Thanks to its geographical location, Costa Rica is blessed with two impressive coastlines.
Whether you are looking for relaxation, luxury stays, adventure, or gastronomy, there’s a beach for every beach lover.
Each coastline offers plenty of wonderful places to discover: from hidden coves to amazing waterfalls and the best way to explore them is by car.
Choosing just one beach to visit is hard, there’s a reason why Costa Rica translates to “rich coast”! So don’t settle just for one! Beach hopping allows you to discover amazing spots on the same day.
The Pacific coast
The beaches on the Pacific coast are some of the most beautiful in Costa Rica. With 1,016 miles of coast, the Pacific offers amazing options with unique, varying personalities.
The provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas make up the Pacific coast. These provinces have a hot and dry climate with sunny days most of the year making them the perfect destination for sunshine seekers.
These beaches are vast and beautiful with warm tropical water and palm trees to shade you from the sun.
If you are looking for relaxation and a 5-star experience, the Pacific coast is for you. You can find some of the best hotels in this area.
There is also a lot of action-packed destinations for surfers, paddle boarders, etc.
Every type of beach-goer will find something incredible to do in the Pacific.
Can’t choose just one beach? Beach hopping is an excellent way to discover these amazing places!
Spots you can’t miss while beach hopping in the Pacific: Avellanas, Flamingo, San Juanillo, Nosara, Santa Teresa, Montezuma, Jaco, Manuel Antonio.
If you like white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and a laid-back atmosphere, the Caribbean coast is for you.
It may not be as popular as the Pacific side but the charming towns and the lush jungle will steal your heart.
Unlike the Pacific, you won’t find any all-inclusive resorts or large international chains. The Caribbean consists of easy-going, friendly, and adorable towns with plenty of accommodations and amazing dining options. In here you’ll experience a fusion of cultures: It’s largely made up of descendants of Caribbean islanders, indigenous communities, and a fair mix of ex-pats.
Spots you can’t miss while beach hopping in the Caribbean: Cocles, Chiquita, Punta Uva, Manzanillo, and Cahuita.
Find a map, ask locals for advice, and hit the road! Swim, surf, and soak up the rays at different beaches, stop for lunch along the way at one of the local sodas, enjoy a sunset at the beach, and then head home for dinner.
What to take with you?
These are some basics that you should take with you on a beach-hopping day.
- Water and sodas on a cooler or insulated bag
- Snacks like fresh fruits and nuts
- Beach towels and blankets
Other fun things to consider:
- Beach ball
- Snorkel gear
- Deck of cards
Are you ready? Rent a car from Budget and explore miles and miles of fun!