Costa Rica Beaches
Tropical and Exotic
Costa Rica Beaches are visited by more than two
million tourists from all over the world. For years, North Americans and
Europeans have appreciated Costa Rica as an Eco Friendly country and keep
visiting year after year.
Costa Rica Map of Beaches on both oceans
Costa Rica is a small Central American country located
between Nicaragua on the north and the Republic of Panama on the south. It has
been called the Switzerland of the Americas. We have visited Costa Rica several
times and can say that it is a beautiful country with beautiful people that enjoy
life. Pura Vida!!!
Costa Rica has coasts on the Caribbean Sea and on the
Pacific Ocean, being most of the beaches on the Pacific side. But Costa Rica is
not just swimming and sunbathing. It is great for hiking through its amazing
flora and fauna; surfing, scuba diving, cliff diving and deep sea fishing.
Here we are going to concentrate on Costa Rican
Beaches. I am going to mention a few of the best.
Costa Rica's Playa Dominical is popular with locals and tourists
- Playa Dominical
This laid back beach town is on the South pacific of
Costa Rica. It is surrounded by estuaries, mangroves and marshes. Just getting
there is an experience as you approach and see the blue ocean and its cliffs
and small coves. It is located south of Puerto Quepos.
- Cabo Matapalo
It is located on the tip Osa Peninsula on the southern
part of the Pacific side, south of Puerto Jimenez. It is great for world class
windsurfing. The beach is spectacular surrounded by rocks and rain forests.
Cahuita is one of Costa Rica’s Caribbean Beaches,
located south of Puerto Limon, the important port of the Caribbean side. The
area residents are of Afro-Caribbean origin and it shows in their Creole
culture felt everywhere. Once on this side of the country the Limon Province,
you may want to visit this little village for a great experience.
Costa Rica Beaches
Drake Bay one of the laid back Costa Rica Beaches
- Drake Bay
Drake bay is on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula
on the Pacific Ocean. This beach is for those seeking relaxation in a rustic
environment. But if after a while you feel like having some action, there is
the possibility of many water sports in the area, like scuba diving, snorkeling
and kayaking; besides the land activities like hiking, horseback riding and
- Playa Jaco
This is the closest beach to the capital of San Jose
and therefore one of the most visited Regions in the country. It offers great
surfing on an almost three km beach. They have many water sports, as well as
restaurants and affordable hotels.
- Playa Mal Pais
This tranquil beach is located in the Nicoya Peninsula
on the Pacific on the Region of Puntarenas. Its neighbor Santa Teresa offers
attractions like boat tours for watching dolphins and manta ray. The waters in
the area are ecologically protected. This site is the ideal one for stringing
up a hammock and relax under the shade of the trees.
Costa Rica beaches of Manuel Antonio Park
- Manuel Antonio National Park
Located on the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica,
Manuel Antonio is a national park featuring amazing views of nature and
There is plenty of accommodation on the area surrounded by
sandy beaches and blue crystal waters. A sunset as the sun sinks into the
Pacific in Manuel Antonio is and unforgettable experience.
Matapalo Beach on Costa Rica Central Pacific Region
This is different than any tourist destination.
Matapalo is located on the Central Pacific region. If you want to relax and get
away from large crowds, this is the place to enjoy a sunset on scenic beaches
surrounded by palms, coconut and mango trees.
Montezuma, located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the southwest
is a bohemian town, favorite among young people, surfers. Here the beaches mix
with mangroves, estuaries and tropical forests.
Sunset at the Costa Rica Beaches of Papagayo Gulf
- Papagayo Gulf
Guanacaste region is home to Costa Rica’s best luxury
resort and most beautiful beaches. The beauty of this area has attracted many
developers for all inclusive resort complexes.
- Playa Avellana
Also located in Guanacaste this beach boasts
extraordinary waves as high as 18 feet. Surfers from all over the world flock
to Avellana for great surfing. Locals call this beach “Little Hawaii”. At the
same time the beach is secluded and has white sands inviting swimmers and
Playa Ocotal on Costa Rica Pacific Region
- Playa Ocotal
Playa Ocotal is one of Guanacaste beaches on the
northwest Pacific area is for those enjoying good swimming, snorkeling and
plain sunbathing. Just offshore is Catalina Island. In nearby Playa del Coco
you’ll find an array of restaurants and many nightlife options.
- Playa Azul
This is a remote Guanacaste beach with dark cobalt
blue sand and dark blue sea. This is a real off the beaten path beach that has
recently been opened for tourists. It’s a real paradise.
For more information visit Costa Rica Tourism Website
Playa Flamingo in the Guanacaste Peninsula Costa Rica
- Playa Flamingo
Playa Flaming is also known as Playa Blanca. It is
located in Guanacaste. This is an incredibly beautiful beach it has evolved
into one of the country’s most exclusive areas. It is home to the country’s
largest marina for private yachts and recommended for Deep Sea fishing.
- Playa Conchal
Also located in far Guanacaste region this beach
features crushed shells sands. Surrounded by crystal clear waters that make the
idyllic scenery for swimming, snorkeling and enjoy the tropical fish.
- Playa Coyote
Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, this beach is in the
form of a horseshoe with powdery sands and fringed with tall coconut palms.
It’s considered one of Costa Rica’s best beaches
Costa Rica Beaches compare with the best beaches in
Mexico, Brazil and the South Pacific.
images credits for costa rica beaches
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papagayo beach n/a
playa dominical n/a
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