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In the Water

Las Catalinas is blessed with Playa Danta and Playa Dantita, two of the most enjoyable beaches in all of Costa Rica. Swimming is safe and beautiful. A paradise of water activities awaits you! Pura Vida Ride offers gear, guides, and instruction right on Playa Danta. Enjoy!

Body Surfing and Boogie Boarding

Playa Danta is one of the best body surfing and boogie boarding beaches you will ever find. Go at medium to low tides when the beach is very flat. The swells are typically moderate, safe, spaced 15 seconds apart, and perfectly formed. These waves are unlike anything many of us have seen in other parts of the world. Costa Rica has many famous surfing beaches but Las Catalinas is partially sheltered from the prevailing southern swell, and that is what makes Playa Danta “just right” for boogie boarding. It is easy yet thrilling, super fun for people of all ages, and probably the most consistently smile-producing activity there is!

Some of the best snorkeling in Costa Rica is right at Las Catalinas. The best spots are wherever you see rocks: the far side of Playa Dantita, the reef in between Danta and Dantita, along the shore of Punta Penca, or out at the Islotes Pitahayas islands just offshore. You’ll find lots of reef fish, coral, interesting underwater topography, big spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, and who knows what else. Maybe even a little fish friend of your very own.

Las Catalinas is an ideal location for sea kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. The protected bay of Playa Danta is perfect for beginners and often offers glassy smooth conditions. The Islotes Pitahayas just one kilometer offshore are a great destination with the swell surging dramatically on the rocks. The islands are a famous nesting site of pelicans and frigate birds. The coastline in both directions is dramatic and interesting with a variety of beautiful beaches, cliffs and great snorkeling and swimming all within paddling range.

Also the best scuba diving in Costa Rica is just offshore, and ConnectOcean offers instruction right in Las Catalinas.

Surfing is a very popular activity in our area and our concierge group would love to help you organize outings to Playa Grande, Witch’s Rock, and other famous nearby surf breaks.

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