A trip to Costa Rica isn't complete without an escape to the beach. Fortunately, there is no shortage to choose from, with both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts on offer. The Nicoya coast has great year-round surfing, with warm water and long beaches, the beaches on both sides of the Peninsula are sandy, palm-lined postcard stuff, but the difference is the sea and accommodation.

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  • The Nicoya Peninsula is populated with isolated, rugged beaches that are fringed with lush rainforest. Some love to surf, others love to laze in a hammock watching the sunset - but of course, these two activities aren't mutually exclusive!

Luxury Nicoya Peninsula Holidays: the Detail

On the Pacific side, of the Nicoya Peninsula, the Guanacaste province is ideal for active types, with its superb surfing, horse riding, snorkelling, and even windsurfing on mountain lakes. The Nicoya Peninsula is home to isolated and rugged beaches, nature reserves and quaint rural towns.

The southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula has grown in popularity with travellers and has some stylish and exclusive hotels. Montezuma and Santa Teresa are two emerging hot spots that enjoy a perpetual spring-like climate.


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Beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula
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In relation to its neighbours, Costa Rica is not known for its indigenous cultures - they were decimated by the Conquistadors, who sent them in their thousands to work in the gold mines of Peru and Panama.

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A note on price

Costa Rica is such a small country that it’s easy to explore different pockets for relatively good value. A two week holiday starts from £3,500 per person including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 1cm / 0.4 inches
Flight from London

10:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

Top picks for Guanacaste & the Nicoya Peninsula

Punta Islita

Punta Islita

Guanacaste & the Nicoya Peninsula

Punta Islita has a spectacular, hillside position with superb views across forest, beach and sea.

Where to stay

Harmony Hotel

Harmony Hotel

Guanacaste & the Nicoya Peninsula

The rooms at the Harmony Hotel are dotted along a path through a tropical garden down towards the Pacific Ocean.

Where to stay

Latitude 10

Latitude 10

Guanacaste & the Nicoya Peninsula

Located just outside the laidback town of Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula, Latitude 10 has a similarly relaxed and friendly vibe.

Where to stay

Surfing the Nicoya Peninsula

Surfing the Nicoya Peninsula

Guanacaste & the Nicoya Peninsula

Warm waters, stunning beaches and fewer people than many surf spots in Costa Rica make the Nicoya Peninsula as close to surfing perfection as you’ll find anywhere.

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Guanacaste & the Nicoya Peninsula

Florblanca is a small resort, fast becoming the benchmark for upmarket properties on this stretch of the Pacific coast.

Where to stay

Rancho Humo pool at night

Rancho Humo Estancia

Guanacaste & the Nicoya Peninsula

A nature lovers dream, Rancho Humo Estancia is off the well worn path in Costa Rica, located in the small town of Puerto Humo on the Nicoya Peninsula.

Where to stay

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