Top 5: best beaches in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a privileged country, because in the Caribbean and in the Pacific you can find some amazing beaches that can captivate national and foreign people, offering a great variety of activities for the tourists. Some of the best beaches in Costa Rica are:

1- Manuel Antonio Beach: according to TripAdvisor the hidden beach in Manuel Antonio National Park is in the list of best beaches in the world. Located in the province of Puntarenas, 157 kilometers away from San José city, this beach was named as the best beach of Central America in 2013.

This place also has an importance in the environmental area because it is habitat for the squirrel monkey, endemic specie that is in danger of extinction. White-face monkeys, raccoons, pelicans, sloths, toucans and big felines are part of the fauna that visitors can enjoy walking by the trails in this protected area.

2- Conchal Beach: the sand in this beach is a piece of art made by nature; millions of tiny shells get together to conform it as the name of this place. Located in Guanacaste, it is also an ideal beach for snorkel lovers because of its clear waters and the warm temperature that you can enjoy in the sea all the year.

If you choose snorkel as you activity you could appreciate a great variety of tropical fishes as well as stingrays that live in this area. The most adventurous tourist can enjoy the open sea fishing, the scuba diving or other aquatic sports. Conchal Beach also is close to a camping areas and to “Garra de León” golf camp, known as one of the best of Central America.

3- Manzanillo Beach: turquoise waters, coral reefs, white sand and high palms with their coconuts are part of the landscape you can enjoy in Manzanillo. The sea in this beach is calm and that is why this is a great place to swim and enjoy with your family almost in a private way.

Manzanillo Beach is located in the province of Limón, 4 hours ago from San José, approximately and its charm is not only related to its scenic beauty, but also because of the cultural richness you can find around through the flavor, sympathy and special warmth of the Caribbean people that live there.

4- Flamingo Beach: with its white sand and crystalline blue waters, this beach is known by sport fishing lovers, because in this place every year takes place an international fishing tournament of Sailfish organized by the Amateur Fishers Club of Costa Rica. You can also find Tuna Fishes, Marlin and Swordfishes all year long.

Diving is another activity that adventurous people look for in Flamingo Beach because they can swim next to white sharks and a great variety of tropical fishes and other species of sea life.

5- Avellanas Beach: surf is the most popular activity in this beach. Hundreds of experimented tourists from all over the world visit it during all the year to enjoy world class waves that can reach 5,5 meters of high.

But, although this is a very popular place for surfers, this is still a very calm and quiet beach away from crowds and ideal to take a nap, read a book or enjoy a horseback ride by the sea shore.