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. Palo Verde National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Since 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...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 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 Sámara

    Beach–Sight

    This is the perfect hangout beach, with plenty of shade, bars, and seafront restaurants to take refuge in from the sun. Its wide sweep of light...Read More

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