Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Palo Verde National Park 3

Bahia Salinas 3

Nosara 3

Curu National Wildlife Refuge 3

Playa Carrillo 2

Playa Grande 2

Brasilito and Playa Conchal 2

Rincon de la Vieja National Park 2

Nicoya 1

Barra Honda National Park 1

Punta Islita 1

Samara 1

Playa Junquillal 1

Playa Negra 1

Playa Avellanas 1

Playa Langosta 1

Tamarindo 1

Playa Flamingo 1

Playa Potrero 1

Playa Pan de Azucar 1

Playa Ocotal 1

Playa Hermosa 1

Papagayo Peninsula 1

Playa Bahia Junquillal 1

Santa Rosa National Park 1

Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Preserve 1

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Barra Honda National Park

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A mecca for speleologists, the caves beneath the 390-meter (1,184-foot) Barra Honda Peak were created millions of years ago by erosion...

Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Preserve

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Conquistadores named this area Cabo Blanco on account of its white earth and cliffs, but it was a more benevolent pair of foreigners—Swede...

Church of San Blas

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Nicoya's last remaining colonial landmark is the impressive, whitewashed, mission-style Church of San Blas. Originally built in 1644,...

Curú National Wildlife Refuge

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Established by former farmer and logger-turned-conservationist Frederico Schutt in 1933, this 106-hectare (262-acre) refuge is named...


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Paquera is the closest city to Tambor, but if you're headed to Montezuma or Malpaís, you'll pass through Cóbano, 12 km (7½ miles)...

Isla Tortuga

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This idyllic, unpopulated island has clear turquoise water, where you'll see a good number of colorful fish, though in the company of...

La Posada del Tope Tours

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There is no bus service to Rincón de la Vieja, but La Posada del Tope Tours arranges shuttle van transportation to the park entrance...

La Selva Wildlife Refuge & Zoo

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This modest collection of mostly rescued small animals offers a great chance to see them upclose in chest-high corrals under the shade...

Las Pumas Rescue Shelter

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Sad but true, one of the few places left in the country where you are guaranteed to see large wild cats, including a jaguar, is this...

Llanos de Cortés

Just 3 km (2 miles) north of the Palo Verde road at Bagaces, take the dirt road signed for Llanos de Cortés to get to this hidden waterfall...


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