Beaches, Waterfalls and Swimming Holes
Costa Rica has nearly 300 different beaches along its stunning Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, each with a unique draw and distinct setting. Even on nearby beaches the sand can vary from white, black, or brown coloration. Some beaches are full of shells or scattered with rocks; others are soft with fluffy fine sand. Some are fantastic for swimming, and others are better for surfing. Listed below are some local beaches and waterfalls located in our area.
Be aware of the rip tides, there are strong currents and therefore swimming can be dangerous. If you find yourself in a rip current, Do not swim toward shore. You will be fighting the current, and you will lose. Swim parallel to shore, across the current. If you cannot swim out of the riptide, float on your back and allow the riptide to take you away from shore until you are beyond the pull of the current. Rip currents generally subside 50 to 100 yards from shore. Once the riptide subsides, swim parallel to shore and then back to shore. Riptides occur more frequently in strong winds. Streaks of muddy or sandy water and debris moving out to sea through the surf zone are signs that riptides are present. Also look for areas of reduced wave heights in the surf zone and depressions in the beach running perpendicular to shore.
Remember - leave valuables at home, not in the vehicle, and lock the doors.
Tide Charts - http://ballenatales.com/tides/