Known across the globe as a shining example of the natural world and for its world-class standards of biodiversity protection, Costa Rica stands out as an exceptional choice for those seeking a luxury vacation that immerses in astounding natural scenery of all kinds. Aside from its lush tropical rainforests, the country has extensive stretches of beautiful beaches that consist of two main coasts: a Pacific Coast and a Caribbean Coast, where the more wild, untouched swathes of the Pacific side contrasts with the laid-back, rather typically Caribbean culture of the beaches on the country’s Eastern shores.
Travelers considering a journey to this cornerstone of Central America can, therefore, find themselves choosing between one side and the other, and the choice between Pacific and Caribbean will often come down to a matter of personal preference. However, for those who are torn or simply unsure and wish to experience the best of what Costa Rica can offer as a beach destination, the Papagayo Peninsula on the north Pacific Coast offers some of the finest vistas and beaches in the country. We’ve gathered together some notes on the top three beaches in this area, all of which are readily accessible from the variety of villa rentals in Papagayo that provide you with the perfect complement to your days spent among the ocean’s waves.
Culebra Bay and its Vicinity
Offering exquisite white-sand beaches and inviting blue, warm waters to visitors arriving in its vicinity, Culebra Bay sits in the north of the Gulf of Papagayo and lies in close proximity to a number of famous national parks, such as the Santa Rosa National Park and the Palo Verde National Park. Within the wider, snaking area of Bahía Culebra lies a network of smaller beaches, such as the Playa Nancite with its 3km of fine sands and yearly influx of more than 175,000 that descend upon its shores to nest.
Experiencing Playa Nacascolo
Voted one of the most beautiful beaches to visit, Playa Nacascolo offers blissful peace and seclusion, with many often finding that they have the beach to themselves. Having parked at a free designated parking, a free shuttle takes you down to the beach where a small boardwalk leads to the sands. Notably, a trip to this beach sends you right into the rhythm of the natural world, as it’s important to take note of the tides before you set off: at high tide, very little of the sandy area is actually visible, with the Pacific waves spreading themselves over the sands. Some villas sit right within the vicinity of this beautiful bay, allowing you the peace of mind that your long day soaking up the rays culminates with a peaceful, effortless way home.
The Splendour of Playa Hermosa
Famed as one of the hotspots of the Guanacaste Province, – the area of land that lies within the Papagayo Gulf, – Playa Hermosa draws a perfect line between a sense of natural seclusion and the feeling of a small beach town, with its idyllic community that sits in a lush, green valley. Perfect for families due to the calm waters, a number of humble businesses can be found within this calm hub, making it a very easy place to while away some blissful hours. There are also opportunities for jet-skiing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and banana boat rides on offer to those who fancy a little more activity in their day.
Finding a beach holiday that provides you with the levels of peace and relaxation that you’re searching for can be ironically stressful, especially when it comes to a new destination. At Rental Escapes, we work tirelessly to ensure that your vacation in Costa Rica meets your expectations from start to finish, allowing you to find your freedom in this pearl of the natural world.