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9 Best beaches in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica, Punta Uva beach, rocks
Punta Uva - the best beach in Costa Rica. The most beautiful part of the beach is sometimes called Playa Arrecife, and is located just behind the cape to the north-east of the official Punta Uva beach. Ironically, this "secret" part of the coast is not marked as a beach on many maps, so it is easy to miss it. Look for Arrecife Restaurante to avoid confusion. By car you should drive on the highway # 256 from Puerto Viejo town to the bus stop located just before Korrigan Lodge hotel. At the bus stop, turn left onto a secondary road. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (200 votes)

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Costa Rica, Isla Tortuga, Playa de Isla Tortuga beach, view from top
Playa de Isla Tortuga - the best and the only beach of Tortuga island in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This is a purely tourist attraction. Every morning boats come with crowds and every evening go away back. Anyway, it is worth to visit once, as the local landscapes are beautiful. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (142 votes)
Costa Rica, Playa Carrillo beach, view from road
Playa Carrillo - one of the best beaches on the entire Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Palm groves along the beach are great, but dark sand spoils the impression. However, someone may like it. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (28 votes)
Costa Rica, Puerto Vargas beach, white sand
Puerto Vargas - beach in Cahuita national park in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Keep in mind that there are two quite different beaches in park. First, you'll get to rather mediocre beach called Playa Blanca. Most people stay here and feel happy. However, we recommend not to be lazy and walk to a much more elegant Puerto Vargas beach, located in the south-eastern part of the park. Ask locals for direction. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (179 votes)
Costa Rica, Playa Samara beach, white sand
Playa Samara - nice beach in the west of Costa Rica. There are a lot of palm trees, nice dark sand and funny youth. Please also pay attention to the nearby Playa Carrillo beach, which is probably even better. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (54 votes)
Costa Rica, Playa Conchal beach, clear water
Playa Conchal - a rather unusual beach by the standards of Costa Rica in the south of Brasilito Bay. There are trees instead of palms, and sand mixed with large shells. Not everyone will like it, but it looks beautiful. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (93 votes)
Costa Rica, Playa Esterillos beach, palms
Playa Esterillos - the best beach near San Jose - the capital of Costa Rica. The beach is quite mediocre, but if you can't go away far from San Jose, it is quite a decent option. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (30 votes)
Costa Rica, Playa Jaco beach, palms
Playa Jaco - popular coastal town in Costa Rica - near the capital of San Jose. There is a good beach (by urban standards) with black sand. / read more » /
Rating: 7.0 (77 votes)
Costa Rica, Playa Tamarindo beach, wet sand
Playa Tamarindo - the most popular in Costa Rica surfer beach. There are good waves and a lot of people. If you are not a surfer, it is best to choose a different beach. / read more » /
Rating: 6.4 (125 votes)
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[2017-08-13] Thomas

Major spots for surfing in Costa Rica:

Playa Grande, Tamarindo (but now the water is heavily polluted), Pavones, Palmar Sur.

[2017-08-13] Chris

What about surfing in Costa Rica? Spots, conditions, prices, rooms?

[2015-03-30] Bannie

Playa Hermosa is expensive because of American tourists. But the main problem is a dry season starting from December. Forest fires often happen that time. I highly recommend not to visit Playa Hermosa that time.

[2015-03-30] lerika

Hi! I'm going to stay at Playa Hermosa for a long period of time. Any advices?

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