Nothing beats lounging on a secluded beach when it comes to getting away from it all. Fortunately, Costa Rica has two coastlines boasting miles of unspoilt sands, isolated coves and crystal-clear waters. If you're looking for the ultimate relaxing getaway during your vacation to Costa Rica, come with me to explore the most tranquil beaches in the country!

Beautiful Day at Samara Beach
Beautiful Day at Samara Beach

Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula, located in northwest Costa Rica, has some of the most pristine beaches anywhere in Central America, and the beach in the small town of Samara is a must for travelers hoping to enjoy the serene beauty of Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. While the area has become more popular with tourists over the years, the sunsets here are hard to beat, and the shoreline is long enough to offer plenty of places to escape from the bustle of the crowds. As the sun dips beneath the horizon, why not take a lazy horseback ride along the shore?

A little further north, the rocky coves of Bahia Culebra are perfect for romantic walks along the sand. This secluded natural cove has it all - stunning views, pristine shores and friendly locals. Don't worry about bumping into crowds of surfers - most water sports enthusiasts tend to head to the beaches of Hermosa to the south or Nosara to the north!

Isolated beach at Corcovado National Park
Isolated beach at Corcovado National Park

Corcovado

Located at the southernmost tip of Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, Corcovado is another ideal spot for tourists hoping to get away from it all. The lush rainforests of Corcovado National Park stretch almost all the way to the shoreline, offering you an incredible opportunity to enjoy the shade of tropical trees on the sand.

Corcovado boasts more than 23 miles of coastline, and much of it is tranquil and secluded. If you really want to get back to nature, you can take a stroll along one of the dozens of hiking trails through the area, which alternate between the sandy coastline and the fringes of the national park. It won't take you long to lose yourself in the serene natural beauty of this forgotten stretch of coastline.

Manzanillo Beach
Manzanillo Beach

Manzanillo

Nestled on the edge of Gandoca Manzanillo National Park, the small town of Manzanillo is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast. It is just next to Puerto Viejo that attracts many tourists due to its friendly locals and unique atmosphere, the region offers miles of isolated coves and quiet, peaceful shorelines.