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)

Accommodation in Nicoya Peninsula

Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options