Costa Rica: Carribbean or Pacific Coast?

A few days relaxing on the beach is the ideal end to a Costa Rica trip, but which Coast is best to visit, the Caribbean or Pacific?

Generally speaking the Caribbean side is more laid back and low key with small guesthouses only, whilst the Pacific is more built up with larger hotels and resorts. However, behind every general rule are exceptions. Nosara on the Guanacaste Peninsula is a bit of an exception on the Pacific Coast as it is very laid back with a strong surf and yoga vibe and strict controls on development. Likewise the Southern Pacific Coast around the Osa Peninsula and the Gulfo Dulce offers pristine rainforest, remote beaches and a smattering of high-end eco lodges.

Puerto Vieja on the Southern Caribbean Coast is ideal for those wanting a low key beach stay with a bit of wildlife and snorkelling. It is also gets better weather than the Pacific Coast from mid August, September and October. Accommodation options are very limited, so if our pick of the bunch, Hotel Aqua Claras isn't available, then we may need to think again.

Nosara on the Pacific Coast is our favourite destination for an active beach stay, with excellent surfing, yoga and mountain biking, a fantastic low key vibe and couple of great small resorts.

The Osa Peninsula and the Gulfo Dulce is stunning with gorgeous remote eco lodges, pristine forest, wildlife and remote beaches. This area however suffers the worst of the rainy season in July, August, September and October. It can also be very expensive.

Other beach locations to consider include Manuel Antonio, Papagayo, Tamarindo and Santa Teresa. These are all busier, more touristy spots, but each has their own charm.


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