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Introducing Playa Flamingo

Anytime a once pristine slice of paradise sprouts McMansions and condo subdivisions, and gets stitched up with a network of roads (paved and otherwise), it becomes easy to point fingers and raise hell about what was and what now is. And, yes, Flamingo does feel like a developer's raunchy fantasy. But none of that changes the fact that this sugary, postcard-worthy white sand and shell beach is glorious. Kissed by a serene blue sea with the rugged keys of the Catalinas floating off in the distance, it attracts a local Tico scene along with package tourists. Nose the air if you must, but why not enjoy the place?