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Introducing Playas San Miguel & Coyote

Just south of Playa Bejuco are arguably two of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in Costa Rica. Playa San Miguel is a desolate and beautiful beach buffeted by a hulking granite headland and backed by elegant coconut palms. There's a no-name bar at the end of the road, on the beach. Playa Coyote, to the south, is likewise a wilderness beach, but at high tide much of the fine, silver-gray sand gets swallowed up. San Miguel and Coyote serve as nesting grounds for olive ridley turtles.

There are no coastal villages to speak of, though a number of in-the-know foreigners have settled in the area and have built accommodations near the shoreline. The nearest village is San Francisco de Coyote, which is 4km inland and has a few small sodas, cabinas and an internet cafe. For a good online map of the area, visit www.nicoyapeninsula.com/coyote/map.php.