Can you believe there are over 600+ miles of Pacific coastline in Costa Rica?
It's true, this is a beach lover's paradise!
The white and black sanded beaches are bordered with tropical forests that are full of wildlife: monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans, hummingbirds, and hundreds of bird and insect species. And, if you're not the type to while the day away basking in the sun, you'll be pleased to know that there is never a shortage of water sports to be played in the year-round warm waters: surfing, boogie boarding, jet skiing, para-sailing, fishing and much much more.
Pacific Coast Beaches
The majority of these seaside villages offer a variety of delicious restaurants and cafes. Vendors circulate the beaches with cold drinks, fresh fruit, snow cones (granizados) and other goodies.
North Pacific Beaches
(Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula)
Welcome to the Gold Coast and some of Costa Rica's finest beaches.
Starting from the Nicaraguan border going south to Puntarenas:
- Playa Naranjo
- Playa Panama
- Playa Hermosa
- Playa del Coco
- Playa Ocotal
- Playa Pan de Azucar
Gold Coast Beaches
These North Pacific seaside villages and beach communities are the most popular for sun worshippers, luxury resort dwellers, surfers and adventure junkies.
Potrero Bay -
This bay has both white and black sanded beaches that are still unspoiled and less developed than other beaches in this area. You can take a boat to the Catalina Islands for great diving only 20 minutes away. Contact us for hotel and diving reservations.
- Playa Flamingo - This white sanded beach is popular for water sports, deep-sea fishing, yachts and its full-service marina. The Catalina Islands are also near Flamingo.
- The calm waters of this gray sanded beach are perfect for swimming and sailing off into the sunset. Full of funky houses and a few shops, Playa Brasilito offers a variety of fun tours: ATV, horseback riding, and sailing. Contact us for the best tour for you.
Playa Conchal - Conchal means shell and that's exactly what this beach is famous for, the thousands of tiny seashells all along the shore. The beautiful pink sand and turquoise sea make this beach a perfect spot for snorkeling and diving. There is a beachfront luxury resort here, which is also known for world-class golfing and adventure tours for its guests. Let us book your luxury vacation today.
Playa Grande - A hot spot for surfing, this beach offers consistent breaks year-round. Separated from Tamarindo Beach by an estuary teeming with wildlife, Playa Grande is also world known as being one of the five most important nesting sites for the leatherback turtle. Las Baulas National Marine Park offers night tours to see this incredible creature lay her eggs from October thru February. Contact us for surf lessons, hotel reservations and a spot on this magical turtle tour.
Playa Tamarindo -
This is one of the most developed and popular beach destinations in the north Pacific region. Even though it is full of visitors, you'll be shocked to see that the huge beach is still relatively empty in the early morning hours. This is also a hub for surfers and surfers-in-training, with some of the best surf schools in the nation. Word of caution, the riptides in this area are strong, so be extra cautious when swimming. Contact us for your perfect surf experience, hotel reservations and a try at any one of the numerous adventure tours available.
Playa Langosta - Right next to Playa Tamarindo, when the beach gets too crowded or the surf is too rough, this is a great escape. Chill on the shores or try your surf knowledge with fewer people riding the waves.
Playas Negra and Avellanas -
These laid-back beaches cater to the surfer community. The white sanded Playa Avellanas, nicknamed "Little Hawaii", is a great reef break and can be challenging even for seasoned surfers. The black sanded Playa Negra, with a rocky coastline, is a great reef point break with excellent barrels.
Southern Guanacaste Beaches
- Playa Junquillal
- Playa Ostional
- Playa Nosara
- Playa Pelada
- Playa Guiones
Playa Samara - This is a small beach-side community perfect for families and beginning surfers. Calm, warm waters, beach front camping facilities, Spanish schools, several restaurants and quaint hotels make Playa Samara an "Editor's Pick". And the best part? It's the kind of sand that does not stick to you like glue.
- Playa Carrillo
- Playa Bejuco
- Playa San Miguel
- Playa Coyote
- Playa Caletas
- Playa Manzanillo
- Playa Santa Teresa
This is one of the last beaches on the ocean-side of the Peninsula.
Playa Balsitas - Located on the very tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, it is part of the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve
- Malpais - This is one of the most popular spots for sunsets. It is also popular with surfers.
Playa Montezuma - A super popular beach with a laid-back, hippie feel. Plenty of great restaurants focusing on organic eats, and interesting artisan shops.
Playa Tambor - This is one of the last 'named' beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula. It is a great access point for visiting the Curu Wildlife Refuge.
- Playa Pochote
- Tortuga Island - A "gotta see" kinda place; Day trips available from Jaco and Puntarenas. Contact us to learn more
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