Top beaches in the south caribbean coast of Costa Rica
Top Beaches in the South
Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica
The south caribbean region encompasses the area from limon, south to panama. this small
area is packed with amazing beaches, national parks and loads of fun things to do. the reggae
vibe and colorful scenery create a distinct destination awaiting your enjoyment.
Puerto Viejo Beach
Puerto Viejo is really a town with beaches surrounding it on both sides but Salsa Brava is
a possibly the best wave in Costa Rica and it is just out of town.
Gandoca - Manzanillo
• Playa Manzanillo is one of our favorite beaches along the Caribbean coast because of
the reef just off shore offering interesting snorkeling and great swimming in its calm
waters. Located 6 kilometers from Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo is easy to access on the newly
paved road. Although easier to get to than ever before this beach still seems to be
overlooked and is often uncrowded.
• Playa Gandoca stretches roughly 12 kilometes from Punta Mona to the Panamanian
border. The waters are unprotected and often rough for swimming but the beach is
perfect for long stroll and sunbathing. You may see the leatherback turtle nesting
between March and July while visiting this beach.
Punta Uva is separated into two sides. the western side is a picture of tropical
paradise perfection with crystal blue water and lush covered hills. the eastern side is
characterized by clear blue water filled with lively reefs perfect for snorkeling and
• Playa Cocles is a beautiful yellow sand beach with constant waves for surfing. There are
lifeguards that patrol this beach because of the strong rip currents and display green flags
to show where it is safe to swim. Services are available just off the beach in town.
• Playa Chiquita is a tranquil beach located about mid way between Puerto Viejo and
Manzanillo. The calm waters are protected by a live reef just offshore making this a great
Cahuita National Park
• Cahuita National Park is located just south of the town of Cahuita, about 43 kilometers
south of Limón, on the Caribbean coastline in one of the most beautiful and scenic regions in
Costa Rica. Its main attractions are the white sand beaches fringed with endless coconut trees,
a calm sea of transparent waters and the coral reefs just offshore.The most attractive feature
for divers is the underwater garden of marine life, including several types of coral, such as the
brain and elkhorn coral. There’s also a great variety of land and air animals, such as raccoons,
crabs (land and water), howler monkeys, kingfishers, night herons, white-nosed coatis, frogs,
toads and snakes, which can be seen along the park’s trails.
• Playa Negra is located very close to the town of Puerto Viejo and is popular with
swimmers and those looking to stroll along the beach. The main surf break called "Salso
Brava" is widely accepted as one of the best waves in Costa Rica.
• Reservations Center Phone: (506) 2750-3096 | 2750-3103 Hotel Phone: (506)
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