Best Beaches for Families – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica
Some of the best beaches for families to explore while visiting Costa Rica are located in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica. This world famous beach area is known for its white sand, peaceful atmosphere and the perfect destination for active travelers and honeymooners seeking a romantic beach experience, the scenery of the National Park and the wonders of the different wildlife species. At the end of the day relax in one of the wide selection of luxury jungle lodges to moderate local hotels located around Manual Antonio.
The Central Pacific Region is home to Manuel Antonio located on the Pacific side. San Jose, the Capital of Costa Rica is only a couple of hours drive away and an hour from Liberia. It is the great beginning or ending point to a Costa Rica adventure trip. Visitors who plan to spend 8-10 nights exploring Costa Rica may consider 3 – 4 night stay in Manual Antonio before continuing with their journey to other parts of Costa Rica.
Recently Trip Advisor announced the winners of its Travelers Choice awards for the best beaches in the world, Manual Antonio in Costa Rica was selected as one of the “must see” beaches in their results survey. 2,333 reviews were submitted and Manual Antonio was rated # 17, as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The results were based on traveler’s reviews visiting beaches around the world. The good news is, there are other selected beautiful beaches in Costa Rica that are worth a visit.
Costa Rica Travel POINTS TOP 5 Beaches to Visit in Costa Rica
#1 – Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio located in the town of Quepos has easy access into the National Park of Manuel Antonio is one of the smallest parks in the National Parks system in Costa Rica. The beaches in Manuel Antonio are soft sandy beaches and easy to access.
Beaches to visit in Manuel Antonio
Playa Espadilla: The main public beach in front of Main Street – roughly hour-long hike from Espadilla to the top of Punta Catedral (100 m). Both Manuel Antonio and Espadilla Sur contain tidal pools and offer the possibility of snorkeling.
Playitas: About a 10 minute walk up the beach (in a northwestern direction back out of town), Playitas is a quieter and less-busy area of the public beach in Manuel Antonio
National Park beach: While it costs tourists around $10 to enter the National Park beach, many consider the beach to be better due to the decreased crowds and nice water/sand.
Just North of Manuel Antonio in the Central Pacific Region is one of the most amazing beaches in Costa Rica, located in the Nosara. Playa Guiones is a beautiful beach that stretches approximately 3 miles across in a half moon shape. There are gentle waves mixing with long beach breaks, making this beach a great swimming and surfing destination. To the South, the beach turns into pink sand where tide pools are good for snorkeling.
This area is great for families and active couples who want to enjoy beach front accommodations, beautiful scenery and nice rolling waves to swim in or try their luck surfing. Tamarindo is only 1-2 hour drive from Liberia, a small surfing town with a good selection of accommodation and small local restaurants. The beach extends to both sides of Tamarindo and it’s a strategic location for exploring Guanacaste’s coastline. The closest beach in Tamerindo is right in front of the town center: Playa Tamarindo, a broad sandy beach, perfect for swimming and surfing. Playa Tamarindo is backed by beach restaurants and lounge bars from where you have front row views to the surf or can watch the sun set behind the fishing boats and the small islet of Isla Capitan. If you have a car, the more adventurists are Playa Negro, where the surfing is for the advance surfing expert.
The Papayago area is known for its sandy beaches and deep blue waters of the gulf. The small peninsula of Papagayo in the northwest Guanacaste region of Costa Rica is surrounded by a volcanic landscape of high cliffs and rocky Pacific Ocean coves. Many of the beaches in the Guanacaste area are a combination of sand and rocky volcano debris, the coastline around the Papagayo is mostly soft sand. You could easily spend your days swimming in the warm waters of the Gulf of Papagayo.
Golden sand beach on Culebra Bay
The peninsula of the Gulf of Papagayo includes Papagayo Bay and Culebra Bay, and its three main resort towns are Panama Beach, Hermosa Beach and Coco Beach. All three beach areas are renowned for their marine life, attracting snorkelers and scuba divers, as well as sea kayaking and sport fishing excursions. Panama is the most affluent of the three – as well as the only shore with dark gray-brown sand – and includes high-end shopping, restaurants and five-star resorts like the Four Seasons.
Hermosa has several mid-range hotels and restaurants along its northern end, but is far quieter on its southern end, where horseback riding is a popular pastime. Coco is best known as a laid-back hangout for expats.
Corcovado National Park
Located in the OSA, Casa Corcovado Lodge provides visitors with the opportunity to snorkel and visit Cano Island just a few miles from the lodge by boat. Most visitors visiting Casa Corcovado spend one of their day excursions visiting Cano Island to experience the snorkeling and fine beach.
Caño Island is a tropical paradise filled with white-sand, palm-lined beaches and impressive coral reefs. The island’s beaches are a great place to relax and swim in the ocean.
With a visibility of 20 ft. or more and a protected inshore reef, the snorkeling here is excellent. Snorkelers have the chance to spot parrotfish, surgeon fish, barber fish, eels, snapper, puffers, barracudas, turtles, and manta rays. Further offshore, humpback whales and bottle-nosed dolphins can occasionally be seen.
When you’re done snorkeling, you’ll head to Violines Island. Upon arrival at the island, your guides will prepare a picnic lunch. The rest of your time here can be spent swimming in the bay or relaxing on the beach. Violines Island is often frequented by birds and has impressive tropical vegetation. During the dry season, you can also snorkel in the reefs that border the island.
Trip Advisor TOP beaches rated by Travelers in the World
1. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
2. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Caribbean
3. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
4. Playa Paraiso Beach, Cayo Largo, Caribbean
5. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
6. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles
7. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
8. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Caribbean
9. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
10. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece
11. Camp’s Bay Beach, Camps Bay, South Africa
12. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
13. Woolacombe Beach, Devon, UK
14. Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key, United States
15. West Bay Beach, West Bay, Honduras
16. Cayo de Agua, Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
17. Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
18. Nai Harn Beach, Rawai, Thailand
19. Sharm El Luli, Marsa Alam, Egypt
20. Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey
21. Playa Paraiso, Tulum, Mexico
22. Diani Beach, Kenya
23. Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba, Caribbean
24. Ngapali Beach, Burma/Myanmar
25. Maunganui Beach, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
The TripAdvisor results were determined by the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings gathered by the travel website in the last 12 months.
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