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. Barra Honda National Park

    Cave

    A mecca for speleologists, the caves beneath the 390-meter (1,184-foot) Barra Honda Peak were created millions of years ago by erosion after...Read More

  • 2. 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 after the...Read More

  • 3. Isla Tortuga

    Island

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

  • 4. La Selva Wild Animal Refuge & Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

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

  • 5. 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, sea...Read More

  • 6. 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. Two...Read More

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