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Things to do in Nicoya Peninsula

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Costa Rica's first national park, definitely worth a visit especially during the months of May - Sept. There's a couple trails you can take either on your own or guided. Ask us for more info.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“here you can watch your​ favorite football or basketball team while​ having a drink or some food. Events such as Karaoke or live music.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
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“Meat,meat ,meat Argentinian’s love their meat, great steakhouse, along with some great other varieties.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Beach-front restaurant, perfect for sunset time. Reservations are highly recommended, you can call or contact them on FB messenger.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Beach
“Great waves, white sandy beaches, plamtrees and good restaurants and bars around to refresh and have something to eat when you spent the day on these beaches. True paradise💯”
  • 23 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Within walking distance, a fun place to eat and a menu that includes Cajun crusted fresh catch and coconut buffalo wings. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Another of my favourite places, a foodie friend from NY once told me. “ for someone who rates restaurants by their atmosphere “ I love this place. Closed on Mondays ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The bakery in Santa Teresa is an iconic mark in town. Providing now with the best baked goods nation wide. A distinct european taste with a new menu that is indeed simple but innovative, must spot for ”
  • 26 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great place for a delightful dinner!! Super recommended Restaurant!! One of the Best Restaurant in Tamarindo!! Ask for Beef tenderloin with a choice of shrimp skewer or lobster tail. Served marked rare on sizzling Arenal volcanic rock, pre-heated to 500 degrees, to cook each slice at your table to the temperature desired. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Beach
“One of the best surfing spots in Costa Rica; North end of the beach has best waves, take care parking on the very south end”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Mexican food, Taco-Tuesday cheap and good tacos but too crowded, reservations for Tuesday are a must! Happy-hour of Margaritas, I recommend the passion fruit, Margarita ;)”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great sushi and other fresh dishes. One of the more expensive restaurants in Santa Teresa but has always been worth it to me. The sashimi, seafood rice, and grilled veggies are some of my favorites. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Beach
“For eco-tourists and animal lovers the Curu Wildlife Reserve is one of the highlights of the Nicoya Peninsula. In a tropical paradise environment visitors can see many of Costa Rica's animals in the wild. Curu is privately owned and part of a large farm which combines sustainable agriculture and forest management with the protection of wildlife and nature. The Curu river is a magnet for many animals Of the 1,496 hectare property only 5 % (84 hectares) are protected under the terms of a "wildlife reserve". This zone encompasses the 200 meter wide beach area, together with the mangrove estuaries and rivers. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Waterfall
“Hike along the river to see swim in pools above and below the falls. Hike can be tough but worth it. Guides are sometimes available in the small parking lot for a fee.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Place to shop
“A small grocery to the left just 50 yards down the street on the right hand side. They are small but friendly and have most everything you need.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“One word wow! This Italian restaurant is just outside of town up on the hills. Beautiful atmosphere, excellent pizza, amazing home made ravioli and a perfect tenderloin. I recommend this spot 100%. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Sports Bar
“here you can watch your​ favorite football or basketball team while​ having a drink or some food. Events such as Karaoke or live music.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
“Meat,meat ,meat Argentinian’s love their meat, great steakhouse, along with some great other varieties.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Beach-front restaurant, perfect for sunset time. Reservations are highly recommended, you can call or contact them on FB messenger.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“Another of my favourite places, a foodie friend from NY once told me. “ for someone who rates restaurants by their atmosphere “ I love this place. Closed on Mondays ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bakery
“The bakery in Santa Teresa is an iconic mark in town. Providing now with the best baked goods nation wide. A distinct european taste with a new menu that is indeed simple but innovative, must spot for ”
  • 26 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Great place for a delightful dinner!! Super recommended Restaurant!! One of the Best Restaurant in Tamarindo!! Ask for Beef tenderloin with a choice of shrimp skewer or lobster tail. Served marked rare on sizzling Arenal volcanic rock, pre-heated to 500 degrees, to cook each slice at your table to the temperature desired. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Mexican food, Taco-Tuesday cheap and good tacos but too crowded, reservations for Tuesday are a must! Happy-hour of Margaritas, I recommend the passion fruit, Margarita ;)”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great sushi and other fresh dishes. One of the more expensive restaurants in Santa Teresa but has always been worth it to me. The sashimi, seafood rice, and grilled veggies are some of my favorites. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

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