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This article was written on 05 Jul 2010, and is filled under To: Costa Rica.

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Top 10 Beaches in Costa Rica

A beautiful country which boasts warm waters, beautiful weather, lush rainforests, and a booming economy thanks to a well supported tourism infrastructure, not to mention a virtually infinite supply of fantastic beaches, Costa Rica is up there as one of the top vacation spots in the Americas. This country’s natural beauty, well preserved thanks to protection programs introduced by the government, offers some of the most impressive beaches in the world. Surrounded by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, most of Costa Rica’s borders are coastal, giving it over 800km of gorgeous coastlines. Here are our picks for the top 10 beaches in Costa Rica.

Jaco Beach

The most popular beach in the country, and very accessible to travellers from San Jose. The are is rife with hotels, spas, and top rated restaurants, making it a great spot to visit.

Playa Hermosa

Located just a few minutes away from Jaco beach, this beach boasts some impressive waves for surfers.

Mal Pais

Surfers will definitely want to take note here, because Mal Pais is one of the best places to catch a wave. If you’re not an avid surfer, you always have the opoprtunity to hike around in the area, visit Montezuma’s waterfalls, or book a boat tour to see the manta rays.

Playa Negra

Try this exotic beach out for a little something different. The black volcanic sand is a sight to behold, and gives the area a lot of personality.

Playa Grande

This beach resides in the Marine National Park for Leatherback Turtles, so if you’re lucky you’ll get to witness a mother turtle coming out of the sea to lay her eggs. If not, you’ll have to settle for the natural beauty and tranquility of the beach.

Cahuita National Park beaches

A great set of beaches for swimmers and snorkelers due to the calm water.

Manuel Antonio

The most popular national park in the country is also host to some of the most impressive, white sand beaches around. Spend a few hours relaxing by the beach, then take a stroll through the National Park and marvel at the wildlife.

Playa Dominical

Another fabulous surfing spot, this beach is about a 20 minute drive from Manuel Antonio National Park (approximately 30 miles). There is a quaint little town nearby, with cute little shops and restaurants as well.


Eco-tourists will delight at the chance to visit this park. Tortugeuro hosts an impressive array of wildlife, including many animals on the endangered list. Lucky travellers will spot ocelots, tapirs, and many other exciting animals.

Playa Tamarindo

Beautiful beaches and impressive shopping all in the same area.

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