The Best Swimming in Costa Rica

Looking for the best swimming in Costa Rica? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Costa Rica. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top swimming spots in and near Costa Rica

  • Jacó, Costa Rica

    Catch Waves and a Sunset at Playa Jacó

    5.0
    There are hotels nearby, but if you are staying in San Jose this is a great day trip since it is only a couple of hours away by bus. Jaco is a big, wide open beach with room for everyone. Even on packed days, it doesn't feel very crowded. It's a pretty famous surf spot in Costa Rica, but even wit...
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  • Quepos, Costa Rica

    Explore Playa Espadilla Beach

    5.0
    The beach just outside of Manuel Antonio National Park is called Playa Espadilla and you can camp here for free if you have a tent or hammock. This is a safe place, accustomed to tourists, but be careful with valuables while camping on the beach - always a good idea, anyway.The alternative would ...
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  • Dominical - San Isidro PZ, Costa Rica

    Hike to Nauyaca Waterfalls

    5.0
    3.75 mi
    With so much to explore in Costa Rica, I suggest you try and make time for Nauyaca Falls.You start by going to a small office on the side of Route 243 between Dominical and San Isidro. There you can purchase your entry ticket ($8) and decide if you want to hike to the falls or take a horseback r...
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  • San Carlos, Costa Rica

    Hike to La Fortuna Falls

    4.3
    1 mi / 350 ft gain
    This is a nice 1/2 day trip. La Fortuna falls is popular with tourist and locals, not just for viewing the falls but there is excellent swimming holes just below the fall and you can also swim right in the pool the falls fall into but the approach to that pool is very rocky and wet.  The falls ar...
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  • Bagaces, Costa Rica

    Swim at Llanos de Cortez, Costa Rica

    Llanos de Cortez is a hidden gem in the northwestern portion of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste region. This region is known for being dry and flat so finding waterfalls out in this area are a nice treat.  Accessing this waterfall is relatively easy. The parking lot is pretty close to the waterfall ...
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  • Los Pargos, Costa Rica

    Surf Playa Negra

    5.0
    Compared to its more famous neighbor Tamarindo, Playa Negra feels worlds away from the tourist crowds and beach hawkers. Due to the lack of tourist infrastructure in the surrounding area, the beach is often deserted except for surfers and guests of Hotel Playa Negra. If you're looking for somet...
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  • Brasilito, Costa Rica

    Relax at Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

    5.0
    Concha is the Spanish word for "shell" and as the name states, you will find the whole beach is made up of tiny sea shells.To get to this beach you will have to start at Playa Brasilito and make your way to Hotel Brasilito. When you arrive at the hotel you will continue down the road "Brasilito B...
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  • Punta Leona, Costa Rica

    Relax in Punta Leona, Costa Rica

    Punta Leona is a peninsula located south west of San Jose and Alajuela. Head west towards Punta Arenas, then south on interstate 34. Entering "Parqueo Punta Leona" in your GPS will take you to the right location. This parking area will take you to Playa Mantas, This is a dark sand beach with many...
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  • 160, Costa Rica

    Relax at Playa Barrigona

    This was the very first beach I found off the radar about 15 years ago.  Every year I travel to Costa Rica, I make a point to return to Barrigona.  While there are a few people, mostly locals, that go to this beach, many times I have been the only person here.  On several occasions I've found tur...
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  • Playa Corozalito, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

    Relax at Playa Corozalito

    I have been to many beaches in Costa Rica. I have never experienced a beach as beautiful (yet) as this one. The approach to the water is a gradual, barely noticeable ease into the ocean. From my first time here and all the subsequent visits, the beach and ocean floor were completely void of rocks...
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  • San Carlos, Costa Rica

    Swim at El Salto

    5.0
    Surrounded by lush jungle, the swimming hole of El Salto features a Tarzan swing into a deep turquoise pool along the Rio Fortuna river. The swimming hole has formed below two small waterfalls making this a popular hangout for locals and the occasional tourist. El Salto is located a short distanc...
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  • San Carlos, Costa Rica

    Soak in the Thermal Waters of Rio Chollin

    5.0
    Due to a geothermically heated underground river, the area surrounding Arenal Volcano has an abundance of hot springs. The majority of these hot springs are in expensive resorts that have tapped into the underground river to create a variety of mineral rich soaking pools. One of the areas best ke...
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  • Guatuso, Costa Rica

    Tube Down the Rio Celeste

    5.0
    The Rio Celeste in northern Costa Rica is most notably known for the famous Rio Celeste Waterfall in Tenorio Volcano National Park. The river has a distinctive turquoise blue color that makes it a popular tourist destination. The best way to experience this river is by tubing down the river throu...
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  • Manzanillo, Costa Rica

    Walk Manzanillo Beach to Punta Manzanillo

    5.0
    1.2 mi
    The walk to Punta Manzanillo from Manzanillo Beach is absolutely beautiful. This is the most southern beach accessible near Puerto Viejo.  You can park your car under the palm trees near the beach, just be aware of falling coconuts!! At Manzanillo Beach the jungle grows right to the waters edge a...
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  • 10.419006,-84.930109, Costa Rica

    Hike through the Jungle to Viento Fresco Waterfalls

    5.0
    1.2 mi / 500 ft gain
    The drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna/Arenal can be a long one.  Fortunately the waterfalls at Viento Fresco are located halfway between these two popular tourist destinations, giving you the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and go for a swim. The waterfalls are on private property and ...
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  • Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

    Catch the Sunset at Playa Puerto Viejo

    5.0
    Playa Puerto Viejo is a beach in the heart of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. It's a great place to come relax on the beach, swim or catch the sunset. Just off shore there is the remains of an old shipwreck which is fun to photograph. There's also many venders, shops and restaurants in the area that ca...
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