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The coast of the Nicoya Peninsula has many marine parks, with long sandy beaches, clear waters, and rare turtles frolicking in the sea. Inland, you'll find dense areas of rainforest and national parks, which is a popular place for eco-tourists to explore. Most of the peninsula is undeveloped, with only a few villages, and undeveloped roads that make you feel like you're really going off the beaten track.

Things to see

Las Baulas National Marine Park lies just outside of Tamarindo, covering dozens of acres of shoreline. Although the land is protected by conservation orders, visitors are allowed to scuba dive in the turquoise seas, where you'll be able to spot schools of silvery fish and colorful tropical species unique to the region. The main attraction however is the large population of adorable leatherback sea turtles, which come ashore between October and May to lay eggs, and can be spotted resting on the sands. Nicoya Peninsula has a huge selection of beaches to choose from, each one with its own unique charms, and the Carrillo Beach is popular with those seeking a peaceful escape. Less crowded that some of the surrounding beaches, it has long white sands, shady spots under the swaying palm trees, and waters that are clear, shallow, and uncrowded. Just off the south end of the peninsula lies Tortuga Island, which has bird sanctuaries and paradise beaches, with a couple of small, traditional villages hosting the only inhabitants on the island. As it can only be reached by boat, the island is unspoiled and peaceful, with activities such as kayaking and scuba diving without the tourist crowds.

Hotels in Nicoya Peninsula

There's a wide selection of hotels on the Nicoya Peninsula, and the type of accommodation you pick will depend on the kind of vacation you enjoy. If you want an authentic Costa Rican experience, there are friendly guesthouses and lodges close to the sea, with clean, comfortable rooms including bungalows, outdoor pools, and peaceful gardens. If you are looking for luxury hotels on the Nicoya Peninsula, then there are many larger properties along the coast, some of which offer all inclusive accommodation. Some hotels have private villas with their own pool, and you'll find hotel facilities such as restaurants, bars, free WiFi, and full service spas just steps from your room.

Where to stay

Tamarindo is one of the major towns on the Nicoya Peninsula, attracting surfers, scuba divers, and eco-tourists who want to explore the surrounding rainforest. The town itself is fairly small and quiet outside of tourist seasons, with colorful colonial buildings, and a huge number of cafés with straw roofed terraces where you'll see people relaxing. It's a popular spot for nightlife, with the streets drenched in neon, and busy clubs full of tourists dancing until the small hours. If you prefer a quieter location, then the fishing village of Potrero is ideal for a relaxing break. Nestled in the mountain landscape, it offers quiet beaches, calm seas for sailing, and tiny islands just off the coast to be explored.

How to get to Nicoya Peninsula

At the southern end of the peninsula, you'll find the small Tambor Airport, which offers regular connections to San Jose. You can get to the village of Tambor in under 10 minutes by car, and there are country roads connecting you to the rest of the peninsula, although they can be slow to get around. If you're exploring the north end of the peninsula, then Tamarindo Airport is an easier choice, which also has regular connections to San Jose. The airport also has shuttle services to get you to your destination, which you'll need to book in advance, or there's a large number of taxis available.

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