When it comes to beaches, almost nothing can compare to the pristine shores of Costa Rica. Located at the heart of Latin America and nestled by two great bodies of water, Costa Rica offers the perfect definition of the word oasis.
Costa Rica is a small tropical country just above the equator. This accounts for its ‘perfect’ weather or what tourists are bound to call, ‘eternal spring.’ The temperature ranges between 17 to 27 degree Celsius which means that the climate never gets too hot or too cold. Even Goldilocks would have found it ‘just right’.
Costa Rican weather is divided into seasons – dry and rainy. Locals call the rainy season the green season as well because this is usually a time when most plants flourish and grow abundantly. The dry season is identified with summer while the rainy season is characteristic of short drizzles and sometimes pouring rain. Everything here is in moderation, as travelers will soon discover.
Dry season usually occurs from late December until April while the rainy or green season begins from May and lasts all the way to November. This could well account for Costa Rica being one of the entrants on the list of happiest countries in a recent report.
Costa Rican beaches are also known for the perfect combination of sun, fun, shade and tan. Unlike most beaches, Costa Rica offers tanning perfection without fear of getting sun burnt. Also because Costa Rica is flanked by an ocean on one side and the sea on another, overcrowded beaches are less likely to happen. This country’s coastline is dotted with beaches and resorts so you can rest assured that there will be plenty of places to choose from.
The beaches in Costa Rica have been classified by location to help tourists know which part of the country they want to visit. Without this division, the sheer number of beaches and resorts would have been confusing to first time guests.
Beach classification starts with what body of water they are nearest to; Limon being the province that faces the Caribbean Sea is identified as part of Caribbean Beaches while the provinces Guanacaste and Puntarenas are known as Pacific Beaches simply because they are on the Pacific Ocean which they are located nearest to. Pacific beaches are further classified according to their orientation. There are three: North, Central and South Pacific. Listed below are all the main beaches along with general descriptions of each one.
Limon – Limon being the main province that faces the Caribbean Sea holds majority of the country’s major tourist attractions. This place boasts of a bustling and thriving nightlife as well as a seaport that is used for export and import purposes.
Other beaches in the same vicinity are: Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Tortoguero and Barra del Colorado. Cahuita and Puerto Viejo are located next to Limon but since they can be found more on the interior, these beaches are less full thus offering more privacy than its beach front counterpart. Tortoguero and Barra del Colorado on the other hand require more travel by boat or plane before reaching their sandy shores but are otherwise famous for their rejuvenating atmosphere of perfect seclusion. Fishing is popular in both resorts – Tortoguero and Barra del Colorado.
As previously mentioned, Pacific beaches are further divided into three groups, the first of which are the beaches located in the North – Guanacaste – named after Costa Rica’s national tree. Next would be Central Pacific where the Nicoya Peninsula and as well as Jaco, Puntarenas and Quepos provinces are part of. Lastly, the South Pacific beaches occupy the tail end of the country and lists down the Osa Peninsula as well Corcovado as two of its major beaches.