Our family recently had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica and stay on the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, about 3 1/2 hours by car South of Liberia. The tiny village that hosted us, Pochote, is just eight kilometers from Tambor, which has an airport, but not much more. The area is not touristy at all, although there are a few resorts nearby, and the lively towns down the coast in Mal Pais are over-run with eager American surfers. Instead, it is a area that encourages a visitor to immerse into the Tico culture and practice their Spanish.
The Nicoya Peninsula is on the drier side of the country, although the rainy season still washes out roads and makes potholes sometimes impassible.
I look forward to sharing our experiences with you in the next few weeks.