On the Caribbean coastline, one of the most famous beaches in Costa Rica is Tortuguero.
This beautiful sandbar is located within the wider Tortuguero National Park, and it’s named for the thousands of turtles that make use of its soft sands for nesting.
You can visit the research centre to learn more about the green turtles that nest here throughout the year, and to discover more about the unique wetland ecosystems that the national park protects.
Aside from the Tortuguero sandbar, there are acres of pristine jungle to discover and a wonderful array of wildlife, ranging from manatees to jaguars.
Found on the pristine Caribbean shores of Limon, the beaches of Cahuita National Park are some of the best in Costa Rica.
Cahuita is well known for its laidback beach vibes, and it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax under the tropical sun.
The white sand is gloriously soft and, once you’ve enjoyed the beach itself, you can explore Cahuita National Park too.
This protected area covers swathes of inland rainforest, where you can hike through jungle in search of local wildlife. Cahuita National Park also extends into the Caribbean Sea, and the colourful offshore coral makes for a great snorkelling destination.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Just a short journey south from Cahuita and you’ll soon be in the wonderfully tropical climes of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, one of the best beach getaways in Costa Rica.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is one of the most diverse Caribbean beach destinations, because here you can find both white sand beaches and black sand beaches.
You can visit the volcanic sands of Playa Negra, while the Salsa Brava Beach is one of the most popular surf beaches on the Caribbean side of the country.
Nearby you can snorkel in the Cahuita National Park, or venture into the rainforest in search of jaguars within the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Park.
Punta Uva is a small, seaside town, but it’s quite easily the most picturesque destination along the Caribbean coast.
Located south of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Punta Uva is known for its super-soft sand. There’s a startlingly white sheen that reflects the sunlight dramatically, while the water is exceptionally clear.
Add in the swaying palms, the rustic, laidback local vibes, and you have a tropical destination like no other in Costa Rica. You can relax all day on the sands admiring the surrounding scenery, or you can make the most of the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea by taking on a spot of snorkelling or diving.
As part of the exceptionally pristine Gandoca-Manzanillo National Park, Manzanillo Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.
Manzanillo Beach stretches along the Caribbean coast for several miles, fronting the charming yet rustic fishing town of Manzanillo, and overlooking perfectly clear waters.
Due to its long fishing history, Manzanillo is highly regarded for its superb seafood. So you can spend your day relaxing on the white sands under swaying palms, before enjoying a barbecue of fresh fish and crabs in the evenings, as the tropical sun sets in a fiery haze over the jungle.