beaches in costa rica

Costa Rica's beaches offer refuge to nesting sea turtles, howler monkeys, green iguanas, red macaws, and many more wild animals. A beach getaway isn't just for travelers seeking a tan, Costa Rica's waves, tropical marine life and beautiful sunsets call out to naturalists and adventure seekers alike.

​ Come explore secluded coastlines, or bumping beach towns like Puerto Viejo or Tamarindo to mingle with locals and travelers from all over the world. No matter what you seek, the beaches of Costa Rica haven't gained fame in movies, documentaries and among A-list celebrities for nothing.

best beaches in costa rica

Below are our five favorite beaches for visitors looking for an unforgettable vacation on the Pacific or Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. A travel designer from Nature Vacations can help you choose the best Costa Rica beach destinations and things to do at each location. Or, research Costa Rica beaches on your own!

santa teresa

Absolutely picturesque, this off-the-beaten-path destination is the ideal beach escape with wildlife, white sands, spectacular sunsets and a surfer vibe that keeps visitors coming back again and again.

playa del coco

One of Costa Rica's best diving destinations, attracting visitors from around the world. Go snorkeling during the day and check out the lively party scene at night!


The lively beach town of Tamarindo mixes great waves, an expansive beach and great nightlife, dining and shopping, with a tropical twist.


The entrance to Cahuita National Park is right off the main street in town. Grab some fresh mango from a street vendor before plotting out your spot in the sand - or follow winding nature trails designed for the restless wanderers.


A retreat for surfers and yogis, Nosara's beaches and small town offer all the basics without detracting from that feeling of having stumbled upon a remote oceanfront paradise.