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Relatively secluded, Playa Danta (and its tiny neighbor Playa Dantita) is a good option for snorkeling in Guanacaste. The beach is popular for its calm seas, perfect for exploring the underwater world. Around the rocks you will spot starfish, angelfish and colorful wrasse.

Gorgonian at Playa Danta
Gorgonian and blue sponges can occasionally be seen on the rocks.

How to get to the Playa Danta snorkeling spot

Playa Danta is a 15-minute drive north of Playa Flamingo, and about 45 minutes north of Tamarindo. From Playas del Coco, allow 1 hour by car. Las Catalinas town has been recently built next to the beach.

Playa Danta & Dantita snorkeling map

Water entrance for snorkeling Playa Danta

Enter the water from the beach, near the area you want to explore (see map).

Playa Danta & Playa Dantita snorkeling exploration

The 3 rocky areas located on either sides of Danta and Dantita beaches are suitable for snorkeling. These areas have different orientations, and it is recommended that you choose the one where the sea is the calmest on the day of your visit.

The southernmost zone (zone 1 on the map) is generally the most sheltered.

Juvenile Eastern Pacific leather bass at Playa Danta
A juvenile Eastern Pacific leather bass hiding between sea urchins.

In the designated snorkeling areas, the seabed is rocky, covered in places with Caulerpa seaweed. Gorgonians are sometimes found on the rocks. Galápagos blue sea star and long-spined sea urchins are very common here.

A great diversity of fish can be spotted here, including the Cortez angelfish, which rarely leaves the rocky overhangs. Cortez rainbow wrasse, porcupinefish and Acapulco gregory are also easy to see here.

Cortez angelfish at Playa Danta
The Cortez angelfish is pretty common around Playa Danta’s rocks.

Restaurants and accommodation near Playa Danta

The small Las Catalinas town has several vacation rentals and a few restaurants, including the Limonada Restaurant, located on the beach.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Maximum depth12ft/4m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

MAP Spot

These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.