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Northwest Pacific Coast


Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific Coast is called the Gold Coast for good reason. Golden sands, deserted beaches, and a jewelry box collection of wide secluded bays have effectively seduced every romantic that’s had the pleasure of visisting. The long stretch of wild ocean-front territory is currently the country’s most coveted frontier (riding side-saddle with the South Caribbean). 

Not so long ago, the dry rolling coastal hillsides provided many a safe haven for Hollywood superstars (and the like) to build their tropical retreats. Today, savvy entrepreneurs are snatching up the reins and putting their creative juices to work. Five-star resorts like the Four Seasons and JW Marriott claim the choicest cuts next to Renaissance-inspired full-service luxury communities and exquisite privately owned villas, spas, and B&Bs.

But don’t be intimidated. The real Costa Rica still exists up here. Almost-undiscovered surf breaks, sleepy towns with real-people charm, dirt roads revealing jaw-dropping secluded beaches, national parks harboring ecological treasures, and thriving local communities still take the stage. Not to mention the world-class surf, mountain biking, sport fishing, sailing, scuba diving, and all those land adventures that keep outdoorsy types drooling.

Popular northwest Pacific beach towns (from north to south):

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