The Nicoya Peninsula
Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula is a tropical paradise just waiting to be explored. When planning your vacation to Costa Rica, check out the best hotels on the Nicoya Peninsula and ensure your accommodations are as beautiful as the golden sands of the area’s beaches.
Our experts have visited and hand-picked the best and most luxurious hotels around the Nicoya Peninsula.
The Nicoya Vibe: Surf and Yoga
The Nicoya Peninsula is Costa Rica's surf and yoga center, a paradise for wellness lovers and wave catchers. If you're seeking an off-the-beaten-path part of Costa Rica to enjoy endless summer sunshine and relaxed vibes, this part of Costa Rica is for you.
Where to Stay on the Nicoya Peninsula
Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula is a large area, comprising many communities and even more beaches. Exactly where to stay on the peninsula really depends on what you're looking for and the type of accommodations you seek.
Let’s look at some of our favorite hotels on the Nicoya Peninsula.
Tango Mar Resort
The beachfront Tango Mar is is one of the best hotels on the Nicoya Peninsula. Once you're here, you're literally steps away from a perfect beach and have easy access to a waterfall flowing directly into the ocean!
Punta Islita is nothing short of spectacular. It's one of Costa Rica's most well-known boutique hotels, a place that truly sums up the unique vibe of this country. It sits on a remote clifftop with stunning Pacific Ocean views and access to isolated and gorgeous beaches.
Isla Chiquita Glamping Resort
Isla Chiquita is a island just off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, in the calm waters of the Gulf of Nicoya. It's Costa Rica's best “glamping” spot, a place to sleep under canvas amid nature while still enjoying the luxurious amenities you desire.
Nantipa, in Santa Teresa, offers private, modern bungalows with top-of-the-line amenities. It's one of the best hotels in this up and coming surf community.
Florblanca Beach Resort
Florblanca is another Santa Teresa favorite, a collection of eleven luxury villas amid seven acres beachfront jungle. It's the perfect place to unwind and disconnect.
Harmony Hotel in Nosara is an eco-friendly boutique on one of the Nicoya Peninsula's best surfing beaches. It offers daily yoga classes, complimentary surfboards, and a signature Green Living Tour.
One of Five Blue Zones in the World
Nicoya is remarkable because it’s one of the five recognized Blue Zones in the world, an area where residents live extra-long and healthy lives. Many Blue Zone residents live to over 100 years old, and there are many theories as to why this is. Ask the locals about their secrets for long, healthy lives when you visit.
FAQs About the Best Places to Stay in Nicoya, Costa Rica
What is the Nicoya Peninsula known for?
The Nicoya Peninsula is known for its great surf, laid back vibe, yoga and wellness focus, and golden sands. It’s also famous as one of the few Blue Zones of the world.
How many nights do you need in Nicoya?
You could easily spend a week or two surfing or relaxing in Nicoya, or you could combine it with another location to see multiple parts of Costa Rica during your vacation.
Is the Nicoya Peninsula safe?
Nicoya is an extra-friendly place. Neighbors often visit each other and enjoy spending time together as well as meeting new people who come to visit. They look out for one another. It’s mostly rural, which generally translates to safe, but as always we recommend keeping an eye on your valuables.
What is the prettiest town in Nicoya, Costa Rica?
We would say Montezuma is the prettiest town on the Nicoya Peninsula - the word “town” used loosely. More of a tiny village than a town. As you approach this community on the road in, you'll see the Pacific Ocean open up around you as you descend. The beaches down here are simply gorgeous.