This tiny village next to the ferry terminal is nothing more than a few sodas and small hotels that cater to travelers either waiting for the ferry or arriving from Puntarenas. There really isn’t any reason to hang around, but if you do get stuck at the port for a night, the better of Playa Naranjo's two hotels is just 400m away on their own deep green cove.
Well, they don’t call it Tamagringo for nothing. Tamarindo’s perennial status as Costa Rica’s top surf and party destination has made it the first and last stop for legions of tourists. It stands to reason, then, that this is the most developed beach on the peninsula with no shortage of hotels, bars and restaurants.
Mal País & Santa Teresa
Get ready for tasty waves, creative kitchens and babes in board shorts and bikinis, because the southwestern corner of Península de Nicoya has all that and more. Which is why it's become one of Costa Rica's most life-affirming destinations. Here, the sea is alive with wildlife and is almost perfect when it comes to shape, color and temperature.
The secret about one of Central America's top surf spots is out. With a number of beach breaks, the right and left breaks of Santa Carolina are comparable to Oahu’s Sunset Beach on a good day. The fishing village has a laid-back feel, with one good outdoor pizzeria that forms the nexus of the dining and nightlife scene.
Palm trees and white-sand beaches form the backdrop to this lovely little island, just 15km offshore from Portobelo. A popular getaway for Panama City folk fleeing the urban grind, Isla Grande is an ideal setting for snorkeling, scuba diving or simply soaking up the island’s relaxed vibe.