Last updated 26 Nov 2019

With more than 800 miles of shoreline, two oceans (the Pacific and the Caribbean), and multi-colored sands, from pink, to white, to cinnamon, to nearly black, Costa Rica is an idyllic beach escape. Choose to revel with the crowds or carve out a tiny slice of sandy paradise, all of your own.

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Manuel Antonio National Park

This central Pacific town and national park are home to some of the country’s most beautiful white-sand beaches. Here, dense rainforest literally spills into the sea, soft sands are pristine, white-faced monkeys frolic on the beachfront, and the gentle waters are warm.

Cahuita National Park

Home to the best beach trails in Costa Rica — beachfront and sandy, they follow rainforest down miles of white sands — Cahuita is also home to 600 acres of the most vibrant, dynamic coral reefs in the country. Turtles also nest on area beaches.

Guanacaste National Park

This north-Pacific province is home to many of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches, known as the “Gold Coast:” a string of golden beaches, with smatterings of pink and white sand thrown in for good measure. Baby-pink Playa Conchal, surf-haven Playa Grande, and the protected cove of Sugar Beach are regional favorites.

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