For this trip, we decided to go camping to explore amazing places north of Guanacaste. The conservation area of Santa Rosa and Junquillal has a lot of potential at a very low cost.
How to get there?
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Junquillal Waze
Sector Muerciélago Waze
Sector Santa Rosa Waze
Vehicle:Car * To reach Playa Naranjo only 4 × 4
Cost:¢ 1500 x day
¢ 3500 x person night
What to bring?
Beachwear, swimsuits, towel, a lot of repellents, sunscreen, camping tent, inflatable mattress, and easy-to-cook food for outdoors.
Last week we told you a little about what our trip was like to Cruz of Guanacaste, what you do not know is that this trip continued to get even better …
At about 5:00 p.m. we were almost on the border with Nicaragua in Puerto Soley and we left for the Bay Junquillal Wildlife Refuge where we would camp our first night.
We arrived right on time, we set up the campsite in two seconds and we even had spare time to watch the sunset. The beach of Junquillal is very large, with white sand and calm waters ideal for families with children and adults.
When the sunset, the mosquitoes attacked so we decided to return to the base to look for food and get ready to spend the night. We slept very well, although there was a strong wind that moved the tent a lot during the night.
The next day after breakfast we disarmed the campsite and went to our next destination … Santa Rosa National Park, Sector Murcielago.
The Bat sector is not too popular so we gave ourselves the task of visiting it. Same as Junquillal, It has a large camping area, with water, showers and toilets. We left the Apache in the parking lot of the entrance and went to explore by car the rest of the park that is huge.
This park has a path that leaves the camping area and reaches some stone pools which in winter say that get really crowded. The other attractions are further away and you have to go by car, about 1 hour after driving through the ballast street we went through Santa Elena beach, which is beautiful but full of rocks and that’s why we ended up in Playa Blanca, which is the coolest. This last one is the prettiest and you can spend the day, it has some trees that give a little shade and the sea is ideal for a swim.
We stayed a while in Playa Blanca, we ate and had a great time. At the time there was a strong wind, it made our beach umbrella fly like a kite almost knocking out poor Karlita, but it was nothing serious.
Later in the afternoon, we made a trip to the Santa Rosa National Park where we would build our second campsite. We arrived again just before the closing time, in fact, we finished setting up the camp at night.
In the Santa Rosa National Park, you can visit the historic Casona de Santa Rosa, Mirador de Los Héroes from where you can see the complete Guanacaste mountain range, a couple of pretty neat trails and the Playa Naranjo sector where the emblematic Peña Bruja is located.
The camping area of Santa Rosa is very nice, you sleep sheltered by giant trees and surrounded by dry forest where you can spot several deer and birds. It has sanitary services, showers, spaces with a faucet and a grill for the use of visitors. The night was spent with a full moon, a little better than the first since there was less chiffon and we were more rested.
The next day we dismantled the campsite and got ready to go down to Playa Naranjo. The road is in a bad state, 4 × 4 car is necessary and so is patience because there are several kilometres of large stones, ditches and steep slopes. When we arrived at the parking lot we got out of the car and walked along the path that reaches a front view of Peña Bruja. We took a lot of photos and ended up in the water to refresh a bit.
When we returned to the parking lot we ate tuna sandwiches and I went with Glori to run a path at the worst hour, it was around noon and we suffered a lot. The trail was not a circle and we ended up more than 3 km further from the beach where we left. We lasted almost 1 hour in the 7km trail where we ended up a bit dehydrated but at least we cleared up the doubt of that path.
This sector of Playa Naranjo probably needs signs and maps so that people can explore their paths without stress. But still, it is another epic place where you can camp, walk, surf and have fun without much effort.