Eight out of the ten best beaches in Central America are located in Costa Rica, according to the ranking «Travellers Choice» of the website Tripadvisor.
The best beach in the area, Manuel Antonio is located in a national park of the same name in the Costa Rican Central Pacific.
Second place among Central American beaches is Samara, also in the Costa Rican Pacific province of Guanacaste; while the third favorite beach by Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice is West Bay, on the island of Roatan in Honduras.
Apparently tourists have a predilection for the Pacific coast of Central America, since only three of the ten favorite beaches are from the Caribbean coast: West Bay Beach in Honduras (3rd), Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica (9th) and Playa Blanca in Guatemala (10th).
All the other beaches mentioned by Tripadvisor users are located in Guanacaste and Puntarenas, in the central Pacific and northern Costa Rica.
In fact, these states receive thousands of tourists every year looking for its warm waters, white sand and a almost no waves, a popular site for surfing.