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Set on the undeveloped and unspoiled Nicoya Peninsula; Santa Cruz is a traditional Costa Rican town surrounded by farmland and ranches. Just a short drive from white sandy beaches and clear turquoise seas, the town avoids a lot of the tourist crowds, so you can get up close to friendly turtles and other rare sea creatures on the quiet beaches. The town is also home to many festivals and fiestas, which give the locals a chance to dress up, dance in the streets, and serve local cuisine from food carts.

Things to see

The Black Stallion Hills Eco Park is a fun and ecofriendly way to enjoy the natural beauty of Costa Rica. This ranch has a range of activities that have been designed leave nature untouched, yet let you explore and have fun. Booking a day or half day at the ranch allows you to take a horseback ride up in the hills, enjoy the views from a thrilling zipline, and enjoy a BBQ at sunset on the terrace. If you enjoy spotting rare species, then the peaceful Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is a great place for hiking or snorkeling, and you'll see turtles nesting on the sandy beaches, with their hatchlings finding their way into the sea. The refuge can only be accessed down bumpy roads on a 4X4, which means it's truly off the beaten track, and during the busy hatching season of August to October there are tours available to see the turtles. In the center of town, the Parque Bernabela Ramos provides a place for locals and tourists to hang out, with a large stone dome shaped structure providing shade from the sunshine, as well as an interesting focal point. The park often has live music performed by local bands, and you'll find stalls selling cold drinks and ice cream to cool you down.

Hotels in Sant Cruz

The area around Santa Cruz has a wide selection of accommodation for all sorts of travelers. If you're looking for luxury hotels in Santa Cruz, then you'll find all-inclusive resorts with facilities such as large outdoor pools, full service spas, and private beaches. These hotels often have free WiFi, complimentary breakfasts, and plenty of extras to make your vacation comfortable. If you're on a budget, or want to stay somewhere a little more traditional, then one of the local lodges or guesthouses can provide clean, comfortable rooms. There are still plenty of facilities to enjoy, such as terraces overlooking the beaches, gardens, and helpful multilingual staff on hand to help you plan your stay.

Where to stay

Santa Cruz is a traditional Costa Rican town, with red bricked churches, colorful clapboard houses, and a small selection of locally owned shops. You'll often see fishermen and farmers hanging out in wooden huts that have been turned into bars, and you can sit on one of the terraces and watch the locals wander by. There's a wide selection of restaurants, with local hotels offering western style cuisine, and many local restaurants with a lively atmosphere and generous portions of local foods.

How to get to Sant Cruz

Tamarindo Airport is about 35 minutes from Santa Cruz, and offers a regular connection to San Jose which has international flights. There are plenty of taxis and shuttles, which can be booked in advance to guarantee a place. Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia is about 45 minutes away, and there are flights here from major cities across the USA, Canada, and South America. The airport has car rental desks, shuttle services, and taxis, making the transfer to your hotel easy.