Costa Rica Beaches

With the Caribbean to the east and the Pacific to the west, and a climate that is best visited between December to April, Costa Rica an increasingly popular destination for those seeking a little winter sun.
Costa Rica is surrounded by a green ribbon of luscious tropical bushes and sandy, glistening shorelines. Go south to the wildest tip of Costa Rica for the ultimate beach hideaway – think hammocks swinging lazily from tree to tree overlooking turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Venture further north to Tamarindo and get your dosage of cool surf hubs and good all round vibes. All this and so much more awaits in Costa Rica for all you beach dreamers out there; with the tropical corners of Costa Rica comes huge variety catering for all types of holiday goers.

Why choose a Costa Rica Beach Holiday? 

  • The surfing off Costa Rica is really amazing in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean – you are spoilt for choice here if you are into catching the waves.
  • There is such a huge variety of hotels, from small, boutiquey numbers to larger resorts that might be more perfect for families. 
  • Costa Rica is surrounded by ocean and has some really delicious seafood available on all of its coast – after all no holiday is complete without excellent food!
  •  Often on the coast, the beautiful beaches are lined with tropical rainforest so it has never been easier to combine a wildlife experience with a relaxing beach stay.
  • With this great variety of different kinds of beaches, rest assured whatever your beach holiday style, you will find a perfect destination match in Costa Rica.
  • Which are the best beach hotels in Costa Rica? 

    For chilled-out but charming luxury, a boutiquey gem in a completely remote location,  you will get no better than Latitude 10 in the Nicoya Peninsula.

    In order to combine first class wildlife with access to nearby deserted beaches, then The Osa Peninsula should be your destination, and Lapa Rios your first choice.  

    For those who want a bit of buzz in nightlife and accommodation with fitting cocktail bars and surfer vibes, then Capitan Suzio would suit you perfectly. 

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    Costa Rica Beach Holiday Itinerary Planning 

    Puerto Viejo de Limon

    In the south-east, on the Caribbean, this is a cool, bohemian and chilled out location with locally-owned hotels that tend to be fairly simple in nature. The actual beaches look beautiful, however the micro-climate is tricky to predict and the rip tides mean swimming can, at times of the year, be very dangerous.


    In the north west, Papagayo has a variety of large international resorts that come with all the whistles and bells including golf courses, tennis courts, spas.etc. A little further south in Guanacaste you will find small towns and villages with boutique properties.

    Osa Peninsula

    The Osa Peninsula is ideal for those looking to combine beach with unparalleled levels of wildlife. The lodges are not all beach front, in fact the majority of them are not. But this location provides a rare mix of wildlife with some very quiet and remote beaches to enjoy. A great location to finish your trip.

    How much does a Costa Rica Beach Holiday cost? 

    People typically combing the beach with a Costa Rica inland tour too. Although you can just visit the beach, the central highlands also have many attractions for all types of holiday goers. Itineraries for beach and inland Costa Rica can cost upwards from £2,500 ($3,000) – but obviously, this depends on you!

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