Playa Grande, Costa Rica

5 Reasons Why You Should Explore the Nicoya Peninsula

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Playa Grande sits on the northern bend of the Nicoya Peninsula. The Nicoya Peninsula juts out into the tropical Pacific Ocean on the west side and hugs the Gulf of Nicoya on the easterly side. This picturesque peninsula has some pretty inspiring attributes!

The Nicoya Peninsula includes Playa Flamingo, Playa Grande, Tamarindo, Avellenas, Los Pargos, Marbella, Ostional, Nosara, Samara, Santa Teresa, Montezuma, and Mal Pais. This easy-to-navigate peninsula is famed for the following:

National Parks and Nature Reserves Galore

There are ten notable national parks, nature reserves, and wildlife refuges on the Nicoya Peninsula. This part of Costa Rica is host to a diverse collection of ecosystems including tropical dry forest, tropical rainforest, mangrove forest, swampland, estuary, coastal beach, reefs, and even an exquisite and ancient cave system. There are even multiple islands and waterfalls.

Rainforest on Nicoya Peninsula

Take a walk in one of the many forests on the Nicoya Peninsula

Abundant Surf Breaks

Surf breaks line the Nicoya Peninsula. From tip to tip you can find some of the best surf in Costa Rica. There are beach breaks, point breaks, and reef breaks that consistently work throughout the year. There are also breaks the are perfectly suited for beginners and ones that are only recommended for experienced surfers.

Surf on the Nicoya Peninsula

Waves, waves everywhere up and down the Nicoya Peninsula

Postcard-Worthy Beaches

There are around 300 named beaches in Costa Rica, and some of the most beautiful ones are found right along the western edges of the Nicoya Peninsula.  This remarkable peninsula has a beach for nearly every type of beach goer.

Whether you want to surf, swim, snorkel, sunbathe, sunset, and or  say “I do,” you can find a beach for that on the Nicoya Peninsula.

Costa Rica beach

The photo-perfect place

World-Class Diving

Just off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula are several highly renowned diving destinations. There are plenty spots for both novice divers and snorkelers, as well as some for divers with more experience beneath the surface of the sea.

Sea turtles, manta rays, stingrays, whales, dolphin, sharks, and a kaleidoscopic array of tropical fish all flourish off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Diving off the Nicoya Peninsula

Dive with giants

Blue Zone Way of Life

Did you know that the Nicoya Peninsula is one of only five known Blue Zones on the planet? An usually high number of centenarians live and thrive in good health in these designated Blue Zones. Individuals living on the Nicoya Peninsula are not only living longer, but living fulfilled lives.

Want to learn Costa Rica’s secret to longevity, health, and happiness? Stay tuned!

In the following weeks, we will break down each category. You will learn about the best protected natural areas, surf spots, beaches, and diving spots closest to Playa Grande. We will also divulge more of why the Nicoya Peninsula is deemed a Blue Zone and how you can live a more Blue Zone kind of life!

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