Costa Rica’s Best Beaches

Costa Rica’s Best Beaches

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We get asked all the time: what are Costa Rica’s best beaches?  The answer?  Well, it depends…

Nearly 800 miles of coastline and 300 beaches border Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. These temp travelers with a spectacular parade of black, pink and white sands. Costa Rica’s beaches offer something for everyone, from gentle swimming holes to huge breaks perfect for adventurous surfers. Some of the nation’s sandy coasts are protected habitats for nesting sea turtles, while others are ensconced in national park and wildlife reserves.  These guarantee pristine conditions and superb birding. If you’re one of those travelers who prefers relaxation to all else, the beaches of Costa Rica have something for you too: miles of sunny, sandy shoreline shaded by palm trees.

There are so many beaches in Costa Rica with a wide variety of sand, water and vibe.  Here are just a few of our faves:

  • Coco Beach

    Coco Beach

    Coco Beach is one of the most popular beach destinations in Costa Rica. “El Coco,” as it’s affectionately called, is great for nightlife and beach hopping.

  • Playa Carrillo

    Playa Carrillo

    Playa Carrillo was recently voted the 27th most beautiful beach of the world, and it is easy to see why with its lovely pristine white sand bay lined up with coconut trees. Carrillo is proud to exhibit the blue flag, symbol of a clean...

  • Playa Flamingo

    Playa Flamingo

    Playa Flamingo is simply irresistibly beautiful with its brilliant white sand and turquoise water. Located in Guanacaste, on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica, it is also the only marina giving full service on the Central American Pacific...

  • Samara Beach

    Samara Beach

    Playa Samara is located in Guanacaste, along the Gold Coast of Costa Rica, on the northern edge of the Nicoya Peninsula. This inviting and picturesque little beach town has a welcoming international community, with a relaxing atmosphere...

  • Playa Tambor

    Playa Tambor

    Playa Tambor is located in the Nicoya Peninsula, in the province of Puntarenas. It is set along the large and quiet Bahia Ballena, which means Whale Bay, by a lush green valley. The gentle giants used to gather in the warm waters of the...

  • Playa Cabo Matapalo

    Playa Cabo Matapalo

    If you are looking to enjoy the pristine primary rainforests of Osa and all the untouched beauty and splendor away from the hustle and bustle, this beach is part of that special gem of a place. Playa Cabo Matapalo is a quiet, rocky...

  • Playa Dominical

    Playa Dominical

    Playa Dominical attracts surfers from not only from across the country, but from all over the world. Tourists will enjoy the many activities available in the area.

  • Potrero Beach

    Potrero Beach

    Potrero is a hidden jewel in the north-west of Guanacaste, named after the eponymous beach. This rural town embraces the old Costa Rican coast villages style and can be seen as a tranquil spot away from other touristy places.

  • Playa Langosta

    Playa Langosta

    Playa Langosta is one of the most popular beaches in Guanacaste. It has become a favored spot for tourists who enjoy sunbathing on its stunning beachfront.

  • Playa Avellanas

    Playa Avellanas

    Avellanas is a tropical paradise ideal for those who enjoy exploring roads less travelled. This is certainly an untouched oasis where you can truly experience the “Pura Vida” way of life!