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- We went to Curu to participate in the nightly bio-luminescence tour. The tour is very reasonably priced, and included a boat ride from Curu to Tortuga Island, where we enjoyed some fruit and a short swim on the beach. After sunset, the boat took us to a nearby location where everyone was given a mask and snorkel and allowed to jump from the boat into the water. Moving your hands and feet triggered the micro-organisms causing the bioluminescence, which is a really amazing experience. Our boat’s guide translated most of what was said in Spanish for us, the only english-only speakers on the boat, although there was some confusion about when we were supposed to get out of the water. You have about 20-30 minutes in the bio-luminescent water. The whole operation ran on time. We arrived early at Curu and saw a large iguana and lots of monkeys before boarding the boats. Curu is about an hour and 10 minutes from Santa Teresa.Written January 3, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- My boyfriend and I were staying in nearby Punta Islita, but found the beach there to be very volcanic and rugged with silt-filled water. We took about a 30 minute drive north (due to bad roads, not the distance) and found Puerto Carillo! The beach is beautiful! Long crescent beach - easy to walk the whole thing. Lighter sand (but still hot!), and clearer water. There are some good waves here if you like to boogie board. It wasn't too hard to get in past the break, but you need to be careful or you could get pummeled. I'd classify the water as warm.
Due to the lack of amenities, it was not overly crowded. Personally, I find that to be a good thing. No bathrooms. No restaurants. No shower/rinse facilities. There are a couple of vendors set up along the street selling coconut water, shaved ice, and a guy renting beach chairs/umbrellas. We paid $10 for two beach loungers and an umbrella and it was (necessary) heaven. There are some palms along the road that you can escape to if you don't feel like springing for man-made shade. Just be sure to bring everything else you need for a day at the beach along with you (towels, books, sunscreen, food, water, etc.) because you won't find it there!Written March 10, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- After escaping from Santa Teresa (which gets a lot of hype), we drive north. Stopped at this beach which had some trees to spread our chairs under. The water was warm and not too rough so good to swim in. There were a lot of rocks in water so good to wear water shoes. Back to playa carillo which is the nices beach we have been to so farWritten February 13, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- An absolutely beautiful, if low key, church in the heart of Nicoya. There has been a church on the site since 1544. The present one is ancient, having withstood several devastating earthquakes over the centuries. It has recently been restored to its former glory, so ignore any old photos you see. The church is surrounded by the town square, an active and exciting park under the shade of trees as old as the church. Well worth a visit to Nicoya anyway, but especially to see this historic site.Written February 23, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.