Peninsula de Nicoya Travel and Vacation Guide

Map of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

hotels Use the hyperlinks of the markers to see details

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

In this area of Costa Rica you shouldn't rely too much on your car's GPS navigation or on Google maps. For getting from the northern to the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula the suggested route leads on a huddle of bumpy dirt roads through the interior of the peninsula. You will spend lots of time zig-zagging over the mountains and fording the rivers. There is hardly any road signage so you get lost easily. The fastest and safest route is on the paved road 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