Fun on Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

People sometimes ask me what do you do when you have a day off. Now it really depends on what kind of mood I am in, no I cannot go shopping something I don’t mind at all but I can do other things like visit local beaches, as on the southern Nicoya Peninsula you have a large choice of beaches.

In Tambor you have a wide sandy beach perfect for swimming because it is on a bay with no high waves or undertow. I can go to Cocolito, Montezuma, Cabuya or Las Manchas which all are very nice beaches as well. Cocolito has a waterfall that falls into the ocean, not something you see every day. Las Manchas has natural pools between the rocks.

Montezuma is a lively town with lots of restaurants, bars and shops and features a beautiful waterfall with a canopy tour where you fly over the waterfalls and can swim under them. I sometimes go to Montezuma to have a nice lunch and enjoy the setting.

Cabuya features a natural reserve called Cabo Blanco. This Reserve measures around 3000 acres of mixed forest, classified as moist tropical forest. There more than 150 types of trees identified. You find the most amazing types of trees, there is 1 of the spiny cedars in Cabo Blanco of 165 feet and measures 10 meters in diameter. Besides the trees you can find white-tailed deer, armadillos, anteaters, howler, spider and capuchin monkeys, collared peccary, coyotes, porcupines, raccoons and coatis. Cabo Blanco translated as the white cape also features a white sand beach with beautiful clear waters where fishing is prohibited but snorkeling or scuba diving is great.

Then there is Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Playa Carmen and Manzanillo. Endless beaches where you can walk for miles and miles and enjoy the most spectacular sunsets you have ever seen. Santa Teresa and Mal Pais have become world famous destinations for their magical atmosphere, breathtaking wild sand beaches and sunsets. Santa Teresa is very well known for its consistent surf all year round with waves from 3 to 10 feet high. Here you will find all kinds of restaurants, bar, shops etc. It is perfect to spend the day, have some nice lunch and finish the day with a beautiful sunset. Lots of surf events take place here where surfers from all over the world come a participate. Manzanillo is a tranquil town with a beautiful beach as well where they do sandcastles competitions every year.

We can also go horseback riding, sport fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, ATV rides, Golf, Tennis, Surfing etc. I am foreigner but I can tell you it is really easy to make friends here so lots of times we just visit friends and hang out with a BBQ or nice drink.

Costa Rica is such a small country where you easily daytrips to go see whatever you want! I am from the city with endless stores etc but if you ask me that is boring, here you can really enjoy nature and life at the fullest. When you come to Playa Tambor to spend your vacation you don’t want to leave.

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