Best Beaches in Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Central Pacific, and more!

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The list of Best Beaches in Costa Rica is big; you won’t just find your run of the mill sandy island beach here. No, the Best beaches in Costa Rica contain so much more. For example look at all the lovely beaches perfect for Familly Trips or the bouncing nightlife beaches all throughout Costa Rica. You will also find some of the world’s best surfing spots. Of course we didn’t forget those that love scuba diving! Costa Rica beaches were practically made for scuba diving. 

There is so something to do for everyone along the Best Beaches in Costa Rica!

Best Beaches in Costa Rica for Family trips

Playa Hermosa Beach

Guanacaste Hermosa Beach

Hermosa beach is nestled within coastal hills that turn from green to brown during the dry season. The mile-long Hermosa Beach in Guanacaste is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa near Jaco. The Hermosa Beach in Guanacaste has mild ripples for waves (perfect for swimming!) and less than half the crowds of its neighboring beach, Playa Coco.

Playa Tambor Costa Rica


Tambor is another tranquil and relaxing beach close to a variety of all-inclusive family-friendly resorts and smaller beachfront hotels. The placid Tambor Beach ocean is also known in Costa Rica for its mild temperature and safety. Contact our expert travel guides and set up your family vacation to Tambor! 

Manuel Antonio Travel Packages

Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio holds so much to be discovered by you and your family, this beach is located in the Central Pacific Region of Costa Rica. Relax at the beach after you walk through Manuel Antonio National Park! The perfectly shaped beaches are a great place for swimming and diving.

Playa Conchal Hotels and Beach


Playa Conchal, true to its name, is made out of small broken shells and coral smoothed by the waves. Conchal is a good place to sit back and work on your tan or even go snorkeling. The waters is bustling with marine life and you will, without a doubt, spot the many tropical colored fish. You might even see the leatherback  or Olive Ridley turtles that come to lay their eggs.

Best Costa Rica Beaches for Nightlife

tamarindo beach


The Tamarindo area is very lively; you will experience the best shopping and nightlife in the region not to mention the stunning sand beach. If you’re looking for a good time, go to Tamarindo. Tamarindo is in the middle of nowhere, located very close to the Liberia Airport. It is a great place to start y our vacation. 



When you think of night life in Costa Rica, Jaco is one of the best locations. Bars, and restaurants for everyone are spread across this lively beach, which is conveniently located near San Jose. Check out the dance clubs and bars with live music and have a great time making new friends on your next trip to Jaco.

Puerto Viejo Costa RIca Sand

Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo is located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and is great for more laid back travelers. The lively town lightens up after dusk; markets, and shops pop out of nowhere, and the streets become alive with activity. Watch some free entertainment as fire jugglers, and street performers come out. Puerto Viejo has many bars and restaurants serving different cuisines. You are sure to hear great Caribbean music–especially when the festivals come to town.

Best Beaches in Costa Rica For Surfing


Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is one of the best beaches in Costa Rica for surfing. Known as the Hawaii of Costa Rica, Santa Teresa is situated on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Everyone in this small area is either an artist or a surfer and surfing is an art in itself. The surfing here is unbeatable with high waves and plenty of curls. At the end of a long day out on the waves relax a bit put up your feet and sip on the many different kinds of beers the locals bars and restaurants offer.

Playa Hermosa Beach

Playa Hermosa Near Jaco

Playa Hermosa is known as a wild area to catch the best surfing waves. This local beach is never crowded so you’ll be sure to won’t share the waves with many other people. Visit this small paradise near Jaco and find yourself at the best spot on the beach to relax after surfing. Not far away are great locations for trying local cuisine. 

Pavones Beach Surfing

Pavones Beach

Not far from The Osa Peninsula and just south of Golfito Bordering Panama, Pavones Beach is a great surfing destination. This  secluded area will bring you back to nature. Experience Pacific ocean waves and get to know some locals. Surfers come from all over the world to experience the surfing at Pavones Beach. 

Playa Grande Costa Rica

Playa Grande

Playa Grande is much different from the neighboring beaches in the area. It is considered a protected beach so you won’t find a lot of nightlife or hotels close by . However it is a great place for the aspiring surfers out there. Spend as long as you want on the endless waves rolling in. Relax in peace and quiet on this secluded beach and let all your cares float away. 

Best Beaches in Costa Rica for Scuba Diving

snorkeling cano island

Caño Island

Caño Island blows all other destinations off the map when it comes to scuba diving. Located about 15 kilometers from the coast, you have to take a tour boat out to the island, but it is totally worth it. You will be astonished at all the marine life on this diving expedition. See Manta Rays, Dolphins, Whale sharks and an endless array of fish. The waters are clean and clear and give you a great underwater perspective to find as many fish as you can. Don’t forget your underwater camera.

Playa Ocotal Boat

Playa Ocotal

Playa Ocotal is one of a kind in the Best Beaches in Costa Rica category. The black sand and emerald green waters give this an otherworldly look. Scuba diving tour comes in all ranges here from amateur to expert. Even if you are just starting out, you’ll have a great time scuba diving with expert scuba diving teachers ready to help you get certified. You’ll see plenty of Manta Rays and other colorful fish.

Playas del coco view

Playa Del Coco

Not far from Playa Ocotal, Playa del Coco is very similar. Coco is another great beach for scuba diving. With clear water and few rocks, you’re sure to have a great time. It is also very close to many other beaches. Rent a car and visit several different beaches in one day!  

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