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Southeastern Peninsula/Costa Rica

Introducing Southeastern Peninsula

Word has spread about the hippie-chic outpost of Montezuma and the miles of surf breaks in Santa Teresa-Mal País – which manages to be dusty, real and glamorous. During the dry season, packs of international surfers and wanderers arrive hungry for the wild beauty and soul-stirring waters on either side of the peninsula. In between, and at the very southern tip of the Península de Nicoya, lies the first natural reserve in Costa Rica. It used to require hours of sweaty bus rides and sluggish ferries from the mainland to access this tropical land’s end, but these days there are more roads and regular shuttles, making Cabo Blanco an easy day trip from either base. But if you have the time and money, embrace the gritty arduous drive down the rugged southeastern peninsula, which includes several river crossings, and two low-tide beach traverses before you reach Mal País, just north of the reserve, and head back into the muddy jungle, and climb over one more steep pass to the park gates.