Sights & Attractions in Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula


Sights & Attractions Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula

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Nesting giant leatherback turtles
Playa Grande used to host the world's largest...
Nature Preserves Playa Grande
Nosara Biological Reserve
This 90-acre private reserve is a natural...
Nature Preserves Nosara
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
This wildlife refuge protects one of Costa Rica's...
Nature Preserves Nosara
Palo Verde National Park
One of the best wildlife and bird-watching...
Parks Palo Verde National Park
If you take the ferry from Puntarenas to the...
Towns Puntarenas
Playa Avellanas
This beach's main claims to fame are surfing and...
Beaches Playa Avellanas
Playa Bahía Junquillal
The warm, calm water makes this one of the best...
Beaches Playa Bahia Junquillal
Playa Brasilito
Fishing boats moor just off this wide beach,...
Beaches Brasilito and Playa Conchal
Playa Carrillo
Unmarred by a single building, this...
Beaches Playa Carrillo
Playa Conchal
Lovely, secluded Playa Conchal is an idyllic...
Beaches Brasilito and Playa Conchal
Playa Copal
Playa Copal is a narrow, dark-beige beach that...
Beaches Bahia Salinas
Playa Flamingo
Hidden away to the southwest of the town,...
Beaches Playa Flamingo
Playa Grande
In addition to being a paradise for surfers and...
Beaches Playa Grande
Playa Guiones
With some of the most consistent surf on the...
Beaches Nosara
Playa Hermosa
Not to be confused with the surfers' beach near...
Beaches Playa Hermosa
Playa Jobo
Playa Jobo is a gem with fine sand and calm...
Beaches Bahia Salinas
Playa Junquillal
This wide swath of light-brown sand stretches...
Beaches Playa Junquillal
Playa Langosta
This Blue Flag beach is actually two beaches: To...
Beaches Playa Langosta
Playa Negra
Contrary to the name, the beach is not black, but...
Beaches Playa Negra
Playa Ocotal
One of the most dramatic beaches in the country,...
Beaches Playa Ocotal
Playa Pan de Azúcar
A seemingly endless stretch of soft,...
Beaches Playa Pan de Azucar
Playa Pelada
North along the shore, Playa Guiones segues...
Beaches Nosara
Playa Potrero
Stretching 4 km (2½ miles), this relatively...
Beaches Playa Potrero
Playa Rajada
Gorgeous, horseshoe-shaped Playa Rajada is a wide...
Beaches Bahia Salinas
Playa Sámara
This is the perfect hang-out beach, with...
Beaches Samara
Playa Tamarindo
Wide and flat, the sand here is packed hard...
Beaches Tamarindo
Punta Islita
The curved beach here is rocky but good for...
Beaches Punta Islita
Rincón de la Vieja National Park
Rincón de la Vieja National Park is Costa Rica's...
Parks Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Santa Rosa National Park
Renowned for its wildlife, which is easy to...
Parks Santa Rosa National Park
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