Slightly further afield than the Central Pacific Coast, the Nicoya Peninsula and Guanacaste coastlines are fringed by some of the country’s most idyllic beaches.
Tamarindo is the focal point of Guanacaste with a long, west-facing beach that looks out over unparalleled Pacific sunsets. It is the vibrant heart of the coastline with an excellent selection of restaurants and good nightlife.
Whilst it is home to a few sprawling, all-inclusive resorts, there are a number of smaller, more intimate hotels that provide the seclusion and personalized service that we favor.
If you are looking for something a little more secluded then there are great alternatives slightly to the north, around the isolated beaches and small villages of Playa Potrero.
Nicoya Peninsula and Tambor
To the south there are some charming places around the Nicoya Peninsula and Tambor, with dark sand beaches and gentle surf, the small and intimate area of Punta Islita or the laid back and untouched coastline around Malpaís.
Slow-paced and charming, this region provides a perfect place for a few days to relax either at the beginning or end of a trip to Costa Rica.
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Places near Northern Pacific Coast
- Punta Islita 44 kilometers away
- Esterillos 62 kilometers away
- Monteverde Cloud Forest 74 kilometers away
- San Ramón 75 kilometers away
- Central Pacific Coast 82 kilometers away
- Arenal Volcano 91 kilometers away
- El Silencio Lodge 98 kilometers away
- Manuel Antonio 105 kilometers away
- Tenorio Volcano 107 kilometers away
- San José & Central Valley 107 kilometers away
- Tamarindo 110 kilometers away
- Playa Potrero 116 kilometers away
- Rincón de la Vieja 129 kilometers away
- Caño Negro 134 kilometers away
- San Gerardo de Dota 136 kilometers away
- Dominical 139 kilometers away
- Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui 139 kilometers away
- Golfo de Papagayo 142 kilometers away
- Turrialba 149 kilometers away
- Corcovado & Osa Peninsula 186 kilometers away
- Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast 191 kilometers away
- Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 250 kilometers away
- Manzanillo 261 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Northern Pacific Coast
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Northern Pacific Coast. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The Four Seasons ResortNorthern Pacific Coast
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