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The waters of Bahía Salinas are buffeted by serious winds from mid-November through mid-May, and this area is a prime spot for windsurfing and kiteboarding. The folks at Ecoplaya Beach Resort have a good windsurfing operation and rent equipment. If you want to try your hand at the sport of kiteboarding, check in with the folks at the Kitesurfing Center, who operate out of the Blue Dream Hotel (tel. 8826-5221 or 2676-1042; www.bluedreamhotel.com) in Playa Copal. Beach lovers should head to the far western tip of the Bahía Salinas, where you will find Playa Rajada ★★, a beautiful little white sand beach, with gentle surf and plenty of shade trees.

Note: If you’re coming to this area and aren’t interested in windsurfing or kitesurfing, the winds can make your beach time rather unpleasant during the peak wind months. If you’re just looking for a beach resort vacation, I recommend heading to one of the beaches farther south in Guanacaste.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.