Beaches of Costa Rica: Point of Interest Map
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Costa Rica's Beaches
Costa Rica's privileged location allows access to both Pacific and Caribbean Beaches. Although white sand beaches are practically guaranteed on the Caribbean side; the best accommodations and services are actually found on the Pacific side, with options ranging from boutique hotels to full service resorts, from basic accommodations to luxurious havens.
Located along Costa Rica's northwestern Pacific coastline, Guanacaste Province boasts 100 miles of exquisite beaches. Tamarindo, Papagayo, Conchal, Santa Cruz, Playa Hermosa, Langosta, Flamingo, Potrero and Matapalo are among the most popular ones. Accommodations range from full service resorts with golf, tennis and fitness clubs, to hideaway boutiques where lush gardens and the sound of the surf are the major attractions. The climate throughout this region is hot and dry from December through April, but even during the rainy season a short shower will frequently give way to clear skies and glorious sunshine.
Being the most visited National Park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio's lush rainforest and translucent shoreline are inmensely popular destinations for sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts, and animal lovers from the world over. Manuel Antonio beach is located inside the National Park, so don't forget to bring your bathing suit and a change of clothes when paying a visit. Hotels located around Manuel Antonio may be closer to beaches named Playa Espadilla, Playa Playitas and Playa Biesanz. It is important to note that not all hotels in the area have direct access to the nearby beaches, for that reason our favorite beach stay in the Manuel Antonio area is at the Arenas del Mar Resort, which features a pool and restaurant right at sea level. Other great beach hotel options are the Buena Vista Luxury Villas and Los Altos Beach Resort, both with own beach access, although no services are offered at sea level. For most visitors staying at other hotels, a walk outside the property or a golf-car ride is necessary to reach the closest public beach.
A popular destination with international surfers, the Jaco Beach Vicinity enjoys a very active nightlife, and a full range of accommodation options. Immensely popular with foreign tourists Playa Jaco is nearly 2 miles long and the beaches to the north (Herradura) and the south (Hermosa) have some of the most stunningly beautiful panoramic views in all of Costa Rica.
Set high above the sea between two mountain ridges, Punta Islita is one of Costa Rica's most secluded, and romantic beach resorts. Punta Islita's outstanding all-inclusive meals, incomparable service, attention to detail, and activities incluing yoga, and luxury spa services. Enjoy sun and fun at the beach, go horseback riding or fishing, take relaxing nature walks, and most of all take advantage of everything this splendid resort has to offer, including superb honeymoon suites, and expansive family villas.
Nosara-Samara is an ideal destination for independent travelers, and nature enthusiasts, seeking long stretches of stunning and nearly deserted beaches. This area has excellent swimming, comfortable accommodations, and a very laid back atmosphere. In Nosara, quaint hotels hide among the stands of trees and beautiful garden, while Samara is a picturesque resort town, with a traditional fishing and farming community. The keyword in here is relaxation,and the most popular activities are swimming, surfing, pleasant walks, or runs on the beach. Nosara-Samara is a great place to unwind, and can be linked with any of Costa Rica's nearby beach destinations, or spectacular natural wonders.
Located at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Tambor Beach is a long stretch of splendid beach, with a gentle Pacific current that is ideal for swimming and soaking up the nearly perfect climate. Nestled on the edge of Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay) where humpback whales migrate from the north each year to mate, and give birth in the warm Costa Rican waters. This area is perfect for travelers seeking a peaceful getaway where the beach meets the bio-diversity of Curu Wildlife Refuge, and the Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve. Tambor Beach Vicinity is a great place to experience the exquisite beauty of Costa Rica's soothing Pacific coast.
Playa Dominical (Dominical Beach), located to the South of Quepos, has just a laid back atmosphere where travelers can unwind, enjoy some great wild life, tropical plants, waterfalls, and if they are so inclined, some world class surfing. Aside from surfing, tourists can and should enjoy other activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, diving, fishing and trekking. Cuna del Angel hotel is our favorite option in the area.
Puerto Viejo-Limon is the epicenter of activity on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, and is known for sensational white sand beaches, lush rainforests, and a wide range activities for all types of travelers. 34 miles to the south of the distinctly Afro-Caribbean town of Puerto Limon, lies Puerto Viejo, a charming little beach town where the merging of the Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and indigenous tribal populations has created a unique and vibrant culture. The finest beaches and surfing on Costa Rica's Atlantic Coast, great snorkeling and diving, bars, restaurants, lots of activities for nature enthusiasts, make this a go to destination for trendy travelers, and eco-tourists alike. Accomodations here are rustic but elegant, and Puerto Viejo-Limon can be linked to nearby Tortuguero National Park or other fantastic Costa Rican destinations.
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