My Costa Rica vacations is still at Guanacaste, where I’ve been for almost two weeks, traveling and getting to know many wonderful places. The location is strategic, since I can go anywhere from here, either the North and Central Guanacaste regions, Arenal, Monteverde, and now I’m heading to the Nicoya Peninsula, in southern Guanacaste.
Some of these amazing places in the Northern Pacific that I have visited, as part of my Costa Rica adventure travel are Culebra Bay, Panama Beach, El Coco, Flamingo and the volcanoes in the Central Divide such as the Rincon de la Vieja and Tenorio.
The southern Peninsula has no volcanoes or big mountains, but there are a lot of beaches that are small paradises, since they are not as crowded as its northern neighbors, and everything is more natural here. Most of the touristic industry and hotel chains have made developments in the Papagayo Gulf, with the Nicoya Peninsula being a bit more unexplored, at least for now.
Some of the names that you shouldn’t forget in you next Costa Rica family vacations, are Montezuma, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, and Nosara, among others. Nicoya is the largest peninsula in Costa Rica, and you will find nature reserves, rural towns, and perfect spots for a Costa Rica surfing trip, great Costa Rica hotels and islands in the Nicoya Gulf.
You can get to Nicoya by air, using the Samara and Tambor domestic airports, located in two opposite parts of the Peninsula. You can travel from the Juan Santamaria International Airport or from the Liberia International Airport. If you want to get there by car, the trip from Liberia will take 90 minutes, and from San Jose it will take 4 hours. You can cross the La Amistad Bridge or use the Paquera Ferry departing from Puntarenas and crossing the Gulf, to get directly to Tambor. This is especially recommended during the rainy season months, from April to November, since the roads to the lower Peninsula may be flooded.
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