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30+ beaches for you to Discover

It is so easy to travel inside our country and it is so small that you could have breakfast on the Pacific Ocean and dinner on the Caribbean Sea — with plenty of time to spare in between to grab lunch in the Central Valley.

All our beaches are so beautiful that it is impossible to determine which ones are the best. We recommend that you visit at least a few.

The country is divided into distinct geographical regions, according to the way the road network and the distances are laid out. You can plan your different trips and cover whole regions in the North, Central or South Pacific regions, the Northern plains, the Central Valley or the North and South Caribbean regions.

The Pacific coast boasts some of Costa Rica’s most famous beaches for surfing, such as Esterillos, Jacó, Hermosa and Boca Barranca. In the Golfito region, near the Ballena Marine National Park, surfing fans can find the famous “big left wave.”

The Caribbean region of Costa Rica is noted for its variety of aquatic ecosystems and its beautiful white or black sand beaches, providing an ideal setting for activities such as sport-fishing, snorkeling, and sun bathing.

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The North Pacific region
  • Papagayo, Panamá (View hotels)
  • Tamarindo, Langosta (View hotels)
  • Conchal, Brasilito (View hotels)
  • Flamingo (View hotels)
  • Potrero, Sugar (View hotels)
  • Ocotal (View hotels)
  • Sámara, Carrillo (View hotels)
  • Punta Islita (View hotels)
  • Malpais Beach, Santa Teresa (View hotels)
  • Tambor (View hotels)
  • Nacazcolo, Negra
  • Hermosa, El Coco
  • Junquillal
  • Ostional
  • Nosara
  • Coyote
  • Grande
The Central Pacific region
  • Puntarenas (View hotels)
  • Jacó (View hotels)
  • Herradura, Punta Leona (View hotels)
  • Quepos, Manuel Antonio (View hotels)
  • Esterillos
  • Cabuya
  • Montezuma
  • Isla Tortuga
The South Pacific region
  • Golfito (View hotels)
  • Dominical
  • Uvita
The North Caribbean region
  • Tortuguero (View hotels)
  • Barra del Colorado
The South Caribbean region
  • Puerto Viejo (View hotels)
  • Bonita
  • Cahuita
  • Manzanillo
What to do on Costa Rican beaches

It’s possible to practice a great number of water sports in Costa Rica, either on the Atlantic or Pacific coasts, or in rivers, like Reventazón, San Carlos, San Juan, Sarapiquí and Terraba. Thousands of tourists each year practice rafting in the white waters of these rivers.

Costa Rica has really big fish, and it’s difficult not to win a trophy as fish seem to swim harder to swallow the hook.

Costa Rica is internationally well known for the fishing of marlin, fish guards, great tunas, sábalo, róbalo, gilded and pargo.
Fish migrate to various zones during the year. Please ask about our fishing specials for details.

For those that are looking for the perfect wave, their search is over. Every year thousands of tourists come to the beaches to enjoy the great surf, the sun and a fun crown of onlookers. Costa Rica´s long coastline provides many opportunities to run waves.

The reefs, according to surf expert Peter Brennan, take you to the limit of velocity and the maximum height.

Thanks to the crystal clear water, this is the perfect country to practice diving. You can enjoy beautiful reefs and marine fauna.

There are many 1,2 or even 8-day tour options to teach or practice your diving technique.

Generally the tour company provides the necessary equipment, the tour guides, scuba instructors, water transportation and stupendous food.


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