2) PEÑA BRUJA/ WITCH’S ROCK (PLAYA NARANJO):
Located in Santa Rosa National Park. Named accordingly because of the sounds that can be heard inside the cracks of this huge rock, which sound similar to the screams of a witch. This rock is located in the north end of Playa Naranjo. To the side of the Naranjo River, there is a small section of river rocks. Crocodiles have been seen at the river mouth and out in the ocean. This beach is known for its perfect peaks and its off-shore winds. With north swells and an off-shore wind it becomes a magical place. Access: By road 4 x 4. Tide: works well with a rising tide. Swells: Works with waves from north to northwest. Bottom: Sandy. Feet: 2 to 8. Season: December to March. Stars: 4.
Santa Rosa National Park
Santa Rosa, is the oldest national park in Costa Rica, it was founded in 1970 to safe guard the vast extensions of tropical dry forest and the scene of the two most important battles of the country. The Murciélago section was added in 1979 thanks to the country acquiring land from the Nicaraguan Dictator Anastasio Somoza. The president Oscar Arias declared the land situated between Murciélago and the park property of the park at the end of the 80’s, so that Santa Rosa could occupy all of the Santa Elena Peninsula, some 50.000 hectares in total. It is a park of historical interest, with large extensions, coral reefs and several kilometers of virgin beaches in the Santa Elena and Papagayo Gulfs. The beaches in Santa Rosa are nesting areas for three species of marine turtles. This is an area where the largest amounts of Lora Turtles arrive from the American Tropics.
Ph + (506) 2666-5051 ext 125, https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/turismo/sector-santa-rosa. Email: email@example.com The forest post, leaving the Interamerican opens daily from 08:00 a.m to 04:30 p.m. Entry is 6 US$ and to camp it is 2 US$ extra per person. The offices and the camping area are 7Km from where the buses arrive you can walk or ask for the bus stop. It is also possible to accompany the forest rangers on their routes around the park. The administration of Santa Rosa is also run by the Conservation Area of Guanacaste (ACG) and offers information about the Rincon de la Vieja and Guanacaste National Parks and other protected areas.
Naranjo is the next most important beach of those that are in the south of Nancite. Close to the extreme south of the park, it is known for its good surf, especially close to Witches Rock. It is a popular place to camp and practice sports.
Camping areas 2 US$ per person, close to the park offices, with installations that include drinking water, picnic benches, barbeques and bathrooms. Beds 20 US$ per person. There are eight bedrooms, each one with a capacity for 8 people and with shared bathrooms. The price does not include meals; each meal costs between 3 and 6 US$, and you will need to ask for them in advance, as well as accommodation. A café sells drinks and some snacks, some there are simple meals or they make lunch.
How to get Here?
Car or Taxi
The entrance is found west of the Interamerican road, 35 km. north from Liberia, and 45 Km. south of the border with Nicaragua. Access to the entrance is next to the Interamerican road. The park’s administrative offices can be found in La Casona, which is a big, old, wooden house, situated 7 km. west of the Interamerican road. After a trip by foot that might last 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the tide, there is chance to row boats along the estuary, (keeping in mind that crocodiles might emerge). Another good option is to take a 4 x 4 cab from Liberia, which is worth 45 US$ one way and 45 US$ on the way back.
Eladio´s Place & Nature Adventures Ph (506) 2691-0303/ Ph/Cel (506) 8706-8977 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.eladiosplacecr.com/ How to come: intersection with the road to Cañas Dulces. At the intersection keep left on the Pan-American, the entrance to the property is 800m ahead on the right, at the bottom of the hill, through the short stone wall. From Liberia Airport (LIR): Travel 10 km east to the first stoplight, which will be the main intersection of Liberia. Turn left on to the Pan-American highway and continue with the instructions above. SURF TRIP TO WITCH’S ROCK. Have the ride of your life, with Eladio´s Place is a pleased to offer the trip of a lifetime to Witch’s Rock (Peña Bruja), in the company of Eladio Castro. Eladio has more than 30 years of surfing experience, the last 15 years of which have been dedicated exclusively to Playa Naranjo and the Peña Bruja. His knowledge of the area is unrivaled as a result of years spent living on Playa Naranjo. Will travel to Playa Naranjo in a Land Cruisier 4 WD. The Land Cruisier is fully equipped to handle even the worst roads, and the experienced drivers guarantee your safe arrival ANY time of year. Offer different tours: 1) One Day Tour/ 2) Two Days Tour/ 3) Extended Tour (more than two days).With the option to depart from the offices in Irigaray or the nearby city of Liberia. Trips start from 90 US$ to 130 US$ per person. Two person minimum. Lodging and Pool, offer two rustic cabins, a swimming pool, and barbeque facilities. One cabin is two stories, with a common area and kitchen on the first floor. Private detached bathroom and shower. Two bedrooms with fans on the second floor for up to 8 guests. The second cabin is one story with space for up to 4 guests. Room has fans, a half kitchen, and private detached bathroom an shower. Also offer meals and laundry service. Cost $15 per person. Group discounts available.
Witch’s Rock Surf Camp Ph 1-888.318-SURF (7873) or (506) 2653-1262. E-mail: email@example.com www.witchsrocksurfcamp.com Witch’s Rock Surf Camp is situated on Tamarindo best beach break and is ideal for families, couples and singles alike. The accommodation at the camp offers the unique combination of Costa Rican craftsmanship and Costa Rican surf culture. All rooms share ocean views of Playa Tamarindo and Playa Grande, with the water’s edge only a few feet away. Witch’s Rock Bar & Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is famous for its American and Mexican cuisine. The surf school consists of in-water instruction, surf seminars, video analysis, beginning and intermediate surf lessons, and more advanced surf tours to neighboring beaches, including the famous Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point surf breaks. The camp caters to both the novice and the hardcore surfer looking to surf Costa Rica’s best waves. Transportation is available to/from San Jose, Liberia and Tamarindo airports.
WHERE TO SLEEP & EAT LIBERIA?
Hotel Las Espuelas Ph + 506 2666-5601, Ph + 506 2666-0144, Ph + (506) Whatsapp 8727-4220. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.hotellasespuelas.com/ Single/ double, including continental breakfast 64/ 76 US$. It is located to the east of the Interamerican, 2 Km before arriving at Liberia. It has a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, casino, 44 rooms and 2 junior suites with private bathroom, intyernational TV for cable, telephone, air conditioning, Internet wireless. It has private parking and 24 hour security.
Hotel Guanacaste Ph + (506) 2666-0085, Ph/fax (506) 2666-2287. E-mail email@example.com www.higuanacaste.com. Located on 3rd Avenue a street away from the Interamerican. Single/ double/ triple with bathroom 11/ 28/ 39 US$. Affiliated with International Hostelling. Rooms for members for 9 US$ per person. Some of the 29 rooms have air conditioning. There is a restaurant and also bus stops near the Nicaexpresso, Central Line Company, that picks up and drops off passengers to/from Managua. Spanish, English, spoken. Guarded parking and laundry facilities. Organizing tours throughout the region, transport 20 US$ per person.
Hotel El Bramadero Ph + (506) 2666-0371. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hotelbramadero.com. Located front Burger King entry principal to Liberia. Single/ double/ triple/ quadruple 29/ 38/ 48/ 54 US$. It has 23 rooms with a private bathroom, Cable TV and air conditioning. There is a good restaurant open from 06:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m and a swimming pool.
Best Western Hotel El Sitio Ph + (506) 2666-1211, Ph/fax (506) 2666-2059. E-mail: email@example.com https://www.hotelelsitio.com/ Individual/ doble 64/ 76 US$ breakfast included buffet and 12 US$ per extra person. Located 250 meters to the west of the interamerican highway, highway to the Daniel Oduber Aitport. It has 62 rooms with air conditioning, telephone, cable TV, private bathroom with hot water, wireless internet. It has a bar, restaurant, swimming pool for children and adults. Organizing tours to national parks, canopy tours, volcanos. 24 hour parking and security. The casino is open from 8:00 p.m to 06:00 a.m everyday. Next to the hotel there is a gym and the Luna Bar.
Hotel Primavera Ph (506) 2666-0464, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/HotelPrimaveraLiberia/ Single/double 27/ 30 US$ with fan and 30/ 46 US$ with air conditioning. Located alongside south of the Central Park. There are 30 rooms with an international TV for cable, fan, private bathroom, with parking and air-conditioning. Speak English and Spanish.
Hotel Boyeros & Conference Center Ph (506) 2666-0722/ 0995, Ph /fax (506) 2666-2529.E-mail: email@example.com www.hotelboyeros.com. Single/ double/ triple 52/ 65/ 69 US$. Located close to the Interamerican crossing, it has a statue of an ox at the entrance. It has 70 rooms with air conditioning, cable TV and a balcony. With 24 rooms, 2 swimming pool for children and adults, a water toboggan, and a conference 4 lecture hall.
Hotel La Siesta Ph + (506) 2666-0606 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/hotellasiestacr/ Located on 4th Street, between 4th and 6th Avenue. Single/Double with bathroom and air conditioning and breakfast 35/ 60 US$. There are 25 rooms with international TV for cable, a bar restaurant and a swimming pool. Internet service, laundry. Credit card accept, has parking.
Hospedaje Dodero Ph (506) 2666-2165. E-mail: email@example.com http://www.hospedajedodero.yolasite.com/ We offer clean, comfortable and safe accommodations just 100 meters from Liberia’s main bus station and city market. Each room comes with a TV, full cable (including HBO, Cinemax and Cinecanal), WiFi, and common kitchen access. Our rooms are a combination of twin and full size beds with shared bath and either air conditioning or fan. Our prices range from $10-22 per person so we have something to meet everyone’s budget. Come relax in one of our hammocks while you plan your next adventure in Costa Rica!
La Mesa de Monique y André Ph (506) 2666-5081/ Cell (506) 8811-4202. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.facebook.com/lamesademoniqueyandre/ Located behind El Sitio, infront of the green round house on the corner. It is a restaurant in a private house. For those that have a very fine palette they offer 7 different dishes in very special surroundings. You will need to reserve two days in adavance for groups of 4 to 20 people. It is a culinary experience to try international meals for groups of 4 to 20 people, the owners are from Montreal-Canadá.
Cabinas El Tucán Blanco Ph + (506) 2666-7740 Ph /cel (506) 8365-9675. E-mail: email@example.com. Located 200 meters south and 50 meters east of the LUX pharmacy. There are 8 rooms with a private bathroom, Cable TV, Air conditioning, fan, breakfast table, mini fridge, and stove for cooking, sink, with a capacity for 6 people. Single/Double/ Triple Private parking and laundry service.
WHERE TO GO FROM BUYING
Plaza Liberia Center Ph (506) 2665-4515. https://www.facebook.com/centroplazaliberia/ Located to the east of the Interamerican, 1 Km to the South main entrance of Liberia. Open from 7:00 a.m to 12:00 m.n, everyday. There is special event the weekends In the 1er floor finds the Supermarket delicatesse, room of beauty Glamour aesthetics, cafeteria and store the Gloria, 2do floor the food court; pizza pastures and mediterranean cuisine, restaurant eaten Chinese Tío Szabo, heladería and cafeteria Sorbe, entertainment center Tukis, store of disks successes, store of gifts Hallmark, clothing store Pronto, store of shoes Penny Lane, sale of cellular, Quique Surf & Skate Shop, jewelry bijoux, natural clothing store Costa Rica, clothing store children 4 kids only and in the 3er floor the Universal bookstore, 4 cinema rooms, sale of conditioned air and refrigeration refritica, boutique & shoes Cactus, office financial consultancy Deloitte and direct Tribute. Have an elevator and stairways mechanical, wide parking and security.
Tienda La Nueva Skate Surf Ph + (506) 2666- 1983. Location; Costado sur del Parque de Liberia. Opening 8:00 am to 7:00 pm continuous day from Monday to Saturday. All in clothes, accessories and shoes. Quiksilver, Billabong, Roxy, Lost, Reef, Dragón, Etnies, Slobe, Es, Von zipper, Electric. Accept credit cards. With 40 years of serving the Surfeador.