The Beautiful Beaches of Costa Rica
Hugged by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is home to miles of beaches of all sizes and colors. Here we will mention some of Costa Rica's most popular and unknown sandbanks. All of them have something in common, they are beautiful pieces of sand and almost always with a wild green backdrop.
We have to go by parts and by zones because we are going to mention the best of more than 1.200Km of beaches all over the country.
Here in the Central Pacific we find Costa Rica's most visited national park, Manuel Antonio, which is marked by calm turquoise waters, white sands, exuberant tropical forests and rocky mountains. Manuel Antonio is a good place for those looking for a tropical destination with lots of wildlife and activities. Manuel Antonio Beach and Espadilla Beach are the main beaches within the park, but Puerto Escondido and Gemelas, accessible by trails, are less crowded and gorgeous as well. Also once in the area, if you have time it's worth visiting the Biensanz beach.
Two relatively unvisited white sandy beaches can be found further south in the neighbouring cities of Dominical and Uvita, both of which are heavily frequented by surfers. beach Uvita, in particular, is where a spectacular whale tail is formed. A rocky coastline that can be seen during low tide, as well as the Ballena Marine National Park, named after the humpback whales that migrate here every year during the mating season.
ON THE NICOYA PENINSULA
The southwest of the Peninsula is an excellent choice for those looking for beach towns, where rustic unpaved roads are traveled with Quads or ATVs. Santa Teresa is one of the most beautiful beaches which offers a great scenery for coastal lovers. Located near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa combines an impressive natural beauty with a very cosmopolitan atmosphere although it is not yet a place invaded by tourists, if there is a good settlement of expatriates from around the world. It is a place that attracts the most adventurous travelers, and surfers. Although it takes a little effort to get to Santa Teresa, the beautiful beaches are worth it.
On an exciting Quad ride through Cabo Blanco National Park, we reach the bohemian town of Montezuma. A particular place at the bottom of a steep hill that leads to quiet beaches.
In the Nicoya Peninsula we also find spectacular beaches in the area of Nosara. Tourism in Nosara is mainly oriented to surfing, yoga and health. Here they work in harmony with sustainable development and nature protection. So, houses and hotels in Nosara are dispersed and hidden into the vegetation. Among the best beaches we can mention Guiones Beach, Pelada Beach and Garza Beach. Nosara Beach, and finally Ostional Beach, are rather black sand beaches where you can see the spectacle of turtle arrivals.
In the Nicoya Peninsula, the beautiful beaches, surfing and yoga are the main reasons that attract rather sophisticated travelers to this part of Costa Rica.
An hour's drive from Liberia's airport, the sun and beach attract couples and families looking for comfort in paradise. Nicknamed the "Gold Coast," the roads that cross this part of the peninsula are paved, unlike other parts of the region.
Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica's most animated beaches with shops, restaurants and a lively nightlife. Tamarindo's beaches are ideal for swimming, surfing with a number of instructors and campsites located here.
One of the most exotic beaches on the Costa Dorada is Conchal Beach, made up of crushed shells instead of sand. It extends for almost 4 km and has some of the clearest waters in the region. The neighboring beaches of Brasilito Beach can be reached by walking, while Flamingo Beach, one of Costa Rica's rare pink sandy beaches, is 15 minutes away by car.Naranjo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Potrero Beach and Avellana Beach are also worth to mention in this section. Most of the beaches in Costa Rica are public, but the luxury gated community in Peninsula Papagayo is home to the Four Seasons and the Andaz Resort, with private residences, a beach club, golf links and sports marina. Small bays border the bright green water of the Pacific here, making the beach views especially breathtaking.
In the Caribbean it is worth mentioning wild beaches such as Manzanillo, about 10 minutes from Puerto Viejo downtown. More animated, Cocles beach, and quieter Cahuita beach.
North of Puerto Viejo heads to the vibrant turquoise and emerald waters of Cahuita National Park, which is also home to a coral reef for snorkeling. If we continue towards the south we can walk along the Negra beach which as its name indicates is a piece of dark sand beach.
At the south of Puerto Viejo we find Punta Cocles (ideal for surfing) Chiquita beach and beach Grande. Even further south is Manzanillo, a hidden treasure located near the Panamanian border with soft white sand and impressive blue water surrounded by lush vegetation. Protected by the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, the coral reef also attracts snorkelers.
The beaches of the Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce on the southern Pacific side of Costa Rica are the wildest in the country. To the north, near Drake Bay, we have the protected bays of beaches such as Colorada, San Josecito or San Pedrillo. The Llorona, Corcovado and Sirena beaches are wide and straight and nothing protects them from all the power of the Pacific wave. At the southern extreme of Sirena we find the perfect protection for small vessels.
Inside Golfo Dulce, beaches east of Carate and north beyond Cabo Matapalo are quieter and have more constant waves, and Sombrero, Tamales and Zapote beaches are one of the best sections of surfing with few people.
On the continental side of the gulf, Zancudo, Pavones and beach Rio Claro are even more remote and include one of the longest left in the world.
Beaches on the Osa Peninsula, especially in the Drake Bay area and Corcovado National Park, are eco-tourist's and adventurer's dreams. Perfect places for those looking for a relaxing and surfing destination, away from the most visited.
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