Tucked between the coastlines of the Pacific and Caribbean Seas, the beaches in Costa Rica are beautiful, diverse and extraordinary. Costa Rica’s best beaches are characterized shimmering white sands surrounded by rich jungle, magnificent rugged beach bays, or volcanic black sand. From exotic beach resorts and sandy Caribbean beaches encompassed by coral reefs to wild coastlines on remote islands, Costa Rica provides the ideal beach experience for everyone. Here is a rundown of the best beaches in Costa Rica.
Playa Conchal – Guanacaste
Located just north of Tamarindo, Playa Conchal’s stretch of shining white sand beautified with sea shells encompasses a turquoise cove that is ideal for swimming or snorkeling. Set back from the tree-lined shoreline is the extravagant Westin Playa Conchal Resort.
Manuel Antonio Beach – Manuel Antonio National Park
Shielded from powerful waves by the Punta Catedral (a rocky headland), Manuel Antonio’s reliably mellow waters make it one of the most family-friendly beaches in Costa Rica. The coral seascape and the surrounding Manuel Antonio National Park ( abounding with various wildlife) provides an added reason to visit Manuel Antonio. It is home to a sound populace of the adorable endangered squirrel monkeys. If you’re up for hiking, you can easily sight howler and white-faced monkeys, green iguanas, white-faced monkeys, and sloths.
Playa Flamingo – Guanacaste
Found towards the north of Playa Conchal, the lovely pinkish-white sands of Playa Flamingo make it one of the best beaches in Costa Rica. Its long stretch of fine sand, smooth waves, reliably stunning sunsets, and tasteful restaurants make it a great choice for families with young kids. Luxurious homes and apartment suites speck the hills on either end of the beach. It is a great spot for sailing, sport fishing, and great scuba diving.
Tamarindo Beach – Guanacaste
Prominent for its beach life, enthusiastic nightlife, and diverse wildlife, Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica’s best beaches. Surrounded by Las Baulas National Park, it provides constant excitement for wildlife enthusiasts and surfers alike. You can sight endangered leatherback sea turtles that usually nest on close-by beaches from October to February.
Punta Uva Beach – Puerto Viejo
Home to two spectacular beaches that are separated by a delightful Red Cliff, Punta Uva is one of Costa Rica’s most charming destinations. Its characteristic golden sand, pristine water, and amazing coral reefs make it one of the best beaches in Costa Rica. Watch out for incredible green macaws in the trees above.
Santa Teresa Beaches – Nicoya Peninsula
Located near to the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa is popular for exquisite beaches, great surf, and Gisele Bündchen. Though a stunning natural beauty, the relative difficult route to the beaches keeps them from being overcrowded by tourists. It is rather Costa Rica’s hotspot for more adventurous explorers seeking a weekend escape.
Manzanillo Beach – Southern Caribbean Coast
The turquoise waters and long stretches of white sand are the principal attractions of beaches in the southern Caribbean area. The little, laid-back beach town on Manzanillo Beach houses astounding coral reefs and a seaside rich jungle. If you’re interested in a thrilling weekend getaway, try visiting around September and October to escape the crowd of tourists. It is an incredible location for diving, snorkeling, and kayaking.