Attractions

Top Choice Waterfall in Montezuma

Montezuma Waterfalls

A 40-minute river hike leads to a waterfall with a delicious swimming hole. Further along, a second set of falls offers a good 10m leap into deep water. Reach the 'diving platform' from the trail: do not try to scal…
Beach in Montezuma

Playa Cocolito

Here's your chance to see a waterfall crashing down a cliff, straight onto the rocks and into the ocean. El Chorro Waterfall is the pièce de résistance of Playa Cocolito, which is itself pretty irresistible.It's a h…
Beach in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Playa Hermosa

Somewhere north of town, Playa Santa Teresa ends and Playa Hermosa starts. This gorgeous beach deserves its hermosa (beautiful) moniker and then some. It's wide and flat and spectacular at low tide. The beach nearly…
Beach in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa is a long, stunning beach that's famous for its fast and powerful beach break. The surf is pretty consistent and can be surfed at virtually any time of day. At the north end of the beach, Roca Mar…
Park in Playa Grande

Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste

Las Baulas national marine park encompasses the entire beach at Playa Grande, as well as the adjacent land and 220 sq km of ocean. This is one of the world's most important nesting areas for the critcally endangered…
Cave in Parque Nacional Barra Honda

Parque Nacional Barra Honda Caverns

This 23-sq-km national park protects a system of some 40 caverns. The only cave with regular public access is the 41m-deep La Terciopelo, which has incredible speleothems (calcite figures that rise and fall in the c…
Wildlife Reserve in Southern Peninsula

Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Curú

Situated at the eastern end of the peninsula, this tiny 84-hectare wildlife refuge holds a great variety of landscapes, including dry tropical forest, semi-deciduous forest and five types of mangrove swamp. Seventee…
Beach in Nosara Area

Playa Pelada

North of Guiones, Playa Pelada is rough and rugged, and less endowed with surfers and luxury (perhaps a luxury in itself). Things feel both spookier and more profound in Pelada. This beach lacks surf, so it's wonder…
Zoo in Islita Area

Ara Project

A local NGO that is dedicated to the conservation of Costa Rica's two species of macaw: the great green macaw and the scarlet macaw. The group rehabilitates injured or rescued birds and eventually reintroduces them …
Wildlife Reserve in Central Peninsula

Refugio Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Ostional

This 248-hectare coastal refuge extends from Punta India in the north to Playa Guiones in the south, and includes the beaches of Nosara and Ostional. It was created in 1992 to protect the arribadas (mass nestings of…