Not sure what to do in town? Here's some suggestions

ATV, adventure and nature activities, including some hidden gems of the area.

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Here are some of our favorite things we recommend you do and see:

Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve

It was founded as the country’s first protected area by the government of Costa Rica on October 21, 1963. The Reserve is of special interest not only because of its historical importance, regeneration patterns and unusual rainfall patterns, but also because of its coastal forest.

Discover the amazing wildlife of the area and enjoy watching many species of vertebrates and invertebrate animals in this magnificent place. Some of the species you will be able to see are the hermit crab and the Harlequin Land Crab. Of course, you can’t miss the mammals such as the white tailed deer, the Pacas, the Howler and Capuchin Monkeys, raccoons, coatis, and a great variety of birds.

This is a very popular tour and one of the treasures of Costa Rica.

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Montezuma waterfalls and Cabuya

Your visit to the Nicoya Peninsula is not complete without a trip to small beach towns of Montezuma and Cabuya.

Montezuma is world-famous for the beauty of its hills, beaches, rivers and local waterfalls. There are three falls in total, the largest one is 24 meters high (79ft). At the bottom of the falls there are large pools where you can swim and cool off from your ride.

In this case, the combination with the canopy takes you to the heights of the tropical forest in an unforgettable adventure tour with one of the most exiting Zip-lines of the country while enjoying the great views of the tropical forest and pacific ocean.

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In-shore fishing in Mal Pais

Come and experience in-shore fishing in Costa Rica! This is a unique opportunity to go fishing in Mal Pais/ Santa Teresa like a local, and target a variety of species of fish, such as the great roosterfish, Cubera snapper, red snapper, and Mackerel. There are plenty of them just off the shorelines all year round.

They provide you with the professional fishing gear and the bait you will need to ensure your fishing trip is successful. They have the necessary gear to offer 3 different fishing techniques: trolling, casting or deep bottom fishing. Their experienced captain and bilingual guide will recommend the best fishing spot of the day according to their knowledge of the ocean and the weather conditions so you can enjoy an amazing journey.

This tour also gives you the chance to spot some marine wildlife (sea birds, whales, dolphins, etc.) and witness beautiful views of the coastline.

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Curu wildlife refuge and Hacienda

Curu is a privately protected area that keeps a rich and diverse ecosystem. The refuge is part of a large farm, which combines sustainable agriculture and forest management with the protection of wildlife and nature.

Curu boasts wildlife in five different habitats that range from marine zones and mangroves swamps to tropical dry and moist forests, as well as a farmland. This protected area has and abundance of wildlife hard to find anywhere else in the peninsula.

This protected area provides great opportunities to view lots of animals in the wild such as the Scarlet Macaw, pacas, armadillos, anteaters, howler and capuchin monkeys, and an abundance of birds like woodpeckers, hummingbirds, falcons, warblers, ospreys, toucans, ringed kingfishers and becards.

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Stand up paddle boarding in Mal Pais

In Mal Pais beach you will enjoy Costa Rica’s premier SUP experience. Explore Cabo Blanco National Park from the waters angle, ride the waves around Mal Pais & Santa Teresa, or enjoy the sunset while gliding across the water on a Stand Up Paddle Board.

This offers great views of the coastline.

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Day trip to Tortuga Island

Cruise on a boat to Tortuga Island and experience one of the best snorkeling tours that Costa Rica offers and enjoy delicious lunch on the white sand beach.

You will start the day taking a 45 minutes boat ride along the coast with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean on the right and the gorgeous landscape of the Nicoya peninsula on the left. During the boat ride, you may enjoy seeing whales, jumping manta rays, dolphins and other marine life frolicking in the ocean.

Once at Tortuga island, the captain will anchor the boat next to volcanic reef surrounded by crystalline waters bursting with sea creatures like the Angelfish, Porcupine fish, Morays, Needlefish, Spotted Eagly Rays, Parrotfish and many more tropical beauties.

After snorkeling the captain will take you to the wonderful White sand Beach of Tortuga Island where drinks and fruits will be waiting while lunch gets ready. For lunch the cook serves fresh BBQ fish or chicken, sautéed vegetables and delicious grilled potatoes.

After lunch the afternoon will be yours to enjoy. On the Island there are some activities you can enjoy like banana boat rides, Jet Ski rentals, SUP, Beach chairs, all for additional fees, and a souvenir shop.

Tortuga Island is a popular day trip to enjoy with the whole family!

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Playa Cuevas or the "Secret Beach"

Located within Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve it’s one of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica and it’s a nice escape from Santa Teresa. Playa Cuevas is like its own little oasis with great snorkeling, lots of wildlife and lush tropical forest.

Snorkeling at Playa Cuevas is actually the best in the area. When it’s clear, you can see colorful tropical fish, eels, hermit crabs, lobsters, and sea stars. You’ll need to bring your own snorkel equipment. The other end of the beach is good for snorkeling too since it also has some rocky reefs.

This beach also gets lots of little tide pools which you can see in low tide.

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Playa hermosa

Located about a 15-minute drive to the town center, Playa Hermosa is the ideal beach to stay for those who are looking for a quieter beach vacation with clean water, soft sand, miles of beach to walk in both directions, tide pools and beautiful sunsets.

If you are looking for waves and for a palm tree to relax after your session, this is the spot. The most popular attraction of Playa Hermosa is the surf, so you won’t have to go far to catch waves. 

However, if you are staying in Playa Hermosa, it is highly recommended to rent an ATV in order to get around.

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Manzanillo

If you are looking to enjoy for a short dirt road adventure on quad and also to enjoy sunset , this may be a god option, because the coastal road from Santa Teresa to Manzanillo allows you to enjoy the maritime landscape without feeling bored for a minute.

The coastal road from Mal Pais and Santa Teresa ends in Manzanillo. Further north the beach is a protected wildlife reserve for sea turtles and other maritime species. Although you might read and hear about the option to continue driving along the beach to get further north you must not do so. It is against Costa Rican laws and it kills maritime wildlife. You also risk to get stuck or drowning your vehicle in a river or in the upcoming tide.

ATValerios rentals has a fine of $350 if you drive on the beach for breaking the rules of the contract.

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Mal País Tide Pools

The Mal País tide pools, also know as the Mar Azul or El Muelle tide pools. Tidepools are an impressive natural phenomenon, where at low tide, an incredible world of pools become exposed in many areas on the rocks, and the most amazing ones are in Mal País.

As you discover the different tide pools, you’ll notice that each one is different. Some are just a couple of feet wide but four or five feet deep. Others are wider, shallow, and more accessible. Some seem like they were perfectly built for a single person or couple to relax in. Tide pools are usually best and safest to visit and enjoy during low tide. The ocean covers these tide pools at high tide so there are always many sea creatures hiding inside. You can expect to see lots of little tropical fish, crabs, sea slugs, and even some spiky sea urchins. Watch out for these as they have sharp spines.

Depending on the timing of low tide, you can also catch an amazing sunset from these pools. Since you are surrounded by ocean to the north and south, it makes for a unique experience.

Make sure to bring whatever food and drink you will need. We also recommend water shoes, a water shirt, sun hat, and plenty of sunscreen. Because you are getting up close with sea life, it’s a good idea to use a reef-safe sunblock if you can.

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Cabuya Island

The Cemetery of Cabuya Island, also known as “Cemetery Island” is a short walk across the rocks of the sea floor at low tide. Twice each day, the ocean will part to allow visitors to take the 15-minute excursion from the mainland beach of Cabuya to where the rocky seafloor trail meets the island. The Cabuya cemetery has been used as a burial ground since the 1700’s. It is still used today, with some of the graves being very recent.

A helpful tips for visiting the Cabuya Cemetery is to get there about an hour before the lowest tide point, because the island is only accessible during low tide. You will be able to walk out without any problems at that time. This will allow you a few hours of time out on the island without having to worry that the tide will come in and you will be stuck. Also, the reef on the far tip of the Cabuya Island is a great spot for snorkeling.

You can park on the side of the road where the road ends. There is nobody watching cars here, so please don’t leave anything of value in your ATV.

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Playa Cedros, Cabuya

Playa Los Cedros is another long and sandy beach that changes its look according to the tide conditions. It is a super point break surf spot.

At low tide, you’ll see a lot of rocks. At high tide, you’ll see a perfect, sandy beach stretching 300 yards or so toward Cabuya and a phenomenal right-handed point break. Large schools of fish make Los Cedros a favorite hunting spot for seabirds, especially big pelicans and frigate birds.

A helpful tip for surfing is to go only a few hours before and after high tide. On a good day, it’s truly an epic spot and one of the local preferred surfing spots.

Playa Los Cedros has something for everyone including surfing, snorkeling, hiking or simply relaxing on the uncrowded beach with a light beach read.

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Piedra Colorada Beach, River & Waterfalls

If you take the Sendero Verde (Green Trail) from Montezuma Beach, you will discover the unique Piedra Colorada, a cove where a small waterfall forms a freshwater pool ideal for small kids of all ages to swim and play.

 Piedra Colorada’s river is ever changing but often creates a large pool for swimming. Hiking further up the river, you’ll find a lovely waterfall to enjoy a natural water massage, smaller swimming pools, and lots of wildlife.

Getting to Piedra Colorada is fairly easy. You basically start at the larger East Montezuma beach and keep following the beach. You will go along a few small trails and then you will see a sign stating you are in the área.

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El Arbolito Solitario (Jesus Tree)

A favorite spot for locals, El Arbolito Solitario (Jesus Tree) might be approximately two hundred years old and can be accessed through a curved hiking path close to the fishing village in Tambor.

The coastal trail that takes you from Tambor Beach to El Arbolito is magnificent in it’s own right. From the “muelle” (dock) in Tambor, the beautiful nature trek to The Jesus Tree takes less than an hour at a moderate pace. Its appearance, when the tide is high, is instantly recognizable. Saltwater engulfs the rocks and roots, making the tree seem as if it’s floating on water, all by itself.

The Jesus Tree may also get its name from the fact that its arrival in Tambor is a bit of a mystery: the tree grew in very harsh conditions, and unusually, there are no other trees surrounding it. Journey as you walk in complete peace, hand in hand with Mother Nature. The Jesus Tree awaits.

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Playa Cedros, Cabuya

Playa Los Cedros is another long and sandy beach that changes its look according to the tide conditions. It is a super point break surf spot.

At low tide, you’ll see a lot of rocks. At high tide, you’ll see a perfect, sandy beach stretching 300 yards or so toward Cabuya and a phenomenal right-handed point break. Large schools of fish make Los Cedros a favorite hunting spot for seabirds, especially big pelicans and frigate birds.

A helpful tip for surfing is to go only a few hours before and after high tide. On a good day, it’s truly an epic spot and one of the local preferred surfing spots.

Playa Los Cedros has something for everyone including surfing, snorkeling, hiking or simply relaxing on the uncrowded beach with a light beach read.

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Kymco MXU 250cc

Automatic ATV’s, perfect for beginners and easy to drive, has everything you need to discover and enjoy in an adventure day, around Nicoya Peninsula.

Features
– Automatic transmission
– For two passengers
– 4×2
– Gasoline, 3.9 gallon gas tank capacity
– Helmets and reflectors included
– Pick up and delivery included

Prices: ( 5 November – 30 April, 2024 )
– $70 + tax per 24 hours
– $455 + tax per week
– Ask prices per month

Payment Methods
– Payment link or Compra-Click
– Cash Colones or US Dollar 
– Credit or debit card: Visa, Mastercard or AMEX

Atvalerio’s Requirements
– Valid, original, psychical Driver’s license
– A2 type license (for Costa Rican nationals & residents)
– ID (identity card / passport)
– Credit Card (not debit): Visa, Mastercard or AMEX
–Minimum age to rent is 21 years old

As a guarantee we request:
– Guarantee deposit per vehicle: Kymco MXU250cc $500 to $1000 (Credit card only, not debit: Visa, Mastercard, AMEX)

Additional Services
– Surfboard Rack: one-time fee of $10 for the entire rental, if you reserve in advance.
If requested at time of Delivery $25.
– Refueling Options: Pay in advance for a full tank of fuel and return the vehicle with an empty tank. $25 + taxes. (If you do not select the fuel service option and return the vehicle with less than a full tank, you will pay a fixed fuel service charge of $30 + taxes.)

Optional Theft Protection
We offer optional theft protection for $5/day. In the event your vehicle is stolen, your responsibility will be reduced to a $1500 deductible. Without coverage, you must pay the full price of the vehicle and the cost of recovering the non-returned vehicle. This does not cover any form of liability, medical, or collision damage insurance.

Cancellation and refund policy for prepaid reservations
– Cancellation of reservations due to clients misbehavior will be charge in 100%.
– Reservations cancelled by customer with less than 12 hours notice will be charged in 100%.
– Reservations cancelled by customer with 13-24 hours notice will be charged in 50%.
– If customer returns and closes their rental early for less days than originally reserved, the customer will not be refunded any unused portion of the payment.

Fourtrax Rancher 420cc

Honda 420cc semiautomatic ATV’s, well known for the ease of use, comfort, and ability to get to unthinkable areas. Perfect for couples, because it has a special rear seat for a passenger.

Features
– Semi automatic ATV’s or push-button shifting system, Upshifts, and Downshifts
– For two passengers
– 4×2
– Gasoline, 3.9 gallon gas tank capacity
– Rear seat with backrest and trunk included
– Helmets and reflectors included
– Pick up and delivery included

Prices: ( 5 November, 2023 – 30 April, 2024 )
– $80 + tax per 24 hours
– $525 + tax per week
– Ask prices per month

Payment Methods
– Payment link or Compra-Click
– Cash Colones or US Dollar 
– Credit or debit card: Visa, Mastercard or AMEX

Atvalerio’s Requirements
– Valid, original, psychical Driver’s license
– A2 type license (for Costa Rican nationals & residents)
– ID (identity card / passport)
– Credit Card (not debit): Visa, Mastercard or AMEX
–Minimum age to rent is 21 years old

As a guarantee we request:
– Guarantee deposit per vehicle: Honda 420 $500 to $1000 (Credit card only, not debit: Visa, Mastercard, AMEX)

Additional Services
– Surfboard Rack: one-time fee of $10 for the entire rental, if you reserve in advance.
If requested at time of Delivery $25.
– Refueling Options: Pay in advance for a full tank of fuel and return the vehicle with an empty tank. $25 + taxes. (If you do not select the fuel service option and return the vehicle with less than a full tank, you will pay a fixed fuel service charge of $30 + taxes.)

Optional Theft Protection
We offer optional theft protection for $5/day. In the event your vehicle is stolen, your responsibility will be reduced to a $1500 deductible. Without coverage, you must pay the full price of the vehicle and the cost of recovering the non-returned vehicle. This does not cover any form of liability, medical, or collision damage insurance.

Cancellation and refund policy for prepaid reservations
– Cancellation of reservations due to clients misbehavior will be charge in 100%.
– Reservations cancelled by customer with less than 12 hours notice will be charged in 100%.
– Reservations cancelled by customer with 13-24 hours notice will be charged in 50%.
– If customer returns and closes their rental early for less days than originally reserved, the customer will not be refunded any unused portion of the payment