The Nicoya Peninsula is situated on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific Coast in the province of Guanacaste. The northern alternative to Costa Rica’s peninsulas, the Nicoya differs in many ways to its southern sibling, the Osa Peninsula. Although the Nicoya Peninsula too boasts a healthy amount of wildlife, it is more well known for its dramatic coastline and long stretches of sandy beaches, all set against the tropical backdrop of lush jungle. Life in the Nicoya Peninsula is slow and simple, and this mountainous and lesser-inhabited area of Costa Rica is popular with travelers who wish to experience the laid-back beach culture of the Pacific Ocean. The region’s diverse landscapes range from idyllic beaches to rustic fishing villages, and from mountain settlements reached by dirt roads to rural flatlands in the southern part of the peninsula. The small villages dotted around the peninsula have an authentic charm, and are a fantastic example of Costa Rica’s rich agricultural heritage, with many of the area’s inhabitants living a traditional way of life based around farming.
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