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Finding Costa Rica’s Hidden Beaches

Costa Rica News – When you start researching Costa Rica you will find tons of info on the best beaches. Many sources will list the most popular tourist beaches like Jaco, Manuel Antonio, and Tamarindo, but if you want to find a few more private ones keep reading! These to me are the beaches to head to during Semana Santa as you will be able to avoid the big crowds you will encounter at the tourist beaches.

costa rica hidden beachesPlaya Arcos is definitely hidden, surrounded by hills and jungle within Marino Ballena National Park. The easiest access is from La Cusinga Eco-lodge which offers a trail from one of the hills.

Playa Ventanas located in the Southern Pacific region of the Osa Peninsula gets its name from the two sea caves that appear like windows. You can park on the farm of a local family for a few dollars.

Playa Barrigona is just north of Samara. Mel Gibson owns much of the surrounding jungle but the beach is open to the public.

Playa Carrillo Eight km south of Samara is very isolated. You will find only hammocks and pushcart vendors. Enjoy the peace and quiet!

Uvita 11 miles south of Dominical along Coastal Highway 34 means “Whale Tail” and this beach which is in the shape of a whale’s tail is only accessible during low tide.

Playa Cocalito is a short walk from Drake Bay and the perfect place to relax after crossing a suspension bridge to get there. Keep an eye out for monkeys and parrots!

Playa Ostional just north of Playa Nosara and the Boca Nosara is a rarely visited sea turtle nesting spot. You can see the turtles between August and November.

Papagayo Peninsula’s Playa Blanca and Playa Virador are on the property of the Four Seasons Hotel which is $1,000 per night! The catch is that all beaches in Costa Rica are public so if you are willing to make the hike you can enjoy them for free!

These beaches are the hidden gems in Costa Rica that are usually barren other than those few people that know their beauty.  Enjoy a tranquil semana santa at anyone of these beautiful spots and listen to the ocean away from the crowds and alcohol induced spring break activities.

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