|Playa Dulce Vida S.A.
Espectro Gama S.A. Ecovision S.A.
Playita (little beach) at Playa Espadilla, Manual Antonio (MA), Costa Rica is a
beautiful nude beach. It is also know as the "Gay Beach". It is only
500 feet across and has an almost eerie resemblance to Little Beach in Maui, Hawaii.
Although nudity is illegal at Playita, it has a
well-established tradition of nude use which has been generally hassle-free.
Unfortunately, development pressure threatens the continued
nude and Gay status of Playita. The owners of Si Como No, a MA high-end
hotel and restaurant, are building "A Beachfront Resort", Arenas del Mar, behind Playita. It is clear
from their web site that have designs on Playita as a key part of their resort. In
January 2005, active construction was underway at Playita about 75 yards from the
ocean. An access road already built. Foundations marked and being dug.
Some locals claim that the construction is illegal. Illegal or not, it is underway
and once built will certainly remain. Arenas del Mar sees itself as a
high-end resort and thus will demand enforcement of laws against nudity. Eventually
to insure its own private use, it will block public access to Playita.
If you have a chance to visit this nude beach while it is still
accessible, it is worth the trip.
Geodetic Coordinates -
09º 23' 51" North
84º 09' 51" West Longitude (84.1641º)
You must plan your trip to Playita around the high tide.
For at least an hour, before and after the high tide, you cannot cross some of the rocks
to get in to or to get out of Playita. Mistiming can result in your being stranded
at Playita for a few hours.
There are two ways to get to Playita:
1. Drive or take a bus or taxi toward Manual Antonio National
Park to get to Playa Espadilla (Manual Antonio Beach). As you approach MA National
Park the first beach access is near Hotel Karahé, about 1/3 mile before
you get to the park entrance. When you get to the ocean, turn right (west) and walk
~ 1 mile to Playita.
2. Walk or drive south down the road adjacent to Hotel Casa
Blanca. Turn left at the first intersection onto the dirt road. Proceed
down to Playa Espadilla (the beach) and turn right (west) and walk ~ ¼ mile to
Playita. The dirt road is very steep. If you drive,
you will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle. If you walk, you will probably not want to
return via this route and instead walk east on the beach toward the MA park entrance.
As you approach Playita, there are two groups of lava rock
which will block access at high tide The first can be walked around at lowest tide
but the second must always be crossed.