Costa Rica Beach Vacation

Each of Costa Rica’s beaches has its own vibe — keep reading to find out which one fits your dream vacation. You can find black sand, white sand, warm water for swimming, and big waves for surfing. Along Costa Rica’s Pacific and Caribbean coastlines you can find party towns as well as calm, soft-sand escapes. Pick your beach based on your favorite beach activities, and let us know how you like to spend your time in the sun and sand.


Different beaches in Costa Rica have distinctly different vibes. We have a good selection of beach hotels for every budget, as well as spacious, luxurious beach villas. Our local travel experts can help you design your trip, and manage your lodging, transportation, and activity bookings at not extra cost.

Find Beaches Off-the-Beaten Path

Costa Rica has beaches all over the country, but you’ll find some of the nicest and most secluded on the Nicoya Peninsula. Sámara is a pristine, white- sand beach on a bay with calm water and ideal swimming conditions. Montezuma and Mal Pais-Santa Teresa are more bohemian, and may appeal to younger travelers who are looking for a party.

Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

If you’re interested in renting a car, plan a road trip to see the beaches along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. In the Guanacaste region you can start at the beach of Playa Hermosa and work your way down the Pacific Coast — make stops at Playa Flamingo, Brasilito, and Playa Conchal before finally ending up in Tamarindo, which is one of Costa Rica’s most popular beach destinations.

South Pacific Beaches

On the central coast you’ll come to the surf town of Dominical. Relax on the brown sand beach and ride some serious waves. Continuing south, you might stop at the serene shore of Uvita.

Caribbean Coast Beaches

Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast also has up-and-coming beach destinations, like Puerto Viejo de Limón and Cahuita. Look out for bright blue water and awesome surf spots.

Osa Peninsula Beaches

If you're searching for an off-the-beaten path beach, head to the Osa Peninsula. This is one of the most biologically diverse and least-visited parts of the country. The beaches around Drake Bay and Carate offer incredible beach experiences and a wild variety of plants and animals.

Your Trip Expert is Ready to Tell you More!

This page could only fit some of our favorite beaches, and there are many more to explore. Our friendly travel specialists can fill you in on the complete range of beach destinations and tours. We’ll do the planning — all we ask is that you remember to pack your swimsuit!

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