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His name was not chosen at random, on the contrary, it was given thanks to the years of history that keeps its sand of peculiar reddish color. We are talking about Playa Minas, located in the province of Guanacaste.

Characterized as a solitary place without a neighborhood, Minas is positioned as one of the most historically important beaches in the country, since manganese was extracted from this place for the manufacture of explosives in World War II.

Minas beach. GOPlaya.cr

“This was a strategic place because the boats – from other countries – could get very close to the beach because of the depth it has. There were no problems, “said Álvaro Conejo González, Honorary President of the Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism (Caturgua), referring to the constant visits of foreign soldiers since 1940.

Although there are different accounts in this regard, all agree that the coast of the Pacific Ocean was visited by US ships, who found here the raw material for their war weapons.

“Here is a mine that at that time was necessary for America and the United States in their participation in the war. It was very useful, of that there are several stories. For example, Bahía Culebra was a base for American submarines that had to protect the Panama Canal, “said Conejo.

In addition to the memories that refuse to die among Guanacastecans, Conejo says that the brick color of the beach is unique in Guanacaste, since there are no records of other places with this same type of sand surrounded by turquoise and crystalline water.

If you make the decision to attend an appointment with nature, we recommend you travel in a high vehicle and be careful with the currents.

Finally, remember that this spectacular place is also home to the black turtle, which arrives all year, round in small groups.

Therefore, keep in mind that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect and take care of them with actions such as collecting garbage, not making fires, not approaching them or manipulating them and not visiting the beach at night.

Katherine Ulate

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José Pablo Alfaro

José Pablo Alfaro

Journalist and nature lover. He likes boat trips, walking through trails and living natural experiences.