Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast

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  • 1. Playa Blanca


    Costa Rica's Caribbean coast has no true white-sand beaches, but Cahuita's in-town beach is as close as it gets ( blanca means "white" in Spanish...Read More

  • 2. Playa Chiquita


    Nothing against Puerto Viejo, but the farther you get from town, the quieter things get—to put it bluntly, the "riff-raff" factor lessens out...Read More

  • 3. Playa Cocles


    The sand gets a bit lighter and the crowd slightly more upscale—it is still Puerto Viejo, though—a couple of kilometers outside of town. Fewer...Read More

  • 4. Playa Grande


    Beyond the Atlántida Lodge, Playa Negra’s black sand lightens to a dark brown. Whether this constitutes a separate beach or not is open for...Read More

  • 5. Playa Manzanillo


    Ensconced within the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, this beach comes close to being picture-perfect with the lush green forest—and its...Read More

  • 6. Playa Negra


    Not to be confused with Cahuita's beach of the same name, Puerto Viejo's black-sand Playa Negra lies close to town but is relatively undeveloped...Read More

  • 7. Playa Negra


    Cahuita's Playa Negra—it's not the same as the beach of the same name in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca—fronts a narrow road heading north out of...Read More

  • 8. Playa Puerto Viejo


    You can do much better than Puerto Viejo's unnamed, in-town, cluttered, dark-sand beach. Locals, friendly and occasionally a bit sketchy, gather...Read More

  • 9. Playa Tortuguero


    The crashing waves and misty air (it rains a lot in Tortuguero) give you the unsettling feeling that you're standing at the edge of the world...Read More

  • 10. Punta Uva


    The area's most beautiful beach—with dark sand like all the area strands—lies a long way from Puerto Viejo and offers splendid isolation from...Read More

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