Best Beaches in Costa Rica

Do you dream of spending your days at a tropical beach with a pina colada in hand? Well we’ve done our research and found the best beaches in Costa Rica, convincing us that this eco-paradise is a must see for retirees and second home buyers.

Costa Rica is tucked between the shorelines of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. With miles of sea and oceanfront, the beaches of Costa Rica are second to none, with unique and varying personalities. All beach lovers will find something fascinating – a beautiful white-sand paradise lined with palm trees, volcanic black sand, or naturally rugged beach coves surrounded by a tropical rainforest. From mega beach resorts to untouched shorelines, there’s an ideal beach setting for everyone.

But with so many choices, how will you possibly choose? Buy International can help you decide.


Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park

Let’s start with Manuel Antonio Beach. Often very high on the list of the World’s Best Beaches, it’s one of the most popular beach destinations in the country. This coastal gem borders Manuel Antonio National Park, a coastal rainforest teeming with wildlife. If you’re up for some rainforest exploration, take advantage of interconnected hiking trails that lead to other beaches within the park. Regardless, you’re practically guaranteed to see wildlife – namely monkeys. Don’t forget to wear your swimsuit and grab some snorkeling gear as the coral seascape is certainly worth exploring.


Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste

Do you have an interest in surfing? Visit Tamarindo Beach, off the wildly popular surf town of Tamarindo, where the perfect right breaks strike right off the coast. Tamarindo Beach is great for beginner surfers – so don’t be intimidated by its surf town reputation. There are a variety of accommodation options to choose from near Tamarindo Beach. Most hotels can either set you up or direct you to a nearby water sports rental company. After a lively beach day, grab dinner in the happening town of Tamarindo. The neighboring white-sand beach of Langosta is also worth a visit if you’re looking to swim and escape the crowds of Tamarindo.  Be sure to not miss Lola’s. Named after a pig that lives on the property, Lola’s is arguably the world’s most famous beach bar!


Santa Teresa & Malpais Beach, Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa Beach on the Nicoya Peninsula is south of Guanacaste, the Nicoya Peninsula is a popular beach destination for surfers and yoga enthusiasts. Santa Teresa Beach and Malpais Beach are standouts that remain relatively off the beaten path. The soft sand of Santa Teresa Beach is great for those looking for a secluded beach escape with great surf. On the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Malpais Beach is a well-known surf spot with stretches of white sand and rocky tidal pools.  You may also catch a glimpse of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife Giselle as they own a vacation home in Santa Teresa and frequent the town much of the year.


Conchal Beach, Guanacaste

White sand and tiny seashells sprinkle the shoreline of Conchal Beach, a less frequented Guanacaste beach. A variety of coral and underwater discoveries can be made here – so bring your snorkeling gear! The beach backs up to the all-inclusive Westin Playa Conchal Resort and a variety of other rental properties.


Flamingo Beach, Guanacaste

To the north of Conchal Beach sits Flamingo Beach in the Guanacaste region. Flamingo Beach gets its name from its pretty pinkish white sand. The hotels overlooking Flamingo Beach sit high up on a cliffside overlooking the bays and inlets of the Pacific.


Morning Kayak to Playa Nacascolo

Nacascolo Beach is a hidden gem on the exclusive Papagayo Peninsula. This golden stretch of sand sits between the Four Seasons Resort and the Andaz Papagayo Resort. If you’re staying at either hotel, grab a kayak and have your hotel pack a picnic for you. It takes less than an hour to kayak over to Nacascolo, and the odds are good that you’ll be the only one on the beach. The water here is calm and protected, great for swimming, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling.


Dominical Beach, South Pacific

Located off the beaten path on the south Pacific coast, Dominical Beach is well known around the world as one of the best places for surfing. It also offers a wonderful beach surrounded by great restaurants. Dominical is the only beach with a year-round lifeguard program.


Costa Ballena (Whale Coast), South Pacific

The coastal treasures of Uvita Beach and Hermosa Beach border the beloved “Whale’s Tail” on Punta Uvita in Marino Ballena National Park on the South Pacific coast. An aerial flyover of the coastal park will reveal a whale’s tail shaped sand bar. This is also coincidentally the location where humpback whales return to breach every year from August through October and December through April. Sea turtles also come to the park to nest from May to November. Book a whale watching tour and rent some snorkel gear to explore the expansive coral reef for the full experience. Kayak and stand up paddle boarding rentals are also available.


Nosara Beach, Nicoya Peninsula

Another hot surf and wellness destination on the Nicoya Peninsula is in the coastal town of Nosara. Three beaches merge together here to form the Nosara Beach region:

  • Garza Beach,
  • Guiones Beach, and
  • Pelada Beach.

Guiones Beach is a popular surf beach with consistent surf throughout the year, and much less populated than Tamarindo Beach. Further north, Pelada Beach is a small, rocky swimming beach with little surf.


Ostional Beach, Nicoya Peninsula

The volcanic black sand of Ostional Beach sits within Ostional Wildlife Refuge on the Nicoya Peninsula and it belongs to the turtles. If you love wildlife, you’ll appreciate a night tour to Ostional where you can watch the Olive Ridley sea turtles annual nesting between July and October. The arribada, or mass annual sea turtle nesting, happens anywhere between 4 and 10 times a year, but the timing can be relatively unpredictable.

Better than visiting and living like a tourist, perhaps it’s time to consider being a resident. Costa Rica offers amazing opportunities for those who to own a slice of paradise. Imagine your own home overlooking the sea, and enjoying a comfortable retirement away from the congestion and restrictions of life back home. Contact our team at Buy International and we’ll share all that we learned about the awesome investment opportunities in Costa Rica.


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