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Which beaches are free from sewage in Costa Rica?

Is the Nicoya Peninsula is effected by sewage problems?

I've heard reports of sewage problems in the manuel antonia/quepos area, jaco, playa panama,  and especially tamarindo and the papagayo area. I'm wondering, is this sewage problem quite common on the beaches of costa rica, or is it more a situation of a few isolated incidents?

Can anyone recommend a resource that lists beaches in costa rica which are free of sewage issues?



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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Oceanside

I think it's more isolated incidents...we just returned from Costa Rica and stayed in Samara (Guanacoste Province) and the water was just fine. Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo and I forget the name of the other one in the area, but very clean and no issues. As was mentioned, riptides can be a issue.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Look for beaches that have been awarded 'blue flags' as these are given for water quality amongst other factors. A few beaches have had sewerage problems but usually following heavy rainfall. Avoid swimming near river mouths entering the ocean to be on the safe side.





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