South Pacific Beaches

This stretch of beaches starts in Dominical and goes south all the way to the Panamanian border. Tropical rain forests and dense canopies border the beaches, making some of these beaches the most pristine in all of Costa Rica.

South Pacific Beaches  (Dominical to Panama)

Playa Dominical Waves
  • Dominical - The huge swells of Playa Dominical have made this a popular surf spot. With several lodging choices and a variety of restaurants, this town is a great destination for everyone. Swimmers beware, the riptides are super strong and should be approached with caution. Contact us for your reservation to this hip seaside village.
  • Dominicalito
  • Playa Hermosa
  • Playa Uvita - While the beaches here remain tranquil, the center of UvitaCosta-Ballena is a rapidly developing community with numerous houses for rent and number of retirees moving to the area. At low tide, look out for the reef and rock formation that resembles a whale's tail.
  • Playa Ballena
  • Playa Pinuela
  • Playa Ventanas
  • Playa Tortuga
  • Playa Boca Brava
  • Playa Violin
  • Drake Bay - quietly sitting on the shores of Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula, this is the northern gateway to Corcovado. The one truly sanded beach in Drake, Playa Cocalita is a short 30-minute walk from the town. You can snorkel off-shore and see some marine life, but be careful of shallow rocks hidden beneath the water. Let us help you plan a Drake Bay adventure.
  • Playa San Josecito - A beautiful, remote beach accessibleSunrise Drake Bay by boat via day trips from Sierpe and Drake Bay, or a two hour walk from Drake. The waters of this beach are known as Paradise Bay, and are well known for whale sightings. Another thirty minutes south of here, the Rio Agujitas and the Rio Claro Waterfalls spill over into the ocean.

Corcovado's Beaches

Note: None of Corcovado's beaches are suitable for swimming and those near river mouths are inhabited by the aggressive bull shark.

  • Playa San Pedrillo - the northern most stretch of beach in Corcovado National Park. Accessible by boat or foot trail, this beach is not for swimming.Llorona Waterfall There is a ranger station, hiking trails and a picnic area. Scarlet macaws are frequently spotted here
  • Playa Llorona - A very remote beach. The beautiful Llorona Waterfall is nearby. This beach is accessible by boat or by hiking from San Pedrillo.
  • Playa Corcovado - The longest beach in Corcovado National Park
  • Playa Sirena - Corcovado's beach that's near the Park's headquarters, Sirena Ranger Station
  • Playa Madrigal - The last and south most beach of Corcovado National Park

- end Corcovado's Beaches

  • Playa Carate - Not a swimming beach. The bumpy airstrip of Carate brings you to this remote beach. Playa Carate CorcovadoThere are several hotels in the area offering waterfall hikes and trips into Corcovado. Also accessible from Puerto Jimenez via 4x4.
  • Cabo Matapalo - Known for its right point break, this is a popular surfing beach and home to several very nice jungle resorts.
  • Playa Tamales
  • Puerto Jimenez - The Sweet Gulf laps at the shores here. Calm, protected waters shelter anchored boats departing daily for Golfito and off-shore fishing excursions
  • Playa Blanca - (near Puerto Jimenez) the Gulf's only ecological blue flag recipientPavones Beach Looking South to Panama
  • Golfito - Golfito is a small fishing village directly across the Golfo Dulce from Puerto Jimenez
  • Playa Zancudo
  • Playa Pavones - Famous for its left point break, one of the longest in the world

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