Shaded by palm and almendro trees the quiet beach of Manzanillo offers a relaxing bathing when mid to hight tide as during low tide you need to be careful of underwater rocks.
A day-long hiking tour takes you to the estuary of the Rio Bongo, 7 km from Manzanillo.
The Rio Bongo is one of the biggest rivers on the Nicoya Peninsula and forms the border between the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas.
Here you can see the striking ocean to one side, while on the other side the calm and serene waters of the majestic river. You can even cross the Rio Bongo at low tide by dredging through waist-high water at the outer edge of the river but be careful as crocodiles live in the river!
Recently declared a Wildlife Refuge, to protect the sea turtles who come to lay their eggs into the sand; this beach highlight of the year comes in March with the annual sandcastle contest is held.
The coastal road from Santa Teresa / Mal Pais ends in Manzanillo, where you can enjoy a nice lunch in two famous restaurants of the area.