Sun and Beaches
- Cahuita is a laid back and vibrant little village in the setting of Costa Rica’s unique Creole culture, brought about by its Afro-Caribbean heritage.Playa Cahuita offers a variety of activities for you to enjoy a day at the beach. It offers high waves for surfing, to completely flat and shallow waters for wading. There is also a river basin that flows into the ocean with water running down from the Talamanca Mountains. Playa Cahuita also offers a path for hiking and biking.
Cahiuta National Park and Marine Reserve offers stunning views of white sand beaches and the jungle. There is also A 9-km path that leads through the jungle alongside the white-sand beach providing glimpses of exotic wildlife such as; iguanas, capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, sleeping sloths, birds, butterflies and more.
- Puerto Viejo is known for its off-shore, barreling waves that form over the shallow reef at Salsa Brava. World-renowned surfers brave the waves of Salsa Brava from December to March looking for steep, powerful swells with world-class barrels.Puerto Viejo also offers daily snorkeling and diving tours allowing you to have a closer glimpse of its barrier reef that runs along the coast, flourishing it with more than 35 species of coral and housing exotic marine life such as: sea turtles, lobsters, octopus and hundreds of species of tropical fish.
Playa Chiquita is a small town that runs along the coast and is fairly isolated, making it a perfect destination for those who want to get lost in the pristine beauty of Costa Rica. There are plenty of vibrant coral reefs to explore while snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, or relax along the white-sand beaches while enjoying the view of the lush jungles. The waters can get rough, so it is important to stay within the designated swimming areas.
Playa Negra is known for its beautiful dark-colored sand beach. It’s popular among surfers because of its right hand barrel waves. For non-surfers, Playa Negra offers tide pools for exploration and, in the southern end, there are protected areas for swimming.
- Cocles Playa Cocles is a just a short drive from Puerto Viejo. Playa Cocles offers a variety of activities to do on the beach. For surfers, it’s a popular surf spot with a powerful and dependable beach break. Many surf tournaments took place here. It is also the place to sit back and unwind while enjoying the striking beauty of the beach and the lush greens of the jungle. This vibrant community offers surf shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars and hosts local reggae bands for entertainment in the evening.
- Puento Uva has a shelter cove at one end and is walking distance from restaurants. It is great for surfers, for it has a nice point break.Playa Punta Uva, meaning “Grape Point,” gets this name from a sea grape tree that is located at the point of Punta Uva. It’s a small town but offers many activities such as: biking, surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, jungle hikes and dolphin watching boat trip. Due to a rule where there can be no development within 50 meters of the high tide line, this has kept the beach clean and pristine.
Playa Grande Playa Grande has gained attention from surfers for years because of its excellent beachbreak and its laid back vibe. Playa Grande is also known for its leatherback turtle breeding grounds, attracting tourists and locals alike.
- Manzanillo is a relatively quiet area with only a few tourists here and there. However, this tropical paradise offers plenty of activities to do in the water. With great weather year round, the village makes it a prime location for fishing. Manzanillo also offers amazing coral reef offshore, making it a perfect spot for snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving.
Playa Mazzanillo: This tropical paradise has been ignored by major developers, allowing visitors to enjoy the sweet sound of the waves and the swaying of the palm trees in peace. This location is ideal for families to take a dip in the ocean due to its calm waves or go snorkeling to discover reef-dwelling creatures and marine fauna.