Nicoya Peninsula, Nicoya Peninsula
Concierge.com's insider take:
Beach bums are spoiled for choice along the Pacific shores of the Nicoya Peninsula, a huge horse-headshaped landmass separated from the savanna lowlands of Guanacaste by the Gulf of Nicoya. True, recent tourism developments have forever changed the coastal landscape of the Nicoya Peninsula. Hotels and condos have sprouted up at the most popular beaches (Playas del Coco, Flamingo, Hermosa, Panamá, and Tamarindo), where you'll find most of Costa Rica's high-end resorts, such as Capitán Suizo and Florblanca. But dozens of lovely beaches remain untainted, such as Nosara and Bejuco. These spots draw both surfers and marine turtles, who lay their eggs in the sand. One of the world's most spectacular wildlife encounters is witnessing thousands of olive ridley turtles swarm Playa Ostional during the breeding season.