Choosing the most beautiful part of Costa Rica is a considerable challenge, as each province boasts a wealth of natural wonders for you to explore. However, the Nicoya Peninsula is tough to beat when it comes to unparalleled isolation, seclusion and idyllic tropical serenity.
Located on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, the Nicoya Peninsula encompasses some of the country's most breathtaking natural landmarks and national parks. The peninsula itself begins in the arid southern region of Guanacaste, and extends almost 90 miles south to Puntarenas, and is separated from the Costa Rican mainland by the Gulf of Nicoya. As such, the Nicoya Peninsula offers some of the most diverse terrain and climates in the country.The Nicoya Peninsula is famous around the world for its stunning beaches. Although numerous luxury resorts are nestled just moments from the pristine white sands of the peninsula, there are several vacation rental complexes in the region. The waters off the coast are warm year-round, making the region the ideal destination for watersports enthusiasts. In addition, the Gulf of Nicoya itself is one of Costa Rica's premier sportfishing destinations, as this body of water is home to exotic and challenging fish including yellowfin tuna and marlin.However, while countless visitors flock to the Nicoya Peninsula to enjoy its white sands and azure waters, the scenery inland is certainly no less impressive. The peninsula is renowned as the home of Cabo Blanco National Park, the first of the country's wildlife refuges to receive official recognition from the Costa Rican government in 1963. Nestled at the southern tip of the peninsula, Cabo Blanco remains one of the nation's most beloved nature reserves, and offers commanding views of the Pacific Ocean from many of its hiking trails.Visitors to the Nicoya Peninsula will also find a world of natural exploration awaiting them at Palo Verde National Park, located at the mouth of the Rio Tempisque. Palo Verde is widely considered to be one of the best birdwatching locations in the world, and boasts hundreds of native and migratory species of bird year round. This unique national park is also home to one of the last remaining deciduous dry forests in the Neotropics, making it a site of crucial significance for conservationists and wildlife protection groups.Read More Read Less