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

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Tamarindo 1

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Playa Potrero 1

Playa Pan de Azucar 1

Playa Hermosa 1

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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...

Playa Avellanas

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This beach's main claims to fame are surfing and hanging around at Lola's, a very cool beach restaurant-bar. Wide and sandy at the main...

Playa Brasilito

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Fishing boats moor just off this wide beach, about 3 km (2 miles) long with golden sand flecked with pebbles and a few rocks. The surf...

Playa Carrillo

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Unmarred by a single building at beach level, this picture-perfect, white strand is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, strolling, and lounging...

Playa Conchal

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Named for the bits of broken shells that cover its base of fine white sand (the Spanish word for shell is concha ), lovely Playa Conchal...

Playa Copal

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Playa Copal is a narrow, dark-beige beach that wouldn't be worth visiting except for the fact that it is one of the main venues for kitesurfing...

Playa Flamingo

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Hidden away to the southwest of the town, Flamingo Beach is picture-perfect, with almost-white sand sloping into a relatively calm sea,...

Playa Grande

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In addition to being a paradise for surfers and sunbathers, the narrow woodsy patch that lines this wide, pristine Blue Flag beach holds...

Playa Guiones

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This beach is one of the natural wonders of Costa Rica: a wide expanse of light-brown sand, sandwiched between rolling surf and green...

Playa Hermosa

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Not to be confused with the surfers' beach near Jacó by the same name, Playa Hermosa's 2-km-long (1-mile-long) crescent of dark gray...


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