Montezuma Beach (Playa Montezuma)
Costa Rica Board of Tourism
Costa Rica's Montezuma Beach, on the southern base of the Nicoya Peninsula, is the favorite Costa Rica beach for travelers of the bohemian persuasion. If you love a Costa Rica beach party and you're reasonably open-minded, head to Montezuma.
Samara Beach (Playa Samara)
Located right in the center of Nicoya's western coast, Sarama Beach and its smaller, southern neighbor Playa Carrillo are far less crowded than popular Nicoya beaches like Tamarindo. However, they offer a comparable roster of attractions, like hiking, diving, canopy tours, surfing and more.
Mal Pais Beach (Playa Mal Pais) and Santa Teresa
Even though Mal Pais means Bad Land, Mal Pais's beaches are anything but. To its south lies the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, a great place to explore on foot or by boat. To its north lies Santa Teresa, of Costa Rica's best surfing destinations. Both Mal Pais and Santa Teresa offer shopping, dining, and not too many tourists.
Tamarindo Beach (Playa Tamarindo)
Tamarindo isn't just the Nicoya Peninsula's most popular beach – it's one of the most popular beaches in all of Costa Rica (tied with Manuel Antonio). And because Tamarindo beach is located at the very northernmost part of Nicoya, it's extremely easy to get to. Playa Grande to the north offers challenging surf.
Tambor Beach (Playa Tambor)