Should You Choose a Dentist near the Beach in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica Dentists

Most patients that visit Costa Rica for dental care choose to receive their care in the capitol city of San Jose. San Jose offers thousands of dentists and specialists all located in the metro area. However, an increasing number of beach-loving patients are seeking dental care at the beach. If you are looking for dental treatment at the beach in Costa Rica, you’ll find many options for dental clinics in our online directory. Which beach is the right one for you? We can help you find the best dentists at some of the best beaches in Costa Rica.

A few reputable dentists and dental clinics have offices at or near the beach, making it convenient for patients to receive dental care while enjoying their Costa Rica beach vacation. Several dental offices offer English-language services and attract a large number of Americans and Canadians.

Two of the most developed beaches are Tamarindo, located in Guanacaste in the North Pacific, and Jaco Beach, located in Puntarenas in the Central Pacific area.

Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Guanacaste offering beautiful scenery and a vibrant, trendy beach town with great nightlife. With clear, warm ocean water and golden-white sand, Tamarindo is considered an exotic family-friendly paradise.

Tamarindo is home to a handful of English-speaking dental clinics that offer all types of dental treatment. It is also possible to find pharmacies and physicians right in the heart of Tamarindo.

One of the most recognized dental clinics in the area and the first opened in Tamarindo is called Tamarindo Dental Center, which is run by Dr. Alejandro Leon. He is a surfer who loves working with patients that come to surf at this beautiful beach destination.

As Dr. Leon says “dental tourism offers the possibility of getting your dental care from start to end and then you can go recover at the beach. What a great way of getting dental treatment!”

However, many patients come with unrealistic expectations. Dr. Leon explains: “Once their visit has been coordinated, I have everything ready for them and the dental treatment goes smooth and fast. But sometimes patients just show up asking for dental work, without understanding the extent of the damage and the time that is required for dental planning and care. Dental work cannot be magically finished without planning. I absolutely recommend to plan ahead.”

It is important to keep in mind that many of the preferred dental labs are located in San Jose. This is not a problem for clinics at the beach because they send their cases to the lab with fast turnarounds. However, this may add a couple of days to the length of the treatment.

Tamarindo is a well-developed area in both infrastructure and services. It has several restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs, supermarkets, banks, clothing stores, surf shops and souvenir shops. Tamarindo also offers activities like horseback riding, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, boat tours, and many more.

Tamarindo Beach has a great location due to its proximity to other important beach areas such as: Playa Langosta, Playa Grande, Playa Hermosa (Guanacaste), Playas Del Coco, Nosara, Playa Avellanas, Playa Ventanas and Playa Conchal.

“Having good dental treatment in the most beautiful environment with qualified dentists is priceless.” says Dr. Alejandro Leon.

Jaco Beach

Jaco beach is located in Puntarenas, only 1.5 hours from San José. It is very convenient for those travelers who want to escape the city and enjoy some fun in the sun for the day or the weekend.

Jaco beach is a 2.5 mile strip, open to the ocean with strong tides. It is preferred by many for the excellent surfing as well as the nightlife. The beach is surrounded by nature and the town has a life of its own. Jaco has become a popular spot for sport fishing and after-hours adult fun.
It is a well developed beach offering local restaurants and fast food chains, banks, many surf shops, handicraft shops, hotels, taxi services, and of course, bars and clubs.

There are dental clinics as well, offering great dental treatment for those who wish to stay at the beach instead of traveling to the city.

Some of the closest beaches to visit are Playa Herradura and Playa Hermosa (Puntarenas) which is where the International Quicksilver Surfing Championship takes place every year.