Northern Pacific Coast
Guanacaste & Nicoya Peninsula


Guanacaste & the Nicoya Peninsula have miles of beautiful beaches. Selecting which beach is for you is probably based on which hotel you like as each has its own personality.

Activities
Aqua Center Diving
Right on Flamingo Beach and just minutes away from guest accommodations. As a dive operator of an international dive destination, Aqua Center provide dive quality, qualified staff, convenient diving and excellent customer service.
Ecotrans Tours
Tours and private transfers from all over the country to Guanacaste; arrival and departure transfers, convention shuttles, customized group tours, transfers and transportation for special events.

 

Restaurant Swimming Pool Sport Fishing Casino
Scuba Diving Golf Tennis Horseback Riding

Standard Double Room is $= Under $75 - $$= $75 to $150 - $$$= Over $150

Golfo de Papagayo
Distance from San Jose 269 km (167 miles) Nearest airport Liberia
Driving time from San Jose 3½ - 4 hours

Four Seasons - Introduces exemplary luxury and service. (All inclusive)
Grand Papagayo by Occidental
- Situated in the region of Guanacaste at the Northern Pacific Coast, on the beautiful Playa Buena. (All inclusive)
Hilton Papagayo - The perfect setting for a fun-filled family vacation, romantic getaway or memorable event.

Playa Hermosa
Distance from San Jose 269 km (167 miles) Nearest airport Liberia
Driving time from San Jose 3½ - 4 hours
Playa Hermosa beach, winner of the "Bandera Azul", granted to beaches recognized for their ecological qualities.

Villa del Sueño Hotel - A small resort to attend your greatest expectations.

Playa El Ocotal
Distance from San Jose 269 km (167 miles) Nearest airport Liberia
Driving time from San Jose 3½ - 4 hours
Playa El Ocotal is small but attractive beach that offers good swimming and snorkeling. Ten minutes away by car (4 km) is the town of Coco, which has a several restaurants and a local disco.

Bahia Pez Vela - Centrally located to several national parks, volcanoes, waterfalls, caves and stunning beaches. Nearby is the best diving in the country and, quite possibly, the best fishing as well.
Hotel El Ocotal Beach Resort - The hotel steps up a hill at the south end of the beach. The restaurant and bar on top have a great view. El Ocotal has its own Scuba Diving & Sport Fishing operations.

Playa Azúcar (Sugar Beach)
Distance from San Jose 315 km (195 miles) Nearest airport Tamarindo
Driving time from San Jose 4½ hours
A beautiful, secluded beach just north of Flamingo Beach which has some large hotels and restaurants.

Bahía del Sol - A unique hotel, boutique, 4 stars, right front of Potrero beach.
Hotel Sugar Beach - Beach front location, surrounded by 24 acres of nature on a private and secluded beach Because of its small size and beautiful setting it is one of the best hotels in the area.

Playa Flamingo
Distance from San Jose 315 km (195 miles) Nearest airport Tamarindo
Driving time from San Jose 4½ hours
Playa Flamingo one of the most expansive and unspoiled white-sand beach found anywhere in Costa Rica

Flamingo Marina Resort - On the top of a lush hillside fragrant with flowering bushes, various palms and fruit trees offers guests a spectacular bird's-eye view of one of the largest marinas located along the Pacific coast of Central America..

Playa Conchal
Distance from San Jose 315 km (195 miles) Nearest airport Tamarindo
Driving time from San Jose 4½ hours
One of Costa Rica's finest white-sand beaches. Parts of the beach are composed of trillions of minute seashells. The beautiful turquoise bay is great for snorkeling.

Paradisus Playa Conchal - The while-sands of Conchal are just steps from your door, as is championship golf. Every conceivable amenity is yours to experience, in a setting that is among the most breathtaking in the world.

Tamarindo
Distance from San Jose 312 km (193 miles) Nearest airport Tamarindo
Driving time from San Jose 4 hours
Tamarindo, this area's most developed beach resort, is a friendly little village where you can walk to everything in town. It has a wide white-sand beach with a large estuary. It's a great place to kick back and really relax. There are a number of good restaurants within walking distance of the hotels recommended here. Any of the hotels can arrange horseback riding, sportfishing, or snorkeling. There are two 18 hole golf courses within a short drive.

Cala Luna Hotel & Villas - A peaceful and lavish atmosphere surrounded by luxurious vegetation and beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean.
Capitan Suizo
- A natural atmosphere with a touch of Swiss quality. Right on the beach with a large free-form swimming pool.
Jardin del Eden - Located on a small hill, 120 meters - 3 minutes walking - from the beach.
Tamarindo Diriá - Playa Tamarindo Beach Resort, is the ideal place to spend a peaceful yet exciting vacation.

Tamarindo Vista Villas - The resort is built on a bluff overlooking beautiful Tamarindo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. You are literally only a stone's throw from the white sands of Tamarindo Beach.
JW Marriott - The perfect balance between nature, fabulous amenities and a world of first class service.

Playa Langosta thru Playa Avellanas
Distance from San Jose 312 km (193 miles) Nearest airport Tamarindo
Driving time from San Jose 4 hours
There are several large stretches of beach that are extremely beautiful along the coast. These beaches include Playa Langosta, most of Playa Mansita, most of Playa Robalo and all of Playa Avellanas. Playa Mansita and Playa Robalo have small areas of rocky shoreline that are particularly evident during low tide. Playa Langosta and Playa Icacal have the highest quality of beach width, beach length, color of sand, and favorable wave action.

Hacienda Pinilla - Spread over 4,500 acres along the Pacific Coast, this special property is destined to become the country’s most extraordinary resort community.

Playa Samara
Best Route Tempisque Ferry Nearest airport Carillo
Driving time from San Jose 4½ hours
A beautiful, gentle, white-sand beach which has been called one of the safest and prettiest in Costa Rica.

Harmony Hotel - Inspired by the old school tropical destinations
L'Acqua Viva Resort & Spa - Bordering the extraordinary Nosara Coastal Forest Preserve & Wildlife Refuge
Hotel Giada - Located at Samara's main entrance to the beach, close to the restaurants, shops and of course to the beach.

 

Malpaís & Playa Santa Teresa
Best Route Paquera Ferry Nearest airport Tambor
Driving time from San Jose 5½ hours
This long, beautiful beach is a little out of the way to get to but worth the effort. From San Jose you can take the Paquera car ferry. You should have a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Florblanca Resort
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Hidden among the beach almond and plumeria trees.
Tropico Latino Lodge - A small hotel located right on the beach with six large, comfortable rooms. A great place to relax.

Peninsula de Nicoya
Best Route Tempisque Ferry Nearest airport Tambor
Driving time from San Jose 4½ hours
A place with a unique atmosphere, its own microclimate and favorable all year round conditions.
Hotel Tango Mar - The hotel is located on a 150-acre private beachfront reserve, a perfect balance of nature and refinement.

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