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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

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.

Playa Potrero

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

Punta Islita, Costa RicaTo 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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    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 Resort, Golfo de Papagayo

      The Four Seasons Resort

      Deluxe

      Situated in an untouched hideaway on the Guanacaste coast, the Four Seasons was Costa Rica's first luxury resort.

    • Tropical Suite, Tango Mar

      Tango Mar

      Medium

      Located on a 150-acre private beachfront reserve along the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast, Tango Mar offers the complete isolation and exclusivity of a small, beach resort.

    • Florblanca, Malpais

      Florblanca

      First Class

      Florblanca is a secluded and intimate hideaway set in lush tropical surrounds on Santa Teresa Beach, just north of Malpais on the scenic tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.