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Beaches in Costa Rica - Vacation Destinations That Never Cease to Amaze

Nov 19, 2012

Beaches in Costa Rica - Vacation Destinations That Never Cease to Amaze

If you feel stuck in a rut at work, tired, in need of a break or a vacation, all of your needs for relaxation, comfort and beauty can be fulfilled in a holiday on the beaches in Costa Rica.

The Republic of Costa Rica is considered to be the greenest country in the world. It possesses a magnificent natural environment, clean beautiful beaches, forests, bird-watching spots, luxury hotels, eco resorts, restaurants and a famous night life. Among all its marvels, the beaches in Costa Rica are the most sought after and appreciated by tourists who come from all over the world.

The Most Famous Beaches on the Caribbean Coast

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is renowned as being the main attraction town for tourists. The Puerto Viejo beach has lots of open air bars and excellent conditions for surfing. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is considered one of the coolest beaches in Costa Rica.

The Cahuita beach has lots of wildlife: iguanas, crabs, monkeys, toucans, sloths and birds can be observed here all year long. The landscape is also very varied, with tropical forests, palm trees and coral reefs. If you are into aquatic sports, you can practice your snorkeling, but you can also simply enjoy your stay and take in the local music and cuisine.

The Gandoca beach is a part of the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, sheltering several endangered species. The most common activities available here are snorkeling, diving, surfing and watching sea turtles nesting.

The Manzanillo beach is also one of the famous beaches in Costa Rica. It has a tropical dry forest known for its biodiversity. Apart from its many hotels and restaurants, there are also specific areas for camping. Tourists arriving here are usually interested in kayaking, fishing, swimming, diving and snorkeling.

The Most Famous Beaches on the Central Pacific Coast

The Jaco beach is positioned precisely in the center of Costa Rica's coast and is especially renowned for surfing activities. Its nightlife is also exuberant, with many casinos, bars and international restaurants. Because it is mainly a surfer's destination, the lodgings are affordable, but so are the other services.

The Manuel Antonio beach is one of the special beaches in Costa Rica. Set high above the Manuel Antonio National Park, with an awesome view and even more astounding activities available. Tourists must try scuba diving and snorkeling, zip-lining (a canopy tour which involves zipping through trees at high speeds, sometimes with rappels and Tarzan swings). The activities in the area include white water rafting, horseback riding tours, mangrove tours and the all-famous spice tour.

The Santa Teresa beach is a rather new tourist destination, but that does not mean that its not developing at a fast pace. It attracts beach lovers, amateur surfers, admirers of white sandy beaches and high class professional surfers. Its unique blend of jungle and shore gives room for lots of shade, at the same time looking somewhat wild due to the fact that the houses and resorts have yet to take over. You can rent ATVs, bicycles, go on boat tours, canopy tours, fish, kite surf, horseback ride or even practice yoga.

The Tambor beach is broad, with lovely golden sand and deep waters that mesmerize tourists. Like most beaches in Costa Rica it is surrounded by hills and tropical forests. The local fishing town is growing every year, offering lots of diving, fishing, mountain biking and kayaking opportunities for outdoor loving tourists.

The Montezuma beach is the home of the howler monkey, and although it used to be a calm fishing town, it is now growing rapidly with its increased flow of tourists. Major attractions are the Montezuma Waterfalls, many visitors come to take photos and admire the scenery. Apart from that, parasailing, snorkeling, horseback riding, diving, and hiking expeditions are available to keep the tourists busy all day. Just be aware, the waves can get quite large on this beach and there are many rocks to watch out for.

The Most Famous Beaches on the North Pacific Coast

The Conchal beach is one of the most spectacular beaches in Costa Rica, according to locals. The beach is made up of crushed shells and the water is crystal clear inviting you to jump in for a swim. It is not unusual for visitors to spot monkeys, crabs and other animals. Activities are abundant: snorkeling, swimming, horseback riding and sailing. Do not forget to check out the souvenir and the jewelry shops.

The Tamarindo beach is one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica. It is full of life and energy, has lots of banks, Spanish schools, supermarkets, beauty salons, bars, hotels and no shortage of sand and ocean waves. Here, you can observe the leatherback turtles and do some deep-sea fishing. You can surf or go on a boat tour to the sanctuary of the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge.

Flamingo is often advertised by travel agencies as being one of the most amazing beaches in Costa Rica. It has fantastic sandy areas stretching for over 2 kilometers, beautiful clear waters and breathtaking views. It is by far one of the most developed beaches, hosting fishing tournaments and diving competitions all year round.

The Samara and Carrillo beaches are less explored, being a lush tropical paradise. Their main features are warm waters, soft silky sands and the amazing coral reef with its forest bay. These destinations are preferred by surfers and swimmers who would rather stay away from the hustle and bustle of the nightlife present on other beaches.

The Most Famous Beaches on the South Pacific Coast

The Dominical beach has lots of strong waves and it is not recommended for swimming, but that does not impede surfing or snorkeling. Because the area has lots of fishermen, you should definitely try the shellfish, crabs, shrimp and lobster, all cooked in the traditional Costa Rican way.

The Punta Uvita beach is less crowed than other beaches, making it a perfect place for a quiet holiday. It's built around observing the marine mammals, taking any of the guided tours or practicing your snorkeling skills with family or friends.

The beaches in Costa Rica are undoubtedly amazing, making you feel like you are in paradise. They succeed in allowing you to relax, explore the beauty of nature, try out new sports, enjoy their culinary creations and to shop around for souvenirs and rare gifts to take home with you.

You can experience Costa Rica's southern zone beaches first hand! Click HERE for more information on how you can visit Costa Rica's southern zone on a Discovery Weekend.

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