±JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Get expat health and financial news, interesting expat articles, social media recommendations and more in your inbox each month - free!



We respect your privacy - we don't spam and you can unsubscribe at any time.

±Compare Expat Providers

Expat Health Insurance Quotes

Foreign Currency Exchange Quotes

International Moving Quotes

We're very social! Follow Expat Focus on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+

Expat Focus Facebook PageExpat Focus on TwitterExpat Focus Pinterest PageExpat Focus Google+ Page

Notify me when new content is added about a country

±Expat Focus Partners

±Financial Advice / Services

Expert advice from professionals you can trust

Columnists

Columnists > Shannon Enete

Shannon Enete

The 5 Best Beaches in Costa Rica That No One Knows About

  Posted Wednesday December 11, 2013 (22:36:58)   (3565 Reads)


Shannon Enete

While it’s no secret that Costa Rica is home to some of the best beaches in Central America, where to find them can often be a challenge. Living in Costa Rica has afforded me the time and relationships with locals that privy me to this sacred information that I will now share with you.

Playa Bejuco (pronounced bay-who-ko)

A 35 minute drive south of Jaco will lend you to an expansive coconut-palmed oasis. It’s easy to miss, however, so keep a watchful eye out for the single-access dirt road marked Playa Bejuco. There is one small grocery, or pulpería, where you can buy a snack along the dirt road. After about a half-mile you will reach the café colored beach where you can park, hang a hammock in the ample coconut trees, or venture south another half-mile to the Delfin, a small hotel and bar and enjoy a cold beverage.

What makes this beach special is it’s vastness both in girth and length, and it’s lack of popularity. You can walk in either direction for miles without running out of beach. Most days the only other people you run into are local fisherman trying their luck with a net or fishing line thrown by hand with a lasso maneuver. Sundays and holidays are the exception to this rule, since the locals tend to honor the Sabbath at the beach.

La Sirena (translates to mermaid)

This beach is special from the second you arrive. It’s located in Esterillos Oeste. Take the north road (there are two roads marked Esterillos Oeste) until the last right turn prior to the beach. After you take the right turn the road becomes riddled with pot holes, drive slowly. Approximately 1 kilometer later you will see the beach and a parking lot on the left. At low tide the shore is dotted with volcanic tide pools that are home to starfish, crabs, fish, and other creepy crawlies. It’s named Mermaid beach due to the enormous mermaid statue that proudly sits at the deep-end of the tide pools. At high tide it appears as if she is sitting on-top of the water. La Sirena is a must see if you have kids!

Manzanillo

This idyllic beach is located 20 minutes south of Puerto Viejo. Its crystal clear water, emptiness, and calm conditions lend it to be excellent for kayaking, snorkeling, swimming or “chilling out.” This is my favorite place to kayak and swim. The beach receives waves a few times a year, so the feel does change depending on when you arrive.

Manuel Antonio

There are a variety of beaches in and near Manuel Antonio. My favorite beach is inside the National Park. The sand is light beige and the water is a gorgeous blue. The beach is protected from waves making it an excellent destination for casual swimming. If surfing is what you are looking for there is a decent break just outside of the park where you can rent surfboards, jet skis, horseback ride, or even parasail behind a boat.

Play Conchal

Picture a conch shell, now shrink it to a millimeter in diameter. Cute, right? Now imagine a beach filled with them, the conch shells replacing the small granules of sand. This does two things: creates a luxurious white “sand” beach, and improves the clarity of the water due to the decrease in sediment. There is amazing snorkeling right from shore. You can hear the tiny shells underwater move with each ebb and flow. The beach is located about 35 minutes south of resort beach, Playa Flamingo, and just south of the tico town, Brasilito.


Shannon is an international resident from San Diego, currently residing in Costa Rica. Her first career of 10 years was spent serving San Diego & Kansas City as a paramedic. After a back injury her life drastically changed, and an international door was opened. As an avid traveler, Shannon had visited over 27 countries by the age of 30. She quickly chose Costa Rica as her first destination proclaiming, "My whole body comes alive when I am there." In addition to writing, Shannon owns Enete Enterprises, LLC a video and print publication company that specializes in travel guidebooks and the creation of marketing videos for the tourism, hospitality, and real estate sectors. To learn more about Costa Rica, and how to become an expat see www.BecominganExpat.com.


Shannon Enete
Shannon is an international resident from San Diego, currently residing in Costa Rica. Her first career of 10 years was spent serving San Diego & Kansas City as a paramedic. After a back injury her life drastically changed, and an international door was opened. As an avid traveler, Shannon had visited over 27 countries by the age of 30. She quickly chose Costa Rica as her first destination proclaiming, "My whole body comes alive when I am there." In addition to writing, Shannon owns Enete Enterprises LLC, a video and print publication company that specializes in travel guidebooks and the creation of marketing videos for the tourism, hospitality, and real estate sectors. To learn more about Costa Rica, and how to become an expat see BecominganExpat.com.
 
Link  QR 

Expat Health Insurance Partners


Aetna International

Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.

Bupa Global

At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.

Cigna International

Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.