Overview

Across the Golfo de Nicoya from the dry, cattle-ranch lands of isolated Guancacaste province, the bulky Nicoya Peninsula hangs over the Pacific Ocean. Equally denuded of forest as the adjoining mainland, it is culturally and physically cut off from the rest of the country: inland, dotted with small, modest towns far removed from the beach resorts on the bay-pocked coastline. Here, the road network – mostly unpaved - is scanty at best and many visitors use the airstrips dotted along the coastline to arrive by plane. Tamarindo, where the beaches are attacked by crashing Pacific rollers, is the focal point for tourist infrastructure.

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The weather in Nicoya Peninsula is wide and varied

The sparkling bays and tranquil beach resorts of the Nicoya peninsula spread along the northern Pacific coast, separated from the rest of the country by the Gulf of Nicoya and the arid Guanacaste province. For maximum sunshine and next to no rain, head to the region from December to April. The small Leatherback Turtle population at Las Baulas Marine National Park nest from October to mid-February. Migrating humpback whales can be spotted from August – November.

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