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Costa Rica Pacific Beaches Travel Guide

The most famous places of this Costa Rican region are Manuel Antonio / Quepos and Jaco. In them, you will never run out of things to do, some things you can do are: exploring pristine beaches, non-stop close encounters with crocodiles, monkeys, sloths, lizards, and other wildlife, visiting world-class restaurants, and kickin’ nightlife. Plus, adventure junkies, beware you won’t know what to do first!

This is also known as a bit of a luxury area of Costa Rica for travelers, so you will also find many comfortable hotels and delicious restaurants.

If you are wondering which side of Costa Rica has the best beaches? Well, below you will find out some other facts and fun things to do on the best beaches on Pacific side of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Pacific Beach

Travel Guide to the Costa Rica Pacific Beaches

Where is it?

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Located from Puntarenas south to Dominical along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.

Costa Rica Pacific Beaches Weather

Dry season: December until May
Average temp – 82°F and 85% humidity
Rainy season: June to November

Places to Visit in the Costa Rica Pacific Beaches


Jaco is the perfect place for those who want to learn how to surf. You’ll find plenty of surf schools around. There are also many adventure tours you can choose from canopy tours, ATV tours, Jet skiing, hiking, and lots more. Not your style? What about pampering yourself? Here you will find top-notch hotels and all service spas, it’s hard to complain. Jaco also has been classified as one of the top places where you can party like a rock star!


Tarcoles River is home to over 2000 American crocodiles and one of the best places to see them up close
• Surf a world-known break at Playa Hermosa (with or without a professional instructor)
• Visit Carara National Park, which is full of scarlet macaws
• Eat at a multitude of restaurants specializing in international cuisines.

Sunset in Costa Rica Pacific Beach

Manuel Antonio / Quepos

This area is commonly known as the place to stay in if you are visiting the Manuel Antonio National Park. This park offers an abundance of wildlife and attractive white-sanded beaches. Here you will have a close encounter with the highly endangered Titi monkey and sloths, monkeys, lizards, coatis, just to name a few.


• Top-notch hotels, spas & restaurants
• Catamaran tours, sunset sailing & dolphin watching
Wildlife sightings at Manuel Antonio National Park
• World-class sport fishing

What to See in the Costa Rica Pacific Beaches

Most Popular Pacific beaches of Costa Rica

• Punta Leona
• Jaco Beach
• Playa Hermosa
• Manuel Antonio’s beaches

Museums and Gardens

• Iguana Park
• Fincas Naturales (private wildlife refuge)
• Butterfly gardens
• Vanilla Spice Plantation (vanilla orchids)

Popular Parks & Reserves

• Manuel Antonio National Park
• Carara National Park
Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge
• Damas Island Estuary

Waterfalls on the Pacific Side of Costa Rica

• Several waterfalls in the Manuel Antonio area: Matapalo, La Culebra and the Tocori Waterfalls

American Cocodrile at Tarcoles River in the pacific side of costa rica

What to Do in the Costa Rica Pacific Beaches

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

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Facts and Guide to the Costa Rica Pacific Beaches

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