Nicoya Peninsula

Nicoya Peninsula

The Peninsula of Nicoya covers an area approximately 40 miles in width by about 75 miles in length. The area contains two provinces, to the north is Guanacaste, to the south is Puntarenes. It is a beautiful, mountainous area and draws many visitors for its gorgeous white sand beaches. There are small villages up and down the coastline, each distinct with their own personal charm. Here you will find a surfer?s paradise as the Pacific Ocean side of this peninsula is amongst some of the greatest surfing locations in the world. You will also find these waters to be great for fishing snorkeling and scuba diving. Nature lovers will fall in love with the Nicoya Peninsula as it is biologically diverse.

One place you will want to visit while in this area is the village of Montezuma. Located on the southern tip of the peninsula, it is surrounded by incredible tropical beauty. This in combination with the stunning beauty of the Pacific Ocean has drawn many visitors as well as tour operators to this area. While there, you may want to do some sport fishing, snorkeling, or check out some the incredible waterfalls. The Tambor Beach area is another great place to visit. Here you will find a casino, charters for sport fishing, mountain biking, and golf just to name a few. The Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve is located at the southern tip of the peninsula, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful in all of Costa Rica. The village of Mal Pais and Playa Santa Teresa are located on the other side of the tip and are home to awesome surfing beaches.

The beach side villages of Carrillo, Samara, Nosara and Ostional are located further up the coast along the Pacific side. Carrillo is regarded as a picture perfect beach area which remains unspoiled from mainstream tourism. Playa Samara is a favorite to those that live here as it is nothing short of tropical paradise. Nosara is another beautiful beach area which is ideal for surfing big waves. Playa Ostional is best known for the sea turtles which come here to nest every month. At times when there is an “aribada”, there can be over 100,000 turtles on the beach (no that was not a typo!).

Guanacaste is known for its dry climate however, the southern part of the peninsula receives more rain each year resulting in a transitional zone between dry forest climate and tropical rain forest. The area has two very distinct seasons; the dry season begins in November and lasts until May.

Remember, the North and the South have two distinct climates, so pack your gear accordingly. A rain jacket is a must, long pants as well as short, hiking boots, sneakers, and you may want to throw in some sandals. Don?t forget your camera, binoculars, and batteries.

Did you know; The Nicoya is the largest peninsula and one of the oldest settlements in the country? It is also one of the most secluded vacation destinations just waiting for you to enjoy.

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