was slow due to a lack of manpower to work in any particular industry as the highest populations were mostly concentrated around San Jose and the central highlands. The Spaniards attempted to amend these problems by bringing in mixed race inhabitants of Nicaragua to work the land, but this did little to alleviate the shortage and in the end cattle farming became the trade of choice due to the fact it required little manpower. Ranching was never a massively lucrative activity for Guanacaste, simply more a means to an end, and most money was made from the sale of leather and fat to other Latin American countries. However, in the 1950's they saw a much greater demand for cheap beef coming from North America (the 'hamburger connection') which stepped up both production and income.

Tourism Boom

In recent years tourism has began to play a huge role in the economy of Costa Rica and Guanacaste in particular has benefited hugely due to it being home to some of the country's most beautiful beaches. It also helps that the summer here coincides with the sometimes dark and grim winter months of the Northern hemisphere countries, attracting many sun-seekers and water sport aficionados alike.

Playa Flamingo has grown up with the tourism boom and is now home to some of the most beautiful beach front hotels, houses and restaurants in Costa Rica. It is a quiet spot where those who come enjoy some water sports and spending time on the pleasant beach and picturesque ocean. You can still have the best of both worlds as nearby towns and beaches provide the party scene and are close enough to Playa Flamingo so as not to cost you too much money or effort in arriving at them. Playa Flamingo could just be the perfect place to study a Spanish language course away from the distractions of the bars and parties, yet with the option of going and letting your hair down if you would like.