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Northern Nicoya

Papagayo to Tamarindo

If you've spent time on Costa Rica's lush Caribbean coast or in its cool highlands, visiting the Nicoya Peninsula can be a bit of a shock. The region's tropical dry forests and savannahs seem more appropriate for East Africa than Central America. The climate is drier and warmer—low 90's to high 60's—than other parts of the country, and dependably sunny. From November to April, monthly rainfall is minimal. Even during the May to October green season, afternoon rains are usually intense and brief.

Beneath the shining sun and Pacific sunsets, dozens of beaches line the coast. Some are perfect for surfing, others for swimming. Sand colors range from dark volcanic to white crushed shell.

Visitors can enjoy sport fishing, canopy tours, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mangrove wildlife tours. From August to December, nesting turtles can be observed. The country's best diving sites and golf resorts are also located here.

The beach towns and resorts of the Northern Nicoya are easily reached from Liberia's international airport. Most of the large resorts are within an hour's drive. Tamarindo and Langosta, at the southern end of this coastline, can be reached by road or via domestic flights from San José and Liberia. Farther south, you can explore the beaches and forest of the Central Nicoya.

Mosaico Travel Services arranges personalized travel in the Northern Nicoya and throughout Costa Rica. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, domestic flights, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a Mosaico travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.


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