After spending time on some of the Pacific’s upscale beaches, venturing inland to the heart of traditional Guanacaste can be a little jarring. About 35min east of Playa Junquillal, Santa Cruz is a bastion of the region’s distinctive folk heritage and provides good access to several of the Pacific beaches as well as to Nicoya, 25km to the south at the northern edge of its namesake peninsula. Costa Rica’s oldest city and home to its oldest church, Nicoya’s role today is as the peninsula’s major travel and agricultural centre, though it also retains a strong indigenous presence.

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