The best beaches in Costa Rica

Best Costa Rica beaches of 2021

Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio Beach is more than just a beach. It is located in the Manuel Antonio National Park in the Puntarenas province on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, 132 km from San Jose. Manuel Antonio is called the pearl of Costa Rica. This place is a real nature reserve that attracts thousands of tourists. On weekends, you can see crowds of tourists here. In order to get to the national park, it is better to come early in the morning or on weekdays, as you can simply not get there because of the large number of people who want to admire the animals. but if you did not manage to enter the park, do not be upset – everyone can see monkeys just on the coast, they are not afraid of people and feel free in this place. But there is usually no problem with free space on the beach, since, despite the many people, there is enough space for everyone.


Tamarindo is a small resort village in the Guanacaste province on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is located 5 to 6 hours from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Tamarindo is notable for its beach. Here lovers of active recreation have an excellent opportunity to practice water sports. Above all Tamarindo attracts large waves, which can be ridden by surfers. But even if you are a beginner, you can easily find peaceful havens where you can safely master the art of boarding. Also in Tamarindo there are comfortable luxury hotels with restaurants and nightclubs.


Flamingo Beach is one of the most impressive places on the coast, located in the northwest of Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste. This is one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica with fine white sand. The beach owes its name to the first hotel that was founded along the coast. The Flamingo Beach area has many secluded beaches and lagoons stretching out to sea. This beach is best known for its scuba diving. It is a white sandy beach ideal for swimming. This beach offers a variety of activities including watching spectacular sunsets, snorkeling, and sailing.
Likewise, Flamingo Beach is surrounded by high-end properties and villas, so you probably won’t find many affordable accommodation options in the area.
The good news is that the weather is perfect all year round and it only rains for 2-3 months. Head to the city center and visit several gift shops or dine in one of the cozy restaurants.

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Tortuguero Beach is located in the Tortuguero National Park in the Limon province, which is visited by millions of tourists every year. A huge wild beach with no signs of beach infrastructure stretches for several kilometers of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Tortuguero Beach is known for its Afro-Caribbean influence. It can only be reached by boat from Porto Limon or flights from San Jose.
The beach is ideal for sunbathing and is home to many green turtles that come here to breed. Tortuguero offers many attractions, including scenic hiking trails, jungle canal tours, and guided safaris.

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Santa Teresa

The huge sandy beach of Santa Teresa is located on the shores of the Mal Pais village, which merges with the city of Santa Teresa in the southwestern part of the Nicoya Peninsula. Not far is the large Santa Teresa National Park with the richest terrestrial and underwater flora and fauna on the Pacific coast. It is an isolated beach surrounded by lush tropical jungle. You won’t find many tourists and upscale resorts here, and the area is more for the adventurous. While it does take a little effort to get to the beach, the experience is well worth it.


Jaco Beach is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, within the city of the same name in the province of Puntarenas, about 100 km from San Jose. A stretch of sandy coast, about 4 km long, has gained immense popularity among young people, especially among supporters of outdoor activities on the water. Along the beach, in the shade of lush tropical greenery, there is a line of hotels of different levels, shops, restaurants, sports, and entertainment facilities. Jaco Beach is an ideal destination for both beach lovers and surfers. The city offers lively nightlife, a couple of casinos, and several international restaurants. There are many buses that offer transport from the city to Jaco beach. In addition, there are several excellent seaside restaurants near the beach, including Tsunami, which offers amazing sushi.


The beaches of Corcovado are located in the huge Corcovado National Park, which occupies most of the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Close to the long and wide beaches covered with brown sand, tropical mangrove forests approach. The region boasts some of the best rainforests in Central America, which are protected by the Corcovado National Park.

Punta Leona

Punta Leona is a popular resort town in the Puntarenas province on the Pacific Ocean, 110 km from San Jose. The resort is notable for its magnificent beaches of yellow and white sand, where nature has created excellent conditions for relaxation and water sports. There are hotels and restaurants near the beaches. You can also visit the Punta Leona Refuge, which is home to a variety of exotic animals, including iguanas and coati.

Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo is a small resort town in the Limon province on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, famous for its picturesque beaches. You will find some amazing surfing beaches that attract many surfers from all over the world.
Most of these beaches look absolutely stunning and it is not surprising that more and more people come here every year to relax.

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