From the amazing wildlife to one-of-a-kind natural formations, here are five reasons you’ll quickly fall in love with the beaches of Southern Costa Rica:
1. The Wildlife
Half a million species crawl, swim and fly their way through the beautiful wilderness of Costa Rica. You can find many of these species specifically in the Southern Zone. The beaches are teeming with wildlife. Lay out on your beach blanket and marvel as monkeys swing on branches nearby–the Southern Zone is the only place you can see all four of Costa Rica’s monkeys within the same day. Spider Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, White Faced Monkeys and Squirrel Monkeys make their home in this region.
But it doesn’t stop there. Another one of the rarest things about the Southern Zone is that it’s smack dab in the middle of a Humpback Whale migration pattern. Twice each year these elusive animals come up close to the shoreline for warm waters to protect their babies. Humpbacks migrate every July through November, and every December and April.
Nearly 1,000 different types of bird species live among the trees of Costa Rica, including the beloved toucan and macaws. It’s also likely you’ll find sloths, porcupines, and raccoons crawling around this area, as well. You name it; it’s probably here.
2. Best Surfing Conditions
Costa Rica’s Southern Zone is world-famous for it’s surfing conditions. Water temperature is warm all year long, and the wave height is perfect for beginner and advanced surfers alike. If you love surfing or want to learn how, you’ll be in great company here. Surf Retreat Centers, Board Rentals, and surfer communities dot the coastline.
3. Amazing Natural Formations
Incredible natural formations can be found all over Southern Costa Rica. The two most notable formations are perhaps Playa Ventanas and The Whale’s Tail.
Playa Ventanas, which literally means “window beach”, is filled with naturally formed caves. During the dry season, December through April, when the water is slightly lower, you can swim, kayak, or sometimes even walk through these incredible rock formations.
The Whale’s Tail is located near Uvita in the Southern Zone. This beach has an incredible naturally formed sandbar that looks exactly like a whale’s tail. There are only a few of these natural “whale’s tails” in the world, and Southern Costa Rica is one of them. Travelers venture here every year to behold this magnificent natural phenomenon. During the dry months, you can walk all the way out on the whales tail. We recommend getting a fantastic bird’s eye view from above at one of the hotels in Ojochal, or via a helicopter ride.
The beaches of the Southern Zone are the place to be for adventure and adrenaline. Jet Skiing is an awesome activity for the whole family. Most Jet Ski Tours in the Southern Zone will take you along breathtakingly beautiful coastline with towering cliffs and warm, clean waters. Go jet skiing during the months of whale migration, and it’s likely you could find yourself jet skiing next to a Humpback or a dolphin.
Cano Island in the Southern Zone is one of the best places in the country for scuba diving and snorkeling. You’ll see a tremendous amount of diversity of fish within a small radius.
If you get tired of surfing (if that’s even possible here) paddle boarding and kayaking are great alternatives that still allow you to be on the water. You can also horseback your way along the coast, or take advantage of the spectacular bird watching and sports fishing.
5. Authentic Tico Beaches
There are few regions in Costa Rica where you can still find true Tico (local) beach towns, untouched by tourists or large resorts. The Southern Zone is one of those places. Ticos are exceptionally welcoming and friendly here. Keep your eyes peeled for sodas, or local Tico restaurants. Here you’ll find some of the best Gallo Pinto and Ceviche you’ve ever had.
If there is one thing to be confident in, it’s that Southern Costa Rica boasts some of the best beaches you’ll find anywhere in the country. Teeming with wildlife, top surfing conditions, unbelievable natural formations, adventurous activities, and authentic Tico towns, the beaches of the Southern Zone cannot be beaten. If you’re looking for a laid-back atmosphere, with plenty of opportunities to get out and discovering new things, in a true Costa Rican atmosphere, this is the place for you.