July 2016 on Marriott Traveler || This ain’t your minivan family road trip. Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is beautiful — with lush wildlife-stuffed rain forests, picturesque beaches, secluded hotels and adrenaline-fueled activities like zip lining and surfing (oh, and a volcano along the way).

But driving here is a bit more complicated than your standard cruise control highway trip. Many of the beach towns are connected by unpaved roads that flood or become impassable in the rainy season (May to November). That doesn’t mean this isn’t a place for road tripping; you just have to be a little adventurous. 4WD is a good idea here, as is sticking to the main paved highways when possible.

Here’s a route that takes you past some of the region’s finest sights — and its most fun things to do.

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