The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information
From PLaya San Miguel to Punta Islita and on to Carrillo and Samara
The 33 km stretch of road between San Miguel and Carrillo /Samara is sparsely settled and largely undeveloped. It's the ideal vacation spot for those who wish to get away from it all and find the real untouristy deal.
This isolated area is steeped in tranquility with honest and friendly locals scattered in tiny hamlets. You find beautiful beaches where your footprints in the sand might be the only ones for miles. Instead you might come across the tracks of a sea turtle as the whole coastline hosts important nesting habitats for 4 different species of sea turtles.
At the estuary of the Rio Bejuco a lagoon has formed which provides safe anchorage for boats. From the fishermen here you can buy fresh fish, or just watch the crowds of pelicans, wood storks and other waterfowl. The 3.5 km long beach of Bejuco is surrounded by estuaries with large stands of mangroves.
In the village of Bejuco another road leads to the beach with the Pilas de Bejuco. Around low tide
long sandy tide pools form at the edge of the ocean and you can swim or just wallow in the warm waters with the surf pounding
behind the rocks.
There are no houses on the beach and for most of the time you meet no other people.
In Corozalito is the landing strip of Punta Islita which serves flights to San José. One kilometer further a road goes down to a lovely beach with camping tables and benches. Despite its small size Playa Corozalito receives large numbers of nesting sea turtles.
Continuing north the road steepens and winds uphill in hairpin bends through lush jungle where small rivers tumble down. The top of the hill affords breathtaking views of the entire coast as far as Mal Pais.
Looking north you see a perfect horseshoe bay which is tipped by the rocky cliff of Punta Islita. The protected bay of Islita offers good swimming and is home to the remote luxury resort of Hotel Punta Islita.
The small village surrounding the hotel features houses and murals with cheerfull naive paintings and mosaics, and there is a souvenir shop with locally produced artwork.
From Punta Islita it is another 15 kms on the bumpy road uphill and down dale until you reach the paved road between Hojancha and Samara.
A small track leads down to the pristine beach of Camaronal. The 4.6 km stretch of beach which runs into the estuary of the Rio Ora is a protected wildlife reserve where leatherback, olive ridley, caret, and black sea turtles dig their eggs into the sand. There is a ranger station and rancho serving simple meals and beverages, as well as a camping site.