Santa Elena/Bahia Salinas
The Peninsula of Santa Elena is located at the farther northwest region of the Province of Guanacaste on the Pacific Ocean, between the Junquillal Bay and the Golf of Papagayo. Its geological origin is one of the ancients in Central America presenting amazing rock formations, cliffs and numerous bays.
This coast has lots of natural richness such as mangroves, estuaries with abundant flora and fauna ideal for nature lovers where they will enjoy peace and tranquility. The minimum recommended stay is three nights due to the remote nature of the region.
While in Peninsula of Santa Elena/Bahia Salinas (Optional activities not included):
- Explore the small fisherman community of Junquillal Beach and the beautiful unspoiled beaches, such as Blanca Beach with its mangroves, estuaries and wildlife and Rajada Beach
- Enjoy a leisurely boat ride through the dry tropical forest on a tour to the Palo Verde National Park. This park is home to amazing wildlife, including two species of monkeys, sloths, tropical birds, coati mundis, and unique reptiles.
- Visit the Rincon de la Vieja National Park and some of the mud baths and hot springs in the region. This park offers the opportunity to select from a wide range of activities including challenging hikes, relaxing hot mud baths, exciting tours on horseback, and one of Costa Rica’s top canopy adventures.
- Shop for souvenirs in Liberia.
- Enjoy surfing and Stand up Paddle lessons taught by a professional in the beautiful beaches of the Peninsula. Ideal for families with children! Instructors will guarantee you catch at least one wave! At Santa Rosa`s provide some of the best surfing in Central America. Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock are located just off the park’s shores. Only experienced surfers are recommended to surf here.
- Embark on a romantic, sunset cruise off the shore of the Salinas Bay. View spectacular sunsets on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast as your Catamaran sails through calm waters.
- Spend a couple hours in a snorkeling or diving expedition. Spot the unique marine wildlife of the Pacific shores of Guanacaste. The Islas Murcielagos or Bat Islands are probably one of the most exciting places for advanced divers in Costa Rica. One of the highlights is the face to face encounters with massive bull-sharks, up to 12ft/3.5m. Also possibility to see the Pacific Giant Ray and Sea Turles.
- Go Fishing! Stay in-shore for a half-day outing in search of snapper, wahoo, mahi-mahi, and mackerel, or spend the full day offshore fishing for sailfish and marlin with an expert crew professionally equipped and guided by late model electronics.
- Playa Nancite is most famous for being a beach that receives arribadas by nesting olive ridley turtles. This occurs every month of the rain season and when it does, turtles come in by the thousands to lay eggs over a few day periods. The beach is located within Santa Rosa National Park It is truly amazing to witness, Up to 75,000 turtles can make their way upon these shores in just a few days. Nesting Season July-November. During the months of September and October is the busiest month, where there can be thousands of turtles on the land at one time; the timing of the month and day are associated with moon. Park rangers permit is requested.
- Experience a full day of adventure at Rio Perdido located near the Tenorio Volcano where you will enjoy aerial canyoning and amazing hot springs surrounded by a natural environment.
- Sensoria – Land of Senses, an exclusive and unexplored lush vegetation private reserve with beautiful crystal-clear waterfalls and hot springs.