The largest peninsula in the country, the Nicoya Peninsula sits just south of the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
across the Golfo de Nicoya from Puntarenas. Home to some of the most isolated and beautiful beaches, this rugged peninsula is one of the most popular tourist destinations, especially for those looking to have some fun in the sun. Here you can find everything from wonderful nature reserves to world class hotels and beach resorts, quaint rural towns, amazing sunsets, some of the best surfing on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast
and even Tico cowboys!
Things to Do
The ideal place for some much needed rest and relaxation, the Nicoya Peninsula today, is home to one of the most beautiful 18-hole golf courses situated in Tambor
that lies on the southern coast.
For those looking to spending some quality beach time, we recommend the tiny beach villages of Montezuma
and Mal País
that have blossomed into amazing resort towns. Our favorite is Mal País, as there is little to do here but surf or lounge on the beach. The waves in and around Mal País
can get very good and many surfers have even made their homes here. North from Mal País and Santa Teresa
, one can find many beautiful beaches such as Playa Manzanillo
, Playa Samara
, Playa Caletas
and Playa Guiones
Getting to the Nicoya Peninsula
The northern half of the peninsula is part of Guanacaste province
, while the southern portion is part of Puntarenas province. The best way to get here is to land at either the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia
or the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose
, while if you are traveling within Costa Rica itself, hop a domestic flight to the Tambor Domestic Aiport
or Samara Domestic airports
, depending on which part of the peninsula you wish to explore.
Map of Nicoya Peninsula
With a warm climate most of the year, the Nicoya Peninsula is known for its great weather. However, during the rainy season from April to November most of the roads can get quite impassable due to rivers washing them out. During this period the only way to get here is to take the one of 4 ferries running back and forth from the city of Puntarenas
. Typically it takes the most part of a day to get to any of the beaches in this area from San Jose City. Though this can often mean a long trip, it is well worth it, as the beaches here are secluded and unbelievably striking.