Costa Rica: 6 Beaches You Need to Visit


We all love going to beaches, some people do it during summertime, some others go pretty much any day they want to, and why not? “Beach” and “fun” are two words that can be found in the same sentence quite often, that’s why it is so easy to find beach lovers in a lot of places, and if you’re reading this, then you’re probably one of them, and as a beach lover, surely there are many amazing beaches you want to visit, that’s why in this article we’re going to talk about Costa Rica and its beautiful beaches.

Costa Rica Beaches

If you’re slightly familiarized with Costa Rica, you probably already know that the most attractive places for tourist to visit in this country are the beaches, and there is no wonder why, Costa Rica has the best beaches of all Central America, not to mention that it is one of the countries with the privilege of having both, Atlantic and pacific ocean beaches, so if you love to spend time relaxing on the sand, swimming, or even surfing, Costa Rica is a place you should visit. There are many beaches waiting for you in this country, here are some of the best.

1) National Park: Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park

One of the most popular places in Costa Rica, this national park is a nature treasure. Manuel Antonio it’s a natural conservation area, there is forest that makes this park perfect for ecological tourism. Its beach counts with beautiful white sand and the park forest reach the beach shore, long story short, everything is set up to have a peaceful experience. It also has camping places, and you can find some animals within the park forest in case you want to have a look at it, plus, there are several hotels close to this national park, so tourist can easily find a place to stay.

Important fact: according to TripAdvisor, the Manuel Antonio beach is one of the best 25 beaches of the world, it occupies specifically the number 17 in the 2019 list.

2) Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa it is also a beautiful white sand beach, and it is considered one of the best Central American beaches. Santa Teresa is not only a relaxing option for a day, but it’s also a wonderful place for all the surf lovers, so make sure to carry your surf table with you. Besides enjoying the waves and the sun, during your visit to this beach, you can also take advantage of other activities available in this place, such as hiking or even horseback riding, so fun is 100% guaranteed.

3) Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo Costa Rica

Tamarindo is not one of those beaches that people tend to visit just for a specific time every year, on the contrary, every day is the perfect day to visit it; just like Santa Teresa, Tamarindo it’s a perfect place to surf, but this one particular, has a surf vibe that every surfer can appreciate, this due to different surf shops on the place.

Tamarindo also has an art gallery for everyone to enjoy, plus, different supermarkets can be found in the area too. In conclusion, is not only a great beach but it’s also a great place to visit generally speaking.

4) Conchal

Playa Conchal

If you like to swim on the beach, then Conchal is a good option for you, the sea is not only as blue as the sky above it, but the waves are also pretty calm, perfect for snorkel and swimming. On this beach you can also find a great variety of Marine Fauna to please your eyes, and if by the end of the day you and your companions get tired, there are different camping areas to lay down while resting as you enjoy the sound of the Pacific Ocean.

Conchal it’s near to different national parks, so it’s a good option if you want to visit more places without going too far from the beach.

5) Samara


Samara is a beautiful place to have a good time, walking by the beach strip you can find a wide variety of plants and exotic animals, and there is also an impressive coral near the coast, so it’s a great place to pay attention not only to the beautiful beach itself but to what surround it. The water It’s great and calm, perfect place to practice swimming.

Samara beach is considered one of the safest beaches in Costa Rica, so it’s definitely a great option to visit if you want to have a peaceful and fun visit, and it is highly recommended when you’re traveling alongside your family, especially if you have kids. Near the beach, 15 different hotels can be found, and their prices can adjust to your needs, so there is no excuse not to visit this stunning beach.

6) Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo

The Pacific Ocean beaches indeed are the most popular in Costa Rica, however, some beaches in the Atlantic Ocean side show the incomparable beauty of the Caribbean Sea, and one of these is Puerto Viejo beach. This place has everything you’ll need to have a lot of fun, the beach itself it’s a surfer’s paradise, and people from very different cultures tend to reunite there, so it’s also a good place to get new friends.
The place also counts with many bars and discos, so the fun doesn’t stop when you get out of the water, plus, the food on their restaurants will delight you, just as it delights everyone else. It also has 14 hotels nearby and the prices are not high at all, so you don’t need to worry too much about running out of money.

If you are looking for a tropical place to visit, you should consider Costa Rica beaches, you will be amazed by the fantastic beaches and by all that surrounds these, and you will have a lot of fun too. Bring as many friends as possible and visit any of these beaches for an unforgettable experience together.

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