Costa Rica Beaches

by Super User

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. Cuajiniquil22. Manzanillo43.64. Baru
2. Playa Naranjo23. Playa Azul44. Playa Bonita65. Ballena
3. Cabuyal24. Ostional45. Puntarenas66. Pinuela
4. Prieta25. Pelada46. Dona Ana67. Ventanas Este
5. Panama26. Guiones47. Mata de Limon65. Ballena
6. Playa Hermosa27. Playa Garza48. Tivives68. Drake Oeste
7. Playas del Coco28. Samara49. Tarcoles69. Playa Drake
8. Ocotal29. Carillo50. Playa Mantas Pta. Leona70. Playa San Josecito
9. Flamingo30. Camaronal51. Playa Blanca Pta. Leona71. Playa Sirena
10. Brasilito31. Bejuco52. Playa Herradura72. Playa Carate
11. Conchal32. Jabilla53. Playa Jaco73. Playa Cabo Matapalo
12. Playa Real33. Coyote54. Playa Hermosa74. Zapote
13. Playa Grande34. Caletas55. Esterillos75. Platanares
14. Playa Tamarindo35. Manzanillo56. Playa Palma/Bandera76. Zancudo
15. Playa Langosta36. Playa Carmen57. Playa Palo Seco77. Pavones
16. Playa Avellana37. Playa Sueco58. Espadilla Norte78. Playa Cahuita
17. Junquillal Parque Nacional38. Cabuya59. Playa Matapalo79. Puerto Vargas
18. Junquillal Pacifico Norte39. Montezuma60. Uvita80. Puerto Viejo
20. Playa Blanca41. Organos62. Dominicalito
21. Lagarto42. Curua63. Playa Hermosa

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











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