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Costa Rica Beaches

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The beaches of Costa Rica are enticing.  That is part of the reason why Costa Rica is recognized worldwide as a tourism destination. The beaches of Costa Rica are some of the most beautiful and undeveloped in the world. Costa Rica has 631 miles (1,061 Km) of beaches along its pacific coastline and 132 miles (212 Km) along the Atlantic Caribbean Coastline.  The beaches can also be treacherous and that is why it is important to understand the different rip tides at Costa Rican beaches before plunging in for a swim.

A  study by the Oceanographic Investigation Center of the National University of Costa Rica (UNA) rates 84 beaches in Costa Rica by how safe they are for swimmers. The ratings do not just take into account the rip tides and waves for each particular beach but it also takes into account the amount of supervision provided for those beaches.

The beaches which were reviewed are set forth below. A blue dot indicates that beach safety is excellent, a green dot that safety is high and an orange dot that beach safety is medium.

1. Cuajiniquil 22. Manzanillo 43. 64. Baru
2. Playa Naranjo 23. Playa Azul 44. Playa Bonita 65. Ballena
3. Cabuyal 24. Ostional 45. Puntarenas 66. Pinuela
4. Prieta 25. Pelada 46. Dona Ana 67. Ventanas Este
5. Panama 26. Guiones 47. Mata de Limon 65. Ballena
6. Playa Hermosa 27. Playa Garza 48. Tivives 68. Drake Oeste
7. Playas del Coco 28. Samara 49. Tarcoles 69. Playa Drake
8. Ocotal 29. Carillo 50. Playa Mantas Pta. Leona 70. Playa San Josecito
9. Flamingo 30. Camaronal 51. Playa Blanca Pta. Leona 71. Playa Sirena
10. Brasilito 31. Bejuco 52. Playa Herradura 72. Playa Carate
11. Conchal 32. Jabilla 53. Playa Jaco 73. Playa Cabo Matapalo
12. Playa Real 33. Coyote 54. Playa Hermosa 74. Zapote
13. Playa Grande 34. Caletas 55. Esterillos 75. Platanares
14. Playa Tamarindo 35. Manzanillo 56. Playa Palma/Bandera 76. Zancudo
15. Playa Langosta 36. Playa Carmen 57. Playa Palo Seco 77. Pavones
16. Playa Avellana 37. Playa Sueco 58. Espadilla Norte 78. Playa Cahuita
17. Junquillal Parque Nacional 38. Cabuya 59. Playa Matapalo 79. Puerto Vargas
18. Junquillal Pacifico Norte 39. Montezuma 60. Uvita 80. Puerto Viejo
20. Playa Blanca 41. Organos 62. Dominicalito
21. Lagarto 42. Curua 63. Playa Hermosa

The following map identifies the location of the Costa Rican Beaches and their respective safety











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