Best Beaches on Earth

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Travel + Leisure’s first-ever best beaches survey reveals where to plant your umbrella in the sand, whether you’re looking for seclusion or wildlife viewing.

Las Baulas National Park, Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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Best for Wildlife Viewing: Playa Grande, ranked No. 5 for wildlife viewing, is best known for its surf-worthy waves, though parts of its shore are also protected nesting grounds for ridley and leatherback turtles. During nesting season (October to March), travelers can visit only with a park guide.

Best Beaches on Earth

Las Baulas National Park, Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Best for Wildlife Viewing: Playa Grande, ranked No. 5 for wildlife viewing, is best known for its surf-worthy waves, though parts of its shore are also protected nesting grounds for ridley and leatherback turtles. During nesting season (October to March), travelers can visit only with a park guide.

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