Welcome to Northern Peninsula

The northern Nicoya coastline in a snapshot: white-sand beaches, rugged green hills, azure waters, stucco subdivisions. This is some of the most coveted real estate in the country, and when you zoom in, it's a jumble of resorts and retirement properties with a high gringo-to-Tico ratio. The Costa Rican lifestyle here has traditionally revolved around the harvest and the herd, but today Ticos live by the tourist... Read More

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$85 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Antares Sailing Sunset Cruise

Meeting at El Pescador Restaurant at 12:45pm, Tamarindo's Antares Schooner Sailing Ship sets sail from Tamarindo beach Costa Rica, weather permitting. You will be transferred to the boat on a dingy from the restaurant. When boarding the boat you can settle in a comfortable large bean bag chair that aligns with the sides of the boat. As the boat begins to set sail, you will enjoy 6 gourmet courses prepared fresh from the on board Chef. Open Bar is available throughout the cruise (beer, wine, cocktails). Head for Playa Huevo, and upon arrival, you can go snorkeling, swimming, go to the beach, or just relax on the boat. The food courses are as much organic produce as possible and also add a variety of known as superfoods. Accommodating vegetarians or people with food intolerences is not a problem and will need to be advised at the time of booking. The Chef typically prepares a tofu salad, veggie ceviche, a salmon plate and a curry soup with veggies, coconut milk, ginger and secret spices. While the boat anchors for an hour, you will have the option to snorkel or swim.  All equipment is included.  Then you will set sail for Playa Tamarindo, enjoying the amazing sunset and arrive back on the beach just before dark, around 6:00pm

$120 Outdoor Activities

Hiking Tour of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Park

Starting early you leave from Tamarindo and surrounding beaches at 6:30am. You will stop for coffee, and after a 2-hour drive up to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the hike begins from the Pailas Sector. Your guide, native to Rincon de la Vieja, will help to spot wildlife such as Toucans, Capuchin monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Turkeys, Coatis, and much more. You will stop to view the volcanic activity including bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, and a mini crater. After the hike, take a short walk off the beaten path to Oropendola Waterfall just outside of the park, where you can jump in and swim in the blue lagoon. Then head over to a ranch where you will eat a typical Costa Rican lunch. Towards the end of the day, you will stop by the hot springs of Rio Negro naturally heated by the Volcano where you can do a soothing volcanic mud bath. Transportation, tour guide, park entrance fees, water, and lunch are included. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothes, bathing suit, towel, bug repellent, sunscreen, and change of clothes.

$175 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Nicaragua Tour

You will picked up from your hotel promptly and taken to Liberia, Costa Rica where you will eat hearty breakfast to start off the day. Then head to the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border. The guide will make it easy for you and will take care of all of the passport work. You will drive straight across the border and then head to your first destination.Catarina Volcano Outlook Point: Here you will enjoy an incredible view over the dormant volcano crater, Granada, and Lake Nicaragua. You will be allowed to walk around freely for a while before getting back in the bus and heading to the next stop.Masaya Artisan Market: Do some shopping for inexpensive souvenirs and experience the Nicaraguan life style before sitting down for a typical Nicaraguan lunch.Masaya Volcano: An active volcano where you will have the opportunity to stand right next to its crater and hear it rumbling and spewing of gases. An incredible, rare sight.Next stop: Granada! An old Colonial town near Lake Nicaragua. Stop at La Merced Church, considered one of the most beautiful buildings of Granada. It is flanked by a large tower that houses the church bells. You will ascend the stairs and reach the roof of the church. From here, you'll have a panoramic city view of Granada, Mombacho Volcano, and Nicaragua Lake with the islets. This is the perfect place to take pictures of the beautiful city and the surroundings.Your last stop is a one hour boat ride in Lake Nicaragua viewing the Nicarguan Islets around sunset. Your guide will stop by Monkey Island consisting only of monkeys that will come out and take food from your guide on the boat! You will then head back to Costa Rica, stopping on the way to pick up some snacks for the ride home.What to Bring: Sunscreen, Camera, Passport, Proof of flight out of Costa Rica, US Dollars to buy souvenirs

$140 Outdoor Activities

The Canyon Adventure Combo Tour

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and the majestic creation of the canyon we find the best place where you will enjoy a full day of exciting adventure activities like white water rafting or tubing, canopy, rappelling, climbing a natural rock wall through the impressive Canyon of the Colorado River. The Canopy Tour is an adventure that will simultaneously generate an unforgetbable emotions, you will live a unique experience with a Canopy Tour mixed with walking trails, observation platforms and hanging bridges that will make the trip worth it, there are 9 lines and 14 platforms crossing 8 times the Colorado Canyon with a total length of 1.106 meters. During the zip line you will have the chance to rappelling 20 meters high with nylon rope, after that, climb the rock wall guided by an expert guide. Approximately, 2 hours later you will enjoy another activity with your friends or your family by white water tubbing through 5 miles of class II and III rapids at the Colorado River for 1.5 hours. Finally, you will go horseback riding before ending your day. This is the one activity that you dont have to miss if you visit Guanacaste.

$150 Day Trips & Excursions

Canopy, Water Slide, Hot Spring Mud Bath and Horseback Riding Full Day Tour from Playa Hermosa - Coco Beach

This tour is perfect for travelers on a time-crunch, as it includes several of Costa Rica's most popular activities into one exciting, fun-filled day. Begin your day with a thrilling 12-platform canopy tour and then take things down a notch with a walk across hanging bridges. Situated high above the forest canopy, these bridges present a wonderful opportunity to spot tropical birds and other wildlife. Next up is a fast-flying, 1300-foot water slide through the forest, inviting big smiles as you zip, twist and turn down the contours of the slippery chute. After a sufficient amount of adrenaline-filled activity, enjoy a leisurely horseback ride or behind a tractor-pulled cart to a rustic spa. Here, all your stress will melt away as you soak in the thermal hot springs or relax in the steam and mud baths. Don't forget to bring camera, binoculars, long pants, swimming suit, change of clothes and hiking shoes.

$90 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Catamaran Sunset Cruise from Tamarindo

You will begin by meeting on the beach to take a small skiff out to board the catamaran. After everyone has boarded, you'll set sail.You'll be sailing on a custom built 40-foot sailing catamaran specifically designed to be the ultimate in day charters. Moored in the bay off Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste, the boat is packed with amenities including trampolines for sunning and lounging, a shaded main salon, fresh water shower, a clean restroom, well maintained snorkel gear, kayaks and a stairway to the sea and with plenty of space to relax.The daily sailing trips allow you to spot local marine life from above the water as well as from below; encountering sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins and whales… and that is before we've started snorkeling.The tour allows time for a little of everything. You will be able to enjoy the exhilarating performance of a catamaran, lounge in the sun, use our kayaks and swim in the warm tropical water while spotting dolphin, rays and reef fish. The friendly, professional crew will ensure your comfort and safety during this spectacular journey along the Guanacaste coast. It's a trip you’ll be sure to remember.Upon arrival back to Tamarindo Bay at sunset, you will disembark back at shore.