Central Pacific Coast: Places to Explore

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Playa Tambor Area

Known for massive, all-inclusive hotels and housing developments, Playa Tambor runs along the large half-moon Bahía Ballena, whose waters are more placid than those of other beaches on Nicoya's southern tip. Playa Tambor is one of the country's least attractive beaches, although there are two small but lovely ones to the south. The tiny fishing village hasn't developed as much as Montezuma or Malpaís, which makes it a better destination for those who want to get away from the crowds. It can serve as a convenient base for fishing excursions, horseback-riding trips, and day trips to Curú National Wildlife Refuge and Isla Tortuga.

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