Our Best selection of Costa Rica Beaches
Beach in Costa Rica: With the Caribbean Sea on the one hand and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Costa Rica offers a string of desert and heavenly beaches. With volcanic black, white or even golden sand, the beaches turn out to be a real paradise on earth, a symbol of the “Pura Vida” dear to Costa Ricans. Here is a non-exhaustive list of some beautiful beaches in Costa Rica to complete your stay.
Beach in Costa Rica: Caribbean side
Punta Uva beach in Limon
At the extreme south of the Caribbean coast, in the region of Puerto Limón, Punta Uva is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. It will seduce you with its heavenly setting, its wild expanses and its secret coves. Tranquil Punta Uva Beach is best known for its calm waters, fringed by thick jungle and golden sand. Not far away is the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve: Perfect for carefully observing monkeys, sloths and many types of birds.
Playa Cocles in Limón
North of Uva, Coclès beach is also worth a visit. Bordered by lush vegetation and surrounded by rocks dominating the beach, Coclès is especially famous for its large waves, ideal for surfing. Its fine sand and blue waters make Playa Cocles one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Be sure to stay there until evening, just to admire its incredible sunset.
Playa Blanca in Limon
As you will have understood, the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica are located in the Puerto Limón region. Near the town of Cahuita, Playa Blanca lives up to its name. A large stretch of white sand caressed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, Playa Blanca lies at the bottom of Cahuita National Park. It is also accessed through the national park via Kelly Creek, the main entrance. Its remote location makes this beach one of the least crowded in the country.
Beach in Costa Rica: Pacific side
Playa Conchal in Guanacaste
Playa Conchal is a must-visit beach on your Costa Rican vacation.. In the province of Guanacaste, the beach opens onto the Pacific and is made up of white sand, dotted with small crushed shells. For the record, "concha" means "shell" in Spanish. Note that Conchal Beach lends itself easily to snorkeling, thanks in particular to its clear and clean waters.
Or sleep ? Go a little further south to find a dream hotel: The Santarena. In the city of Las Catalinas, in the province of Guanacaste, the Hotel Santarena takes up residence by the sea and offers the ideal escape for travelers in search of tranquility in the tropics. The Santarena hotel consists of 45 spacious and bright rooms, spread over 4 floors, with a modern and refined design, as if designed to encourage rest and relaxation. For absolute relaxation, the hotel's swimming pool, the real jewel of the establishment, will delight you. Lined with comfortable deckchairs, the infinity pool, which seems to throw itself into the sea, is perfect for doing lengths while enjoying a direct view of the heavenly beach.
> Address: Guanacaste, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste
Also in the province of Guanacaste, Tamarindo is one of the most impressive beaches in Costa Rica. With its crystal clear waters, Tamarindo beach is best known for hosting one of the most beautiful ecological paradises in the province of Guanacaste: Las Baulas Marine National Park. The opportunity to discover various marine ecosystems and impressive marine fauna, including sea turtles that roam on the golden sand.
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Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste
In Costa Rica, there are not only white or golden sand beaches. The black and gray sand beaches are the pride of this Central American country. This is the case of Playa Hermosa, located a few kilometers south of Jaco, a gray-black volcanic sand beach lined with palm trees. But what really makes Hermosa beach special are its breakers, a real “Beach Break” in surfer jargon. Fans from all over the world come to caress the azure water of Playa Hermosa. Every Saturday afternoon there is a surf competition open to the best surfers in the area. If you are not a surfer, you can nevertheless admire this performance with the sunset in the background. Simply magical.
Playa Samara in Guanacaste
Playa Samara is without doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. It best represents the “Pura Vida” spirit, dear to Costa Ricans. It is indeed a quiet spot, a little bohemian, with a relaxed and festive atmosphere. It is characterized by a wide and beautiful expanse of white sand as well as a dense green jungle bordering the beach.
Or sleep ? At the Mangrove, an eco-friendly hotel with an elegant design located in the Gulf of Papagayo in the heart of the province of Guanacaste. This eco-friendly hotel in Costa Rica has no less than 85 rooms, all superbly appointed. They all have windows or a balcony framing the tropical flora of Costa Rica. Our favorite room? El Mangle, for its direct beach access, private plunge pool, views of the Pacific, and the services of an in-house chef who will prepare local dishes for you. Want a moment of relaxation? Head to the spa of this eco-friendly hotel in Costa Rica and book a “Bliss” treatment to then finish in the hammam, sauna and jacuzzi. The outdoor massage cabins allow you to get a massage in the middle of the mangroves. Also, the Mangroove also has an aquatic activity center so that you can discover rays, dolphins and turtles (and humpback whales if you have planned your visit well) thanks to approved instructors.
> Address: Gulf of Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, 50503, Costa Rica
Corcovado Beach in Puntaneras
Corcovado Park in the Puntaneras region is a must for discovering Costa Rica. The park hides a beautiful beach, almost hidden, a real jewel of the Osa Peninsula. Corcovado Beach stretches for miles of gray sand, lined with palm trees that seem to caress the ground. This desert and paradisiac beach is perfect to have the chance to observe a large number of species of mythical birds of Costa Rica.
Playa Uvita in Puntaneras
Within Ballena National Park, Playa Uvita is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Famous in particular for its semi-circular “whale tail” shape, Uvita beach in the province of Puntaneras is a true natural paradise. The sea is calm and the waters limpid: Ideal for a snorkeling session in order to meet an impressive marine fauna and flora.
Or sleep ? At the Kura Design Villas hotel, located on the beachfront of Uvita. he Kura Design Villas has six exclusive bungalows, each with their own private pool. What do we like the most? Its infinity pool which seems to flow into the surrounding jungle.
> Address: Uvita de Osa, Bahia BallenaCosta Rica, Uvita, 00011, Costa Rica
Beach in Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio, Puntaneras
We end this selection of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica with Manuel Antonio, the most famous in the Puntaneras region. Its national park of the same name offers a fine selection of small beaches. Indeed, renowned for its wide strip of sand in the shape of a horseshoe, Manuel Antonio Park is bordered by crystal clear waters, ideal for swimming. Want more tranquility? Cross the jungle to find superb secluded and wild coves.
Beach in Costa Rica: when to go to enjoy the good weather?
To take full advantage of the good weather and mild temperatures in Costa Rica, we advise you to go there in January, after the influx of tourists. The rains end in December, but the forests remain lush until the start of the year as dry, sunny weather reigns on the beaches. Note that temperatures often soar, up to around 33 degrees Celsius during Costa Rica's dry months.