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

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Playa Avellanas 1

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Tamarindo 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...

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...

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 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...

Parque Marino del Pacifico

  • Zoo/Aquarium

To get an idea of what's swimming under the Gulf of Nicoya, visit this modest aquarium and marine park. You'll see crocodiles, pelicans,...

Playa Junquillal

  • Beach–Sight

This wide swath of light-brown sand stretches over 3 km (2 miles), with coconut palms lining much of it and hardly a building in sight.


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