What are the best beaches in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica Beaches
What beach will be best for you, depends on what you are looking for. Ask yourself if you want a nice secluded beach. Maybe you would rather have good waves to learn to surf. Perhaps you are a seasoned surfer and would like big waves. Are you interested in seeing marine life and snorkeling?
There are several beaches with almost no people in them. However to get them could be a challenge. A lot of beaches are inaccessible without boat or ATV. At those places you will see literally no one and likewise have access to very little. Some of the lesser populated beaches however are Naranjo, Zapatol, Danta and Azucar.
Beaches to Learn to Surf
Learning to surf requires waves, but not too much. A good balance is necessary. A couple of the recommended locations are Tamarindo, Nosara on the pacific side. Both locations feature calm waves that are not over populated. Both areas also offer a variety of surf camps and lessons for beginners.
Snorkeling and Seeing Wildlife
Snorkeling and trying to see marine animals in Costa Rica is not the greatest. There are not many coral reefs here. Also the water visibility is not the greatest either. However if you heart it set on doing some light snorkeling some places are better than others. Some good recommendations are Samara and Cano on the Pacific side. Then there is Cahuita on the Caribbean side, which may offer the best experience.
For seasoned surfers check the places for beginners. In addition there are beaches such as Dominical. A popular surf location for all levels of surfers on the Pacific side. If you are searching on the Caribbean side the beaches south of Puerta Viejo offer great surfing. Nosara is also great for all levels due to its consistency.
Whatever beach you choose to visit, be sure to be safe! Make sure to check for red flags, which may not be present in more secluded locations. Also check for rip tides as they are especially dangerous. If you do get caught in a riptide, do not try to fight against it. Either be calm or let it carry you until the riptide stops, or swim parallel to the beach until you are out of it. It is also a good idea to ask locals the conditions before entering the water.