Top 5 Beaches in Costa Rica

The Republic of Costa Rica is officially the “greenest” country in the world. Warm and clear waters all year round, wonderful and naturally beautiful landscapes, as well as hundreds of attractions on the two coasts among the amazing beaches – this is what Costa Rica is about. Here are five of the best beaches in this wonderful Central American country.

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5. Nicoya Peninsula

The beaches here are the most animated beaches in Costa Rica, since they are also the most popular in Costa Rica. Usually located nearby the main cities of the peninsula, they are more accessible from San Jose. Hotels in Tamarindo, Montezuma and Mal Pais are the best accommodation solutions when choosing to relax in this part of Costa Rica.

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4. Playa Dominical

This is probably the best beach for those romantic couples that like to admire the sunrises and sunsets everywhere. Here, they have the chance to enjoy dramatic sunrises in the southeast and astonishing sunsets in the northwest. It is also a great option for water sports, since it’s considered to be the most consistent wave in Costa Rica.

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3. Manuel Antonio

Located in the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Manuel Antonio beaches are surrounded by tropical forest. These, combined with the white beaches and the coral reefs make the sights charming and magical. It’s the ideal place for snorkeling in Costa Rica.

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2. Corcovado

Having no less than 23 miles (39 kilometers) of appealing beaches, this is the pearl of the Osa Peninsula. Dark sands and towering palms and the most distinctive wildlife in Costa Rica. Also, taking a trip on Island del Cano is a must, since here you can find the best spots for diving.

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1. Tortuegero

This might be the eco-tourists’ fantasy in Costa Rica. Besides the sandy beaches and the big waves, one can enjoy canoe tours on the jungle canals, scenic hiking and guided safaris. 16 endangered animal species live here, among which ocelots, manatees and green turtles.

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7 Comments for "Top 5 Beaches in Costa Rica"

Acton Dave Nelson says on May 27th, 2010 at 3:23 pm:

The Best place to learn to surf is Playa Camen in Santa Teresa Nicoya Pen. The Best for lessons and tours TropicOlas at the Board Cafe’ (BC). Great party!! Full of Surfer Girls and Guys


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