Playa Escondida

Beach in Costa de Oro

Traveling north, turn right off the main road onto a dirt road just before Balzapote village. Follow a gorgeous wreck of a road for 10 minutes to a moldering relic of a hotel. From there, you’ll find a path leading to a long set of crumbling stairs going to Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach), which earns its name: during the work week in the low season, you’ll probably have the gorgeous blond sands and turquoise waters to yourself.

This used to be a nude beach in the '70s and '80s. For our money, this is probably the single best beach in the whole state.