This yoga and surfing hotspot and has some of the most amazing beaches in the country. The main beach, Playa Guiones, consists of immaculate white sand. Relax on the beach, or opt for some easygoing activities such as snorkeling, nature walks, or horseback riding. Don’t pass up the chance to visit the nearby Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, an important nesting ground for turtles. And last but not least: if you want to get a spa treatment, this is the place to do it.
This buzzing beach town, which started out as a small fisherman village, attracts surfers galore. Here, you have a perfect balance of ingredients for a memorable vacation. The beaches are a great place to hang out, and they serve as the town’s gathering place at sunset. The community has a variety of restaurants and plenty of nightlife, and daytime activities include stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, and ziplining. You can also visit the nearby Montezuma Waterfall and the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, a large forest with a wealth of birds, forest trails, and amazing sea views.
If you’re ready for something different, this is the place to go. San Gerardo de Dota is a little-known getaway in a valley surrounded by mountains. Due to its high altitude, it has a cooler climate. It's also a great place for relaxing and enjoying the peaceful surroundings, and especially good for hiking and birdwatching at the nearby Los Quetzales National Park. The village has a unique Latin American artisan gallery that’s worth a visit, and some of the best coffee in the country. All these factors make San Gerardo de Dota the perfect secret escape.