Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is blessed with beautiful beaches

Each of Costa Rica's beaches has its own charm and attractions. There's one out there with your name on it!

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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Beaches that stretch for miles

With two coastlines and endless beautiful beaches, beach holidays in Costa Rica are a great choice.  Blessed with both 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 sandy shores.

The Pacific is 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, Jaco beach 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 all beach lovers in Costa Rica.

  • Spectacular sunsets on the Pacific and sunrises on the Caribbean
  • Soak up the sun and local vibes
  • Relax and switch off in picture-postcard paradise
  • Be as active or chilled as you wish
  • A great way to finish any Costa Rica holiday
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Costa Rica is one of the very few places left on Earth where you can find rainforest coming right down to the coastline.

Where to go

The first question is do you choose the Pacific or Caribbean coast? Then you need to decide what you would like to do on the beach: swim, snorkel, dive, surf …  Each beach is different and in turn lends itself to different activities. There are some great hidden gems if you are looking for peace and quiet, and with some you can also include seeing wildlife.
We recommend talking to our specialists for more detailed advice.

When to go

September and October will see the Pacific coast at its wettest (the opposite to the Caribbean coast) and the driest months tend to be December to April.  The drier months for the Caribbean are February, March, September and October, but it could rain any time.
Check out our guide to when to go to Costa Rica, or call us for a chat.