Warm-water beaches stretch up and down the Pacific coast, each offering an unique atmosphere and charm. From the natural, unpopulated beaches to the touristy hot spots, you can find anything you're looking for.
Jaco Beach is a 2.5 mile stretch of black sand paradise on the Pacific Ocean. Located only an hour and half from San Jose, it's a popular beach for relaxation and fun, especially on the weekends! There are lots of surfers, boogie boarders and paddle boarders out in the water and there are surf spots for everyone, regardless of your experience level. The southern end of the beach boasts great beginner waves that tend to be smaller than the larger waves firing at almost pink-sand mid to north sections of Jaco. There are riptides to be aware of. If in doubt about a particular spot, just ask the locals. Stay safe and have fun!
Playa Hermosa is located just 3 miles/5KM south of Jaco and has world-renowned expert surfing waves. While Playa Hermosa is not a swimmer-friendly beach because of its power, it's a less populated beach with several restaurants sitting right on the shore. Grab lunch and relax on the sand, watching the surfers and toucans in paradise!
About 20 minutes drive south of Jaco, you'll find Playa Esterillos. While a few houses dot the beach here and there, it's largely secluded and may remind visitors of scenes from Jurassic Park! The waves along the long stretch of beach are clean and consistant. Esterillos is a typical simple and small Costa Rica town, untouched by tourism. Wildlife, such as monkeys, sloths and toucans find sanctuary at this beautiful beach.