The beaches of Costa Rica's southern Caribbean coast are said to be
some of the most beautiful
in the world. Here you can find beaches with sands of every color:
black, gray, white, orange. Between Cahuita National Park and Punta
Mona in Manzanillo, there are over 20 beaches, each with it's own
unique personality - from large long beaches
lined with endless coconut palms
and to tiny coves protected by coral
Most beaches in the region are virgin
- with almost no one in sight and the lush
jungle dipping right into the warm Caribbean waters.
There are many fresh water rivers and small creeks that meet the ocean
on almost every beach.
Swimming is safe on
some beaches while potentially dangerous on others. Playa Chiquita,
Punta Uva and Manzanillo are very safe for swimming and great for
snorkeling, while Puerto
Viejo, Cocles and Playa Grande are surfing
hot spots and can be more dangerous at times.