A half-hour boat ride west of Nuquí is Guachalito. It's a long beach, clear of flotsam and debris. There are orchids and heliconias everywhere, the jungle encroaches on the beach, platter-sized mushrooms grow on the trees and coconut palms sway over the gray sand.
The Gonzalez family inhabits the beach's east end, which can feel just a little bit crowded when things are busy. Several more hotels are scattered along the remote 8km of the beach running down to Termales. On the way you'll pass El Terco and El Terquito, two almost-islands that serve as landmarks. You can walk the length of the beach (1½ hours). It's best to set out when the tide is low.