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Nicoya Bikepacking Route

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 5.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The route is a pretty nice balance between beach cruises and gravel grinding meandering country roads through the hills.


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115.7

Miles

186.2

KM

10%

Singletrack

490' 149 m

High

9' 3 m

Low

4,523' 1,379 m

Up

4,502' 1,372 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

No camping at Playa Chameronal, make the push to Playa Islita. Trust me it's way better, crash in the grassy field next to the poperia (grocery mart).

Overview

A great balance of beach riding and gravel grinding country roads! The beach route offers amazing beach views with many points to stop and take pictures. The people are beyond generous and will literally give you the shirts off their backs. Local restaurants are inexpensive ($4) for a typical dish and water is abundant and potable in all stores/homes.

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The route is a pretty nice balance between beach cruises and gravel grinding meandering country roads through the hills. Days can be very hot past noon so start the mornings early before the sun comes up.

There is a decent mix of climbs as the route is always undulating through the foothills but there was only one big mountain that was a doozy. Beach camping is free at almost all beaches, Playa Chameronal is the only beach you cannot camp on.

Stop at local Soda restaurants and indulge in some typical Costa Rican cuisine for a very affordable price. This trip was very inexpensive. Water is a must and pretty accessible, all you have to do is ask. Look out for turtles!

Check out a full slideshow from our trip here.

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Riley Seebeck

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Photos

Start your day with a sunrise beach cruise.
Feb 13, 2017 near Sámara, CR
It's all smiles as we cross the $4 ferry to Tamarindo.
Feb 13, 2017 near Santa Cruz, CR
Beach cruises and crashing waves are pretty hard to beat.
Feb 13, 2017 near Santa Cruz, CR
Playa Islita is a colorful, bright, artsy town with a lush green park that's perfect for watermelon breaks.
Feb 13, 2017 near Bejuco, CR
Stretch the mind and the body after a long day in the saddle.
Feb 13, 2017 near Sámara, CR
Enjoy a great little beach-side soda with hammock chairs and the best salchichon around at the Soda Playa Garza.
Feb 13, 2017 near Sámara, CR

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Jun 13, 2020
Charlie Hicks
Feb 9, 2017
Riley Seebeck
Route is great! Hot because of dry season but that means we didn't have to worry about rain. 111mi — 144h 00m