Costa Rica beach cleanup groups to join

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If you are planning a Costa Rica vacation and want to do some community service while you here, a beach cleanup is an excellent way to help the environment and meet other like-minded volunteers who care about our ocean ecosystem. To find one taking place while you are in country you can check Facebook for upcoming events. To make it easier for you, we have created a list of our favorite groups to participate with around the country.


Operation Rich Coast – Facebook ~ Instagram

Operation Rich Coast promotes & facilitates coastal clean-ups and engages communities on a national level throughout Costa Rica.

EcoRunnersFacebook ~ Instagram

Running group based in San Jose that organizes cleanups around the city.

MareBluFacebook ~ Instagram

A Conservation Organization that organizes cleanups, especially out on the water and underwater. They also sell bracelets to raise funds for environmental projects.

Algo por la Tierra – Facebook ~ Instagram

Non-profit organization that seeks to reduce the problem of urban pollution and sensitize the population to take care of our Earth.


Nicoya Waterkeepers – Facebook – Instagram

A Costa Rican non-profit, for clean water and responsible water management.

Nosara Civic Association – Facebook – Instagram

Founded in 1975, their mission is to honor and support a sustainable future for the Nosara area.

Santa Teresa:

5 Minute beach cleanupFacebookInstagram

Created by Carolina Sevilla from BIOYARN, she leads beach cleanups in Santa Teresa, and promotes them in the rest of the world.

Casa PampaFacebookInstagram

Casa Pampa Santa Teresa is a Permaculture Learning Lab for sustainability and environmental awareness at the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.


Tamarindo SurfriderFacebook ~ Instagram

Hosts monthly beach cleanups and support other coastal environmental causes.

The Clean WaveFacebook ~ Instagram

An eco awareness movement that creates solutions for keeping the beaches clean.

EcoRutaFacebook ~ Instagram

A service that collect recyclables in Tamarindo and Playa Langosta, and often support local cleanups.

Osa Peninsula (Dominical, Ojochal, Osa):

Asociación de Programas SocialesFacebook ~ Email

This group of locals in Dominical run the recycling program, plus help with tree planting and sea turtle nest protection. Besides beach cleanups, they often need adults and kids to help volunteer in the recycling center.

Reserva Playa TortugaFacebook ~ Instagram

A non-profit biological research and education center located next to Ojochal. They have marine life workshops for kids and also assist with sea turtle nesting.

Pepe Lopez (Spicy Life)Facebook ~ Instagram

A volunteer organizer who sets up beach cleanups in Dominical and Dominicalito.

Limpiando OsaFacebook ~ Instagram

This group is working with the Envision Festival and helps with cleanups from Dominical all the way south to Sierpe.

Do you know a group that helps with keeping our coast clean? Please send us a note.

2018 International Coastal Cleanup

The 2018 International Coastal Cleanup


  1. Ava Shumake says:

    I’d love to know more about beach cleanups!

    • Greg Gordon says:

      Hi Ava ~ Be sure to visit the Facebook and Instagram pages of the groups in the area you are visiting. They will post when they are organizing the next cleanup.

  2. Amber says:

    My name is Amber and I will be visiting family in the liberia region. I was hoping to find out if there are any day volunteer events in December

  3. Tameka says:

    My first time hearing of this. Is there a beach clean up for Jaco in 2023?

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