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  • Beach and Sun

    Beaches of Costa Rica

    Because of its location, Costa Rica has both Pacific and Caribbean coast. The Pacific coast has a longitude of 1200 km, and the Caribbean coast 125 miles (200 km). The difference between the two is huge, both in the landscape and also the culture of the place. Both coast are relatively close to San Jose, the capital city. The Pacific coast is longer, and offer different types of beaches. The beaches located on the south Pacific normally have more rocks, whereas the beaches on the north are big light sanded beaches. Surf is great in many beaches of the country.

    On the Caribbean side, the most important beaches are Cahuita, Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo, although there are many others. The beaches on the north Caribbean of Costa Rica are strong and not so good for swimming. Cahiita National Park and Tortuguero National Park are located on the Caribbean coast. Some of the most important places for turtle nestling are found on the Caribbean Coast as well.

    There are a few All Inclusive Hotels in the beaches of the Pacific coast. However, there are tons of little hotels in almost all the beaches of the country. Among the most visited one are: Tamarindo, Samara, Montezuma, Mal Pais, Santa Tereza, Manuel Antonio, Dominical and Drake Bay. There are others, less visited that are worth knowing. Marino Baulas and Marino Ballena, Corcovado, Manuel Antonio National Park and Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve are located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

    Most beaches in Costa Rica do not have white sand since we are a volcanic country. Normally the sand is brownish or blackish. Bandera Azul is an environmental program that rates the cleanliness of every beach in Costa Rica. Some of the most visited beaches in the country have this award.

    Costa Rica has very few islands, however, the second biggest is internationally known for its white tio sharks. It is also one of the best scuba diving places in the world: Cocos Island.

     

    Central Pacific

    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Recommended beaches in Costa Rica

    • Manuel Antonio
    • Samara
    • Tamarindo
    • Cahuita
    • Puerto Viejo
    • Manzanillo
    • Dominical
    • Esterillos
    • Nosara
    • Playas del Coco
    • Papagayo
    • Montezuma
    • Mal Pais
    • Santa Elena
    • Cocles
    • Conchal
  • Bocas del Toro, Panama

    Archipelago in Panama

     

    Located 5 hours away from San Jose, on the Caribbean is Bocas del Toro, Panama. Visitors have to cross the frontier to Panama and ride in a boat to get to Isla Colon, the main biggest Island in Bocas del Toro.

    Bocas del Toro is an archipelago, which main island is Isla Colon. It has a very small but colorful town fill with wood hotels and small restaurants. From Isla Colon some tours leave towards other smaller islands that have a particular attraction. It is possible to visit the Red Frog Beach, which is good for surfing and hiking to see the famous red frogs. Punta Catedral, Starfish Beach and Dolphin Bay are three of the main attractions around the place.

    The biodiversity of the places and the primitive ways of living of it population, makes Bocas del Toro an unique touristic destination. Close by it is possible tosee indigenous reserves, and walk on private natural reserves.

     

    Banana Adventure Tours offers services to plan a trip to Bocas del Toro, Panama. It can be a group or individually. We also offer vacation options in several places in Panama City.

     Bocas del Toro - Starfish Beach

     

  • Dominical

    Surf Paradise in the Pacific

     

    Dominical is located a few kilometers from the town of Quepos. It is a great surfing spot for those looking for small nice waves. The town may seem a little hippy beacause of its visitors, and also because of itsrestaurant options. There are many vegetarian options in this growing town. There are also some great hotels at the beach and also a few options for nightlife.

     

    Things to do at Dominical Beach:

    • Adventure Tours (ziplinning, horseback riding, SUP, hiking)
    • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Nauyaca Waterfalls
    • Parque Reptilandia
    • Paragliding
    • Sport fishing
    • Surf

     

     Dominical beach at Costa Rica

     

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  • Jaco

    Night Life and Surfing Town

     

    It is the closest beach from San Jose and the party town of Costa Rica. There are a lot of bars, restaurantas and discoteques, next to big and small hotels. The beach is not very oretty but it has good waves for surfers.  
  • Mal Pais

    Sunset Surfing spot in Nicoya Peninsula

     

    Mal Pais, Santa Teresa and Carmen Beach are all next to each other. They are one of the most beutiful surging spots in Costa Rica for the surfer who wants to have the sunset experience in a pacific town. It is town full of foreing people who came to visit and staied. It is a grwoing town with losts of hotels, restaurants, yoga places and bars.  

     

     

     

  • Manuel Antonio

    A beautiful beach paradise in the Pacific

     

    Located in the Pacific side of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio is a small paradise between mountains and the ocean. The most important place in the area is the Manuel Antonio National Park, which has the perfect combination between hiking and beach time. It is one of the fewest light color sand in the country.

    The closest town is Quepos, where visitors can find less pricy hotels. It is located around 6 km from Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio is located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is land full of natural wonders all enclose in the Manuel Antonio National Park.

    This is one of the top beaches in Costa Rica and nice place to surf and relax. It is about 132 km from San José. The principal habitants are primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation.

     

    Things to do in Manuel Antonio:

     

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     Manuel Antonio

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  • Montezuma

    The Waterfall Beach

     

    Montezuma is a small bohemian town in the Nicoya Peninsula. It has beautiful rocky bay with medium side waves with a beautiful nature that surounds it. Close to the town there is a free nature trail, that goes around the shores of Montezuma and its forest. The close by river is famous for its two beutiful waterfalls and natural pools, which are the second best attraction.

    At 4 kilometers from Montezuma is the little town of Cabuya, which has a very interesting island with the town cememtery. The craves have big sculptures and on low tide it is possible to walk to the island.

    Other attractions around the area are:

    • Curu Wildlife Reserve
    • Montezuma Waterfalls and beach
    • Cabuya
    • Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

     

     Montezuma beach

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  • Puerto Viejo

    A beautiful Caribbean town

    Puerto Viejo is a nice light sand beach located in the Caribbean side. It is one of the most popular beaches of the Caribbean and its main town a colorful and interesting place. It has the proper atmosphere of the Caribbean, with Afro-Caribbean people, incredibly tasty food and a nice relax way of life. Around Puerto Viejo town, there are other interesting beaches such as Manzanillo, Cocles and Punta Uvita, among other. It is also a surfing spot and a nice site to do snorkeling. Actually there are very few nice snorkeling spots in the country.

    Close to Puerto Viejo is the town of Cahuita, which is also the home of the Cahuita National Park.

     

    Things to do at Cahuita:

    • Beach and sun at Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita
    • Chocoart - Chocolate Tour
    • Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve
    • Standing Up Paddling
    • Biking tours

     

    Puerto Viejo

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  • Samara

    Hidden Paradise in the Guanacaste Province

     

    Samara is a long beach in the Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste Province. Its small town offers the basic services, it has very few nice hotels and some Tico Style Hotels. It is a beach with gentle waters, light color sand and small waves. Samara beach is great for kids, so it is a nice spot for family vacations.

    It is not a very touristic destination, so it remains to be a hidden paradise in Costa Rica.The closest beach is Carrillo, which is also beautiful.

     

    Things to do in Samara:

    • Kite surfing and wind surfing
    • Surf
    • Ziplinning
    • Kayak
    • Scuba diving and snorkeling
    • Sport fishing
    • Werner Sauter Biological Reserve
    • Koss Art Gallery
    • Visit to Belen Waterfall

     

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     Samara beach

     

     

     

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  • Tamarindo

    Very touristic beach town

    Tamarindo is a long beach located in the Guanacaste Province. It has a combination of dry forests and mangroves. It is a very touristic place that has many restaurants, bars, small and big hotels and good options for tours and activities. It is also a surfing beach, so many people travel there to practice on one of the great Tamarindo waves.

    Close to the beach there is a river mouth so there are other interesting habitats to visit, such as mangroves and river bank vegetation. It is a rather expensive towns, but visitors of all sorts may find something special to eat from the variety of international cuisine available in the area. From Tamarindo other nearby beaches could be visited too.

    Itis a growing town, full of foreing residents that have populated the area; it is definitelly a town worth visiting. It also have a great night life and

     

    Things to do in Tamarindo:

    • Mangrove boat ride
    • Sailing
    • Surf
    • Deep sea fishing
    • Hiking
    • Beach and sun

     

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    Tamarindo forest

    Tamarindo Beach sunset

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