For a more traditional Costa Rican experience, try Playa Manzanillo. This beach is especially great for families with children. Don't be surprised if your footprints are the only ones on the beach.

Tide Pools are abundant here. It is possible to cool off, swim and snorkel while admiring the many colorful fish that get trapped at low tide. For those with a little experience, you can go out and catch some lobsters for dinner. Upon visiting Manzanillo for the first time, you become aware of the nature and wildlife this area holds. Monkeys abound, and there are many small birds, including curious raccoons, squirrels and deer to be found.

From January through March, every year you can see migrating whales along the coast that are in transit and on their way to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

The ocean sunsets here are brilliant! Manzanillo has also become famous on the Peninsula de Nicoya for their yearly "Sand Castle Contest" which attracts local and foreign participants from around the World. This is quite an event and great family fun that has been held for 15 years now. So if you are visiting the area between March and April, join the fun!

In Manzanillo / Bello Horizonte you can choose your accomodations from simple bungalows by the ocean, to a resort with swimming pool on the hill and a great view or fully furnished luxury rental houses.

Walking to the North along the beach you'll find the Manzanillo River, the Chapeton River and a little further up, the Bongo River. This area makes up the Ario-Caletas Wildlife Refuge that protects the sea turtles that nest here, along with other animals in the zone.

If you are looking for a calm and peaceful atmosphere while on vacation, Manzanillo is a welcome relief after visiting the hustle and bustle of her neighbors to the South.