The good news is that whichever Nicoya Peninsula beach you choose, you won’t be disappointed. All beaches are phenomenal with blue waters, soft sands and breezy palm trees. It all depends on how adventurous you want your beach trip to be. For a peaceful beachside break, a good bet is to head down to Sámara or Nosara on the Nicoya Peninsula. A road runs the 35km between Nicoya and the coast at Nosara, via Caimital, though it’s only negotiable with a 4WD. Most drivers, and all buses, take the longer, paved route (marked as Route 150 on some maps) through Playa Sámara, from where you can loop north back up the coast. The scenery from Nicoya to Sámara, 30km south, is rolling, rather than precipitous, although there are a couple of particularly nasty corners, marked by crosses commemorating the drivers who didn’t make it.
Playa Santa Teresa
A haven for surfers and well-being enthusiasts, Playa Santa Teresa is a haven for surfing and yoga. Located on the Southern tip of Nicoya Peninsula, the waves are ideal for both beginners and advanced surfers.
Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica © Juhku / Shutterstock
This secluded Nicoya Peninsula beach is another of Costa Rica’s secrets. The beach is quiet and calm at the best of times, picking up momentum on the weekends with locals looking to relax and enjoy the waters. Not to be missed if you love getting off the beaten path.
Playa Samara, Costa Rica © LMSpencer / Shutterstock
Montezuma is a charming little beach town and the most touristy of all in Nicoya Peninsula, although it does still feel wrong to brand it touristy considering the numbers are very little. If you wish for a perfect blend of relaxing on the beach and adventure, Montezuma is your winning beach. With cute beach bars and a ziplining course through the canopies nearby, Montezuma offers action-packed activities between swimming and relaxing.
Montezuma Beach, Costa Rica © Gionnixxx / iStock
One of Nicoya Peninsulas hidden gems, Playa Janquillal is a serene beach with little tourism. The currents are quite strong, so this beach is more a place to relax on the soft sands rather than swimming.
Best times to visit Nicoya Peninsula
The temperature at the Nicoya Peninsula is pleasant all year round – just watch out for October when the rainy season hits at full blast. Sunshine is guaranteed from January to April, so this is the best time to visit.
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