The Top 5 Best Beaches to Visit in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste is well-known for it's breath-taking mountain views, sandy beaches and biodiverse parkland. Located in the far northwest corner of Costa Rica, Guanacaste's geographical features are diverse and exotic. With endless options for recreation, there are countless reasons why locals and international visitors alike travel to Guanacaste, especially due to the best beaches in the province. Here are the top 7 beaches to visit on your next trip to Guanacaste!



1. Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo is one of the most popular beaches in Guanacaste. It is a secure, public and family-friendly white sand bay beach, part of Las Baulas National Park. It's a perfect spot for surfing, fishing, snorkelling, sailing, and other fun activities!


2. Playa Grande

Playa Grande is another beloved surfing beach and for those who want to hit the waves from sun up to sun down. Has gorgeous sunsets and is less crowded than Tamarindo. Since it is part of a national park, visitors aren’t permitted on the beach after sunset but you can spend all day, every day enjoying the sunset. Make sure to pack extra sunscreen though!


3. Playas del Coco

Playa del Coco is usually the beach town where locals go to for the weekends and holidays - mainly because this beach is family friendly. There’s areas of this beach where families can have a picnic, kids can lay down, run around, have a copo and play in the sand. There is also a children’s playground with swings and monkey bars.


4. Playa Samara Beach

Samara is a popular beach town in southern Guanacaste. It has great beginner surfing waves, beautiful coastal views and a nice family friendly atmosphere. On this beach you may find sea turtles, tropical fish and various marine birds.


5. Playa Lagarto

Last, but certainly not least, is Playa Lagarto. Perfect for evening walks under the sunset, surfing and animal watching, you will find this beautiful beach is more private than other options mentioned previously. Moreover, a 5 minutes drive away you will find the stunning 1000 acre paradise, Playa Lagarto Eco-Development. This community is live-ready today, with serviced lots, custom homes, villas and amenities on-site.


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