Costa Rica Travel - Best Beaches to Visit in Costa Rica
One of the many reasons why Costa Rica is witnessing a high footfall of visitors in recent years is due to its abundance of outstanding beaches. Squeezed between the Caribbean and Pacific shorelines, the country has nearly 300 sand-and-sea wonders with unique personalities. From mega resorts with lots of amenities to wild, untouched shorelines, there is something for every beach lover.
Connect with a Costa Rican travel expert who will customize an itinerary encompassing some or all of these coastal gems that will take your breath away. Here are some of the finest beaches of Costa Rica worth your visit.
Manuel Antonio beach
Part of the Manuel Antonio National Park (which is one of Costa Rica's finest highlights), Manuel Antonio beach has been acknowledged as one of the seaside gems of the country for a long time. With soaring palm trees and surrounding lush rainforests, the beach can be accessed by a 30-minute hike from the national park’s entrance.
Its consistently placid waters make it a great spot for swimming and snorkeling adventures. Apart from the beach, the famed adjacent national park, also one of Costa Rica's finest, gives you an opportunity to get a glimpse of some exotic wild species especially the endangered squirrel monkeys.
Located on the northern Pacific coast of the country on the Nicoya Peninsula, Tamarindo beach is widely regarded as a great surfing destination. A popular spot for the natives, this one sees a large rush during weekends or holidays.
This action-packed beach is probably an amazing place for any beginner to grab a surfboard and enjoy the thrill of learning a new sport. The town also has a thriving nightlife scene and its close proximity to Las Baulas National Park provides a great opportunity to sight some Leatherback sea turtles.
Often overlooked by many visitors, Playa Conchal is one of the adored beaches of the country (by the locals) which sits in the small town of Brasilito in the Guanacaste region. Coated with white sand and sprinkled with tiny seashells, Conchal Beach charms its visitors with its clear turquoise waters.
Playa Conchal hosts some thriving coral reefs and tropical fish, best explored by snorkeling.
Situated on the Nicoya Peninsula of the Pacific coasts of the country, Nosara is a laid-back village surrounded by tropical vegetation and vast stretches of unadulterated beaches. Nosara merges three beaches: Garza, Guiones, and Pelada, of which Guiones is more popular among the tourists due to its abundance of restaurants and world-class surfing activities.
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Most of the beach is part of the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, known for protecting the Olive Ridley and Leatherback sea turtles.
One of the rarest instances of pink sand beaches in the country, Playa Flamingo sits to the north of the Conchal Beach in the Guanacaste region. Boasting a classic crescent shape, it is a hub for a diverse range of water adventures, including snorkeling, sport fishing, and scuba diving.
With high-end developments, Flamingo houses lavish condos and resorts with amazing restaurants, giving you a comfy upscale vibe.
Punta Uva beach
Located along the scenic Caribbean coast, five miles away from the bustling city of Puerto Viejo, Punta Uva is a seldom visited and one of the most peaceful beaches in the country. Well-known for its tranquil waters and exceptional coral reefs, this little haven of serenity is perfect for snorkeling. Punta Uva is surrounded by a jungle; just a short stroll can lead you into exotic-bird country.
Another beautiful beach town of the Guanacaste region, Playa Hermosa which literally translates as ‘lovely beach’ lives up to its name. Located only 20 minutes away from Liberia International Airport, this gray sand beach is lined with palm trees and enclosed by lush rainforests and volcanic ridges.
Playa Hermosa offers a wide range of activities ranging from scuba diving and para sailing, to jet skiing (for the petrol heads).
Playa Santa Teresa
A well-known beach destination known for its unparalleled surfing activity, Santa Teresa is a small, quaint town along the Nicoya Peninsula. Once a fishing village, Santa Teresa has flourished into a popular tourist nook, all thanks to its awe-inspiring beaches. Some of the significant attractions include two surf spots of La Lora and Suck Rock; see them and you will understand why Santa Teresa hosts annual international surfers competitions.
Apart from being a surfer’s paradise, this gorgeous shoreline is a great place for snorkeling and deep sea fishing activities.