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music and incredible dancing. Tambor also boasts the luxurious Playa Tambor Barcelo resort. This all-inclusive resort takes full advantage of Bahia Bellena giving its patrons unlimited access to the beach, the sun and all the activities in the surrounding areas. Another reason that Tambor is quickly becoming a favorite is due to the airport located here. There are currently 6 flights to San Jose each day. A trip to San Jose can take you about 25 minutes and will usually cost you less than $70. They do tend to charge you for any extra weight you may be bringing along, and I'm not saying it's ridiculous, but you may want to leave behind your travel pack of facial tissues. Tambor is thought to be more laid back than other small towns you'll find but the richness of beauty and its people make it one of the most desirable pueblos on the peninsula.

Panica

Statue of Juan Vasquez de Coronado.
Panica is a small town which runs parallel to the Panica River. This agrarian community is set just off the main road in Tambor. Although off the beaten path, Panica has all the standard amenities found in most pueblos; grocery stores, restaurants, hardware stores, etc. The one thing you won't find is alcohol. Panica is a dry pueblo, so be prepared to import all of your alcoholic refreshments from Tambor. This process takes approximately 3 minutes. No need to worry or have a pre-fiesta heart attack. The natural splendor in Panica is primarily what Panica has to offer. Monkeys and other picture-sought animals are abundant and you can listen to their daily rituals from just about any point in Panica. If you're a horse lover then Panica is especially for you. Most homes have stables instead of driveways and Horse-whisperers from all over the world could learn a thing or two about horses from the average 10 year old citizen of Panica.

Cobano

Hospital Doctor Calderon Guardia.
If anyone could characterize a single town in Nicoya's Southern Peninsula as being a "City", I suppose Cobano would be the closest. Realistically, Cobano is a transportation hub. Cobano offers a slew of stores that will pretty much have almost everything you thought you really needed...maybe not exactly what you needed but you may just find a good compromise or substitute. You can purchase everything from shoes, food, computers, car parts, real estate, welding supplies, fertilizer, stuff for your pets and even a washer and dryer but you may not find an eye glass kit. Cobano does have the only bank in Southern Nicoya. It is best to use your ATM card if you have one because if you go into the bank plan to spend your entire day there. Also, Cobano is a great place to catch a bus. Nearly every bus going anywhere stops in Cobano. Cobano, too, is a great place to fill up your tank. The only other gas station you'll really see is in Paquera. You may find a few guys in other small towns offering gasoline in old bleach bottles...but in Cobano there is a "real" gas station. There are a couple of Pharmacies in the area which are great and there is a health clinic there, as well. Within a few passes of Cobano you pretty much memorize all that is offered and you realize if Cobano is the place for you to shop or if it's time you travel to Puntarenas (which is the nearest "real" city across the channel).music and incredible dancing. Tambor also boasts the luxurious Playa Tambor Barcelo resort. This all-inclusive resort takes full advantage of Bahia Bellena giving its patrons unlimited access to the beach, the sun and all the activities in the surrounding areas. Another reason that Tambor is quickly becoming a favorite is due to the airport located here. There are currently 6 flights to San Jose each day. A trip to San Jose can take you about 25 minutes and will usually cost you less than $70. They do tend to charge you for any extra weight you may be bringing along, and I'm not saying it's ridiculous, but you may want to leave behind your travel pack of facial tissues. Tambor is thought to be more laid back than other small towns you'll find but the richness of beauty and its people make it one of the most desirable pueblos on the peninsula.

Panica

Making the best of a bad location.
Panica is a small town which runs parallel to the Panica River. This agrarian community is set just off the main road in Tambor. Although off the beaten path, Panica has all the standard amenities found in most pueblos; grocery stores, restaurants, hardware stores, etc. The one thing you won't find is alcohol. Panica is a dry pueblo, so be prepared to import all of your alcoholic refreshments from Tambor. This process takes approximately 3 minutes. No need to worry or have a pre-fiesta heart attack. The natural splendor in Panica is primarily what Panica has to offer. Monkeys and other picture-sought animals are abundant and you can listen to their daily rituals from just about any point in Panica. If you're a horse lover then Panica is especially for you. Most homes have stables instead of driveways and Horse-whisperers from all over the world could learn a thing or two about horses from the average 10 year old citizen of Panica.

Cobano

Adobe House - Escazu.
If anyone could characterize a single town in Nicoya's Southern Peninsula as being a "City", I suppose Cobano would be the closest. Realistically, Cobano is a transportation hub. Cobano offers a slew of stores that will pretty much have almost everything you thought you really needed...maybe not exactly what you needed but you may just find a good compromise or substitute. You can purchase everything from shoes, food, computers, car parts, real estate, welding supplies, fertilizer, stuff for your pets and even a washer and dryer but you may not find an eye glass kit. Cobano does have the only bank in Southern Nicoya. It is best to use your ATM card if you have one because if you go into the bank plan to spend your entire day there. Also, Cobano is a great place to catch a bus. Nearly every bus going anywhere stops in Cobano. Cobano, too, is a great place to fill up your tank. The only other gas station you'll really see is in Paquera. You may find a few guys in other small towns offering gasoline in old bleach bottles...but in Cobano there is a "real" gas station. There are a couple of Pharmacies in the area which are great and there is a health clinic there, as well. Within a few passes of Cobano you pretty much memorize all that is offered and you realize if Cobano is the place for you to shop or if it's time you travel to Puntarenas (which is the nearest "real" city across the channel).

Read more:

- Page 1 / Nicoya Peninsula, Pequera.
- Page 2 / Vainilla, Pochote, Tambor.
- Page 3 / Panica, Cobano.
- Page 4 / Montezuma, Cabuya, Mal Pais.
- Page 5 / Santa Teresa.

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