Let’ consider some of the beaches in Costa Rica according to popularity and what that have to offer tourists
Known for its Afro-Caribbean influence, Tortuguero Beach is only reachable by a canal boat from Porto Limon or a flight from San Jose. The beach is perfect for sunbathing and home to many green turtles that come here to breed. Tortuguero offers plenty of attractions including scenic hiking trails, tours down the jungle canals, and guided safaris. Make sure to visit the nearby Tortuguero National Park where you will have a chance to see several endangered species such as manatees, tapirs, and ocelots. The park is well-known for its crocodile filled canals and lush rainforests.
2. Playa Conchal
While surfers flock to catch the waves at nearby Tamarindo, those seeking a more subdued beach experience head to Guanacaste’s Playa Conchal, a turquoise stretch of shoreline that’s ideal for snorkeling, swimming, or simply capturing a From Here to Eternity moment. If you’re strolling north, the white sand takes on a pinkish hue on the aptly named and equally picturesque Flamingo Beach.
3. Playa Manzanillo
On Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, just above the Panamanian border, Playa Manzanillo is the prototypical beach with white-sand shores, azure waters, and a backdrop of palm-fringed rainforest courtesy of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. But despite the abundance of coral reefs, which can be explored by kayak or swimming thanks to the area’s gentle waves, its remote location has largely kept it off the tourist radar (don’t be surprised if your only neighbors are manatees and dolphins).
4. Manuel Antonio
One of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio Beach is a part of the Manuel Antonio National Park and a perfect beach for families with children. The water on the beach is constantly warm and the coral seascape is perfect for snorkeling. You will need to walk for about 30 minutes from the park’s entrance to Manuel Antonio Beach. The surrounding national park is packed with diverse wildlife. You can check out the white-faced monkeys, green iguanas, and sloths. Manuel Antonio is also home to the famous squirrel monkeys that fall under the category of endangered species.
New Age, bohemian types will find plenty to love on the Nicoya Peninsula, where laid-back surfers, blissed-out yogis, and health-conscious hippies find their happy place among the beachfront bars and taco shacks. Fishermen net the fresh catch each morning on Playa Garza and swimmers prefer Playa Pelada, while boarders seeking an alternative to Tamarindo hit up the waves on Guiones. It’s here that you’ll also spot the Harmony Hotel, a chic 10-suite oasis that’s known for its farm-sourced restaurant and juice bar as well as its restorative wellness treatments and open-air yoga studio. Just south, the beaches of Malpaís and Santa Teresa are other off-the-beaten-track contenders.