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Nearly 800 miles of coastline and 300 beaches border Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, tempting 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 reserve, guaranteeing pristine conditions and superb birding. And if you’re one of those travelers who prefers relaxation to all else, Costa Rica has something for you, too: miles of sunny, sandy shoreline shaded by palm trees.


  • 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...

  • Herradura Beach

    Herradura Beach

    Herradura is a quiet little beach town 3.5 kilometers north of Jaco in the province of Puntarenas. Until recently it was totally unknown and only frequented by the locals, but the appearance of Los Suenos Marriot Ocean and Golf Resort...

  • 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...

  • Cahuita


    Cahuita is a relaxing little Caribbean paradise located south of the city of Limon. Its roots can be traced back to Afro-Caribbean fishermen and workers who were brought there from Jamaica to build the railway in the middle of the...

  • Playa Puerto Viejo

    Playa Puerto Viejo

    The Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is a different country. You know you’re in the Caribbean when the salsa/meringue stops and the reggae starts. When people greet you with a “wh’appin” (what’s happening?), instead of a more...

  • 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!

  • Manzanillo Beach

    Manzanillo Beach

    Arguably one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches with white sands and stunning waters, Manzanillo is protected by the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Known for its picturesque beaches and diverse wildlife ranging from...

  • Playa Esterillos

    Playa Esterillos

    Esterillos is situated on the Central Pacific coast, about half way between Jaco and Manuel Antonio. It’s known for its miles of secluded beaches and the little beach village of Esterillos Oeste.