Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula

The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information


Map of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Map of the Nicoya Peninsula

[ Hyperlinks on the map are marked with an orange dot ]

Traveling to the Southern Nicoya Peninsula, Province of Puntarenas:

To Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Manzanillo, Cabo Blanco, Montezuma, Tambor and Curu

1. From San José fly to Tambor, or drive 120 km to Puntarenas
2. From Puntarenas take the car and passenger ferry to Paquera
3. From Guanacaste drive Jicaral - Naranjo - Paquera

You should be wary of your car's GPS navigation or Google maps when driving from the northern to the southern part of the Peninsula. As the shortest route it suggests to drive on a huddle of small side roads through the mountains. There is hardly any road signage and you get lost very easily. The fastest and safest route is along the Gulf of Nicoya, via Naranjo - Paquera.

Traveling to the Northern Nicoya Peninsula, Province of Guanacaste:

To Tamarindo, Junquillal, Ostional, Nosara, Samara, Carrillo, San Miguel and Coyote

1. From Puntarenas take the car and passenger ferry to Naranjo
2. From the Interamericana turn off at km 168 to the road leading over the Tempisque bridge
3. From Liberia drive down the highway to Santa Cruz

Playagrande Tamarindo Nicoya Nosara Samara Islita Coyote San Miguel Road Manzanillo Santa Teresa Mal Pais Cobano Cabuya Montezuma Tambor Naranjo Karen Mogensen Gulf of Nicoya Ferry Schedules Cabo Blanco Curu Ostional Barra Honda Monte Alto Junquillal Avellanas Palo Verde Carrillo

Surf and tranquil eco-tourism

Surfer's mecca and most developed town of the peninsula

Pleasant village and lonesome beaches

The heart of Nicoya Peninsula

Mountain Reserve with orchid trail

Surf and expatriates community ensconced in the forest

National Park with intricate limestone caves

Wildlife Reserve with sea turtle nestings

Laid-back vacation village in a calm bay

Picture-perfect palm-lined horseshoe bay

Panoramic route along coastal wilderness

Deserted beaches and Tico countryside

Adventurous rough dry-season road

Tranquil Tico village and beach wilderness

Fast-growing surfer village with scenic beaches

Tranquil neighborhood on a dramatic coastline

Central hub of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula

Small community and cemetary island

Picturesque beach village and waterfalls

Large horseshoe bay with swimming, golf and boating

Scenic route and hidden beaches along the Gulf of Nicoya

Nature Reserve in the mountains of the peninsula

Islands in the Gulf of Nicoya

Ferry schedules from Puntarenas

Costa Rica's oldest Nature Reserve

Reserve with rich Wildlife and tropical beaches

A variety of beaches and surf breaks

Marshlands and rivers with masses of water birds