Sail boat in the gulf of the Nicoya Peninsula
Sail boat in the gulf of the Nicoya Peninsula

Boasting coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica offers you a world of exciting watersports activities. If you're looking to get away from it all during your vacation in Costa Rica, a sailing trip is the perfect way to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of this tropical paradise. With so many ports to choose from, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to embarking on a leisurely sailing trip on the open ocean. Come with me to discover the best places to sail in Costa Rica!

Tamarindo

With miles of pristine beaches and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, Tamarindo is one of the best places to embark on a leisurely sailing trip. Many tour companies offer private excursions and charters that set sail from Tamarindo, and you can choose from a variety of vessels to suit your needs, from catamarans to ketches.

The waters off Tamarindo are teeming with marine life, including sea turtles, manta rays and dolphins, and you can see them all from the comfort of the deck! After a long day on the ocean, why not enjoy a cocktail in one of Playa Tamarindo's beachfront bars, or sample a delicious meal at one of the area's many restaurants?

Resort Divers boat at the Hilton Papagayo
Resort Divers boat at the Hilton Papagayo

The Gulf of Nicoya

Sailing is a great way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Costa Rica, and the Gulf of Nicoya is one of the most breathtaking stretches of water in Central America. You can set sail from the charming beach community of Quepos, or embark on an exciting nautical adventure on a smaller vessel from one of the quieter towns and villages that line this beautiful stretch of coastline.

If you enjoy fishing, you can cast a line from the boat and test your sportfishing skills, as the Gulf of Nicoya is home to several varieties of fish that will challenge even the most experienced angler.

Sailing around the Gulf
Sailing around the Gulf

Playas del Coco

Renowned for its stunning beaches, Playas del Coco in Guanacaste is another great place to embark on a leisurely sailing trip. From here, you can sail around the Pelonas Islands, marvel at the underwater world beneath the waves on a snorkeling expedition, or just relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets for which this area is famous.

Sailing in Costa Rica is an unforgettable experience. I just wish I could come with you, but they don't make life jackets small enough for tree frogs!

Guayabo Island Biological Reserve in the Nicoya Gulf
Guayabo Island Biological Reserve in the Nicoya Gulf