Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula

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  • Playa Carrillo

    1. Playa Carrillo

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    Unmarred by a single building at beach level, this picture-perfect, white strand is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, strolling, and lounging...Read More

    Playa Carrillo
  • 2. Playa Guiones

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    This beach is one of the natural wonders of Costa Rica: a wide expanse of light-brown sand, sandwiched between rolling surf and green seagrape...Read More

  • 3. Punta Islita

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    The curved beach here is rocky but good for walking, especially at low tide when tidal pools form in the volcanic rock. Sunsets are gorgeous...Read More

  • 4. Bahía Junquillal

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    The warm, calm water makes this one of the best swimming beaches on the Golfo de Santa Elena. Stay for the day or camp out in the well-kept...Read More

  • 5. Playa Avellanas

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    This beach's main claims to fame are surfing and hanging around at Lola's, a very cool beach restaurant-bar. Wide and sandy at the main access...Read More

  • 6. Playa Brasilito

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    Fishing boats moor just off this wide beach, about 3 km (2 miles) long with golden sand flecked with pebbles and a few rocks. The surf is a...Read More

  • 7. Playa Conchal

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    Named for the bits of broken shells that cover its base of fine white sand (the Spanish word for shell is concha ), lovely Playa Conchal is...Read More

  • 8. Playa Copal

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    Playa Copal is a narrow, dark-beige beach that wouldn't be worth visiting except for the fact that it is one of the main venues for kitesurfing...Read More

  • 9. Playa Flamingo

    Beach–Sight

    Hidden away to the southwest of the town, Flamingo Beach is picture-perfect, with almost-white sand sloping into a relatively calm sea, and...Read More

  • 10. Playa Grande

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    In addition to being a paradise for surfers and sunbathers, the narrow woodsy patch that lines this wide, pristine Blue Flag beach holds howler...Read More

  • 11. Playa Hermosa

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    Not to be confused with the surfers' beach near Jacó by the same name, Playa Hermosa's 2-km-long (1-mile-long) crescent of dark gray volcanic...Read More

  • 12. Playa Jobo

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    Dominated by the massive Dreams Las Mareas Resort, Playa Jobo is still one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Cradled within the sheltered...Read More

  • 13. Playa Junquillal

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    This wide swath of light-brown sand stretches over 3 km (2 miles), with coconut palms lining much of it and hardly a building in sight. Two...Read More

  • 14. Playa Langosta

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    This Blue Flag beach is actually two beaches: To the north is an upscale, residential area where every foot of beachfront has been built up...Read More

  • 15. Playa Negra

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    Contrary to the name, the beach is not black, but rather beige with dark streaks. This is primarily a surfer's beach, so it's not great for...Read More

  • 16. Playa Ocotal

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    One of the most dramatic beaches in the country, this serene crescent of black-sand beach ringed by rocky cliffs contrasts nicely with the sparkling...Read More

  • 17. Playa Pan de Azúcar

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    A seemingly endless stretch of soft, light-colored sand, this Blue Flag beach is the idyllic paradise people picture in their tropical dreams...Read More

  • 18. Playa Panama

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    On the southern end of Culebra Bay, this calm beach with black sand stretches 2 km (1¼ miles), and is frequented by guests staying at nearby...Read More

  • 19. Playa Pelada

    Beach–Sight

    North along the shore, Playa Guiones segues seamlessly into crescent-shape Playa Pelada, where the water is a little calmer and just as clean...Read More

  • 20. Playa Potrero

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    Stretching 4 km (2½ miles), this relatively undeveloped wide, brown-sand beach, across Potrero Bay from built-up Flamingo, catches ocean breezes...Read More

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