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As you travel south along the Nicoya Peninsula the terrain becomes increasing rugged and isolated with towns becoming more difficult to reach (which can be part of their appeal!). Most towns are accessed via bumpy, unpaved roads and the road along the coast is often forded by rivers which flow out the ocean. The coast stretches through the surf mecca of Nosara along to smaller beach towns like Santa Teresa and Montezuma and the sleepy fishing hamlet of Malpais. Visting these towns feels a little bit like stepping back in time (in a good way!) with sandy streets sprinkled with quirky bars and beachfront restaurants. Small but perfectly formed these relaxed hideaways boast gorgeous beaches, fabulous surf and embrace the Costa Rican spirit of Pura Vida!
Alongside the stunning beaches you will also find swaths of jungle, wildlife refuges and lots of marine life. Many of the beaches are protected and are important breeding grounds for several species of marine turtle who return here every year to lay their eggs. With a long dry season and wide choice of accommodation Guanacaste or Nicoya are the perfect place to end a Costa Rica holiday. This stunning region has been designated a 'blue zone' - an area where people live noticeably longer and healthier lives, and once you've visited it's easy to see why.
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Boasting some of Costa Rica’s most popular beach resorts, all overlooking the Pacific Ocean, there is something satisfy all tastes, from boutique bolt holes to luxurious resorts. The beaches in this area are often in sheltered coves with gentle sloping sands so these are generally suitable for swimming which can make them a goo choice for families.
Tamarindo is probably this busiest town on the Guanacaste Coast so it's not for everyone, but it is perfect for those who want a bit more going on. Though the town is growing it still retains a low key vibe and there are several charming properties here which we love.
The town of Playa Guiones has some fabulous boutique hotels and offers a few laid back bars and eateries, eco tourism is king here and you will find an abundance of yoga classes, wellness retreats and health food cafes to nourish both the body and soul. Ostionel Wildlife Refuge is located nearby and is an important nesting ground for thousands of marine turtles, in nesting season this beach is well worth a visit.
Southern Nicoya Peninsula
Only a few miles away, a visit to the sleepy fishing village of Malpais is like stepping back in time and is perfect for those who truly want to get away from it all - but without going too far! From these towns you can visit the Montezuma Waterfalls and several nature reserves.
OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN GUANACASTE COAST & NICOYA PENINSULA
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel
THINGS TO DO IN GUANACASTE COAST & NICOYA PENINSULA
Surf Lesson on the Guanacaste Coast
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