The most noted feature of the Peninsula de Nicoya are the beaches. Each one has a dramatic coastal scenery and a small village with its own distinct charm. Some of the most popular are: Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Montezuma, Tambor, Samara, Nosara and Carrillo. The Nicoya Peninsula is divided into the province of Guanacaste in the north, and the province of Puntarenas in the south. Water sports such as surfing, fishing, snorkeling and diving define much of the character of the Peninsula. With a distinct dry and warm climate for more than 6 months of the year, the Nicoya Peninsula is also known for its great weather.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest in the Tilaran Mountains of northwest Costa Rica is one of the world’s premiere destinations for naturalists. A cloud forest is an especially beautiful and rare type of rain forest created by frequent mists from low-lying clouds. This cool and moist environment is characterized by massive trees covered by thick “carpets” of small plants. Much of the resident wildlife is endemic to these habitats. In addition to forest hikes, visitors can enjoy many other area attractions including horseback riding; dining in numerous restaurants; live frog and butterfly exhibits; bird watching; crafts and gift shopping; “zip line” tours and bridge walks in forest canopies; a visit to a native orchid garden and more.