San Juanillo, Guanacaste

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For travelers who come to Costa Rica in search of the ‘true’ Costa Rican experience, San Juanillo has been providing just that and more to travelers from every spot on the globe for decades. The village itself is relatively small, which makes for a cultural experience that is nothing short of pure and traditional daily life for anyone who is a “Tico.”

San Juanillo sits on the Northern Pacific of Costa Rica, and nearby cities include Marbella to the north as well as Ostional, Nosara and Garza to the south. For those who want to get to this scenic village as quickly as possible, there is a regional airport located in Nosara which can be accessed from the nation’s capitol of San Jose.

In terms of attractions, no one should ever be bored nor spend any time sitting around doing nothing when visiting San Juanillo – unless that’s what a traveler desires, as San Juanillo is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of society and to relax in a place where time seems to move slowly.

If wildlife is what you find exciting, you could spend months in San Juanillo and never see the same thing twice. Tours are available locally that bring visitors by boat to see for themselves the wondrous Ostional Turtle Refuge, which is just a short distance to the south. Guests can also find great surfing just up and down the coast from San Juanillo as well as some of the most breathtaking sights as any snorkeling location in the world.

Of course, if relaxed Costa Rican life is all you want to take advantage of, you’ll easily be able to pass the days laying in a hammock, sipping local cocktails and losing yourself in the breathtaking beaches that dot the landscape of San Juanillo. It’s as simple as choosing one of the high-end resorts in which to stay and deciding on your daily routine… or deciding on no routine whatsoever.

You won’t even have to decide on what sort of food you’d like to enjoy in San Juanillo, as the options are many in number. For instance, Buddha Bar restaurant and lounge offers excellent Seafood and vegetarian cuisine with their Peruvian chef Alizon.

All you need to do is pick your dates and formulate an idea of what you’d like to do. From there, San Juanillo will be ready to show you the time of your life in an exotic location you’re sure to never forget.