Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula

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

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  • 1. Aqua Discoteque

    Dance Clubs

    With an oceanview patio, this trendy disco is open Monday, Friday, and Saturday nights, from about 10 pm, with changing DJs and live bands....Read More

  • 2. Cafe Restaurant Organico


    There's live music almost every night and open-mic night on Monday at this Italian-owned hot spot. The fun gets started around 7:30 and goes...Read More

  • 3. Chico's Bar


    Music blasts from the dark, uninviting entrance, but farther back is a brighter, spacious deck with pool tables and dancing. Directly behind...Read More

  • 4. Coconutz


    Local expats meet up at this popular sports bar and grill, which has an all-day happy hour from 9 to 7, TVs for Monday Night Football, a full...Read More

  • 5. Crazy Monkey Bar

    Dance Clubs

    Popular with the surfing crowd, Crazy Monkey Bar features live salsa music, a fire show, and DJs that attract locals who really know how to...Read More

  • 6. El Vaquero Bar

    Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    After a sunset surf session, pull up a bar stool in the sand and enjoy a craft beer made at the neighboring Volcano Brewing Company. Happy hour...Read More

  • 7. Father Rooster


    The best place to enjoy a quiet sunset margarita—or make that a “rooster-rita”—is at this laid-back bar and restaurant on the beach. You can...Read More

  • 8. Hotel El Velero

    Themed Entertainment

    This lively beachfront hotel hosts beach barbecues on Wednesday and Saturday nights, and Taco Tuesday (half-off tacos). The crowd is thirtyish...Read More

  • 9. La Lora Amarilla

    Live Music

    In the middle of Santa Teresa, this huge disco bar with both live music and DJs attracts locals and the international tourist crowd who want...Read More

  • 10. La Vela Latina Beach Bar

    Tapas Bars

    This is the best spot around for grown-up soft music and cocktails on the beach at sunset, especially with two-for-one drinks from 5 to 7 pm...Read More

  • 11. Lizard Lounge

    Dance Clubs

    At this popular lounge there's Mexican food and dancing every night on a big dance floor. The reggae, techno, and rap beats appeal to a very...Read More

  • 12. Lo Que Hay Bar & Taquería

    Live Music

    Live music plays some nights at this friendly bar right on the beach with free Wi-Fi. If you stayed up all night, this place also serves breakfast...Read More

  • 13. Mariner Inn Bar


    This formerly boisterous bar has gotten an upgrade in service and a new, friendlier feel. ...Read More

  • 14. Micro Bar

    Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    This tiny boîte of a bar is the coolest place in town, with an Escher-inspired tile floor and hip lighting. Bellying up to the bar is a pleasure...Read More

  • 15. Olga's


    Sunset is the main event in the evening on Playa Pelada, and both locals and tourists gather to watch it here at this beach shack and bar with...Read More

  • 16. Perlas


    Expats come for the microbrews, the satellite TV tuned to football, a game of Ping-Pong or pool, and the live music. Although the bar brings...Read More

  • 17. Playa Langosta Beach Club

    Piano Bars

    Sink into a comfortable chair at this chic poolside lounge on Playa Langosta to watch the sunset over the Pacific and listen to jazz under the...Read More

  • 18. Ranchos Itauna

    Live Music

    This beachfront restaurant-lounge in Santa Teresa is a fixture on the nightlife scene, with "Sunset Sessions" Tuesday and Saturday, featuring...Read More

  • 19. Restaurante La Luna


    Sip an exotic tropical cocktail or munch on hummus and pita bread while watching the sun set at this lovely Mediterranean restaurant and bar...Read More

  • 20. Sharky's


    This is the biggest, most popular sports bar in town, with huge TV screens showing up to six games at once. After the game, both floors play...Read More

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