The Nicoya Peninsula

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The Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula is undoubtedly one of the prettiest places in Costa Rica and one of its most remote, but that ads to the charm and adventure. This northwestern area of Costa Rica is home to some of the most amazing property in Costa Rica, at incredible values, as long as you don’t mind a few miles of dirt roads here and there.

Separated from the mainland of the country, by the Gulf of Nicoya as well as a huge estuary the Nicoya Peninsula spreads north to the Guanacaste. Although Nicoya and Guanacaste are essentially on one large peninsula they have many notable differences in terms of landscapes, climates and real estate options. Guanacaste is arid with dry rain forests that gradually flow to the south turning into a lush and hilly oasis in the lower Nicoya Peninsula near the towns of Tambor, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais and Montezuma.

Tourists and expats alike gather along the coast of Nicoya for its raw natural beauty, remoteness, chill vibe, great beaches and amazing surfing. The southern Nicoya Peninsula is most popular for some of the most stunning beaches in all of Costa Rica and some of the best surfing on the Pacific Coast. Much like its partner Guanacaste.

The Nicoya Peninsula’s vast size and various eco-systems don’t take away from this region’s “small town Costa Rica” feel. The backdrop of the Nicoya Peninsula offers picturesque views of majestic jungle-covered mountains filled with cascading waterfalls that flow down to secluded pristine beaches.

The Best Places to Buy Real Estate in the Nicoya Peninsula


nicoya peninsula costa ricaAlthough the interior of the Nicoya Peninsula is lush and beautiful, outside of maybe owning a farm or remote family retreat, the coastal towns are the preferred locations for buying real estate, offering the best of a laid back lifestyle with the services you need for everyday life. Here is information on our choices for the best places to live on the Nicoya Coast:

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais

Santa Teresa is the epitome of the Pura Vida surfing lifestyle, a great alternative to Jaco Beach. The vibrant yet tranquil beachfront community is blessed with one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Here you will find a lot of surfers and beach goers playing on the white sands of Playa Santa Teresa, which has been voted by many magazines as one of the best beaches in the world. And if you like super friendly, laid back people, this is place to be too. Santa Teresa also has more restaurants and bars per square mile than any beach town in Costa Rica. Foodies will have a feast here and if you are into yoga, it’s everywhere. A healthy lifestyle is par for the course in Santa Teresa.

Mal Pais, the neighboring village almost attached to Santa Teresa, has largely retained its quiet village atmosphere and natural biodiversity. Located on tropical rainforests with exquisite beaches that flow to Santa Teresa, Mal Pais has the same easy access to outdoor amenities. The properties and homes for sale in Mal Pais and Santa Teresa can cater to almost every taste and budget.


The small town of Tambor offers a vast array of real estate and property options from golf course homes to luxury homes with sweeping views of Bahia Ballena (whale bay) and the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Tambor’s position on this large horseshoe shaped bay with a 3-mile long soft volcanic sand beach makes it an ideal place for a retirement or vacation home.

Tambor is home to Los Defines Golf and Country Club, one of Costa Rica’s finest golf courses. The Los Delfines Golf and Country Club offers some of the finest real estate options on the southern Nicoya Peninsula featuring single-family golf course homes as well as luxury beachfront homes and condos, all in an established secure gated community.

Real estate in Tambor is set to take off based on many new developments coming to the area, including a new marina community. So our advice is: pay this unique area a visit and you’ll see the reason many are calling Tambor one of the best values in Costa Rica real estate.

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The tiny, sexy village of Montezuma, Costa Rica is one of Costa Rica’s little gems. The melting pot of people from around the world has made this beautiful place what it is today. This is owning real estate off the grid, but not too far removed from civilization.

Montezuma has become a hideaway for the rich and famous who mingle with the fun loving locals. Real Estate in Montezuma comes in many shapes sizes and price points, all surrounded by diverse with beautiful water, amazing beaches with great surfing and snorkeling, yoga retreats and a vast array of great little dining spots. Life in Montezuma Costa Rica allows you to be as active or chill as you would like!

Montezuma and Mal Pais are seeing rising real estate prices as many people have decided to live and invest in this isolated gem on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica.

A hot spot for tourism, surfing and real estate the Nicoya Peninsula is home to many different opportunities. From large development parcels, to hotels, and beach properties, the Nicoya Peninsula is the up-and-coming spot for Costa Rica real estate!

Discover this exceptional part of the country today! Our Costa Rica real estate advisors are standing by to guide you to your perfect property along the Nicoya Peninsula.