This Peaceful Costa Rica Beach Is A Secret Tropical Escape

Costa Rica is the perfect country to relax by the ocean, as its tranquil coastline is a natural Caribbean paradise. If you want to visit one of the best beaches in Costa Rica then head to Playa Chiquita which is a haven for wildlife with plenty of fun activities to keep tourists entertained. It also has a prestigious "Blue Flag" award as it is so clean and tidy.

Situated on the East Coast, Playa Chiquita is in the Limón province, nestled between the popular beaches of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and Playa Punta Uva. It is surrounded by forest without a road to get to it which makes this beach feel more private. If you want to be infused with the Costa Rican spirit of "Pura Vida" then this is the place to do it. Once you arrive, you'll immediately understand why this beach is one of the best things to do in Costa Rica.

Things to do at Playa Chiquita

Playa Chiquita is the perfect place to relax and feel like you're a castaway on a desert island. You can even add to this secluded experience by taking a horseback ride through the rainforest. As the water is so clear, you can snorkel off the beach and see some of Costa Rica's exquisite marine life. If wildlife is your thing, go for a hike in the nearby Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge where you can spot snakes, birds, and even ocelots if you're lucky.

Its coastline is part of the protected reserve so you can dive with the sea turtles and manatees that call this place home. On the other side of Playa Chiquita is the Jaguar Rescue Center at Punta Cocles. Here you can see native wildlife like monkeys, sloths, macaws, and deer being nursed back to health. If you prefer to party, head to nearby Puerto Viejo which has a thriving nightlife scene, and afterwards, you can return to the peace of Playa Chiquita.

Places to stay at Playa Chiquita

As Playa Chiquita is surrounded by rainforest, most of the accommodations are close to the road, slightly set back from the beach. According to Tripadvisor reviews, Casa Moabi is one of the best places to stay here. It is a traditional-style house with a tropical garden where wildlife like birds and monkeys come to visit. This hotel is a short walk to the beach and it offers a delicious breakfast.

Villa Casa Azul y Arena Blanca Apartamentos has 5 out of 5 stars on its Google Reviews so this is a popular option with travelers. Visitors love it because it is in a great location, with kind hosts and clean rooms. An offbeat option near Playa Chiquita is the Tree House Lodge which has 4.5 stars on Google. Guests enjoy it as the open layout means that you can easily see the wildlife that surrounds you and the beach is only a few minutes away. Costa Rica is a top destination for solo travelers so wherever you stay, you're bound to make some new friends.