Costa Rica

Costa Rica Beaches

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:

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

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:

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.

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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:

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:

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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