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We have included a section on Costa Rica, since we get many requests from potential tourists to Costa Rica that after reviewing the Nicaraguan options, change their mind. They find Nicaragua much less expensive, easier and faster to travel to the beach and more tourist options like volcanoes, colonial cities, islands, etc.

Some long term residents like to visit both countries, so you will find here the information on the beaches of Costa Rica, as well as their distance from Managua and from Pochomil.


Costa Rica can be categorized into four areas, Guanacaste beaches, Central Pacific, South Pacific and Atlantic (Caribbean) beaches.

Since Guanacaste is well developed, we have listed Guanacaste into three zones, North, Central and South.

Nicaragua-Costa Rica Distance Table

The distance from Managua or Pochomil to the multiple cities of Costa Rica, including certain beaches is as follows:

Distance in kms to Costa Rican cities From Managua From Pochomil Driving time (hh:mm)
Peñas Blancas border 147 153 2:00
Liberia 227 233 3:00
Puntarenas 347 353 4:30
San Jose 431 437 6:00
Paso Canoas Panama via Rt 34 672 678 9:00
Paso Canoas Panama via San Jose 729 735 11:00
Pozon 377 383 4:45
Limon 548 554 7:30
Jaco Beach 411 417 5:15
Golfito 747 753 8:30
Playa Tamales 697 703 9:30
Playa Savegre 489 495 6:30
Playa Manuel Antonio 484 490 6:30
Playa Gigante 458 464 6:30
Playa Ostional 327 333 4:30
Playa Ocotal  257 263 3:30
Playa Conchal 300 306 4:15

This table does not include delays in border crossing, allow 5-10 minutes on the Nicaragua side at Peñas Blancas and 30-45 minutes on the Costa Rica side. Beware that Costa Rica does not allow its rental cars to drive cross border, you must travel to the border and rent a car on the Nicaraguan side, the only car rental in Nicaraguan border is Budget Rent a Car.

You may rent a car in Nicaragua and drive to Costa Rica, but you must notify the car rental company to process the documents 2-5 days prior to your trip.

Any travel through San Jose delays the trip by 1 to 2 hours due to heavy traffic at all times.

Costa Rica beach map

North Pacific Costa Rican beaches

GUANACASTE NORTE GUANACASTE CENTRO GUANACASTE SUR
Playa Pochote (Salinas)   Playa Pan de Azúcar   Playa Nosara
Playa Copal Playa Potrero Playa Garza
Playa Jobo Playa Conchal Playa Buena Vista  
Playa Cuajiniquil   Playa Ventanas   Playa Camaronal
Playa Nancite Playa Langosta   Playa San Miguel
Playa Prieta (Papagayo)   Playa Arbolito   Playa Manzanillo  
Playa Manzanillo  Playa Surco de Piedra   Playa Mal País  
Playa Pochote (Papagayo)   Playa Cóncava Playa Pelada
Playa Hermosa Playa Azul Playa Barco Quebrado
Playa Gringo  Playa Pietra   Playa Sámara
Playa Puerto Soley   Playa Flamingo (Blanca)   Playa Islita y Corozalito  
Playa Coyotera Playa Real y Roble   Playa Coyote
Playa Nabos Playa Grande   Playa Santa Teresa  
Playa Blanca (Santa Elena)   Playa Avellanas   Playa Guiones
Playa Naranjo Playa Junquillal   Playa Barrigona  
Playa Blanca y Virador   Playa Lagarto Playa Carrillo
Playa Nacascolo Playa Pitahaya   Playa Bejuco
Monte del Barco   Playa Pleito y San Juanillo   Playa Bongo  
Playa Azul (Jurel) Playa La Penca   Playa Carmen  
Playa Ocotal  Playa Brasilito  
Playa Papaturro Playa Carbón  
Playa Rajada (Nubes) Playa Tamarindo
Playa Bahía Junquillal Playa Negra
Playa Potrero Grande Playa Marbella  
Playa Cabuyal Playa Coco
Playa Culebra Playa Blanca
Playa Iguanita Playa Ostional  
Playa Panamá (Chrorotega)  
Playas del Coco  

Travel from Guanacaste beaches to Nicaragua

From the Northern and Central Guanacaste beaches, travel to Liberia, then go North on Pan American Highway (Route 1) for 80 kms to Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua. 

  • Distance from Liberia to Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua is 80 kms and takes 1 hour.

From the Southern beaches, you may have to travel to the Puntarenas intersection of Route 1 or take Route 21 to Route 18 (Heading North or West) to Pan American Highway Route 1. From the Puntarenas intersection drive north on Rt 1 for 200 kms, passing Cañas and Liberia, to Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua. 

  • Distance from Puntarenas intersection to Peñas Blancas border CR-NIC is 200 kms and takes 2:30 hours.

Once in Peñas Blancas, to go to Pochomil, Masachapa or Montelimar go North on Panamerican Highway NIC 1 for 120 kms to El Crucero, on km 26, then turn left on NIC 8 towards San Rafael del Sur, drive 33 kms passing this town and continue to Masachapa. 
  • The Distance from Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica-Nicaragua to Pochomil is 153 kms and takes about 2 hours.

To travel from Peñas Blancas to Managua, see our Nicaraguan cities page for directions.

To get more details on travel conditions, distance to major cities in Nicaragua, and detail of many local destinations, check out Nicaraguan cities page.


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Central Pacific beaches of Costa Rica

The Central Pacific beaches of Costa Rica begin at Golfo de Nicoya and then South, they are the closest beaches from San Jose.

The beaches are:

PACIFICO CENTRAL
 
Playa Cabo Blanco    
Playa Montezuma 
Playa Cocalito 
Playa Quizales 
Playa Tambor 
Playa Curú 
Playa Gigante 
Playa Naranjo 
Playa Organos 
 Puntarenas 
Playa de Doña Ana   
Playa Caldera 
Playa Tivives 
Playa Tárcoles 
Playa Pógeres  
Playa Agujas 
Playa Mantas 
Playa Blanca 
Playa Herradura  
Playa Jacó 
Playa Hermosa 
Playa Esterillos 
Playa Bejuco 
Playa Palma 
Playa Palo Seco 
Playa Isla Damas   
Playa Boca Vieja 
Playa Espadilla 
Playa Manuel Antonio  
Playa Cabuya 

Travel From Central Pacific beaches of Costa Rica to Nicaragua

Travel to Pan American Highway (Route 1), from the Puntarenas intersection drive north for 200 kms, passing Cañas and Liberia, to Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua. 
  • Distance from Puntarenas intersection to Peñas Blancas is 200 kms and takes 2 1/2 hours.

Once in Peñas Blancas, to go to Pochomil, Masachapa or Montelimar go North on Panamerican Highway NIC 1 for 120 kms to El Crucero, on km 26, then turn left on NIC 8 towards San Rafael del Sur, drive 33 kms passing this town and continue to Masachapa. 
  • The Distance is 153 kms and takes about 2 hours.

To travel from Peñas Blancas to Managua, see our Nicaraguan cities page for directions.

To get more details on travel conditions, distance to major cities in Nicaragua, and detail of many local destinations, check out Nicaraguan cities page.


You can check other resources about Nicaraguan cities, map, travel and roads:



South Pacific Beaches of Costa Rica 

South Pacific beaches are very remote and may be 3 to 5 hours from San Jose, these beaches are:

PACIFICO SUR
Playa Savegre
Playa Dominical
Playa Uvita
Playa Piñuela
Playa Garza (Boca Brava)  
Playa Llorona
Playa Matapalo (Osa)  
Playa Platanares  
Playa Cacao
Playa Matapalo
Playa Dominicalito 
Playa de Arco
Playa Ventanas
Playa Bahía Drake
Playa Madrigal
Playa Sombrero  
Playa Blanca
Playa Zancudo
Playa Barú
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ballena
Playa Tortuga
Playa San Josecito  
Playa Carate
Playa Tamales  
Playa San Josecito (Golfito)  
Playa Pavones

Travel From South Pacific beaches of Costa Rica to Nicaragua

Travel on Route 34 to Pozon, then turn left (West)on Route 27, this turns into Route 23 which will lead you to Route 1, Pan American Highway, to the Puntarenas intersection, then drive north for 200 kms, passing Cañas and Liberia, to Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua. 

  • The distance from Pozon to Peñas Blancas, border with Nicaragua is 230 kms and takes 3:00 hrs. 
  • From Golfito to Peñas Blancas is 500 kms and takes 6:30 hrs.
Once in Peñas Blancas, to go to Pochomil, Masachapa or Montelimar go North on Panamerican Highway NIC 1 for 120 kms to El Crucero, on km 26, then turn left on NIC 8 towards San Rafael del Sur, drive 33 kms passing this town and continue to Masachapa. 
  • The Distance is 153 kms and takes about 2 hours.

To travel from Peñas Blancas to Managua, see our Nicaraguan cities page for directions.

To get more details on travel conditions, distance to major cities in Nicaragua, and detail of many local destinations, check out Nicaraguan cities page.

 


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Caribbean Beaches (Atlantic) of Costa Rica

Probably these are the lesser known beaches of the country, and their topography is different from the Pacific. These beaches are:

CARIBE
Playa Barra del Colorado
Playa Portete
Playa Negra (Cahuita)
Playa Negra (Puerto Viejo) 
Playa Pirikiki
Playa Mona
Playa Tortuguero
Playa Bonita
Playa Cahuita (Blanca)  
Puerto Viejo y Cocles  
Playa Uva
Playa Gandoca
Playa Moín
Playa Vizcaya  
Playa Puerto Vargas  
Playa Chiquita
Playa Manzanillo

Travel From Caribbean beaches of Costa Rica to Nicaragua

Travel to Limon, then head West on Route 32 for 104 kms, turn right on Route 4 for 42 kms, take Route 126 for 18 kms South, then Route 140 for 23 kms then continue right on Route 250 for 3.5 kms, then left on Rt 751 for 4 kms, then Route 4 for 180 kms until Route 1, Pan American Highway, turn Right (North) for 24 kms until Peñas Blancas. 

  • The distance from Limon to Peñas Blancas is 401 kms and it takes 5:30 hrs.

Once in Peñas Blancas, to go to Pochomil, Masachapa or Montelimar go North on Panamerican Highway NIC 1 for 120 kms to El Crucero, on km 26, then turn left on NIC 8 towards San Rafael del Sur, drive 33 kms passing this town and continue to Masachapa. 
  • The Distance from Peñas Blancas to Pochomil is 153 kms and takes about 2 hours.

To travel from Peñas Blancas to Managua, see our Nicaraguan cities page for directions.

To get more details on travel conditions, distance to major cities in Nicaragua, and detail of many local destinations, check out Nicaraguan cities page.


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Nicaragua competes with the best resorts and destinations worldwide. Caribean resorts like Puerto Rico, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands have great resorts full of tourists, many travelers prefer the beaches of Nicaragua, specially Pochomil, that they can combine their vacation with colonial and historical sites in Nicaragua, also the proximity to Costa Rica. 

Some of the beaches nearby are Pochomil, Masachapa, Montelimar, La Boquita, Casares, further south are the beaches of Huehuete, Tupilapa, La Flor, a few miles northa are the popular beaches or towns along the Pacific Ocean such as Poneloya, El Velero. On the southern part of Nicaragua are the beaches  Popoyo, Tola, San Juan del Sur also called San Juan, Playa Maderas, Majagual, Marsella, Tola, Chacocente, Las Peñitas, El Velero, Jiquilillo, Estero Padre Ramos, and many more. Most tourist who want beach photos on Nicaragua or the beach visit these beaches.

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If you are coming to Nicaragua to buy real estate, or have real estate for sale in Nicaragua, you will find it at very convenient prices.

Pochomil Nicaragua is the favorite destination of traveling families, tourists and high net worth individuals from Nicaragua.


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