While there are many aspects that draw tourists to Costa Rica including the wildlife and culture, the pristine beaches are the main draw for a lot of tourists. Some love the buzz of a popular beach and all the fun activities that come with it, while others search for their isolated piece of beach heaven. We have put together a list of the Top Five Beaches of Costa Rica to help you navigate the over 800 miles of coastline.
Playa Avellana, Tamarindo
If the surf has brought you to Costa Rica, then Playa Avellana is a great choice. Known as “Little Hawaii”, due to the constant scattering of surfers in the water, this famous break sits on the northern end of the undeveloped beach and can see swells reach 18ft. For those more inclined to relax than thrill seek, head over to Lola’s Beach Bar, the main watering hole on the beach. Lola’s is named after the Bar’s pet pig who has been known to join surfers in the waves.
Cano Island, Corcovado Bay
A short boat ride off the coast of Osa Peninsula takes you to the protected biological reserve of Cano Island. Take a day tour over to the island and enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving with the sea turtles, dolphins and colorful fish that inhabit the vibrant coral reefs.
Playa Guiones, Nosara
Like Playa Avellana, Playa Guiones is another renowned surf spot. This beginner-friendly spot is known for its consistency. Keep in mind that this is a secluded spot and lacks many of the usual beach amenities. However, its natural beauty makes up for this.
Playa Virador, Papagayo
For those after a more luxurious day at the beach, Playa Virador is a good option. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo resides within the 15 mile stretch of white sand coastline. Here guests of the peninsula can enjoy Playa Virador with the comfort of the hotel amenities.
Manuel Antonio National Park
South of the town of Quepos lies the four beautiful and unspoiled beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. The lush tropical forest grows right to the edge of the beach where local wildlife, including sloths, are often seen by tourists. The national park draws surfers and sunbathers alike. A limit is placed on the amount of people allowed to visit per day, letting you to find a quiet spot all to yourself – just make sure you arrive early in the day or you risk being turned away when they reach capacity.
Written by Stephanie Thomas
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