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. Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Preserve

    Conquistadores named this area Cabo Blanco on account of its white earth and cliffs, but it was a more benevolent pair of foreigners—Swede Nicolas Wessberg...Read More

  • 2. Las Baulas National Marine Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Encompassing more than 1,000 acres of beach, mangrove swamps, and estuary, and more than 54,000 acres of ocean, this wide expanse of sand and...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Palo Verde National Park

    Because this dry deciduous forest is less dense than a rain forest, it's much easier to spot the fauna along the hiking trails, including white-tailed...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Las Pumas Rescue Shelter

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Sad but true, one of the few places left in the country where you are guaranteed to see large wild cats, including a jaguar, is this animal...Read More

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