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. Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

    This wildlife refuge protects one of Costa Rica's major nesting beaches for olive ridley turtles. If you get to go when the turtles are hatching,...Read More

  • 2. Barra Honda National Park

    A mecca for speleologists, the caves beneath the 1,184-foot Barra Honda Peak were created millions of years ago by erosion after the ridge emerged from...Read More

  • 3. Curú National Wildlife Refuge

    Established by former farmer and logger-turned-conservationist Frederico Schutt in 1933, this 106-hectare (262-acre) refuge is named after the indigenous word for the spiky-barked pochote trees...Read More

  • 4. Isla Tortuga

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

  • 5. La Selva Wild Animal Refuge & Zoo

    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

  • 6. Parque Marino del Pacífico


    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

  • 7. Playa Junquillal

    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....Read More

  • 8. Playa Panama

    On the southern end of Culebra Bay, this calm beach with black sand stretches 2 km (1 mile), and is frequented by guests staying at...Read More

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