The popular online travel reviews and advice website TripAdvisor recently announced its 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards, a tradition that is currently in its third year. It so happens that one of Costa Rica’s most pristine stretches Pacific coastline made the list of the world’s Top 20 Traveler’s Choice Beaches in the World.

Here is the introduction to the official press release from TripAdvisor:

NEWTON, Mass., February 18, 2015 – TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2015 Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Beaches. In its third year, the awards recognize the best beaches globally, including top lists for Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, the U.K., and the U.S.

“For travelers looking to escape the snow and cold, we’ve unveiled the world’s best beaches based on feedback from the TripAdvisor community,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “The best news is that travelers can find affordable hotel deals on TripAdvisor for less than $200 per night at these award-winning beach destinations, enabling them to make their warm-weather dreams a reality.”

Travelers’ Choice award-winning beaches were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.

The beach within the Manuel Antonio National Park is known to some locals as Playa Tres or Playa Blanca; there are other beaches named Playa Blanca in Costa Rica, but the official name of this award-winning beach is eponymous with the park. Tourists who visit Costa Rica can safely ask for Playa Manuel Antonio since everyone knows about its dazzling white sands and its well-deserved Blue Ecological Flag designation. Here is a recent review from a TripAdvisor member:

A beautiful beach with calmer waters than most of the beaches around Manuel Antonio! The water was very warm and a little turbid due to the volcanic ash that causes the murkiness. We swam in the waves for a bit but also had to keep an eye on our belongings due to the monkey’s picking through several beach goers belongings looking for food! Luckly…we didn’t have any food and they bypassed our stuff.

We were not bothered at all by the beach vendors and in fact were delighted to purchase fresh watermelon from one of them. The only thing that would have made it better is if they had “chairs for rent” on the beach!! We accessed the beach via the National Park which we had to pay an entrance fee to get in although some of the locals walk through the back waters during low tide to get to this beach. There was a paved trail so someone with a w/c could get out to the beach although there isn’t any area once you are at the beach that would accommodate a wheelchair