Costa Rica’s twin oceans, the Pacific and the Caribbean, practically beg travelers go snorkeling and peek below the surface. And plenty of treasures await!

Costa Rica may not have the famed reefs of Belize, but we do have other underwater sights: shipwrecks and coral gardens, underwater abysses and shallow caves. Every place has its underwater personality: the southern Caribbean is famed for its live coral reefs and rare black coral; the north Pacific’s shipwrecks and caves are havens for exciting wildlife, like white-tip reef sharks and spotted eagle rays; the central Pacific has lovely, sandy sea bottoms, perfect for kids and beginners; and the south Pacific is a vast wonderland of underwater habitats and animal sightings. They’re all here, waiting to be discovered, explored and photographed.

It’s easy to grab your gear at any beachside town; you can also rent equipment, including flippers. Ask around about the best places to swim out to snorkeling spots, or book a snorkeling + catamaran tour (often with sunset cruise), for a day of sightseeing, sailing and snorkeling combined.

Samara Travel Guide

It’s not just palm trees that line the sun-bleached coastline of Samara beach; this town-on-the-sea is home to beachfront restaurants, nightlife, and many other amenities. Indeed, these family-friendly white sands offer a one-stop-shop for all things vacation, making it one of the most sought-after destinations in Costa Rica.

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