Try not to limit yourself to Nicoya; the wider region features a treasure trove scenic and cultural attractions waiting to be explored. Approximately 17 miles (27 kilometers) away you'll find Nosara. Head here to enjoy the Nosara Wildlife Rescue and Frog Pad.
About 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the north of Nicoya is Liberia, an important regional center home to Liberia Parque Central, Reserva Biologica Lomas Barbudal and Church of La Ermita La Agonia. If you are after more entertainment it's worth investigating Santa Rosa National Park, Africa Mia and Parque Nacional Palo Verde before heading back to Nicoya.
Expand your mind by visiting Costa Rica's thought-provoking nature museums.
Head outdoors and get amongst it in the Nicoya area. Try your hand at hiking or give zip-lining a try. Experience a side of Costa Rica most visitors don't see by spending time with a passionate local guide on one of the guided nature walks and wildlife spotting tours.
To really get a taste for the area in which you are traveling, make sure you stop in at the region's restaurants. Often, these are the best spots to meet friendly locals as well as sample common dishes. Pork and also chicken are regularly used as components in dishes in this area. Casado and arroz con pollo (rice and chicken) are common meal choices for visitors and locals alike. To complete your Costa Rica meal, be sure to order tres leches (custard flan). If you're feeling thirsty, pull up a bar stool and try a Bavaria while you're in Costa Rica. This is one of the region's most beloved beers. To try a beverage that is a little different try out Ron Centenario, a popular spirit. And, no matter what time of day it is, Costa Rica is a great place to order fresco de frutas (fruit shake).
When the time comes to leave Nicoya, you'll be sure to bid this place a fond "Adiós" But be comforted by the fact that you'll be leaving with special memories and photos that you'll have for years to come.