The Nicoya Peninsula is one of the most visited tourist destinations in all of Costa Rica, known for its scenic beauty, as well its exuberant natural environment and wide range of activities suited to enthusiasts of sun and surf, ecotourism, outdoor sports, relaxation and health.

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Thanks to its location in a transition zone between dry woodlands and tropical rainforests, the peninsula’s climate provides the ideal conditions for rich vegetation and a wide diversity of animal species, abundantly present in its more than 20 natural reserves and national parks, including Cabo Blanco, the first territory fully dedicated as a natural reserve of Costa Rica.

Besides these highlighted geographic and climatic conditions, there are many other social, cultural and political reasons, as well as distinctive health benefits, that have contributed to the Peninsula being declared one of only four “Blue Zones” in the world, where the secrets of longevity are kept, given that it has been shown that people here can live to be over 100 years old. Over the last decade, that distinction has attracted not only “health-related tourists” but also permanent residents and health services providers that have further categorized and defined the Peninsula as a preferred destination for those distinguished in the practice of yoga, spa treatments, dentistry and nutrition, and an array of alternative therapies.

 

The periphery of the Peninsula is bordered by hundreds of beaches, most with good waves for surfing, but there are also plenty of places with calmer waters ideal for snorkeling or anchoring offshore. In this predominantly cosmopolitan region where tourist development has prospered, a fledgling rental market is giving way to construction of vacation homes and retirement villas.

 

Inland territory conserves the peaceful life of rural culture and indigenous traditions in an economy based in agriculture and herding, to which has recently been added reforestation activities and the planting of trees for wood. The northern part of the Peninsula is accesible by the international airport in Liberia, or by the Pan-American highway, and due to a large investment in new infrastructure, an comprehensive tourist center has been created which attracts all kinds of visitors to beaches like Tamarindo, Flamingo, Coco, Samara, Nosara and the Gulf of Papagayo.

 

The central region of the Peninsula, where the beaches of Coyote and Punta Isleta are located, can be reached by the bridge over the Tempisque River. By contrast, one can only reach the southern region of the Peninsula by means of the ferry that crosses the Gulf of Nicoya, where beaches like Santa Teresa, Montezuma, Tambor, and the Isla de Tortugas call to adventurous travelers as well as famous celebrities seeking secluded hideaways far from the intrusion of the media.

 

In its totality, the Nicoya Peninsula is a travel destination with enough variety to meet every interest and budget. We hope that on this web portal you will find the information you need, but in the event that you still have unanswered questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by email so that we can provide the necessary additional guidance. The Guide to Nicoya gives you our warmest welcome!

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