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San Jose can be found 110 miles east of Santa Cruz, and Cartago is 120 miles to the east.
Nearby Potrero offers Flamingo Beach and Conchal Beach, two popular tourist attractions. This locality is just 17 miles to the northwest.
If the weather is nice, pack your picnic basket and set off to Organos Beach, 55 miles to the southeast of Santa Cruz, or Santa Teresa Beach, 50 miles to the southeast.
Nature enthusiasts will love the beautiful natural reserves of this region. Parque Nacional Palo Verde is located 20 miles away from Santa Cruz, while Palo Verde National Park is only 20 miles away.
Exhausted all tourist activities in Santa Cruz? There's always Parque Bernabela Ramos.
Head to Veintisiete de Abril, 8 miles out of Santa Cruz. It's the home of Casino Diria and Canopy Vista Tamarindo. Monkey Park and Tamarindo Church are more sights. These are about 10 miles out of Santa Cruz, in Canafistula.
When it's time to explore beyond Santa Cruz, check out a regional hub. Nicoya sits 13 miles away and offers a varied list of attractions, like Nicoya Colonial Church, Barra Honda National Park and Recaredo Briceno Park. Puerto Carrillo and Iglesia de San Blas are some of the other places that are worth visiting.
Prepare your taste buds to go on an adventure through the flavors and aromas of North Pacific Coast.
Travelers will no doubt notice an abundance of pork and chicken, two of the more well-known regional ingredients.
Follow the locals' lead and dine on casado and arroz con pollo (rice and chicken).
For a sweet encounter that will leave your mouth watering, try tres leches (custard flan), a delectable dessert.
If sampling a bottle or three of the local beer is high up on your to-do list, make a beeline for the nearest watering hole and order a round of Bavaria
If alcohol's not for you, fresco de frutas (fruit shake) is a nice alternative.
If you're out and about for the evening, make sure you try out a glass of Ron Centenario, a popular spirit.
Authentic traveling goes beyond just seeing the sights. It's also about the words, stories and ideas of a culture. Your vacation will be far more significant if you attempt to learn a couple of common expressions and greetings in Spanish. ¡Que pase un buen día! translates to have a nice day. There's also Bien gracias, ¿y tú, which translates to fine thanks, and you.
A day of national celebration, Independence Day is something that you shouldn't miss. It takes place each year on the 15th of September.
We all wish vacations went on forever. However, you're going to have to say "Adiós" to Santa Cruz at some point. At least once you get back home you'll have loads of wonderful stories to tell!
Don't fret about missing your flight. Just keep in mind that the nearest airport is 25 miles to the north.
Situated in Santa Cruz, this villa is in the same region as Monkey Park and El Viejo Wetlands.
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 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Conchal Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Playa Brasilito. Flamingo Beach and Monkey Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Playa Azul hotel is 6.9 mi (11.2 km) from Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and 12.4 mi (19.9 km) from Nosara Wildlife Rescue. Nosara Beach and Safari Surf School are also within 16 mi (25 km).
This family-friendly Tamarindo resort is located near the airport, 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from Tamarindo Church, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Grande Beach and Avellana Beach. Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course and Las Baulas de Guanacaste National Marine Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).
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 Monkey Park are also within 12 mi (20 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. Conchal Beach and Avellana Beach are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Nestled on the beach, this El Ocotal resort is within 12 mi (20 km) of Penca Beach, Flamingo Beach, and Coco Beach. Papagayo Golf and Country Club and Haras del Mar Equestrian Center are also within 12 mi (20 km).