2016 Update: The road to Playa
Tenacatita is now open for access to the beachfront.
This pristine area was recently taken
over by private interests. Road and water access to Playa
Tenacatita is currently controlled by federal police guards blocking
unrestricted access to the beach. All restaurants and
accommodation listing are now invalid, as most have been demolished.
Ownership of this once public property is now in legal dispute.
Snorkeling is still available on Playa Mora by water taxis from La
Manzanilla and Barra de Navidad.
The well marked junction turnoff to
Playa Tenacatita is near mile marker mm-30 on Carretaria 200. The
small village of Tenacatita is located on the beach 9 km from
the junction on a newly paved road. 6 km toward the
beach, you pass through Pueblo Rebalcito where there is a
hotel, small stores and an interesting gas station. Playa
Mora in Tenacatita is known locally as one of the best
snorkeling areas in Costa Alegre. Playa Tenacatita is
popular with campers and RV'ers who camp economically along the
PLACES TO STAY
PLACES TO EAT
THINGS TO DO
(slow loading - requires
Snorkeling, diving and boogie boarding are
very popular here. One of the best spots to snorkel is
"The Aquarium" at Playa Mora, located over the hill west of the
palapa restaurants. Hike up the hills at Punta Herman's (brothers
point). From here you can see La Manzanilla across Bahía
Tenacatita and wide vistas out to sea. Watch the surf
pound the coarse ankle deep chocolate sand at Playa Boca, just over
the isthmus from Playa Mora.
from this vantage point are spectacular. You may decide
to Rent a "panga" behind the village for a tour of the
mangrove marsh or try sports fishing on the bay with a
beachside panga guide. Many just relax under the shade of a palapa savoring a
few cervesas and enjoy the ocean view.
HOW TO GET HERE
There is no local bus service to
Tenacatita, but taxis will take you here from Barra/Melaque
for about $400+p. Backpackers can take a regional bus to
the junction for $20+p, then hitch a ride to the beach.
There's lots of local traffic to pick you up. The 9 km is
too far to walk comfortably in the heat of the day. If
you hitch in, don't stay too late, as most people leave around