The beaches (‘playas’ in Spanish) of Costa Rica are often referred to as the most idyllic and beautiful in the world. Costa Rica boasts of a coastline that stretches over 1800 km (1100 miles) and it is home to a multitude of amazingly breathtaking beaches. Costa Rica’s fantastic coast offers something for everyone from rocky shores to gorgeous palm tree lined white sand beaches. One may find golden sand beaches, gray sand beaches, black sand beaches, and pink sand beaches dotted all along Costa Rica’s lush coastal plains, making this country a truly spectacular beach destination.
Surrounded on the east by the Caribbean Sea and on the west by the Pacific Ocean, 65% of Costa Rica’s borders is a coastal belt. And the beaches here offer plenty of privacy and seclusion for a tranquil and relaxing vacation.
The country is quite narrow, which means that the Pacific and Caribbean coast beaches are just a few hours apart. Some of the best and most developed beaches are found along the Guanacaste coast, but for a more remote beach adventure visit the secluded beaches of the south Pacific Coast for a memorable time. And if all you want to do is have a really good time, then visit Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast with its fun ‘Rasta’ culture and lush vegetation.
Costa Rica offers tourists a plethora of beach and water sports activities. The beaches have it all from surfing to scuba diving, to sports fishing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and yachting. Or you may simply soak in the rays sunbathing, take a leisurely stroll along the beach or go for a long horse back ride.
Visit Playa Naranjo or Witches Rock in Santa Rosa National Park & Playa Grande, Playa Avellana, Playa Negra & Playa Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula for the best surf breaks and swells. Playa Hermosa and Dominical have the best surf beaches, while in southern Costa Rica, Playa Pavones & Puerto Viejo de Talamanca have awesome surf swells.
Among the most beautiful beaches here are Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Playa Ballena, Playa Grande, Playa Blanca, Montezuma, Playa Zancudo and Playa Santa Teresa. And on the Southern Caribbean coast, Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge has the best and most beautiful beach.