- Playa Manuel Antonio
- Isla Tortuga
- Playa Conchal
- Santa Teresa
- Playa Danta and Playa Dantita
- Playa Montezuma
- Playa Punta Uva
- Playa Flamingo
- Playa Samara
- Playa Biesanz
- Playa Tambor
- Playa Manzanillo
- Playa Tamarindo
- Playa Puerto Viejo
- Playa Hermosa
- Playa Puntarenas
- Playa Avellana
- Playa Nosara
- Playa Naranjo
- Playa Uvita
- Playa Pavones
- Playa Lagartillo
- Playa Jacò
- Playa Rajada
- Playa Cuevas
- Playa Carrillo
- Playa Junquillal
- Playa Guiones
- Playa del Parque Marino Ballena
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Santa Teresa
This small beach is located on the Nicoya Peninsula. It is accessible only by walking along a dusty and somewhat rough road. It is frequented by surfers due to its strong currents, but also by artists and travellers. It is known for its constant waves all year round in a picture-perfect landscape: 5 kilometres of white sand, crystal clear waters and tropical vegetation merge at the edge of the beach.
Those who do not engage in surfing, choose to practice activities on the sand, whether it's hiking, horseback riding or just tanning on the beach. The village Playa Santa Teresa is one of the most striking in the area. A famous point for the endless and colourful sunsets, it is frequented for its small restaurants and hotels, as well as for the big resorts with all the luxuries and comforts. Don't miss the daily farmers' market.
Playa Danta and Dantita
These are two twin beaches, that are just a short distance from each other in the province of Guanacaste. The waters are calm and ideal for relaxing and swimming or snorkelling. The sand is soft and dark, the vegetation is lush and beautiful. There is also the possibility of going for walks as there are some paths that can also be used for a bike ride.
This is another wonderful beach on the Nicova peninsula, within a small resort frequented mostly by artists and surfers. The beach is rather long with soft sand and crystal-clear waters, but there are strong currents. The setting is magical and mixes various colours. The green of the lush forests, the white of the sand and the blue of the water. The area is also famous for the presence of the picturesque waterfalls, that offer a moment of peace and relaxation in the middle of all the green.
Playa Punta Uva
Discovered by the first surfers to come to Costa Rica, this beach is now the most famous for those looking for theperfect wave and for those who love camping life. Today there are also several restaurants, some of them amongst the best in the country. The small town of Tamarindo is mainly populated during the high season. An ancient fishing village, it is today one of the most developed tourism communities in Costa Rica. Its geographical and climatic conditions make it the ideal area not only for surfing, but also other water sports. Here the waves can exceed even two metres high.
There is another exotic beach, particularly appreciated in the area, called "Playa Conchal." Its name comes from the multitude of shells that make up the beach. And so it may be that you will see, in generally dark volcanic coasts, the typically white colour. The shells, accumulating on the beach, shatter with the swell and turn into amazing white sand. The colour of the sea is of an indescribable turquoise.
Playa Puerto Viejo
Puntarenas is a province of heavenly beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, famous for its lush tropical landscapes, immense biodiversity and for the presence of some of the best surfing spots on the planet. There are many beaches not to be missed, starting with Playa Montezuma, ideal for those who are looking for beautiful beaches with sparkling atmospheres and contact with nature.
The setting is that of wonderful environments such as rainforests, waterfalls and rivers. The sand of Montezuma is white and its waters are crystal clear. There's no shortage of locals or bars here to try ceviche, a very popular dish in the harbour. The recipe consists of small pieces of fish with lemon juice, onion, sweet pepper, coriander and salt: it can also be accompanied by toasted crackers or tortillas.
Don't miss the jewels hidden in the famousManuel Antonio Park: Here are some of the most beautiful beaches in Puntarenas, with miles of white sand and turquoise waters between the rainforest and wonderful coral reefs. Within the park, there are different types of beaches, some with higher waves likePlaya Espadilla Surand others with gentle waves likeManuel Antonio Beach, ideal for snorkelling. In the town of the same name, on the outskirts of the park, there arerestaurants, clubsand the chance to find accommodation, most with a "green" soul.
You can't go to Puntarenas without going to Playa Blanca. This beach, located in the Punta Leona Refuge, has been chosen several times as a setting for commercials and films due to its great beauty. Just 500 metres long, with white sands and crystal clear waters, it is surrounded by lush rainforest environments and large cliffs. The gentle waves and the presence of coral reefs make this beach the perfect place for snorkelling, but also for swimming and other water sports.
The "Parque Nacional Marino Ballena" is located 180 km southwest of San José, it is one of the newest Costa Rican national parks and contains the largest coral reef on the Pacific side of Central America. The absence of mass tourism means that you can enjoy a quiet day at the beach. There are four beaches in the park: Playa Bahia Ballena, Playa Piuela, Colonia Beach and Playa Uvita. The beaches here are quite deserted because they are protected, quiet and perfect to exploreideals for those who want to bathe and sunbathe in absolute stillness. Golden beaches, rocky shores, beautiful coral reefs: these are just some of the reasons for to visit this area.
The reserve is of great importance, especially as it protects whales who pass through here on their migratory routes, but also for colonies of dolphins and for sea turtles who come here to nest, as well as for seabird colonies and the different species of terrestrial reptiles. It protects more than 13,000 hectares of sea and 9 miles of coastline It can be an extremely rewarding destination for fans of beach life, and for nature lovers.
Playa del Parque Marino Ballena
Imagine the largest coral reef in Central America: this is what you will find at “Parque Nacional Marino Ballena”, which lies 180 km south west of the capital, San José. It is a quiet beach with plenty of possibilities for enjoying some relaxing beach time. There are four beaches here, all protected and quiet, perfect for those wanting some carefree time to soak in the water and sunbathe, The water is calm and crystal-clear. The setting is an amazing one.
The reserve protects more than 13 thousand hectares of sea and 9 miles of coast. It can be a perfect destination for beach lovers and nature lovers alike. It is an important location for the protection of fauna. Above all, it protects the whales who transit here, and also the colonies of dolphins and sea turtles. It is a special area for sea birds and reptiles too.
Discover Costa Rica with Costa Cruises
Their slogan is "pura vida", a state of mind, being ready to seize every opportunity to live life to the fullest and to always see the positive side of things, and it is no wonder that the Costa Ricans are in peace and harmony with themselves and with others. And indeed they are the happiest people on Earth according to several studies that have been based on three parameters: life expectancy, well-being, ecological footprint. Costa Rica is the dream of nature lovers: imagine pristine valleys, biodiversity (there is 5% of the world's total), rivers and lakes, breathtaking sunsets on the ocean.
Costa Rica juts out over oceans with 762 miles of coastline, distributed on thePacific side and on Caribbean Atlanticand getting to know the country means, inevitably, to sooner or later get to know, at least some stretch of its coastline that is often part of ecosystems of significant natural interest, even if not included in important National Parks or Biological Reserves.
Many of the country's beaches are surrounded by forests or are connected to lagoons and important river systems. Some of them have extraordinary coral reefs where you can dive and explore the seabed. In addition, there will be countless activities to do, including boat trips and walking, visiting mangrove woods, diving, surfing, sport fishing or horseback riding. You will have all the experiences possible and dive into a holiday full of beauty.