A trip to Costa Rica has topped many a bucket list. As one of the most captivating and picturesque country in Centralamerica, it’s easy to see why. Have you seen photos of those insanely gorgeous beaches in Guanacaste province? We’re talking turquoise water so warm and vibrant, you’ll want to bathe in it, and soft, white sand so silky, it massages your tired feet.
Yup, Guanacaste is blessed with some of the very best beaches in the world, and we’ve taken the liberty to explore them all (someone had to do it…). So pack your sunscreen and your fave bikini, wrap up your sarong and prep your hottest summer playlist, because you’ll want to tick off alllll of Guanacaste’s best beaches on your Costa Rica adventure.– beach mode is officially on!
Located between Junquillal and Ostional beaches, just south of Guanacaste, the Nicoya Peninsula is a popular beach destination for surfers and yoga enthusiasts . This beach offers two spots: Playa Coco and Playa Frijolar, which each have consistent, year-round waves – huge waves and hollow barrels that break both ways. Bonus points to Playa Frijolar, which has a forgiving sandy bottom.
If you’re looking for a great snorkelling location, Playa Ocotal is one of the best snorkeling and scuba diving spots in Guanacaste!. Because of cleanliness of the beach and the crystal clear waters, Ocotal offers great swimming and snorkelling. Here you will most likely be able to spot schools of fish, giant manta rays, turtles and even sharks.
San Juanillo Beach, this Hidden Jewel beach that can’t be missed. The beach is in the form of a double embayment. The northern beach beyond the sand spit and headland is more secluded and peaceful. The main beach is semi circular with a golden coral sand. The swimming is protected due to a reef offshore. For those looking for a”‘true” Costa Rican experience should add Playa San Juanillo to their itinerary. Travelers from around the world visit this small, albeit culturally rich tropical destination.
The beach of Ostional is the scenery for a rarely-seen biological wonder. Whole year, the week before new moon, hundreds – and sometimes hundreds of thousand sea turtles come to one specific mile of beach at Ostional to dig their eggs into the black, volcanic sand. It is a natural experience in a setting so unique and powerful, one that cannot help but expand your compassion, understanding, and admiration of the natural world. The day of the “arribada”, the beach is completely saturated with nests, eggshells, baby turtles, and nesting females.
Beautiful wide and flat beach with a beautiful crescent bay, Perfect for running in the mornings. Pleasant for adventurous swimming and mild surfing, pretty quiet beach with small natural wonders in the wading pools on either end. Samara beach is perfect for a leisurely stroll, relaxing and swimming, it is a Blue Flag beach signifying its unique cleanliness and beauty.
Pan de Azucar (Sugar beach)
It is an exceptionally beautiful white sanded and short beach of less than 1 km in length, located in Guanacaste province. Pan de Azucar Beach is ideal for a calm and relaxed vacation in paradise away from the crowd!
One of the lesser known, but equally beautiful spot is Playa Cabuyal, the only Virgen Beach in Liberia. Located just a short drive away from Liberia’s Daniel Oduber Quiroz International Airport. It is a white sand beach with crystal clear turquoise waters, surrounded by lush vegetation of tropical dry forest. Cabuyal beach has almost intact great natural scenic beauty, as southwest lies the Cabuyal Punta and estuary, and northeast the Cabuyal Hill with rocky headlands.
Playa Naranjo, also known as Witches Rock or Roca Bruja in Spanish, is located in Guanacaste Costa Rica. The beach is extremely popular among surfers and is known for amazing scenery. The remote location makes it somewhat harder to reach and is therefore reserved for the serious and dedicated surfer rather than the beginner. Playa Naranjo is part of Santa Rosa National Park. Other than its rugged, natural charm, Santa Rosa is also known as the site of the historical battle against William Walker.
Want a remote, quiet surfing spot? Avellanas is the place! With its nickname “Little Hawaii”, is one of the best beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica for its waves, sunset and bars. Since waves in Avellana can reach up to 18 feet, is considered to be more adequate for intermediate and advance level surfers.
Located just 20 minutes from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, and 7 kilometers north of Playas del Coco, Hermosa is one of the best maintained beaches in the country. Hermosa meaning beautiful in Spanish, offers visitors crystal clear blue waters and magnificent scenery, which makes it a very popular beach strip on the Pacific coast.
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