Lots of travelers are looking for out-of-the-way secret destinations that offer privacy and serenity, and have that “untouched” look and feel about them. Everybody dreams of a beach where they’re the only ones there. These are ten quiet, wild Costa Rican beaches where you can expect that that will more than likely be the case. Photo from Tourist Destinations.
Nice beach to rest after diving

We’re experiencing a bit of a cold snap up here in Alberta, and there is nothing gentle at all about this particular brush with Old Man Winter. This morning, the two coldest places on earth were both located on our Canadian prairies: Manning, Alberta at -40°C; and Kelsey, Manitoba also at -40°C. Being cooped up like this is driving me to madness. I’ve been wandering around in such a cold-weather fog all week that this morning, I got dressed, pulled on my boots, tucked my pants INTO my boots, and headed off to my new job that I just started two weeks ago.

It was so cold out that this morning, I figured there was zero value in bringing a change of shoes. Why would I bother? It’s Friday! It’s cold. Nobody is going to criticize me for wearing my winter boots indoors. I’ve been walking around the office all day, going to meetings, talking to people, and then, at about 2:00 in the afternoon, one of my colleagues who I was chatting with looked me up and down and announced that I was wearing two different boots. Wait, what?! I looked down, and this is what I saw:

Boot

In light of that lovely workplace embarrassment, I’ve spent the rest of my day shooting emails back and forth to my best friend Coral. Last year she received an award at work, accompanied by a $5000 travel voucher, and she’s decided to take me to Costa Rica with her!

Coral has never had the opportunity to visit Costa Rica, though she’s always wanted to, and since we’re both turning 27 this year, we’re throwing ourselves a beautiful little fête and getting the heck out of Dodge (or Alberta)! Coral considers me to be her resident expert on all things Central America, as much as that may not be true, and she’s decided to leave it to me to decide which stunning beach destinations we should visit in our time in Costa Rica. We’ll be traveling all around, so we have some options. Coral’s only mandates are that she wants a place where she can have the pleasure of laying in the hot sun and lounging, and she wants sand that she can squish between her toes.

Lots of travelers are looking for out-of-the-way secret destinations that offer privacy and serenity, and have that “untouched” look and feel about them. Everybody dreams of a beach where they’re the only ones there. Here are ten quiet, wild Costa Rican beaches where you can expect that that will more than likely be the case. Hover over photos for the name and location of each beach.

Photos from:
Punta Uva – Mai10 Blog
Manzanillo – Geckoes Lodge
Pan Dulce – Casa Vida Verde
Backwash Bay – Rough Guides
Playa Barringona – Skyscraper Life
Isla del Caño – Into Highschool
Playa Cocalito – Kraft Trip
Playa Piñuela – Panoramio
Playa Carate – Studio G Photography
Playa San Josecito – Panoramio