Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort fronts a white-sand beach in a dry tropical forest of Costa Rica's Guanacaste province. The international airport at Liberia is a 50-minute drive away.
Nestled on the beach, this Playa Conchal resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Adventure Divers and Conchal Beach. Playa Brasilito is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.
This Las Catalinas resort is on the beach, 1.9 mi (3 km) from Penca Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Flamingo Beach and Conchal Beach. Playa Brasilito and The Congo Trail Canopy Tour are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Tamarindo hotel is next to a golf course, 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Tamarindo Church, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Grande Beach and Las Baulas de Guanacaste National Marine Park. Casino Diria and Monkey Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
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From Nicoya Peninsula, San Jose is about 90 miles to the east, while Cartago is around 100 miles to the east.
If the weather is good, pack up the kids and plenty of sunscreen and drive to Jaco Beach, 60 miles to the southeast of Nicoya Peninsula, or Herradura Beach, 60 miles to the southeast.
To reconnect with the natural world, check out some of the Nicoya Peninsula region's nature areas. Parque Nacional Palo Verde is located 25 miles from Nicoya Peninsula, while Palo Verde National Park lies 25 miles away.
If you head 7 miles to the north of Nicoya Peninsula you'll reach Nicoya. A trip here gives you the chance to visit Nicoya Colonial Church and Barra Honda National Park. Carrillo is another option worth considering. It's about 13 miles away, and is the location of The ARA Project and Carrillo Beach.
Bejuco is approximately 15 miles southeast from Nicoya Peninsula. This regional hub offers a whole lot of attractions, for example, San Miguel Beach, Jungle Butterfly Farm and Mike's Jungle Butterfly Farm. If your itinerary allows it, also check out Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Camaronal and Museo Islita.
More often than not, an area's cultural heritage can be found wafting from its pots, pans and ovens.
Nothing compares to locally grown ingredients. You'll soon discover that pork and chicken are well utilized here.
Why not order casado and arroz con pollo (rice and chicken)? Both of these are easily found around here.
Finish with a bang by sampling some tres leches (custard flan), a delicious dessert.
Bavaria is a much-loved beer. Find the nearest bar, sit back and give it a try!
Fresco de frutas (fruit shake), an alcohol-free drink, can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
For a drink on the stiff side, get some Ron Centenario and make a toast to your gracious hosts.
The real soul of a region resides not just within its geography, but also in the cadences of its language. Learning just a handful of handy words, sayings and salutations in Spanish will make your journey much more rewarding. Buenas tardes translates to good afternoon in Spanish. Bien gracias, ¿y tú? (fine thanks, and you?) is another handy one to keep up your sleeve.
If you plan to visit on on the 15th of September, you should get ready to party. Each year on this day, the entire nation comes together and celebrates Independence Day.
We all wish vacations never ended. However, you're going to have to bid "Hasta la vista" to Nicoya Peninsula at some point. At least once you arrive home you'll have plenty of incredible tales to tell!
When it's time to hit the tarmac, you should know that Daniel Oduber International Airport is 40 miles to the north.
Accommodation in Nicoya Peninsula
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If you're splashing out for a special occasion, be sure to check out the guest services at the Naxos Condominium, at Langosta Beach, and the Crystal Sands, at Playa Langosta. Alternatively, the Florblanca, at 4 kms north Frank's place, and the Luxury Villa Rentals at Hacienda Pinilla, at 2 Km al Oeste del cruce de Hernandez, are two more economical choices worth booking.