Beaches

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Shade is at a premium when camping in Marino Ballena National Park near Uvita
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Shade is at a premium when camping in Marino Ballena National Park near Uvita

 

surfer playa dominical
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Surfer Dominical

Surfer Dominical 

Playa Coco (no not that Coco, this is between Marbella and Lagarto)
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Playa Coco

Playa Coco 

Surfer Playa Negra Guanacaste (south of Tamarindo)
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Playa Negra Guanacaste

Playa Negra Guanacaste 

Sea Kayak Entering Carrillo Bay

Sea Kayak Entering Carrillo Bay 

Waiting on "the" wave, Playa Rio Claro (Pavones)
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The Wave Pavones

The Wave Pavones 

Suresh trying out his new Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) in the surf at Playa San Miguel
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Stand Up Paddle Board

Stand Up Paddle Board 

Playa San Miguel
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boogie board

boogie board 

Brother and sister hand line fishing on Playa Manzanillo just south of Lagarto and north of Marbella on the Nicoya
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Brother and sister hand line fishing on Playa Manzanillo just south of Lagarto and north of Marbella on the Nicoya

 

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Beach

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Beach 

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Beach

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Beach 

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Beach

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Beach 

Playa Dulce de Vida northwest of Espadilla Manuel Antonio
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Playa Dulce de Vida

Playa Dulce de Vida 

Playa Dulce de Vida northwest of Espadilla Manuel Antonio in front of Hotel Arenas del Mar
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Playa Dulce de Vida

Playa Dulce de Vida 

Sailboats at Sunset playa Hermosa Guanacaste
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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Beach

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Beach 

Sunset playa Hermosa with the moon following close behind
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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Beach

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Beach 

Playa Negra Puerto Viejo
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Playa Negra Puerto Viejo

 

Playa Manzanillo
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Playa Manzanillo

Playa Manzanillo 

Playa Manzanillo
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Playa Manzanillo

Playa Manzanillo 

Cahuita Beach

Cahuita Beach 

Playa Negra Cahuita
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Playa Negra cahuita

Playa Negra cahuita 

Playa Negra Cahuita
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Playa Negra cahuita

Playa Negra cahuita 

Cahuita Beach

Cahuita Beach 

North of Cahuita
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Cahuita

Cahuita 

fishing boat manzanillo

fishing boat manzanillo 

playa manzanillo

playa manzanillo 

Costa Rica has over 300 beaches on 1,300 km of Pacific and Caribbean coastline and browsing these photos is a great way to get a feel for which ones are deserted or developed.  You can choose from playas with black, white, golden, crushed shell, tan or generic gray sand with big waves or small and coconut palms, condos or rainforest in the background.

There are 9 parts to this album: Part 1 • Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9

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San Miguel Beach PhotosSan Miguel Beach Photos - One of Costa Rica's more isolated beaches Playa San Miguel combines with Playa Coyote to form a beautifully undiscovered  8km long stretch of sand between Puntas Bejuco and Coyote on the south facing arc of the Nicoya Peninsula.  The roads in are not paved.  In the rainy season 4WD is strongly recommended but the effort it takes to get there is rewarded with the experience of a lifetime. 
Nosara PhotosNosara Photos - The beaches at Nosara include Garza, Guiones, Pelada and Nosara.  The namesake of the region, Playa Nosara, is part of the Ostionaly National Wildlife Refuge and rarely seen by most visitors except as a strip of sand in the distance across the estuary at Boca Nosara.  Most of the restaurants, bars, surf shops, hotels and beach houses are clustered on Playas Guiones and Pelada and Garza is still mostly a fishing port.
Secret Beach PhotosSecret Beach Photos - Okay, so when it comes right down to it there really are no secret destinations left in the world thanks to high resolution satellite imagery.  That said, there are some beaches in Costa Rica where there's still a reasonable chance that if you make the effort to get there you'll have it to yourself and many others where there's not much more than a surf shack or small restaurant or two.