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15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica | Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Best Beaches in Costa Rica 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Costa Rica is a Beautiful small Country in Central America, which is surrounded by the Caribbean and the Pacific ocean. The country is world-famous for travel and tourism because of its rain forests, volcanoes, and stunning beaches. Among them, the beaches are an essential part of its tourism. Costa Rica has a long coastline, which consists of unique lagoons, corals, rocks, and rugged beach coves. It is a paradise for tourists who love swimming, surfing, boating, diving, and more beach-related activities. In this article, we are going to discuss the 15 best beaches in Costa Rica, beach resorts, and beach activities you can do there.

1 Manuel Antonio Beach

Manuel Antonio Beach 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Manuel Antonio Beach – photo credit – anywhere.com

Manuel Antonio Beach is one of the best beaches in Costa Rica. The Beach is a part of Manuel Antonio National Park, and it is about 30 minutes’ walking distance from the park entrance.

Manuel Antonio consists of 4 beautiful white sand beaches, three beaches inside the park, and one outside of the park. The seawater near the Beach is very clear, and it has a stunning blue and green color. Usually, the water is warm, and the sea waves are not very big. Also, it has a coral seascape, and that area perfect for snorkeling.

Manuel Antonio national park

White face monkeys in Manuel Antoino Park 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

White-faced monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park – photo credit – losaltosresort.com

The National park is a perfect place to see some wildlife, especially white-faced monkeys. Also, it is a paradise for green iguanas, squirrels, sloths, and some endemic animals. Additionally, you can do mountain hikes and walk through beaches in the national park.

Including all of these, Manuel Antonio beach is a great place to get multiple travel experience.

Best beach resorts and hotels near Manuel Antonio – Tripadvisor

2 Tortuguero – Tortuga Island

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Tortuguero beach – Costa Rica -Photo Credit – Bookmundi.com

Tortuga is an Island in the Nicoya Peninsula. Only you can enter the island by a boat from Porto Limon or a seaplane from San Jose. The beach water is incredibly bright, and white sand areas perfect for snorkeling. The Beach is also famous for its stunning views in the evening.

The most popular way to visit Tortuga Island takes a one-day cruise and sails across the Gulf of Nicoya. After that, you can spend about 5 hours at Tortuguero beach and come back in the evening. The evening sea views will be a fantastic experience for your life.

The surroundings near Tortuga Island is a paradise for wild animals and rainforests explorations. There are a lot of mountains and trails to hike. If you visit Tortuga island, don’t forget to visit Tortuguero National Park. You will have some possible to see some rare animals there.

Spend a night in Tortuga is a good idea, but there are few resorts, and most of them are expensive.

Check Resorts near Tortuguero – Tripadvisor.com

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3 Playa Santa Teresa – Best Beaches in Costa Rica

Playa Santa Teresa 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Playa Santa Teresa Beach – photo credit – tripadvisor.com

This Beach is located in the small rural town of Santa Teresa. It is an isolated beach that has surrounded the rainforest. You cannot easily access to Playa beach. However, travelers do it like an adventure, because they need an experienced and itinerary.

We can’t recommend the Beach is suitable for swimming. However, some travelers do. The seawater is very clear, and it has a stunning blue color. The Beach consists of white sand and rocks. However, the Beach shows a fantastic view of the evening.

There are only limited excellent tourist resorts near the Playa Santa Teresa. Take a look below and choose your best one.

Resorts near Playa Santa Teresa – Tripadisor.com

4 Tamarindo Beach – Guanacaste -Best Beaches in Costa Rica

Tamarindo Beach 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Tamarindo Beach credit -photo credit booking.com

Tamarindo beach become one of the best beaches in Costa Rica Because it’s a paradise for surfing. The sea has big waves that suitable for surfing. The bright blue water, tan sand, and rainforest surroundings increase its beauty and attractions. Most of the time, Tamarindo beach is filled with tourists, especially at weekends.

Tamarindo beach is perfect for sunset photography. Sunset with big waves and surfing boats is a stunning option for landscape photographers.

If you visit Tamarindo between October – February. Don’t forget to visit Baulas National Park. You can see the famous leatherback sea turtles there.

There are few hotels near to Tamarindo Beach. If you interest in ocean views, Esplendo and Jardin del Eden hotels are better. Some hotels offer watersports as rent. However, it’s not a good idea to visit Tamarindo at weekends because the Beach and all hotels are fully crowded. Langosta is another beautiful beach near Tamarindo. It also has excellent sea waves, white sand, and fewer tourists.

Check Resorts near Tamarindo Beach – Tripadvisor.com

5 – Samara Beach – Nicoya Peninsula

 

Samara beach Costa Rica 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Samara Beach – Costa Rica – photo credit afar.com

Playa Samara beach is One of the beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. It is a small beach, but it suitable for Kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming. The Beach has stunning views of gorgeous sands, turquoise waters. And forest surroundings. 

Samara Beach is not very popular in the past. But nowadays it is a famous destination among travelers who love snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and Kayaking.

A bay protects the Beach, and there’s a small island named Isla Chora. It is a paradise of different types of birds. If you are a bird lover, you can rent a kayak to see the activities of birds. 

There are plenty of hotels and restaurants near Samara Beach as your budget and purpose. 

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Villas Playa Hotel-Samara-Amenities – photo credit tropicaltourshuttles.com

Check Resorts near Samara beach – Tripadvisor.com

6. Conchal Beach – Guanacaste – Best Beaches in Costa Rica

Conchal Beach 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Conchal Beach – photo credit credit palmsrealtycr.com

Playa Conchal is a beautiful beach located in Guanacaste. One of the unique things is, the sand of the Beach is mixed with millions of seashells, and it increases the beauty of the Beach. The water has excellent blue-green color. There’s a rocky area on one side of the Beach, and greeny woodlands cover the land side.

Conchal beach is a perfect destination for many kinds of beach activities like swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Including the above activities and it’s stunning views, Conchal Beach is one of the best beaches in Costa Rica.

You can’t direct drive to the Beach, and the popular way to enter the is to walk across the Brasilito. Westin Conchal hotel is the best hotel near conchal Beach, and the resort has a private beach too. This area has a hot climate over and perfects for the Beach relaxing.

Check resorts near Conchal Beach – Tripadvisor.com

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7 Montezuma Beach – Best Beaches in Costa Rica

Montezuma Beach 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Montezuma Beach

Montezuma is a small town in the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. It is a stunning beach because of its beautiful sceneries and woodland surroundings. It is a famous beach among travelers for sunset photography.

Montezuma beach is not a perfect beach for swimming. There is a lot of rocky area on it. However, some people do swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The water is visible and has a beautiful green-blue color. The surrounding of the Beach is covered with large woodlands, and you can see monkeys there. Montezuma Beach is also famous for releasing baby turtles over the year.

Montezuma city is also well known for its nightlife. There are a lot of bars and restaurants to enjoy. But the majority of them are not cheap.

Resorts Near Montezuma Beach – Tripadvisor.com

8 Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Playa Hermosa Beach -Credit – photo credit Joseph Emanuelli

Playa Hermosa beach is Located in Guanacaste Province. It is a world-famous beach for surfing and held a lot of surfing competitions over the year. Playa Hermosa beach is not too far away from Liberia’s Daniel Oduber International Airport.

The beach water has a stunning view of green-blue color water. Bigger waves help to famous for surfing. A lot of tourists visit Playa Hermosa for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, jet-skiing, kayaking, and many kinds of beach activities. 

Not only the Beach, but the surrounding of the Playa Hermosa also has a lot of things to do. You can collect some unique experience by hiking and forest exploration. Guanacaste has plenty of hotels, shops, and bars for cheap to expensive. Including all of these Playa Hermosa is one of the best beaches in Costa Rica.

Resorts Near Playa Hermosa – Tripadvisor.com

9 Playa Dominical – Best Beaches in Costa Rica

Playa Dominical Beach Surfing 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Playa Dominical Beach Surfing – photo credit – crsurfschool.com

Playa Dominical Beach is a famous beach for surfing. It’s a paradise of surf lovers. This Beach has big sea waves that help with perfect surfing background. There are a lot of surf boat selling shops, surf camps, and rental shops here. The Beach is located near to Manuel Antonio National Park. The Beach has beautiful mountains and forest views that can give you a better feeling of nature too.

If you are new to surfing, you will have a better chance to learn here. Also, if you need it, you can hire a personal trainer too. If you visit Playa Dominical, don’t forget to stay until the evening. The sunset scenery will be a fantastic experience for you. There are plenty of restaurants and bars near the Playa dominical as you want.

Resorts near Playa Domical – Tripadvisor.com

10 Cahuita – Beach

Cahuita Beach and National park 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Cahuita Beach and National Park

This Beach is located inside the Cahuita National Park. Cahuita beach is famous for its beautiful white sand areas and the biggest two coral reefs. Like other beaches in Costa Rica, Cahuita also has fine blue color water. 

This Beach is not fully crowded than other beaches. There are a lot of things you can do in Cahuita National park too. It’s better if you have a travel guider with you to see wildlife in National Park. You will never miss with white face monkeys, iguanas, squirrels, and sloths here. There is a beach parallel walking trail inside the jungle. Cahuita is one of the best beaches in Costa Rica to do both beach and jungle related activities. 

There are some resorts near Cahuita Beach cheap to expensive in prices. Please check them below.

Resorts near Cahuita Beach – Tripadvisor.com

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11 Jaco Beach – Best Beaches in Costa Rica

Jaco Beach 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Jaco Beach Costa Rica – photo credit – remax-ocr.com

Jaco is a beautiful beach in Costa Rica, which is located about two hours’ drive distance from San Jose. The Beach is a well-known beach for surfing. The Sea waves in Jaco Beach is perfect for surfing. Thousands of tourists and locals come here to surf and join surf tournaments. Not only surfing Jaco Beach also a perfect beach for other beach-related activities but should careful with the big waves. 

The city provides bus service for tourists who visit the Beach. The Jaco city is also well-known for its nightlife. If you are a couple, family, or solo traveler, the city has different enjoyable options for each one. If you wish to collect some enjoyable nightlife on the Costa Rica tour, don’t forget to join the nightlife in Jaco. 

It’s not hard to find a suitable hotel to stay in Jaco beach. Check some hotel options in Jaco beach below.

Check out the best hotel resorts near Jaco Beach – Tripadvisor.com

12 Uvita Beach – Puntarenas

Uvita Beach 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Uvita beach – photo credit – greenbuiltcr.com

This Beach is located in Marino Ballena National Park, and it is a part of Costa Rica’s Famous whale’s tale. Uvita beach has a unique shape of a whale’s tail. Uvita is a famous place for seeing humpback whales. If you like to watch humpback whales, you can join a whale watching tour.

Uvita beach has brown color sand and slow waves. However, it has nice views with bright blue color water. Beach is good for swimming snorkeling, paddle boating, and other beach-related activities.

Watching the beauty of forest and wildlife in Marino Ballena National park will be a unique experience for you.

There are some resorts near Uvita Beach as your budget. Check them below

Check resorts near Puntarenas – Tripadvisor.com

13 Playa Biesanz

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Playa Biesanz Beach

One of the hidden beaches in Costa Rica. Playa Biesanz beach is located between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. It is a quiet place with not many tourists. However, it is a beautiful beach with stunning views of clear blue water. The water is very calm here and a perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling.

It has some difficulties to enter the Beach. You should have to walk on a road through a jungle near the “Hotel Parador”.

Exploring the surrounding of Playa Biesanz is worth your journey. you never miss with white face monkeys, quarrels, sloths, birds, and iguanas.

If you are searching for a quiet beach with fewer tourists in Costa Rica, Playa Biesanz is one of the best options for you.

You can also check the resorts near the Manuel Antonio Beach (we have mentioned above) for accommodation options.

14 Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo Beach 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Puerto Viejo Beach – photo credit – horizonguides.com

Puerto Viejo is one of the best beaches on the Caribbean side in Costa Rica. The Beach is located 200 m away from Playa Negra beach. The beach sand looks dark, and the waves are high in January.

Nowadays, a lot of people come surfing, swimming, sunbathing and other beach-related activities. Beautiful blue color water, coconut trees, and rocks give a stunning view of the evening. The Beach long approximately 2 miles in length and has greeny forest surroundings.

If you like to stay in spa resorts near Puerto Viejo, you have five best options below.

Spa Resorts near Puerto Viejo – Tripadvisor.com

15 Punta Uva and Playa Arrecife

Punta Uva Beach 15 BEST Beaches in Costa Rica Costa Rica Beach Guide 2020

Punta Uva Beach – photo credit

Punta Uva is a Small Beach in Costa Rica, located on the southern Caribbean coast. The Beach provides stunning views for its visitors. Fine white sand, bright blue color water, and palm trees along the Beach increasing the attraction of the Beach. The shallow reef help for snorkeling and scuba diving. Including all these Punta Uva is one of the best beaches in Costa Rica.

Punta Uva is a small town with few restaurants bars. There are only a few small hotels for accommodations. The town is not a pleasant place to stay, and you have to forget about the comfortability here.

Check out hotels in Punta Uva – tripadvisor.com tourists

Source –  thecrazytourist.com, mytanfeet.com, tripadvisor.com

 

 

 

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