Welcome to Nicoya


That said, there's no reason to linger longer than you need to. Nicoya is not fabulous. Just real.

One theory has it that Nicoya was named after an indigenous Chorotega chief, Nicoa, who welcomed Spanish conquistador Gil González de Ávila in 1523 (a gesture he regretted). A second theory is that it derives from the Nahuatl words necoc iāuh, meaning 'on both sides is water(s),' describing the town's location between two rivers. Regardless, following Avila's arrival, the Chorotega were wiped out by the colonists, though many Nicoyans still proudly claim their indigenous heritage.


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$45 Outdoor Activities

ATV Tour in Jaco

ATV Single 1-hour tour option:We will begin at our shop in the center of Jaco.The guide will take you in direction of the rice fields behind Jaco where depending on the level, you can cross the river in various spots or ride along the river side if you don’t like to get wet.Meanwhile you will be surrounded by butterfly trees and depending on the season and hours of the day you can admire the variety of wild birds such as scarlet macaws, toucans, hawks and falcons.Then you will head to the nearest ocean view where you can enjoy another perspective of the city of Jaco. Very ideal for a sunset tour.ATV Single 2-hour tour option:We will begin at our shop in the center of Jaco.The guide takes you in direction of the rainforest where you start to have chances of seeing nature and wild life. You will come to a small waterfall where you can make your first stop to take some nice photos. Depending on your driving skills, you will begin to drive up the mountain in the direction of the peek.Once you are there you will have a second stop where you can enjoy the magnificent views of Playa Jaco, Peninsula Nicoya, Gulf of Nicoya, Tortuga Island and Manuel Antonio.Then you head to the Rancho of Doña Marta where you can use the restroom, buy a drink or eat some of here delicious empanadas cooked on a wood burning stove. Enjoying an amazing panoramic view of ocean and mountains.After enjoying great views and trails we proceed back to the shop.ATV Single 3-hour tour option:We will begin at our shop in the center of Jaco.The guide takes you in direction of the rainforest where you have chances of seeing wild life.Then you will come to a small waterfall where you can make your first stop to take some nice photos. Depending on your driving skills, you will begin to drive up the mountain in the direction of the peek.Here is our second stop where you can enjoy the magnificent views of Playa Jaco, Peninsula Nicoya, Gulf of Nicoya, Tortuga Island and Manuel Antonio.Your guide will then take you to a big waterfall that is approximately 30 feet tall. You can take a swim or take pictures and relax for a few minutes enjoying the river and the mist from the waterfall.After enjoying greats views waterfall and an amazing tour we proceed back to the shop.ATV Single 4-hour tour option:We will begin at our shop in the center of Jaco.First and second part of the tour are the same as 3-hour option.After swimming or simply enjoying some relaxing time, your guide will take you to the Rancho of Doña Marta where you can admire the amazing panoramic views of the ocean and mountains while you can buy a drink, a typical Costa Rican lunch “Casado” or try her delicious home made empanadas, all of which is cooked on a wood stove.After enjoying the waterfall, amazing views, food, and the trails we proceed back to the shop.

$85 Outdoor Activities

Jaco 4X4 Buggy Tour 1- 2- or 3-Hour Options

1 Hour: Rainforest ExpressYou begin at our shop in the center of Jaco; the guide takes you in direction of the rice fields behind Jaco where depending on the level, you can cross the river in various spots or ride along the river side if you don’t like to get wet meanwhile your surrounded by butterfly trees and depending on the season and hours of the day you can admire the variety of wild birds. Such as, scarlet macaws, toucans, hawks, and falcons. Then you will head to the nearest ocean view where you can enjoy another perspective of the city of Jaco. Very ideal for a sunset tour.2 Hour: Extreme VistaYou begin at our shop in the center of Jaco; the guide takes you in direction of the rainforest where you start to have chances of seeing nature and wild life. You will come to a small waterfall where you can make your first stop to take some nice photos, after that depending your driving skills, you will begin to drive up the mountain in the direction of the peek. Once you are there you will have a second stop where you can enjoy the magnificent views of Playa Jaco, Peninsula Nicoya, Gulf of Nicoya, Tortuga Island, and Manuel Antonio. Then you head to the Rancho of Doña Marta where you can use the restroom, buy a drink, or eat some of here delicious empanadas cooked on a wood burning stove, enjoying an amazing panoramic view of ocean and mountains. After enjoying great views and trails we proceed back to the shop.3 Hour: Waterfall Jumper & 4 Hour: Extreme RainforestYou begin at our shop in the center of Jaco; the guide takes you in direction of the rainforest where you have chances of seeing wild life. Such as, Parrots, Toucans, White-nosed Coati, Tayras, various types of Lizards and occasionally white face monkeys. Then you will come to a small waterfall where you can make your first stop to take some nice photos, after that depending on your driving skills, you will begin to drive up the mountain in the direction of the peek. Once you are there you will have a second stop where you can enjoy the magnificent views of Playa Jaco, Peninsula Nicoya, Gulf of Nicoya, Tortuga Island, and Manuel Antonio. Your guide will then take you to a big waterfall that is approximately 30 feet tall; you can take a swim, or take pictures and relax for a few minutes enjoying the river and the mist from the waterfall. After enjoying greats views, waterfall and an amazing tour we proceed back to the shop. Options to choose different routes to different waterfalls.

$120 Day Trips & Excursions

Tortuga Island one day tour from Puntarenas

After pickup at your Puntarenas at 8:00 a.m. a private dock and full breakfast. Board Calypso’s luxury yacht catamaran Manta Raya for the 90 minute ride across the Gulf of Nicoya. Enjoy local fruit onboard along the way. Upon arrival at Tortuga Island, snorkel in the turquoise water and take a banana boat ride as part of your 5-hour stay on Tortuga Island. Savor a 4 course gourmet lunch served on tables set with white linen under the shade of umbrellas and enjoy live music and unlimited soft drinks and fruit juice (alcoholic drinks can be purchased at the bar). Beach chairs, hammocks, a volleyball court, and a slack line are also available.  In the afternoon, board the Manta Raya for a Tour of Discovery of some of the protected islands in the Gulf of Nicoya, including Cedros Island, Jesusita Island, the bird sanctuary of Guayabo Island, Sugarloaf Island, Gypsy Island and San Lucas Island which used to be a maximum security prison, before returning to the dock, then re-board the bus to return to your hotel in San José.

$649 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Costa Rica 8-Day City and Countryside Sightseeing Tour

Day 1:Welcome to Costa Rica! Get ready to explore Guanacaste and enjoy all the eco–diversity Costa Rica has for you. You will land at the Liberia International Airport where a shuttle service from the Hilton will meet you and take you to your first night’s stay at The Hilton Garden Inn where you will rest, relax and prepare for your upcoming adventure. Day 2:Once you’ve finished enjoying the amazing buffet breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, you will be taken to The Hacienda Guachipelin for a fully loaded adventure day tour that includes zip lining, majestic waterfalls, a canyon tour, tubing adventure, thermal waters, hot springs and horseback riding. You will then enjoy a lunch buffet at the restaurant with the rest of the group. After this amazing journey, you will then spend the night at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin or Hotel Borinquen depending on availability.Day 3:Right after breakfast, you will be taken to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. It has been ranked 14th in terms of places you must visit in the world. Here you will trek through the cloud forest on board the Sky Walk and Sky Tram Tour. You will be able to see the cloud forest from a bird’s eye view. Since the sky tram resides high over the forest canopy, you will observe wildlife as it happens. Day 4:Hotel El Establo offers an exquisite breakfast and right after this Palo Verde National Park is your next destination. Here you will get the opportunity to embark on a boat safari tour and get a close up view of crocodiles, monkeys and hundreds of different species of birds and reptiles. After this adventure you will be visiting the cultural pottery town of Guaitil and learn about the Costa Rican traditions and culture while observing how pottery has been made for centuries. You will also acquire knowledge about historical facts of Costa Rica. Afterwards you will make a quick stop to visit the oldest church of Costa Rica, built in 1644 in Nicoya. After a short drive from Nicoya to Playa Samara you will then arrive at the Hotel Villas Playa Samara for the rest of your trip.Day 5-7:You will be at Hotel Villas Playa Samara enjoying one of the most magnificent beaches that Costa Rica offers. Recently voted the 2nd best beach in Central America by TripAdvisor; Samara is a top destination to relax and enjoy the sand and sun. Hotel Villas Playa Samara has many other benefits at your service. You will also be entitled to a 2 for 1 discount in Spa Packages.Day 8:Time to go back home! You will be taken back to the airport right on time for your flight back home. Enjoy this Costa Rica adventure arranged specially for you.

$249 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full day Paragliding, hot springs and visit to the Wildlife Reserve in Puntarenas from San José

We pick you up at your hotel in San José Alajuela or Heredia to move to the area of Caldera and Puntarenas where we will do our activitiesWe will drive approximately two hours to our first destination where we will paraglide the tour, overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya, we offer the opportunity to fly over Caldera beach, Roca Carballo and Estero de Mata Limón. An adventure that will blow your adrenaline level to another level, fly like a bird is something that is in everyone's bucket list, and it is easier than it seems, each passenger flies with a certified pilot and his flight lasts approximately 20 minutes . From the Mirador you can observe the incredible views, of course the flight activity of the paragliders.After the adrenaline we will have a typical lunch to proceed to make our tour of visit to one of the wildlife refuges of the country, the visit consists of a walk, where the visitor enjoys the different observation stations and learns about the animal species that inhabit the Sanctuary, such as: jaguars, tapirs, monkeys, exotic macaws, scarlet macaws and green limpets. In addition, they will know their natural history and the problem that threatens extinction of our biodiversity and how to avoid it. This, through exuberant paths, of botanical richness that embellishes the landscape.Before returning to San José, we will have the necessary time to relax in the hot springs of the Juntas de Abangares, which receive their heat from a volcanic vein located in the area. A perfect activity to relax after an adrenaline rush. Then move it back to your hotel in San Jose.

$249 Water Sports

Full day paragliding kayak with visit to the wildlife reserve from San Jose

We pick you up at your Hotel in San José Alajuela or Heredia to take you to the Caldera Puntarenas area where we will do our three activities.We will drive approximately two hours to our first destination where we will paraglide the tour, overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya, we offer the opportunity to fly over Caldera beach, Roca Carballo and Estero de Mata Limón. An adventure that will blow your adrenaline level to another level, fly like a bird is something that is in everyone's bucketlist, and it is easier than it seems, each passenger flies with a certified pilot and his flight lasts approximately 20 minutes . From the Mirador you can observe the impressive sunsets and, of course, the flight activity of the paragliders.After the adrenaline we will have a typical lunch to proceed with our Kayaking tour in the Mata Limón stream, which is located in Playa Caldera. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours where we will observe the landscape that we will have around us.Before returning to San José we will have a visit to one of the wildlife refuges, the visit consists of a walk, where the visitor enjoys the different observation stations and learns about the animal species that inhabit the Sanctuary, such as: jaguars , tapirs, monkeys, exotic macaws, scarlet macaws and green limpets. In addition, they will know their natural history and the problem that threatens extinction of our biodiversity and how to avoid it. This, through exuberant paths, of botanical richness that embellishes the landscape.