The best beaches of Costa Rica and its inclusive resorts have always drawn millions of travelers and tourists each year. Its seemingly breathtaking beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines are a definite paradise to vacationers. This tiny country has numerous beaches and each has its own distinct setting suitable for your vacation needs. It's up to you to enjoy your favorite water activity or sport like swimming, windsurfing, snorkeling, surfing and etc.
There are plenty of the best Costa Rican beaches; however, we'll be featuring our preferred top 10 beaches and resorts in this article.
The Manuel Antonio beaches and its fantastic horseshoe bays are not only considered a favorite of most tourists but definitely among the best in the world. You will surely enjoy the view as well as the water sports because of its amazing waterfalls and awesome hilltops surrounded by jungle. You can experience diving, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing among other exciting activities.
Playa Dominical is considered one of the world's best surfing beaches in Costa Rica. It is 44 km away south of the Manuel Antonio National Park. Tourists can enjoy Dominical's scenic landscape as it is covered by vast plantations, marshes, coastal mangroves and estuaries.
The Playa Grande Guanacaste beaches not only features its stunning waves but is great for tourists who have a passion for nature. Also known as Playa Grande, it is located by the Matapalo River separate from the Tamarindo, a well developed and accessible town for tourists. It's also considered the nesting place of one of the world's seven marine turtles, the Leatherback. Years ago, it has become a habit of these turtles to bury their eggs in Playa Grande as they drastically round the coast.
The Playa Conchal in Costa Rica is widely known for the millions of tiny crushed shells that are scattered along the beach. You just love the feel of its shells rustle as you walk along its pristine shores. Conchal is near Playa Brasilito and is visited mostly by tourists who enjoy sports fishing other than the usual snorkeling and swimming.
Hermosa Beach or Playa Hermosa is where you'll enjoy the luxury of lesser crowds. There are also two Hermosa beaches in Costa Rica. Once is located near Jaco while the other lies in Guanacaste. In these beaches, most tourists enjoy soaking up the sun for some tan especially Caucasians and Europeans. Hermosa which also means "beautiful" in Spanish lay between two lofty mountains.
Playa Tamarindo is considered to be a laid-back, expensive, accessible yet well developed and favored by tourists. However, you can't help but splurge some money since this town offers luxurious hotels that service delicious bed and breakfast meals, shopping tours and uncorrupted beaches.
Costa Rica is also celebrated for its Caribbean beaches. Compared to the ones that lay in the Pacific coast, it is believed to be a habitat for hundred of the country's rich and diverse wildlife that is to say forests and nesting place for marine turtles like loggerhead, leatherbacks and etc.
Tortuguero, which is north of Limon is viewed with coasts surrounded by think palm trees and freshwater canals and generally considered unsafe due to its unpredictable currents. But despite of this, its beauty is well appreciated.
Most tourists also prefer less developed beaches like the Playa Manzanillo. A small village that's mostly visited by surfers because of its white sand beach that reaches out to the Pacific. Its almond trees can serve as a shade for those who love to read and enjoy the tranquility of the water.
However, for tourists who'd rather enjoy the luxuries of well developed beaches, Playa Jaco, is one of the closest beaches in San Jose which is Costa Rica's Capital and largest city. Currently, there are no beaches near San Jose. Jaco offers numerous services and unlike Tamarindo beach, this one is a lot affordable for those looking to stay near hotels, restaurants, surf shops, etc.
Lastly, Montezuma, a beach located south of Nicoya Peninsula is ideal for youths and surfers. Just like Dominical, Montezuma is a laid-back town notable for its natural mangroves and beautiful estuaries.