Best Pacific Coast Costa Rica Beaches – Jaco and Manuel Antonio

The central pacific region is home to some of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica. Here is where you will find Manuel Antonio / Quepos, and Jaco. Two beaches you can’t miss if you are looking for the perfect beach vacation.

This is an area where the options for adventures are endless. Since it offers a mixture of beautiful beaches and rain-forests along with a crazy amount of wildlife. Some of the things I suggest you do in the area are: exploring pristine beaches, take a crocodile safari tour, wildlife & bird watching tours, visiting world-class restaurants, and kickin’ nightlife.

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Best Pacific Coast Costa Rica Beaches


If you want to learn how to surf, Jaco Beaches is the place for you. There are lots of surf schools around to choose from. If you are looking for some excitement you can go on a canopy tour, ATV tours & Jet skiing. Not your style? What about pampering yourself? Here you will find top-notch hotels and all service spas. But you can’t forget to experience Jaco’s nightlife.

The best part is that it is only 1.5 hours away from Juan Santamaria International Airport.

Related Read: 24 Hours in Jaco, Costa Rica: One Day of Beach Activities 

Manuel Antonio / Quepos

This is where you want to stay if you are going to visit the Manuel Antonio National Park. It is also a place where the luxury of hotels blends perfectly with the local forest and wildlife. Here you will have a close-encounter with the highly endangered Titi monkey and sloths, monkeys, lizards, coatis, just to name a few.

It is also a great place for those looking to go on yachting, sport fishing, snorkeling, and diving.

What some more options on what to do in the area? How about these:

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• Bird and Wildlife Viewing in the Parks
• Dolphin & Whale Watching
• Diving and Snorkeling
• ATV Tours
• Sailing & Catamaran Cruises
Canopy Tours (zip lines & aerial trams)
• Canyoning (waterfall rappelling)
• Luxury Day Spas
• Hang Gliding
• Hiking (beaches, forests, and mountains)
• Horseback Riding
• Jet Skiing
• Mountain Biking
• Para-Sailing
• Rafting & Tubing
• Sea Kayaking
• Sport Fishing
• Surfing

As you can see, if you love nature and adventure, you will be able to spend at least a week here without ever repeating an activity. So what is it going to be for you?

Related Read: Villa Costa Vida, Manuel Antonio: Luxury Outdoor Vacation Rental

Pacific Coast Weather

The weather on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. The average temperature is 82°F. However, I don’t recommend going here between June & November because you will find a lot of rain.

On the other hand, if you want to avoid crowds, a little rain is preferable.

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Best Beaches in the Pacific Coast Costa Rica - Jaco and Manuel Antonio

Last Updated on May 27, 2023

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