Top 10 Beaches in Costa Rica
There are more than a few incredible beaches in Costa Rica, but they broke the mold when the divine beaches on this list were made.
Manuel Antonio Beach actually backs up to another beautiful Costa Rican beach called Playa Espadilla. To the east is Manuel Antonio National Park, which has been rated as one of, “the world’s most beautiful national parks,” by Forbes magazine. To the west is Punta Catedral, Isla Olocuita and the Pacific Ocean.
In the south Caribbean province of Límon, Costa Rica, can be found Point Uva which juts out into the sea, and plays host to a fabulous beach with plenty to do including snorkeling, bike riding through the surrounding forest and more. Punta Uva is near the city of Puerto Viejo, Playa Cocles, Manzanillo and Cahuita National Park.
A beach of sparkling seashells with a clear sea that is fantastic for snorkeling and scuba adventures, Playa Conchal is a superb beach to vacation at. Playa Conchal is rarely crowded, and makes relaxation next to the sea as easy as pie.
Just south of Samara Beach, this exceptional beach in the Bay of Carrillo has a truly spectacular view that you’ll first take in while coming in from the road that is lined with palm trees. The white sand beach is glorious place to spend the day listening to the splashing of waves while resting in the sun or shade.
Playa Santa Teresa
Another gem of a beach on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa is a small community with cafes, restaurants, sodas, hotels, yoga retreats and so on. Surfing, paddle-boarding and snorkeling are some of the activities that visitors can take part in here at this low-key relaxation station.
Flamingo is a bit of an exclusive beach and quite awe inspiring. Large beach estates and private residences line the beach here, and there isn’t much of a city to speak of. You may need to stock up on some extra supplies when heading to Flamingo, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica.
Playa Azul is a truly exclusive beach without much traffic coming through. There is one main luxury resort known as the Azul Ocean Club. Azul also backs up to the relatively tourist free Diria National Park.
Playa Virador in Culebra Bay is the kind of quintessential beautiful beach that backs up to a major resort with golf course and the works. The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is an all-inclusive resort that looks after all that its guests could need.
Caño Island, Corcovado Bay
For those that are seeking a less people crowded vacation, head to Caño Island in Corcovado Bay. The main attractions here are the animals in the land, sea and air. Dolphins, sea-turtles and whales are some of the big names that the nature loving sect will relish when passing through La Isla del Caño.
Uvita is the name of the beach and the town where the Marino Ballena National Park is found. This park is frequented by Humpback Whals from December to April among many other marine animals. Scuba enthusiasts will want to head here, along with nature lovers. Uvita has an arrowhead shaped tombólo that stretches a kilometer into the sea, and gives a new meaning to taking a long walk on the beach.