When dreaming about a pristine beach paradise most people would immediately think on a white sand beach but are these beaches the only ones beautiful enough to emulate a paradise on earth?
The straightforward answer is NO… Costa Rica’s black sand beaches and their unique tropical beauty is a match for any white sand beach in the world.
After visiting one of Costa Rica´s black sand beaches you´ll have a totally new perspective of what the word “paradise” really means.
Costa Rica does have some incredible white sand beaches however the majority are black or gray sand. One interesting thing that all black sand beaches have in common is the tropical nature surrounding the shorelines, avid nature fans will surely enjoy a visit to one of these locations.
Below you can find the top 5 black sand beaches in Costa Rica.
Coco Beach: Located in the province of Guanacaste and ranked among the best beaches in the world Coco beach is the perfect example of how a gorgeous beach should look like. Coco beach is especially popular for its great surfing locations at Witches Rock and Point Ollie’s. Families can also find other locations at this beach where waves are calm and safe for kids and seniors to enjoy.
Cahuita: The Caribbean vibe on this beach is simply contagious. The town that hosts this beautiful beach is a typical Caribbean retreat located in the province of Limon. Its sparkling black sands is one of the many attractions found on the beach including pristine clear waters, a wonderful coral reef and tropical vegetation.
Jaco Beach: The party beach by choice… Jaco is one of the most visited beaches throughout the year by both local and foreign travelers looking for sunny days and colorful nights where the word “party” reaches a whole new level. Jaco beach is a perfect destination for honeymooners, couples and young travelers.
Ocotal: Despite being a small beach Ocotal offers an incredible diversity of water activities such as diving, fishing, snorkeling and sightseeing. Ocotal is located in Guanacaste in the north pacific of the country. Ocotal is also considered one of the safest beaches in Costa Rica for swimming as the water currents are not aggressive.
Manzanillo: This is another fantastic beach located in Limon in the town of Puerto Viejo. The beach received its name because of a tree that grows on its shoreline “The Manzanillo Tree”. Not far away from the beach you can visit the National Reserve Gandoca Manzanillo where nature lovers will literately find their heaven on earth.
Author: Victor Campos