10 Best Beach Towns in Costa Rica, According to Locals

(Travel + Leisure) – Travel + Leisure’s 2024 destination of the year is paradise for nature lovers with some of the most lush, biodiverse landscapes in the world. While many of the best things to do in Costa Rica are centered around its rain forests, cloud forests, chocolate farms, volcanos, and mineral-rich hot springs, it’s hard to envision a vacation to the Central American country that doesn’t include time at the beach. Costa Rica is home to stunning stretches of Caribbean and Pacific coastline. Many of the towns that have cropped up around its greatest sand and surf assets have become sought-after vacation destinations with beautiful beach resorts, award-winning hotels, great restaurants, and heaps of outdoor activities, from surf lessons and yoga to ziplining and stand-up paddleboarding. 

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“Focused on wellness and eco-tourism, Nosara, on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula — one of the world’s Blue Zones — appeals to travelers seeking a holistic experience centered around Pacific beaches, yoga retreats, surf schools, and unspoiled nature,” explains Emilio Zuniga, CEO of il Viaggio Travel. To ride the year-round consistent waves, head to Playa Guiones, a long beach break within a protected wildlife refuge. Wildlife lovers can even spot olive ridley sea turtles from July to December. After a day of sea and swells, unwind with cocktails (or mocktails) at the eco-oriented Sendero Hotel.

— Lindsay Cohn

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