Community and Lifestyle

Scattered between the popular beach towns of Playa Samara and Mal Pais on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, these three far less discovered beaches are some of the most beautiful and least visited in the entire country.


Playa Bejuco, Costa Rica


Playa Bejuco has large rocks which protect it from swells, making it a great place for swimming, especially in the tide pools at Bejuco Point. Occasionally big swells can come and surfers will need to paddle out rather far to catch the waves beyond the rocks.

The community is quite small with small, family-run cafes with traditional, local fare. The main industry is farming and fishing. Horseback riding is an exciting activity that allows visitors to see more of the surrounding area.

Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica


In the wilderness surrounding Playa San Miguel, scarlet macaws squawk and howler monkeys growl. Between July and December, the Olive Ridley turtles begin to hatch and make their way back into the ocean. Locals and volunteers assist the baby turtles making their way to sea, protecting them from nearby predators. Thousands of turtles can hatch at once, an arresting sight.

Despite being so small and remote, the town does have lodging for visitors nearby, as well as tour companies offering hiking, biking, horseback riding, and kayaking tours. The local community far outweighs the number of tourists, making it a great place for cultural immersion and to practice speaking Spanish.

Playa Coyote, Costa Rica


At Playa Coyote there are horseback rides on the beach, trails for mountain biking, and plenty of wildlife watching. Hiking in the jungle or simply walking the beach allows easy sightings of howler and white-faced monkeys, iguanas, snakes, vultures, pelicans, anteaters, and peccary. At Punta Coyote there are caves with bat colonies, and the estuary has flamingos.

Playa Caletas, on the south end of the beach, can boast as many as fifty species of birds in just one day. The area is particularly full of wildlife in the rainy season. This beach also houses a marine turtle rehabilitation project, PRETOMA, which protects the Olive Ridley turtles, the Leatherback turtles, and the Pacific Green turtles.


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