Nicoya, Gulf of


Nicoya, Gulf of
Inlet of the Pacific Ocean, northwestern coast of Costa Rica.

It is formed by the protrusion of the Nicoya Peninsula from the mainland and extends north and northwest for about 50 mi (80 km). The Tempisque, Abangares, and Tárcoles rivers empty into the gulf. It has several islands, including Chira, the largest, and San Lucas. The largest town and port on the shores of the gulf is Puntarenas.

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Spanish  Golfo de Nicoya  

      inlet that indents the west-central part of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The inlet extends northward and northwestward from Cape Blanco (Cabo Blanco) for about 50 miles (80 km). Cape Blanco, on the Nicoya Peninsula, is about 25 miles (40 km) from the mainland, but the gulf narrows to a width of approximately 15 miles (24 km) farther northward. The Tempisque, Abangares, and Tárcoles rivers empty into the gulf. It has several islands, most notably Chira, the largest, and San Lucas, the site of a prison until 1991. The largest town and port of the many settlements on the shores of the gulf is Puntarenas, on the mainland.

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