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Cuajiniquil is a small town lost in time. Here most boats are dedicated to artisanal fishing. In this area, surrounded by the Gulf of Santa Elena, it is absolutely clean.

Very occasionally I find a destination that awakens all my senses. It is like a postcard that stays in the back of my mind and from time to time, reappears to make me smile, even in the worst days. It happened there, on that beach that I hardly visit.

The wind freaked me out a little, because sometimes is like it insists on taking down everyone who approaches Cuajiniquil and the remote beaches that hide around it, inbetween the mountains.

I had already heard of Cuajiniquil and the particular and remote spots in the area. I wanted to discover the mystery, and to achieve this I would have to get on a boat and find out.

This time, the ride took me to Toyosa (also know as Mostrencal) Corona y Rajadita, three destinations that captivate as much as the intense color of the sea.

To the first two spots (Corona and Toyosa) you can only get by boat, a natural barrier protects the essence of the area.

Cuajiniquil is a small town lost in time. Here most boats are dedicated to artisanal fishing. In this area, surrounded by the Gulf of Santa Elena, it is absolutely clean.

Why is GOPlaya showing you this destination if nobody knows about it?

Because it hides beautiful unimaginable places, surrounded by mountains and virgin beaches, than can only be reached by boat.

By knowing the area, is easier for local tour operators to determine the weather and the best time of the day to navigate to the loneliest destinations, as it is a windy area for much of the year. So we got on the boat to discover three secret beaches.

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Corona Beach

Corona beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Photo: GOPlaya.cr

The first stop of the trip was Corona Beach. After 15 minutes we arrived at a beautiful white sand beach, with crystal clear and turquoise waters. It is a imposing destination where you can walk from side to side while you appreciate the intense color of the sea.

It is a virgin destination, with some trees that offer shade along the coast. Although you can visit it throughout the year, as it is a very clean and crystalline beach, it is preferable that you take advantage of the winter, when the sea is calm and you can enjoy even more the beach, that stays untouched most of the year.

In this spot there are no services available for tourists, since is a virgin beach.

Although most boats are fishing boats, there are some tour operators that offer the tourist service. By knowing the area is easier for locals to determine weather and the best time of the day to navigate to the unknown destinations and some snorkeling spots, near different islets.

Toyosa Beach

Toyosa beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Photo: GOPlaya.cr

After getting to know Corona and taking some drone pictures, we moved to Toyosa Beach, my absolute favorite spot of this trip.

It is a beautiful beach located next the Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge, a conservation area that belongs to La Cruz in Guanacaste. Only some rocks separate this site from it’s neighbour beach, but the difference is pretty clear. Toyosa is a place with a calm and crystalline sea, surrounded by trees that offer shade.

In Toyosa, also known as Monstrencal (for the mostrenco trees seen on the beach), the wind is lower than the rest of the spots in La Cruz and Cuajiniquil, so the sea water is warmer. It is a white sand paradise, with shade along the entire beach.

Toyosa beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Photo: GOPlaya.cr

There are no services available, since most of the is desolate.

Toyosa captivated me from the start. It is a magical and beautiful place. It only took me 30 minutes to get there from Cuajiniquil.

Rajadita Beach

Rajadita beach, La Cruz, Guanacaste. Photo: GOPlaya.cr

It’s located next to Rajada beach in Salinas Bay. The difference is that Rajadita beach is an even smaller beach, difficult to access and even more hidden.

To reach this spot you have to access the shore of Rajada beach at low tide and overcome the huge rock formations. On this occasion, I decided to visit it by boat and it was so worth it. The journey was incredible.

In Rajadita the waves are calm and in front of the beach there is a huge stone that decorates the landscape and allows the turquoise color of the water to stand out.

There is no hotel infrastructure but there are some cabins and rental houses in the area. There are also supermarkets available in the community of La Cruz.

In case you decide to go by car, is also possible. Although a part of the route that leads to Rajada is mainly dirt and loose stone, the route is in acceptable conditions to arrive without problem, even by car. It is a very beautiful place, perfect to spend the day.