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Best beach in Costa Rica?

Going to Costa Rica next month for only 1 week...what is the BEST beach out there? I'm looking for beautiful turqouise/clear water, white sand, etc.....

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Costa Rica offers many beautiful beaches

    Santa Rosa National Park: If you really want to get away from it all, the beaches here in the northwest corner of Costa Rica are a good bet. You'll have to four-wheel-drive or hike 13km (8 miles) from the central ranger station to reach them. And once there, you'll find only the most basic of camping facilities: outhouse latrines and cold-water showers. But you'll probably have the place almost to yourself. In fact, the only time it gets crowded is in October, when thousands of olive ridley sea turtles nest in one of their yearly arribadas (arrivals).

    The Beaches around Playa Sámara: Playa Sámara itself is nice enough, but if you venture just slightly farther afield, you'll find some of the nicest and least developed beaches along the entire Guanacaste coast. Playa Carrillo is a long, almost always deserted crescent of palm-backed white sand located just south of Sámara, while Playa Barrigona and Playa Buena Vista are two hidden gems tucked down a couple of dirt roads to the north. The land all around Playa Barrigona was recently purchased by actor Mel Gibson, but the beach, like all beaches in Costa Rica, remains open to the public.

    Playa Montezuma: This tiny beach town at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula has weathered fame and infamy, but retains a funky sense of individuality. European backpackers, vegetarian yoga enthusiasts, and UFO seekers choose Montezuma's beach over any other in Costa Rica. The waterfalls are what set it apart from the competition, but the beach stretches for miles, with plenty of isolated spots to plop down your towel or mat. Nearby are the Cabo Blanco and Curú wildlife preserves.

    Malpaís: While the secret is certainly out, there's still some time to visit Costa Rica's newest hot spot before the throngs arrive. With just a smattering of luxury lodges, surf camps, and assorted hotels and cabinas, Malpaís is the place to come if you're looking for miles of deserted beaches and great surf. If you find Malpaís is too crowded, head farther on down the road to Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa, and Manzanillo.

    Manuel Antonio: The first beach destination to become popular in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio retains its charms despite burgeoning crowds and mushrooming hotels. The beaches inside the national park are idyllic, and the views from the hills approaching the park are enchanting. This is one of the few remaining habitats for the endangered squirrel monkey. Rooms with views tend to be a bit expensive, but many a satisfied guest will tell you they're worth it.

    Punta Uva & Manzanillo: Below Puerto Viejo, the beaches of Costa Rica's eastern coast take on true Caribbean splendor, with turquoise waters, coral reefs, and palm-lined stretches of nearly deserted white-sand beach. Punta Uva and Manzanillo are the two most sparkling gems of this coastline. Tall coconut palms line the shore, providing shady respite for those who like to spend a full day on the sand, and the water is usually quite calm and good for swimming.

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  • 10 years ago

    Costa Rica doesn't have many white sand beaches because its beaches are of volcanic origin rather than decomposed coral reefs and shells. Playa Conchal would fit your bill. Manuel Antonio is beautiful and has a lot to do but doesn't have a white beach. My favorite beaches are Samara and its neighboring beaches--just gorgeous but no white sand and the water is blue but not turquoise.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    You'll discover the larger Beaches at the Pacific(West) aspect of Costa Rica. Tamarindo had lovely shorelines, nonetheless is an overly uninteresting situation to spend a complete holiday. Your fine guess might be the Manuel Antonio subject as you are going to discover lovely shorelines as good as plenty of matters to peer and do. The West vital aspect of Costa Rica presents via some distance the fine holiday stories for beahes, routine, and sight seeing.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Montezuma is nice, clear water, white sand. Guanacaste has some nice beaches. Forget Jaco and most of the mid-Pacific beaches. It's nasty and the water is polluted as the businesses and hotels dump garbage into the water.

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  • 7 years ago

    The best beaches can be found in Manuel Antonio.

  • 4 years ago

    yuk...Domi has totally gone downhill unless you are there to surf but that's it. If you want the single most beautiful beach here then look no further than Playa Conchal.

  • 7 years ago

    Dominical beach! for sure! or Puerto Viejo (Cocles beach)

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