The Nicoya Peninsula, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, is lined by some of the country’s loveliest golden-sand beaches. Surfers love them for their gnarly offshore waves, but wilder species converge here, too—including several endangered sea turtle species (who, during nesting season, come in droves to lay their eggs). In early mornings, visitors to beaches like Playa Caletas (who often explore on horseback) may hear howler monkeys in the trees edging the shore.
Timing your excursions right is key when viewing wildlife. All Lindblad-National Geographic Costa Rica & Panama expeditions strive to explore wild habitats when their residents are most active.