Luxury Travel to Nicoya Peninsula
Known for its stunning semi-deserted beaches linked together by grey stone cliffs or tangles of knotted mangroves, the Nicoya Peninsula is the more rustic end of Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coastline.
Separated from the mainland by the Gulf of Nicoya and the Tempisque estuary, the peninsula’s relative isolation has meant that it’s quieter than some of Costa Rica’s regions, including its well-known neighbour, the Guanacaste Coast. Life moves at a fairly relaxed pace here, and it’s easy to get used to the unhurried swing of things. Here it’s all about taking the time to appreciate your surroundings and enjoying the natural wonders on your doorstep. The region is known for its beaches, many of which are gloriously secluded. You can swim, snorkel, paddleboard and kayak through the waters then back on land, relax on the golden sand and explore the lush green forest.
Many of the lodges here have a strong focus on sustainability and helping to preserve this beautiful natural environment. It’s the perfect place for a few days of relaxation, enjoying everything that is so wonderful about the Costa Rican coast.
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)
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Accommodation in Nicoya Peninsula
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Lagarta LodgeThe eco-lodge consists of 26 suites, understated and modern in design so as to work in harmony with the natural environment. Elegant teak furniture and artwork from both European and Latin American artists adorns the walls and each suite features a private balcony which looks out over the jungle or ocean. The Jungle Suites offer idyllic views of unspoiled nature, the Panorama Suites open up to beautiful ocean views, and the Flor Blanca Suites look out on the lush surroundings and the ocean. Guests can enjoy Costa Rican cuisine at Chirriboca, and sunset cocktails on the terrace. And when it comes to relaxing, there are two infinity pools and a Jacuzzi hidden within the gardens. The lodge sits within its own private nature reserve which can be explored on guided tours or by self-led walks along the marked pathways. Keep your eyes peeled for tropical birds, howler monkeys, iguanas and colourful butterflies. There are four beautiful beaches nearby and plenty of activities to keep you busy including boat trips, kayaking, turtle tours, surfing and hiking. Lagarta Lodge is also committed to sustainability and helping the local community, supporting projects that promote education and conservation.