There are hundreds of beaches in Costa Rica. Each beach has different currents and at any given time may harbor conditions that are safe or dangerous for swimming. Some beaches that are generally safe for swimming, due to the shape of the bay and the protection of reefs, include Samara, Carillo, Punta Uva, Ocotal and Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste (not to be confused with Playa Hermosa in the Central Pacific). Remember that there will be no lifeguards on duty, so if you choose to swim in the ocean, you do so at your own risk.
Costa Rica offers surfers the opportunity for great waves in many parts of the country. For more experienced swimmers, the ocean can be a great part of a visit to Costa Rica. It's where you can surf, body board, or simply enjoy the warm waters of the tropics. Calmer beaches are usually located in bays. These tend to be better for swimming.
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