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Black and white beaches

Blue skies, palm trees, monkeys and black and white beaches-A true juxtaposition for the travelers’ eyes and one of the many reasons visitors flock to Costa Rica. With it’s name translating to “Rich Coast” in Spanish, Costa Rica has nearly 300 different beaches along its stunning Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, each with a unique draw and distinct setting. The texture and hues of the beach sand changes drastically as you make your way to different stretches of the coast; some boasting fluffy white sand while others are fine black rocks, a result of the highly volcanic nature of the country.  Whether looking for the ideal surf break or calm waters for snorkeling, Costa Rica’s beaches offer something for everyone.

Located on the Central Pacific Coast and set high above the enchanting national park, Manuel Antonio boasts world-class views and beaches. Perfect for those looking to spend the afternoon under an umbrella or catching waves, Manuel Antonio is listed as one of the top beaches in the world and offers visitors phenomenal sunset views. For a day trip, cruise on down to Playa Esterillos for never ending stretches of chocolate colored sand, crystal clear water and zero crowds. Perfect for surfing, Esterillos is also near the world-famous Jaco beach that offers great waves for beginners and advanced surfers alike.

For those seeking a beach off the beaten path, head south to Uvita where guests can revel in the unspoiled and serene atmosphere of the Marino Ballena National Park and the Whales Tail Beach, a 1 kilometer stretch of sandbar enjoyed at low-tide. Grab a beach blanket and a cooler and spend the day in the seemingly surreal magical environment.

Hermosa, which means “beautiful” in Spanish, is an aptly named gray-sand beach that perches between two mountains in the Northern Pacific coast of Guanacaste. Hailed for its calm waters, travelers can feel free to soak up the relaxation.

Looking for world-class white sand beaches? Look no further than Nosara beach where you’ll find luxurious living paired with colorful fauna and stunning natural beauty.

While the Caribbean coast is less traveled, be sure to make a stop in Puerto Viejo. Known for its laidback attitude and famous for its surfing, Puerto Viejo beckons visitors to come experience Costa Rica’s eccentric side.

With countless diverse beaches running up and down both coasts, Costa Rica is sure to please most everyone.

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