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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Nosara 4

Palo Verde National Park 3

Bahia Salinas 3

Curu National Wildlife Refuge 3

Punta Islita 2

Playa Carrillo 2

Playa Grande 2

Brasilito and Playa Conchal 2

Playa Ocotal 2

Santa Rosa National Park 2

Rincon de la Vieja National Park 2

Nicoya 1

Barra Honda National Park 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 Hermosa 1

Papagayo Peninsula 1

Playa Bahia Junquillal 1

Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Preserve 1

Puntarenas 1

Montezuma 1

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Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 5

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Bahía Junquillal

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The warm, calm water makes this one of the best swimming beaches on the Golfo de Santa Elena. Stay for the day or camp out in the well-kept...

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

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Conquistadors 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

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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)...

Guanacaste National Park

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The 325-square-km (125-square-mile) Parque Nacional Guanacaste, bordering the east side of the Pan-American Highway 30 km (18 miles)...

Isla Tortuga

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This idyllic, unpopulated island has a white-sand beach fronting clear turquoise water, where you'll see a good number of colorful fish,...

La Posada del Tope Tours

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

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

La Selva Wild Animal Refuge & Zoo

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


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