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Beaches in Costa Rica

With two coastlines and endless beautiful beaches, the beach usually features at some point in every Costa Rica itinerary.  Blessed with beaches on both the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts, there is plenty of variety and there aren't many places on this earth where the rainforest grows right down to meet the beach.

The Pacific is perhaps the more popular given its proximity to Arenal, Guanacaste and Manuel Antonio. A few of our favourites on this coast are Playa Grande for turtles, Jacó for surfing and nightlife and Uvita for a more secluded experience and snorkelling.  With so many beaches on offer, and each different from the next there is definitely something for everyone in Costa Rica.

If you are looking to immerse yourself in total relaxation then the Caribbean might be for you. The vibe here is even more laid back than the rest of Costa Rica (and that’s saying something)   Beaches stretch from Tortuguero in the north (where seasonally the turtles come to nest) down to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to the south.  There is a fabulous mix of cultures here in the south, indigenous, Costa Rican (Tico) and Afro-Caribbean ”“ it makes for a wonderful melting pot of personality, colour and delicious fusion cuisine.  

One thing to always remember is take care when swimming,some beaches have strong rip-tides, so always check with the locals before venturing in.

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A Week in Costa Rica
A Week in Costa Rica

A wonderful week of nature walks, forest hikes, wildlife watching and thrilling adventure, a perfect introduction to Costa Rica.

Classic Costa Rica

Costa Rica's highlights in a perfectly designed package, wildlife, scenery, adventure and beach time all in 2 wonderful weeks.

Galapagos and Costa Rica
Galapagos and Costa Rica

A holiday of contrasts as you explore the magnificent Galapagos archipelago and then travel onward to see highlights of Costa Rica.

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