I’m currently visiting the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste, as a stop in my Costa Rica surfing trip. In the past two weeks, I’ve been to a lot of exciting places in Guanacaste. Beaches such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, El Coco, Nosara, Samara, etc. But Guanacaste isn’t just ocean and sand, you can go to amazing Costa Rica volcanoes, the dry forest, and you are very close to the rain forest and the cloud forest in Monteverde, the wonderful natural reserve.
The Nicoya Peninsula has some of the most precious beaches in Guanacaste. I went to the southern end of the Peninsula, 3 hours from Liberia, to enjoy these wonderful places known for its natural beauty and quietness.
On my way to the southern end, I detoured to the Nosara area, to visit a few of the less known beaches out there, like Azul Beach. Another spot is Guiones Beach, which is mostly popular among surfers. It is very close to Nosara, so you will enjoy the same great waves than its neighbor beach.
Guiones is also part of the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, so you will see a dense jungle behind the beach. The view is spectacular when you are in the ocean. In good Costa Rican Pacific Coast fashion, the water is warm and pristine, and the beach has the Blue Flag prize, awarded to the cleanest and most nature-friendly beaches in Costa Rica. Surfing is great in Guiones, with strong breaks and no crowds. The beach is perfect for snorkeling, due to the clear waters that will allow you to closely see the marine wildlife.
The town close to the beach is relaxed, laid-back town, where I found the quietness of most of the beaches in this part of Guanacaste. There are Costa Rica hotels and accommodation in the forest that is behind the beach, so if you stay there, you will enjoy a wonderful landscape of jungle and ocean.
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