Why seek out Playa La Macha when you visit Manuel Antonio?
The Manuel Antonio beaches are world-renowned as prime tourist destinations. Whether inside the national park or on the public access beach just outside the park, the beaches are downright gorgeous.
They have beautiful white sand, small groves of palm trees for shade, and even interesting rock formations to climb on for the kids.
What they don’t have is privacy.
Tourists flock to Manuel Antonio’s shores all year round to enjoy these gorgeous beaches. And while having other people around isn’t bad, sometimes you want a little more peace when you visit the beach.
And that’s why you should seek out Playa La Macha. Let me tell you about it.
Where Is Playa La Macha?
Playa La Macha is tucked in a little cove between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. There is no direct road access to the beach, which is what makes it so secluded.
Only a handful of villas are close enough for the inhabitants to trek down to the beach easily. Everybody else who wants to visit will have to enjoy about a 40-minute hike to get there.
How to Get to Playa La Macha?
In days past, you had to find a local who would take you to the beach. Now, it is reasonably simple to find it by yourself. The entrance to the trailhead is near the Bongo Hotel on the old road to get up to Manuel Antonio. You can find the spot on Google maps.
There’s a small parking area there where you can leave your car.
Then, follow the signs that will take you to this gorgeous spot, as yet untouched by human development.
The beach is also accessible along the Ruta Mae, which begins near the world-famous Pez Vela marina and ends at Manuel Antonio beach.
This is a very challenging hike that follows the Pacific coast. The route can be slippery when wet and you’ll get your heart pumping hard as you climb up and down, but the stunning views are absolutely worth it!
What to Expect About Playa La Macha
Playa La Macha is a very tranquil beach. It’s not large and is tucked into a little cove. There are gentle waves, but generally less powerful than on the main beach. This makes it nice for taking a relaxing swim. Also, there are some large rocks in the water which makes for some great snorkeling. You might even see some Pacific lobsters (these are the kind without the big claws) hiding in the crevices.
Often when you visit this beach, you’ll be the only person there. However, some people seek out this private beach for this very reason. Thus, they may be enjoying the sun’s rays in nothing but their birthday suit.
Again, the beach is secluded, so don’t expect any amenities. There are no showers, bathrooms, or changing areas. There won’t be chairs or umbrellas to rent and nobody is there with a food cart. Bring snacks and plenty of water so you can safely enjoy your day.
Don’t forget to pick up all your trash and personal belongings when you leave. As always, you should leave nothing but footprints behind on this gorgeous little piece of paradise.
Spend the Day at Playa La Macha
What do you think? Will you add this little private beach in Manuel Antonio to your list of activities? You won’t be disappointed. It’s the perfect place to spend a romantic few hours lounging with your sweetie or watching your kids play in the surf and sand!
Curious about other secret beaches in the Manuel Antonio area? Check out my ultimate guide to secret beaches on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica!