Flamingo has long been a popular destination for expat living and dream vacations, and now it’s stepped up its game in a major way by building a fabulous new marina to welcome yachts, fishing boats and even helicopters.
Flamingo is blessed with an oceanfront topography that makes it one of the most visually spectacular beach towns in Costa Rica. A green, hilly peninsula called the North Ridge juts into the Pacific Ocean from the small downtown, with steep changes in elevation that provide stunning ocean views toward both Potrero Bay and Brasilito Bay.
On the southeastern end of this ridge, a sheltered cove provides the perfect location for Marina Flamingo
, which opened in 2023 with 92 slips, a fueling dock, a desalination plant, a wastewater treatment plant and a heliport. A large building painted in colorful pastels offers restaurants, shops, a medical clinic and 40 luxury condos for lease.
The marina is right next to downtown Flamingo -- a small, walkable space hemmed in between two beaches, Potrero and Flamingo, that are just a 5-minute walk apart. Despite the tiny size of the downtown, it has several restaurants, vacation rentals, shops, offices, and the Margaritaville Beach Resort.
Walk two blocks from the marina on Playa Potrero and you’ll find yourself at Playa Flamingo, a beautiful mile-long beach that is mostly protected from development because of fragile mangroves behind it. But where there is construction, homes and condos are of the $1 million-plus variety.
There’s another part of Flamingo a bit inland, on the highway from Brasilito, which is lined with hotels, condos, restaurants, hardware stores, a pharmacy, a doctor’s office, two banks, and the excellent Super Massai grocery store.
Flamingo is a great location to explore beaches north and south. It’s a short hop to Potrero, Las Catalinas, Brasilito, Playa Conchal and Playa Grande. It’s also close to Huacas -- a sizable town with big grocery stores and other conveniences, and it’s a half-hour drive to Tamarindo.