Snorkel, Surf, Hike and Bike Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is awash with outdoor activities, most of which are easily accessible and reasonably affordable. In Puerto Viejo de Limon, Talamanca you can horseback ride on the beach, zipline through the jungle canopy, and snorkel around coral reef all in the same day. Surf- or watch the experts- at Salsa Brava Beach, also the best place for sunsets. Rent a bike and take the road south to its end in Manzanillo; a scenic ride along the coast surrounded by the rainforest. Take a hike though a real cacao farm on the Chocolate Forest Experience, or stay at a rustic eco-lodge and learn how the Bribri have been making it for thousands of years. At the Jaguar Rescue Center, a tour includes hands-on playtime with recovering monkeys and sloths before they're released, and happiness abounds. This stretch of Costa Rica is home to some of the country's most  exquisite beaches. Enjoy the therapeutic properties of Playa Negra with its volcanic black sand, and the relaxed atmosphere on two beaches of Punta Uva, divided by a tree covered cliff that holds a blue grotto. Visit the tranquilo villages of Cahuita and Manzanillo and explore Cahuita National Park and the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

Puerto Viejo Beach
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Find this flat swath of white sand beach in front of Johnny's Place, next to the Police Station, right next to Playa Negra- here the black sand meets soft white sand in a distinct line. Large sections of coral reef create a series of tide...  Read More

Playa Chiquita
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Playa Chiquita is a small stretch of coast with a narrow white sand beach and calm water that is often ideal for snorkeling in between the coral reef. This is the most hidden beach in the area, due to the dense rainforest that separates the...  Read More



The Caribbean's most precious beach could just be Punta Uva, or Grape Point. There are two sides to this beach, North and South, divided by a steep green cliff. On the south side lies a long sweeping stretch of white sand, dappled with coconut...  Read More

Salsa Brava Beach
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Salsa Brava is the beach that helped put Puerto Viejo de Limon, Talamanca on the map for tourists- back in the 1970s, few but the most intrepid reached this region of the Caribbean coast, but surfers who caught wind of the killer waves at this...  Read More



At the Jaguar Rescue Center in Playa Chiquita, a few kilometers south of Puerto Viejo, a primatologist and her herpatologist husband are a couple of passionate animal lovers who created the Jaguar Rescue Center in response to the community need...  Read More

Caribeans Chocolate Forest Experience
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Chocolate lovers, nature enthusiasts, and those looking to learn more about Costa Rica's rich history of cacao should indulge in the Chocolate Forest Experience, an in-depth exploration of chocolate from tree to bean to bar. The experience...  Read More



White sand beaches and clear waters flanked by lush vegetation are hallmarks of Manzanillo, a quintessential Caribbean fishing village where not too much has changed in the past fifty years or so. Small houses are built on stilts and colorful...  Read More

Cocles Beach
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Cocles Beach, called "Beach Break" by locals, is the most popular beach in the area for its long golden sand beach and its consistently good surf. A majestic craggy rock sits a few meters off-shore, and legend has it that pirates buried their...  Read More



Yes, it is the quintessential Costa Rican adventure, and yes it is a must-do experience, if you enjoy the great outdoors, that is. You'll feel the adrenaline in your veins and the wind in your hair as you whiz from platform to platform (there...  Read More



Reef Runner Divers is a one-stop dive shop located in a prime beachfront spot in Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica. With a staff of experienced divers and a trusty panga boat named "The Reefer" this long-standing outfit has access to the most...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia