We love having new beaches to explore and Costa Rica, the ‘Rich Coast’, is a land of many beaches. Around every bend in the road is a new, undiscovered beach. Some have no names, no roads or entrances, no human footprints of any kind. Pristine, untouched sandy shores and waters. Beaches of all kinds, colors, sizes and shapes.
Certain beaches are ideal for swimming, some for surfing, others for bodyboarding. Some beaches are known for their rich tidal pools and colorful snorkeling. Others are known for their lines of palm trees, lazy hammock spots and long stretches of sand perfect for a beach stroll. Some are known for their variety of shells and sand dollars, others are reputed for their sea turtle sightings, and others for their lucky fishing spots. There is a beach for anyone and everyone in the land of many beaches.
We’ve been itching to explore more of the Osa Peninsula, so we recently spent a whole day checking out Puerto Jimenez and the surrounding beaches that make up this deserted, rugged finger-shaped piece of jungle. The drive was breathtaking and we stopped to admire the gorgeous views along the way.
Our first stop was Playa Blanca, which is a Blue Flag beach (environmentally recognized for its clean sand and waters). It is a long stretch of rocky shore, with a parallel beach road, and a few small fishing boats that man the shoreline.
Driving through the small port town of Puerto Jimenez, we check out the shops, restaurants, bars and random mix of people wandering the streets. We pause to photograph a cruise ship docked near the beach.
Down the road a little further we come across Playa Platanores. This beach has some of the brightest turquoise water we’ve seen in all of Costa Rica. The entire stretch of coast is completely deserted with no sign of human life, we are the only souls for miles.
At the end of our day we hear the unmistakable screeching sound of scarlet macaws calling to each other. We follow our ears and end up beneath two trees that are overflowing with macaws. Time slips away from us as we once again get lost in a mind blowing, up-close encounter with these majestic creatures.
Heading in the opposite direction of the Osa Peninsula later in the week, we spend another day exploring more new beaches. Our first stop is Playa Tortuga, which is the closest beach to us. A long stretch of sand, this beach has many hang out spots to choose from, and a lush river that divides its two sections. The shore is lined with numerous trees that separate the light green water from the beach road.
The next beach we stop at is Playa Pinuelas, which has gorgeous, blue water and a flat, rocky shoreline. It is a part of the Marino Ballena National Park and we plan to waste future days here.
As we are driving we notice a sky full of parachutes, so we pull over at Playa Dominicalito to watch the sky divers land. Playa Dominicalito is beach we stayed at for a few nights on our first Costa Rica scouting trip. It is quiet and peaceful, with tidal pools and rocky sections perfect for exploring.
The last stop on our beach road trip is the famous Playa Uvita, home of the whale’s tail beach. This beach has a special place in our hearts, as it was one of the first Costa Rican beaches we fell in love with and is the first place we cut down and drank fresh coconuts. At low tide the whale’s tail is wide and visible. Here is an aerial photo of one side of the whale's tail that we took from a hotel high up in the cliffs overlooking the ocean.
The whale’s tail is a mysterious and unique place. I love the feeling of sitting on a stretch of sand that only exists for a few hours of each day.
The ocean surrounds us, the tide slowly creeps up on us from both directions, waiting to swallow the beach whole as soon as we turn our backs for a moment. This may not be the best place for a beach nap, but we love to spend time sitting on this skinny stretch of sand as it is eaten up by the sea.
Gracias, hasta luego and pura vida to all my beaches out there.
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.