Nicoya Peninsula

Nicoya Peninsula
/ni koy"euh/; Sp. /nee kaw"yah/
a peninsula in NW Costa Rica, on the Pacific Ocean.

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Peninsula, western Costa Rica.

It is bounded to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, to the northeast by the Cordillera de Guanacaste, and to the southeast by the Gulf of Nicoya. It measures about 85 mi (140 km) from northwest to southeast. Descendants of the pre-Columbian Chorotega-Mangues Indians reside in villages on the peninsula.

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Spanish  Península de Nicoya 

      peninsula in western Costa Rica that is bounded on the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, on the northeast by the Cordillera de Guanacaste (Guanacaste, Cordillera de), and on the southeast by the Gulf of Nicoya (Nicoya, Gulf of). Costa Rica's largest peninsula, Nicoya measures about 85 miles (140 km) northwest–southeast and 40 to 60 miles (65 to 96 km) southwest–northeast. The base of the peninsula lies in the arid Guanacaste lowlands, but in the central and southern parts a range of mountains rises abruptly to more than 3,000 feet (900 metres). Descendants of the pre-Columbian Chorotega-Mangues (Chorotega) Indians are still found in villages on the peninsula, but their original Mexican language has been replaced by Spanish. Nevertheless, certain persisting cultural traits related to the Indian peoples from the north, such as a heavy reliance on corn (maize), tend to separate Nicoya from the rest of the country. There is some mining of gold in the north. Nicoya, the principal town—as well as the other main villages on the peninsula—is linked by highway to Liberia, capital of Guanacaste province. Ferry service is available to the port of Puntarenas on the mainland.

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