Costa Rica is considered the most eco friendly country in the world. It’s no wonder Costa Rica is called the Jewel of Central America with warm and crystal waters on both coasts, an overabundance of stunning landscapes, 25% of the country is protected national parks, thousands of attractions and of course the famous beaches. Here are five of the top beaches in this wonderful Latin American country.

1. Nicoya Peninsula
The beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula are the most vibrant beaches in Costa Rica, and are also the most popular in Costa Rica. This is because of the multiple small cities, towns and villages on the peninsula and the easy access from San Jose and the Central Valley. Montezuma and Mal Pais and Santa Teresa are the best place to find accommodation when choosing to explore this part of Costa Rica.

2. Playa Dominical
Playa Dominical renowned for its spectacular sunsets, it is also a great option for surfing, as it’s considered to have the most consistent wave action in Costa Rica. There are a number of superb surf camps there as well as a numerous hidden beaches and coves to discover.

3. Manuel Antonio
Home of the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, the beaches at Manuel Antonio are some of the best in Latin America and have it onto Global Top 10 Beach indices. Surrounded by the tropical forest of the National Park these white beaches and the coral reefs make truly unforgettable and with the coral reefs, this area is ideal for some amazing snorkeling.

4. Corcovado
With over 35 kilometers of pristine beaches, the Osa Peninsula is a true gem. The various beaches here have both white and dark sands on a backdrop of the lushest tropical forests in the world and called the most bio diverse region in the world, the Corcovado Park and its beaches will leave you speechless.

5. Tortuguero
An ‘eco-tourists’ dream, the region called Tortuguero, is difficult to reach but well worth the adventure. Apart the beautiful sandy beaches and the big waves, there is plenty to keep you busy such as canoe tours on the jungle canals, scenic hiking and guided safaris. Home to stunning array of wildlife, such as ocelots, manatees and several species of sea turtles this mostly untouched region of Costa Rica is fast becoming a favorite destination.