Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

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The Nicoya Peninsula is the largest peninsula in Costa Rica and is west of San Jose on the Pacific side of the country. Here you will find some of the most beautiful and secluded beaches the country has to offer as well as a fantastic climate with warm weather during the whole year.

This tropical paradise is way off the beaten track but is becoming a more popular destination with the improvement of roads to the region. As such, many of the hotels in the region are small and privately owned, contributing to the laid-back atmosphere of the area. You'll find the Nicoya Peninsula to be the perfect place to find rest and relaxation, as well as a little adventure.

History & Culture

One of the main towns in the region is Nosara - where you'll find residents committed to protecting the amazing natural environment. Much of the area is protected forest, and there is a moratorium on hunting in the region that extends back 20 years, resulting in an abundance of wildlife.

With calm shores and beautiful beaches, Playa Tambor is ideal for family vacations, while beaches farther to the north are known for great surfing waves.

Lodging & Dining

If your looking for a surfing oasis, check out Harmony Hotel or Harbor Reef Resort both found on the sandy beaches of Nosara.

Punta Islita, Tropico Latino, Flor Blanca, and Beija Flor provide guests with the perfect escape from everyday stresses.

The tropical Tango Mar is excellent for couples or families.


As you would expect with resorts located on or near the Pacific, these resorts offer access to world-class water sports. Surfing is a major draw to the area and you'll have no problem finding an excellent instructor for lessons for surfers of all skill levels.

Snorkeling cruises are a great way to see the coast and get in the water. Boat tours are abundant in the area; you'll find both day and sunset cruises. Finally, deep sea fishing is fantastic here and not to be missed.

If you are ready for land-based adventures, you are in luck. The region features many of the best options found in Costa Rica including canopy tours, nature hikes through beautiful preserves, and of course, golf!

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