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Safe Beaches for Kids

Safe Beaches for Kids

You may have heard about the unpredictable nature of the waves and beaches here, and if you have kids and aren’t super experienced with the sea, you may wonder where are the guaranteed safe places that don’t have big waves, rip tides, and crocodiles. There are several beaches with rock reefs protecting them so that […]

Costa Rica Family Travel Tips

Costa Rica Family Travel Tips

At the risk of resorting to clichés, Costa Rica is really one place that has something for everyone in the family. It has lush rainforests replete with screeching parakeet, howler monkeys and innumerable other native wildlife species. Adventure sports activities, traversing through forest canopies, viewing up close and personal the underwater life treasures along with […]

Playa Montezuma

Playa Montezuma

Playa Montezuma is what it’s all about here… the rugged glory and white sand have been bringing adventurous travelers to the Southern Nicoya Peninsula for decades. The beach start just outside of town, to the north, and is the recommended location for swimming and beach-loafing, because of the pollution potential in Montezuma Bay. This beach […]

Playa Organos

Playa Organos

One of the best-kept secrets of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula is Playa Organos, which is a 10-15 minute drive from the ferry terminal between Puntarenas and Paquera. The beach is one of the few of the area that’s authentic and natural, which has its upsides and downsides. The upside of course is that there’s a […]

The Hidden Tidepools of Mar Azul

The Hidden Tidepools of Mar Azul

At Mar Azul you’ll see a huge rock known as Punta Barigona, and is one of Malpais’s most well-known landmarks. This area holds a secret that few people know about, which is that the rock flats just to the south of Mar Azul, hold a tremendous number of amazing tidepools. How to find it To […]

Caletas-Arío National Wildlife Refuge

Caletas-Arío National Wildlife Refuge

Inscribed relatively recently (in 2006), the Caletas Ario wildlife Refuge (CANWR) has 313 hectares (773 acres) of protected land, plus protected marine reserves that extend 12 miles out to see, encompassing 19,846 Hectares! Within this zone, highly destructive fishing practices are prohibited. It includes 7km of beaches as well, including the impressive Rio Bongo river […]

Curú National Wildlife Refuge

Curú National Wildlife Refuge

Curú National Wildlife Refuge, known in Costa Rica as “Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Curú” is the best park in the southern Nicoya peninsula. It offers scuba diving, a beautiful white sand beach, tons of wild animals including two reintroduction programs, cabinas for rent, mangrove swamps, hiking trails, and much more. Unfortunately, most tourists zip […]

Playa Cocolito

Playa Cocolito

Playa Cocolito is probably the most deserted beach in the entire Montezuma/Malpais/Santa Teresa area. It’s inaccessible by car, and so the only way to get there is to hike in. Tourists come here for two reasons… first because it’s an amazingly beautiful hike and for those who want to go farther than Playa Grande it’s […]

Cabuya Island

Cabuya Island

Cabuya Island is one of those magical spots that most people see, but few people actually take the time to walk out to. It’s a place of fear, legend, rumor, and excitement, supposedly haunted by ghosts at night, due to the fact that it’s been a cemetery for as long as anyone can remember. Supposedly, […]

Playa Cabuya

Playa Cabuya

In Cabuya is one of the best beaches on the Peninsula, despite the fact that many people who visit or live in the area think that Cabuya’s beaches aren’t all that great. While it’s true that much of Cabuya is dark sand, rocks, or even seems muddy, as you can see, this beach is gorgeous. […]

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Clandestina Restaurant

  My new favorite restaurant, Clandestina is not to be missed by food lovers staying anywhere near to Montezuma. Established in March 2015, Clandestina is the new kid on the block. The Oregon/Tico collaboration is a winner among locals and travelers alike, with artisan craft beers, made onsite by Butterfly Brewing Co. and delicious, exciting […]

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