Known for its stunning semi-deserted beaches linked together by grey stone cliffs or tangles of knotted mangroves, as well as enchanting villages, Tico cowboys and a very unhurried temperament, the Nicoya Peninsula is the more rustic end of Costa Rica‘s northern Pacific coastline.
The region generally benefits from a bit more isolation compared to the Guanacaste coast, especially in the south.
When to go
All year round, as the hot, dry climate of the area means there is little rain from November to April and temperatures are pretty consistent. The southern Nicoya region however experiences more rainfall as per its transitional position from dry to tropical.
What to do
- Surfing, especially at Santa Teresa in the southern part of the peninsula, § on Playa Avellanes, Negra and Grande
- Sport fishing
- Visit the unhurried rustic villages of Tambor and Montezuma
- Tours to the Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco (Wildlife Reserve)