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Costa Rica Beaches – Beach Vacations & Top Destinations

Over 800 Miles of Tropical Costa Rica Beaches Waiting For You to Explore!

So many, Beaches to choose from

Costa Rica Beaches are found on two beautiful coastlines. The Caribbean and the Pacific. Also, these two coasts are separated by majestic green mountains and imposing volcanoes. The Pacific and the Caribbean shores of Costa Rica are immensely distinct from each other. So many of them provide an extraordinary advantage for travelers looking to fulfill their vacation desires in accordance to their tastes. Each region has its unique cultural flair. For example weather patterns, geographical location, ambiance, resident wildlife and exotic beauty. By all means, Come and check out the many beaches we have. 

Observant visitors will also encounter white face capuchin and howler monkeys in display up in the trees. Wild turkeys, long-nosed coati, agouti deer are also part of the mix. Above all, the reward at the end is a gorgeous sandy beach and stunning colored ocean water. The water is so salty you can effortlessly float with the pelicans. It’s, of course, called the Rich Coast for a reason (Costa Rica). 

Costa Rica Beaches – Beach Vacations & Top Destinations

Guanacaste Beaches

Costa Rica Beaches in Guanacaste resonate of fun, the sun, surfing, swimming, fishing, diving and other adventures. Too, Costa Rica’s Northern Pacific coastline belongs to the province of Guanacaste. Besides its beautiful sands and blue skies, Guanacaste can also boast about its renovated International Airport (LIR) and impressive infrastructure catering to tourists from all over the world.

Experience Guanacaste at its best

Endless summer in the Costa Rica Beaches of Guanacaste. Guanacaste beaches resonate fun, the sun, surfing, swimming, fishing, diving and other adventures! Costa Rica’s Northern Pacific coastline belongs to the province of Guanacaste. In addition to its beautiful sands and blue skies, Guanacaste also, boasts a renovated International Airport (LIR) and impressive infrastructure catering to tourists from all over the world. Tamarindo Beach is the most popular hang-out beach in Guanacaste. Another famous Guanacaste beach is Coco Beach is well known for its diving.

Luxury at Guanacaste Beaches

The luxury hotels sector have chosen the best beaches in Costa Rica to be in the province of Guanacaste.

Guanacaste beaches are very popular and pristine due to a very irregular coastline and incredible sunsets. The beaches in Costa Rica with most sunny days in a year are found here. The tropical dry forests of Guanacaste are the first to reel in the dry season months, sometimes as early as November, making Guanacaste an ideal destination for the end of the year visitors looking for some hot sun. If you don’t like the rain, October is the worst month to visit Guanacaste.

All Inclusive

All inclusive vacation packages that prioritize a sunny beach will be on this side of Costa Rica. In fact, there are many beach resorts in Guanacaste to choose from! Many cater to high-end visitors looking for breathtaking golf courses and sunset views from their five-star hotel balconies. The Papagayo Gulf Resorts are the finest ones in Costa Rica with breathtaking landscapes and ocean views to rival any coastline on Earth.

Guanacaste Costa Rica Beaches attract the fun crowds; those famous beach goers of all ages hoping to find sunny blue skies and nightly entertainment. By this measure, Tamarindo Beach is the most popular beach town in Guanacaste, especially during the high season, with plenty of fine accommodations and fun activities like surfing, clubbing, sailing, sports fishing and sunbathing.

Samara is another fun beach with a fun crowd but at a slightly slower pace. This beach is also located near other great beaches and surfing spots but lacks the high-end resort accommodations of Tamarindo. Samara feels more of an authentic Costa Rica beach town.



Bahia Salinas Kiteboarding

Bahia Salinas, Costa Rica

Bahia Salinas Wind and Kite Surfing Capital of Costa Rica! Bahia Salinas, blessed with nearly constant winds from November to May. Making this the premier Wind and Kite Surfing location in Costa Rica!  A reef contributes to the mostly flat-water conditions. Partnered with the steady 25 mph winds make Bahia Salinas one of the top […]

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Playa Grande

Playa Grande Costa Rica – Surfing and Nature Destination! Located just north of Tamarindo on the other side of the Rio Matapalo is the charming beach community of Playa Grande Costa Rica. Also, part of the Marino Las Baulas National Park. Playa Grande offers a laid back, smaller beach experience. Much different than many other […]

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Tamarindo Costa Rica

Tamarindo Costa Rica, a Popular Vacation Spot Tamarindo takes its name from the tamarind trees that line its coastline around the beach. What was once a sleepy fishing village, Tamarindo Costa Rica is now one of the most popular beach areas in Guanacaste. With lots of shops, luxury hotels, and restaurants. Surfers love the laid-back vibe of the […]

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Flamingo Beach Costa Rica

Sophisticated Flamingo Beach Costa Rica Flamingo Beach Costa Rica, located on the Pacific Coast, North of the famous Tamarindo Beach. Also, considered to be one of a gorgeous Beaches of Costa Rica! Indeed it has an air of sophisticated class about it, as the brilliant white sand beach is picture perfect. This beach is very good for swimming, sports fishing, […]

Gulf of Papagayo aereal view

Gulf of Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Riviera – The Gulf of Papagayo in Guanacaste! The area is easily accessible, located just a half an hour from the Liberia International Airport. Here you’ll find some of the country’s best hotels including the spectacular Four Seasons. The area is also home to several all-inclusive properties such as the Westin Playa Conchal […]

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Playa Conchal Costa Rica

Exotic Playa Conchal Costa Rica Playa Conchal is considered by many to be one of the most exotic Beaches of Costa Rica. It is a shining white beach made of small broken shells and coral. It gives the sea a rare clarity and an attractive turquoise blue color. This beach is totally pristine and untouched, […]

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Ostional Beach in Guancaste Costa Rica

Ostional Beach The magic of Ostional Beach rests in the Olive Ridley Turtles that come to nest on this beach. Also accompanied by their relative the Kemp Sea Turtles. This is a sight one should see at least once in their lifetime. It is so unique and very emotional. We are faced with these old […]

Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa Costa Rica – Hermosa Means Beautiful In Spanish Playa Hermosa Costa Rica lives up to its name in Spanish, “beautiful beach. This gray sand beach is one of the most popular beaches of Costa Rica. It is located in Guanacaste, near Playas del Coco and Playa Panama. Despite its popularity, this beach is seldom crowded. […]

Playa Ocotal View

Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica

Playa Ocotal Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a memorable holiday under the tropical sun of Guanacaste. Ocotal Beach is located in the Province of Guanacaste, at the entrance of the beautiful Gulf of Papagayo. Also, this is one of the most precious Beaches of Costa Rica. The surrounding forest is full of howler monkeys, […]

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Playa Potrero in Guanacaste

Playa Potrero Costa Rica Located in Guanacaste, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, just south of Playa Flamingo and Marina. Playa Potrero Costa Rica used to be a small fishing village. Today it is home to a friendly community of Ticos and Ex-pats who enjoy the serene atmosphere and beautiful location of this adorable little town. […]

Playa Langosta

Playa Langosta

Playa Langosta, Guanacaste Located in the northern Pacific province of Guanacaste just south of Tamarindo.  Easy to access from the Liberia International Airport (LIR – Daniel Oduber Quiros). Playa Langosta is one of the premiere surf beaches in this part of the country.   A much quieter option than its larger neighbor, Tamarindo, Playa Langosta offers […]

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Playa Junquillal in Guanacaste Costa Rica, a deserted paradise!

Playa Junquillal  in Guanacaste About twenty kilometers south of Tamarindo you will find the tranquil Playa Junquillal. This beach is less developed, with three km long stretch of white sand and coconut trees, and grasslands. Playa Junquillal is one of the most deserted and pristine Beaches of Guanacaste Costa Rica. Too only a few hotels and […]

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Playa Avellanas Guanacaste Costa Rica

Playa Avellanas The little town of Playa Avellanas consists mainly of hotels and cabins, a few restaurants and villas. It is a wonderful place to be for getting away from the city and havoc, and find peace and relaxation. A gorgeous setting and the spectacle of beautiful sunsets over and over again. What to do […]

Playa Negra Guanacaste

Playa Negra Costa Rica

Playa Negra Costa Rica, a  Paradise in Guanacaste Located in the Northern Costa Rica province of Guanacaste, Playa Negra Costa Rica enjoys the very best of locations for experiencing hot sunny days on a nearly perfect white sandy beach!  Playa Negra has refreshing off shore breezes almost year round. Come and enjoy the cloudless sunny days […]

Playa Panama beach

Playa Panama Costa Rica

Playa Panama: A Private Beach In Papagayo Playa Panama is one of the most secluded and serene Beaches of Costa Rica. This beach is located in the province of Guanacaste, in the Gulf of Papagayo. It lies within a small bay called Snake Bay, or Bahia Culebra. Playa Panama is a short distance away from the  International […]

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Playas del Coco Costa Rica – Beaches in Guanacaste

The Guanacaste province has skyrocketed in tourism the past decade due to the discovery of dazzling beaches, fantastic weather and astounding nature. Several beach towns have become popular destinations for tourists, and one that stands out as being most visited is the small but not sleepy town of Playas del Coco in the Gulf of […]

Punta Islita Costa Rica

Punta Islita beach in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Punta Islita, Hidden Paradise Punta Islita Costa Rica located in the province of Guanacaste on the Pacific Coast. It consists of two small connecting beaches, some of the least Beaches of Costa Rica. They have amazing white sand, gorgeous sunsets, and wavy sea. The little community of Punta Islita is the perfect setting for a holiday in […]

Nicoya Beaches

The Nicoya Peninsula is located in Costa Rica’s Northwest. In fact, its biological diversity, location, and magnificent beaches have made Nicoya a top destination in Costa Rica. Also, many visitors in Nicoya enjoy leisure, surfing, turtle nesting, nature hiking and many other activities. Nicoya Peninsula is a gulf in Costa Rica’s Northwest. Its biological diversity, location, and magnificent beaches have made Nicoya a top destination in Costa Rica. There is so much to experience in the Nicoya Peninsula. But the best of all is its beaches. Six of the main beaches are Nosara, Samara, Carillo, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, and Playa Tambor Visitors in Nicoya will also enjoy leisure, turtle nesting beaches, outstanding surfing, sportfishing, swimming and snorkeling, sailing, mountain biking, hiking, with waterfalls, canopy tours and more.



Shorline of Cabuya Costa Rica

Cabuya Costa Rica

Cabuya Costa Rica is a tiny beach town close to Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve that is a quaint rural beach hamlet featuring a secluded island cemetery.

Mal Pais Costa Rica beach

Mal Pais Costa Rica

A sought-after tourist location, Mal Pais Costa Rica Mal Pais was once a small beachfront village, but now is becoming one of Costa Rica’s most sought-after tourist attractions. the area of Mal Pais Costa Rica, is located on the tip of the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific side of the country. It is a […]

Santa Teresa Costa Rica Beach

Playa Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Santa Teresa Costa Rica, An Eclectic Melting Pot Playa Santa Teresa Costa Rica is a tiny beach village on the Nicoya Peninsula. Just north of Playa Mal Pais. But what this little town lacks in size, it makes up for in culture and individuality. What was once a small surf town is now an eclectic melting pot. […]

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Playa Samara Costa Rica, in Nicoya Peninsula

Samara Costa Rica: Laid Back and Relaxing Beach Destination Samara Costa Rica is located on the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. This tranquil beach area has long been a favorite with Ticos. As well as those looking for a laid-back beach experience surrounded by the best of extraordinary Costa Rica!  Samara has been […]

Tambor Costa Rica view

Tambor Costa Rica

Great Connections in Tambor Costa Rica The Nicoya Peninsula is full of pretty little beach towns, all with the same laid-back vibes and amazing surf. Surrounded by luscious greenery with a beautiful long sandy beach, Playa Tambor Costa Rica is no different. Given that Playa Tambor has its own domestic airport serving the entire area, […]

Nosara Costa Rica beach

Nosara Costa Rica

Nosara Costa Rica And Its International Community Nosara Costa Rica, located on the sunny Gold Coast of Nicoya Peninsula. It is a compilation of beaches, and there is one there that is just right for you! The international community of Nosara counts with people from Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, UK, the US and probably more! […]

Montezuma Costa Rica beach

Montezuma Costa Rica

Montezuma Costa Rica – Half of the Adventure is Getting There Nestled at the bottom of a plateau on the eastern shore of the Nicoya Peninsula, Montezuma Costa Rica is a charming village full of art and individuality. To get there, you can catch the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera. Then continue your journey by […]

Playa Carrillo

Playa Carrillo – Beach Near Samara

Playa Carrillo Costa Rica Guanacaste, known for their spectacular beaches. And Playa Carrillo is no exception to the rule. Carrillo Beach, located in Guanacaste, just south of Samara Beach, on the Peninsula of Nicoya. It has great unique beauty, making it the ideal place to go to unwind and relax. So come to experience a close contact […]

Central Pacific Beaches

The Central Pacific Costa Rica beaches are a short drive away from the capital city of San Jose and the country’s metropolitan Central Valley. In fact, these Central Pacific destinations tend to attract a large number of visitors.

The best surfing beaches

Central Pacific Coast – Surfing and National Parks. Costa Rica Pacific Side beaches also a short drive away from the capital city, San Jose. Central Pacific destinations tend to attract a large number of visitors. If you are looking for fun beaches, you may like Jaco. Costa Rica’s central Pacific is home to protected beaches,  like those found in Manuel Antonio National Park.

The Costa Rica Pacific Side is for Surfing

  The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is the coastal areas closest to the country’s densely populated Central Valley. Attracting a large local crowd that loves to watch their soccer and also has a good time. Jaco is a popular party, and surfing beach and Herradura has its marina. Manuel Antonio Beach too is famous for being the nicest beach in Central America. Across the Nicoya Gulf, there’s Tambor Beach, Montezuma Beach, Cabo Blanco Beach. Also the surfing beaches of Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, and Hermosa de Cobano, among others.

The life zone in this area transitions from dry to humid forests and the dry season tends to start a month later than in Guanacaste.



Herradura Costa Rica Beach

Playa Herradura

Central Pacific Paradise! Playa Herradura Costa Rica can be found in the Central Pacific zone. It is about an hour from San Jose and just a few miles north of Jaco. Originally a small fishing village. This area has transformed itself into a desirable tourist destination mostly because of the construction of the Marriott Los […]

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Tarcoles Bridge

The Crocodile Bridge Driving towards the Pacific coast is the amazing Tarcoles Bridge over the Tarcoles river. From the bridge, you will see so many crocodiles. Possibly the largest collection of the leathery beasts in all Central America. The river is situated running toward the Pacific coast. It spans 111 kilometers before reaching the final destination.  […]

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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Welcome To Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is both home to the fantastic Manuel Antonio National Park and a great tourist destination located on the Central Pacific Coast. It has some of the best Beaches of Costa Rica. The breathtaking the beauty of this area’s unique landscape attracts hundreds of people every day! […]

Dominical Costa Rica

Dominical Beach Costa Rica – Surf & Travel Guide

Dominical Costa Rica, The Place For Surfing, Exploring And More Dominical Costa Rica is a friendly surfer community on the Central Pacific Coastline, 28 miles south of Quepos. This 4km long beach is rated as one of the best Surfing Beaches of Costa Rica. No doubt, beasuse people come here from all over the world! Dominical […]

Jaco Costa Rica beach

Jaco Beach Costa Rica!

Jaco Costa Rica, The Capital Of The Pacific Coast Jaco Costa Rica has been the focal point of the Central Pacific Coast for a couple of decades; it lures surfers, beach lovers, party goers and those who seek a swim/surf/shopping/nightlife combination. Jaco Beach is located in the province of Puntarenas, less than an hour away […]

Puntarenas beach

Puntarenas Costa Rica

This long province called Puntarenas Costa Rica offers a variety of interests. Including surfing, scuba diving, swimming, and hiking in cloud forests. It is teeming with wildlife and exotic plants and is a paradise for nature’s lovers. Puntarenas Costa Rica is the largest province Puntarenas is the largest province and one of the most important […]

Bahia Ballena from the air

Bahia Ballena Costa Rica

Bahia Ballena Costa Rica – An Unexplored Paradise!   The Marino Ballena National Park, created in 1990 for the protection of the coral reefs found around the Isla Ballena. It is also an important sanctuary for seabirds that use it for nesting and green iguanas and basilisk lizards. It is the ideal place to stay when […]

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Playa Hermosa Near Jaco Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa Costa Rica Near Jaco – A Beautiful Beach! Considered one of the best surf breaks, Playa Hermosa Costa Rica on the Central Pacific is a great destination for surfers!  This beach is not to be confused with other Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica as there are 4 of them! In Spanish, Hermosa means beautiful, […]

Esterillos Costa Rica View

Esterillos Costa Rica – Surf & Travel Destination

Esterillos Costa Rica Esterillos Costa Rica, is a beach that has an exotic tropical air that is very pleasant. With its chocolate-brown sandy beach, turquoise blue sea, and the almond and coconut trees teeming with Scarlet Macaws. The long stretch consists of Esterillos Oeste, Centro and Esterillos Este. Esterillos Beach is a very typical destination in Costa […]

Osa Peninsula Beaches

Corcovado National Park and the Dulce Gulf, the main reasons visitors come to experience Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Once you are here, you will realize why National Geographic Magazine has described this distant corner as the most biologically intense place on the planet.

The Osa Peninsula – A Remote and Beautiful Area

Osa Peninsula Costa Rica Beaches Pristine, remote and endless Costa Rica beaches are in this corner of the country. Corcovado National Park and the Dulce Gulf. These are the main reasons visitors come to experience Osa Peninsula Costa Rica. Once you are here, you will realize why National Geographic Magazine its the most biologically intense place on the planet.

Nature lovers love the Osa Peninsula Costa Rica Coast

   This is the most biodiverse place in Costa Rica and maybe on the planet. On Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific you’ll find Corcovado National Park. This protects the last lowland coastal rainforests on the Pacific coast. It also has some of the most desolate and spectacular beaches in Costa Rica.

The Golfo Dulce is famous for attracting whales near Pavones Beach. Tour run all year long. By far, the best beaches in Costa Rica for intense naturalists are on the Southern Pacific Coast.



Matapalo Costa Rica

Cabo Matapalo Costa Rica

Osa Peninsula Playground! Cabo Matapalo Costa Rica, or more commonly referred to Matapalo. A small beach community located on the tip of the Osa Peninsula.  Approximately and an hour south of Puerto Jimenez. Rough terrain makes Matapalo best reached by four wheel drive or local bus as the. Especially in the rainy season! This area […]

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Playa Carate Costa Rica

The Rich Coast Playa Carate Costa Rica located near the most southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Don’t be mistaken this is an extremely secluded beach. The Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, one of the last areas explored by local ranchers and farmers during the agricultural expansion years. Half of Osa was practically left untouched, and its […]

Cano Island

Cano Island

A beautiful biological Reserve Isla de Caño or Cano Island. Set roughly 16 kilometers or 10 miles west of Punta Llorona coast from the Osa Peninsula, (Península de Osa). This Beautiful island is a biological reserve since 1978. A permanent ranger station is located on the island. It oversees the natural habitats of both land and marine life.  The […]

Drake Bay Osa Peninsula

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Drake Bay – Gateway to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula! Drake Bay, located on the Northern end of the Osa Peninsula, in the province of Puntarenas. While it is a popular destination, it is a difficult place to get to in Costa Rica. Its name, often a topic of conversation, comes from the one who discovered it […]

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Pavones Beach Costa Rica

Pavones Beach – Top surf destination! Pavones Costa Rica beach is located in Golfo Dulce. A unique location as it is one of the only tropical canyons of the world. It is also a great spot to be if you like to get back in touch with nature and away from the busy cities. The lodgings in […]

Golfo Dulce View

Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

Golfo Dulce, Osa Peninsula  With over 600 foot deep waters in the center, the Gulf is home to schools of humpback whales and is a haven for sports fishermen. The bay separates the Osa Peninsula from the mainland of Costa Rica. Golfo Dulce possess many large secluded beaches and an amazing tropical rain forest. Visitors may […]

About Costa Rica’s Caribbean Beaches

Costa Rica beaches along the less populated Southern Caribbean coastline have an entirely different feel from its counterparts in the Pacific. This area tends to produce smaller boutique-style accommodations engraved in the local culture and evergreen tropical flora. White sand beaches can be found next to black sand ones, and the amount of fauna hanging around in the trees is seems more abundant and observable than most other places in Costa Rica.

The laid back tropical atmosphere we all need

Caribbean Costa Rica Beaches – A Laid-Back, Tropical Atmosphere: Costa Rica Caribbean beaches along the less populated Southern Caribbean coastline have an entirely different feel from its counterparts in the Pacific. This area tends to produce smaller boutique-style accommodations engraved in the local culture and evergreen tropical flora. White sand beaches can be found next to black powder ones. And the amount of fauna hanging around in the trees is seems more abundant and observable than most places. The best hang-out beach is Puerto Viejo while Cahuita is known for its National Park and snorkeling.

Tortuguero and Costa Rica’s Northern Caribbean Beaches

Northern Caribbean beaches of Costa Rica face an open ocean. They tend to have rough waves and strong currents. However, their dark volcanic sands attract marine turtles for their nesting grounds. That makes these beaches elemental to the marine ecosystem. Tortuguero National Park is a remote little beach town on a river in the jungle. It is by far the most popular destination in this neck of the woods. There you have it; Costa Rica beaches in an in.

Southern Caribbean Beaches – Island Time

The Southern Caribbean Beaches in Costa Rica are embedded in an Afro-Caribbean culture. It thrives to coexist with nature. Nature also plays a huge role in the surroundings of Costa Rica’s prime Caribbean beaches destinations. It’s very easy to spot monkeys, birds, and sloths in the trees here, just look for the tourists pointing upwards with their fingers. The best beaches in Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean are Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Cocles, Punta Uva, and Manzanillo.

An excellent time to visit this area is in September and October.



Bocas del Toro Green Huts

Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro Islands Bocas del Toro, an archipelago in a bay named Chiriqui, is Panama’s Caribbean heaven. The bay has an array of coral reefs, mangroves, lush trees and white sands with abundant marine life. Bocas has vital nesting beaches for Green, Leatherback, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Marine turtles. Poison dart frogs have also made […]

Big Corn Island

Corn Islands

Corn Islands a Caribbean Paradise Located 70 kilometers off of Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast are the Corn Islands. These two islands in the Caribbean offer an excellent opportunity to see the Caribbean side of Nicaragua. Beautiful blue water, white sand beaches, amazing reefs and marine life surround the Corn Islands. It should be noted that the […]

Tortuguero Costa Rica

Tortuguero Costa Rica

Tortuguero Costa Rica National Park – How to Get There Tortuguero Costa Rica National Park located on the northeast Caribbean coast. The stunning National Park protects one of the largest remaining areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. The park offers vast, protected beaches from which you can enjoy endless ocean vistas. Regarding places to […]

Cahuita Costa Rica

Cahuita Costa Rica

Cahuita Costa Rica, National Park  Cahuita Costa Rica is a National Park on the Caribbean Coast. It’s located south of the city of Limon and on the road to Puerto Viejo. Although the little town of Cahuita has changed over the last two decades, the beach and National Park remain the same! As a result, the park’s […]

Puerto Viejo Costa Rica Beach

The Beaches of Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

Getting to Puerto Viejo Costa Rica Located on the Southern Caribbean coast of the country, Puerto Viejo Costa Rica is one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. The drive from capital San Jose is beautiful. If you are up for a road trip in Costa Rica, this route takes you right through the […]

Gandoca Manzanillo beach

Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge

The Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge The Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge protects some of the most endangered species of the region. Including the Manatee, the Ocelot and the Jaguar and an exotic variety of birds. Classified as a humid tropical rainforest. It also protects some fantastic mangrove oyster beds that are resting on the […]

Cocles Beach

Playa Cocles

Caribbean Getaway Destination! Playa Cocles is a spectacular surf beach located just south of Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s stunning Caribbean coast. With long stretches of strikingly beautiful beaches and waves sure to be appreciated by every level of surfer, Playa Cocles is a quiet, peaceful destination. This beachside village consists of very few facilities. […]

The Best Places to Go Surfing in Costa Rica

An incredible 1100 miles of coastline. With open oceans, protected bays, and sands of all colors. Also including the benefit of surfing in Costa Rica lies on the variety of waves that come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and intensities for beginners and experts. The common denominator for Costa Rica surf, the waves here are not cold; neither is the rain. The Pacific side has a much longer and irregular coastline sustaining longer seasons of swells compared to the open ocean coastlines of the Caribbean, with some exceptions. The endless supply of waves has made Costa Rica surf a recognized destination for the sport.

Best Costa Rica Surfing Spots!

Costa Rica Surfing Spots are the best; some say they are the best in the world. Although the Pacific coast is better known for its surfing, it can be done on the beautiful Caribbean side of the country as well. Surfing in Costa Rica can range from an expert and isolated for experienced surfers only, to beaches that are perfect for newbies.

Some of the best beaches in Costa Rica have been coined great surfing spots.  With over 1100 miles of coastline on two coasts, there’s bound to be some high waves. In fact, Costa Rica has over 50 famous surf breaks, some of which are legendary. The pristine and often untouched beaches have beautiful white sand and warm waters that sports enthusiast’s love.  Listed below are some of the best places to go surfing in Costa Rica.

Some tips for Surfers

  • Try not to take domestic flights within the country as they won’t always allow you to take your board on the plane.  Look into renting a car, especially a 4×4 due to some of the locations of the beaches.
  • Learn the lingo!  There’s no “early,” “cowabunga,” or “tubular” down here.  Try the more laid back “Tuanis,” which means “cold,” or “Solo Bueno,” which means “all right,” or the ever-popular “Pura Vida,” literally meaning “Pure Life.”
  • Wear a wetsuit!  It prevents chafing and protects you from the lurking ocean creatures such as jellyfish.
  • The best time to plan a surfing trip is from December to April, although this is high season.  The weather is very hot, but the chance of rain is slim.
  • If you’d rather not worry about the planning, take advantage of My Costa Rica’s “Surfer Safari Tour.” The tour includes a week long 4×4 rental, and two days in Jaco and Playa Hermosa.  Then it’s to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.  You’ll experience a good amount of the best surf areas on this tour!


Tarcoles River Crocodiles

Tarcoles Bridge

The Crocodile Bridge Driving towards the Pacific coast is the amazing Tarcoles Bridge over the Tarcoles river. From the bridge, you will see so many crocodiles. Possibly the largest collection of the leathery beasts in all Central America. The river is situated running toward the Pacific coast. It spans 111 kilometers before reaching the final destination.  […]

Dominical Costa Rica

Dominical Beach Costa Rica – Surf & Travel Guide

Dominical Costa Rica, The Place For Surfing, Exploring And More Dominical Costa Rica is a friendly surfer community on the Central Pacific Coastline, 28 miles south of Quepos. This 4km long beach is rated as one of the best Surfing Beaches of Costa Rica. No doubt, beasuse people come here from all over the world! Dominical […]

Mal Pais Costa Rica beach

Mal Pais Costa Rica

A sought-after tourist location, Mal Pais Costa Rica Mal Pais was once a small beachfront village, but now is becoming one of Costa Rica’s most sought-after tourist attractions. the area of Mal Pais Costa Rica, is located on the tip of the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific side of the country. It is a […]

Santa Teresa Costa Rica Beach

Playa Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Santa Teresa Costa Rica, An Eclectic Melting Pot Playa Santa Teresa Costa Rica is a tiny beach village on the Nicoya Peninsula. Just north of Playa Mal Pais. But what this little town lacks in size, it makes up for in culture and individuality. What was once a small surf town is now an eclectic melting pot. […]

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Playa Hermosa Near Jaco Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa Costa Rica Near Jaco – A Beautiful Beach! Considered one of the best surf breaks, Playa Hermosa Costa Rica on the Central Pacific is a great destination for surfers!  This beach is not to be confused with other Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica as there are 4 of them! In Spanish, Hermosa means beautiful, […]

Pavones Costa Rica sunset

Pavones Beach Costa Rica

Pavones Beach – Top surf destination! Pavones Costa Rica beach is located in Golfo Dulce. A unique location as it is one of the only tropical canyons of the world. It is also a great spot to be if you like to get back in touch with nature and away from the busy cities. The lodgings in […]

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Playa Avellanas Guanacaste Costa Rica

Playa Avellanas The little town of Playa Avellanas consists mainly of hotels and cabins, a few restaurants and villas. It is a wonderful place to be for getting away from the city and havoc, and find peace and relaxation. A gorgeous setting and the spectacle of beautiful sunsets over and over again. What to do […]

8 of The Best Beaches in Costa Rica for Surfing

1. Playa Hermosa near Jaco Beach

Not to be confused with Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste, this beach is one of the Best Beaches for Surfing in Costa Rica in Costa Rica and draws surfers worldwide. It also hosts many Surf Tournaments throughout the year including the International Quicksilver Surf Championships in August. This stretch of beach has some of the most consistent conditions on the Pacific Coast and a variety of sandbars have formed that creates the beach break.  Some of the great breaks here include the Almendro (Almond Tree), and Tulin (in front of Soda Tulin).

2. Playa Pavones

This firstly is the most popular surfing beach, and surfers also claim to get a 3-minute ride, or a .75 mile ride, on what is the longest break of the country! The great part about this location is that the water is 185 meters deep and humpback whales are frequently seen as they are on their annual migrating voyage.

3. Playa Naranjo (often called Witch’s Rock)

Located down a long dirt road within Santa Rosa National Park, these waves aren’t for the faint of heart, reaching heights that rival Hawaii. Off the coast, a bit is the Witch’s Rock, which can only be reached by boat.  Here, the waves are less dangerous, but with only a .2 mile stretch of beach and a hollow sand bottom.

4. Playa Grande

Just north of the tourist destination of Tamarindo, you’ll also find this beach where surfers of all skills can enjoy the waves, due to its geographical nature. The down-side is that this beach can often get crowded.

5. Salsa Brava

Also, close to Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side of the country, this surfer’s paradise has thick waves like they have in Hawaii that build up in deeper water and break over shallow reef.

6. Santa Teresa and Mal Pais

Located very close to each other on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific side of the country, it has become surfer’s paradise.  In fact, the entire region has been nicknamed the Hawaii of Costa Rica due to the beach break and consistent waves. Forbes Magazine even voted the area as one of the beautiful beaches of the world.

7. Playa Dominical

This beach is set on the southern Pacific coast and has a 4 km long beach and is rated as one of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica. The northern end of the beach offers bigger swells, while the southern end is better for intermediate surfers. No newbies here!

8. Playa Avellanas and Playa Negra

Located about 10 miles from Tamarindo, these beaches are famous for surfing due to their waves, which can reach 18 feet high. The northern boasts an outside reef break called “Little Hawaii.”

Horseback Riding Costa Rica Manuel Antonio Sunset1) Manuel Antonio

Playa Manuel Antonio, located in the Central Pacific. This area of Beaches is gorgeous among all of the Costa Rica Beaches. Also not far from the Manuel Antonio National Park. By all means, come here for a day trip or even stay the whole week you are sure to find enjoyment in Costa Rica’s number one Beach area.


Tamarindo costa rica surf2) Tamarindo

Sun, Sea, and Surf is the motto here, and you will get plenty of it. No matter if you are a world class surfer or just a family looking fo their next getaway Tamarindo is the place to be. Surfers of all the levels can enjoy the wave and get some good weave time. The clear weather and perfect waters give many opportunities to have fun in the sun.


Westin Playa Conchal Beach3) Playa Conchal

Just lie the brochure only if you come here you will get the true experience of Playa Conchal. This beach hosts all kinds of different activities. For example, try your hand a round of golf or give it your all in searching for deep sea marine life on a scuba diving adventure. Experience the blissful attitude this beach gives out you will enjoy your time in Play Conchal


Puerto Viejo4) Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo is located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. You will find lots of Coral and cool rock formations in the sand. The small beach town gives off a very Jamaican sort of vibe make the whole place seem a little slower paced and relaxed. You will also find some great surfing spots and even see the odd surfer competition.


Santa Teresa Costa Rica Beach5) Santa Teresa

The tiny beach village of Santa Teresa id something else among the Costa Rica beaches. Situated no far from the town of Malpais. Explore some of the local scenery in Cabo Blanco reserve and stay in the best cozy hotels of the area.


Playa Samara Costa Rica6) Samara

In 2013 Playa Samara was labeled as the two most beautiful Beach in all of Central America. Located at the tip of the Nicoya Penisula Playa Samara holds much for you to enjoy. Water sports are a great past time in the area, Including, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing and dolphin watching!


Playa Hermosa7) Hermosa Guanacaste

Playa Hermosa in Spanish meaning beautiful beach. Quite a literal meaning but very true you won’t find a more beautiful beach in Costa Rica. Also, very close by some cool national parks, Palo Verde National Park, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, and Santa Rosa National Park.


Tambor Costa Rica view8) Tambor

Playa Tambor located in the Nicoya Peninsula A perfect spot for your next beach trip. These waters host a whole underwater world of marine life. Your stay here will generate a desire for relaxing and experiencing the Pura Vida spirit of this Pacific coast.


Nosara Costa Rica view9) Nosara

Nosara is another unique beach located on the Nicoya Peninsula. It has a variety of different expect from all over the world including Europe and the Americas. That makes this beach area a great place for retirees or even just those who love to wake up to this gorgeous beach every morning.


Playa-Jaco-Surfing10) Jaco

Jaco situated in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica. You will not find a better spot for nightlife in Costa Rica. This beach is ideally located being very close to the capital providing easy access to everyone. You’re sure to enjoy your stay here because of the nightlife the shopping and the great surfing locations. Also, experience the vast diversity of wildlife, including Crocodile’s in the Tarcoles River and Scarlet Macaws fly the airways.


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