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The Beaches of Guanacaste

There are numerous beaches in Guanacaste all different and full of surprise.   Some have light colored sand while others are filled with darker, volcanic sand. There are those that are fine and those that are coarse.  Some beaches have very intense waves that while others have smaller waves and others are calm and docile. 

There are those that are well known and those that are secret …



With over 200 km of coastline in the Northern Pacific, Guanacaste is famous for having over 150 beaches, including some that are absolutely spectacular.  Many have crystal calm water and an abundance of reef life with forests that reach right onto the sands edge.


The variety is immense; however all have a common ingredient:

Over 200 days of sun, guaranteed…

Whether you are looking for a beach to swim, fish, dive, surf, play with friends, build sand castles or just to lie like an iguana sunbathing, Guanacaste’s wide of variety of beaches has one that fits your exact needs! 


Some favorite beaches in the Guanacaste region are:



1) Samara            2 y 5)   Playa Hermosa 
 3) Avellanas         4)      Montezuma           

6 y 8)   Ocotal           7) Conchal            

9)   Panamá      10) Nacazcolito 

11)  Manzanillo                               

12) Hermosa                 13) Manzanillo     

14) Costa Blanca          15) Flamingo       

16) Montezuma             17 y 18) Playas del Coco 

19) Tamarindo               20) Montezuma                

21) Avellanas                                                         




All the beaches in Costa Rica  (except the areas of biological conservation) are public.


The owner of surrounding beach property must allow public access and when land access is not possible people still retain the right to reach the beaches by sea.  In the nearby communities there are aquatic taxis that will take you to such beaches that are only accessible by sea and pick you up a few hours later, or if you prefer to camp out on the beach, you can make arrangements for the aquatic taxis to pick you up on a designated day and time.



Here a gallery with photos of Guanacaste's beaches taken by tourist and residents.

And don't forget to enjoy sunsets...



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