Nandayure (canton)

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Location of Nandayure Canton in Guanacaste Province
Location of Nandayure Canton in Guanacaste Province
Country Costa Rica
Province Guanacaste
 • Total 565.59 km2 (218.38 sq mi)
Population (June 2013)
 • Total 11,453
 • Density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)

Nandayure is the ninth canton in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 565.59 km²,[1] and has a population of 11,453.[2] Its capital town is Carmona.

The canton encompasses a piece of the coastline of the Gulf of Nicoya near the mouth of the Río Tempisque, including Isla Berrugate. It cuts across the center of the Nicoya Peninsula to the Pacific coast between the Río Ora to the north and the Río Bongo to the south.


The canton of Nandayure is subdivided into six districts (distritos):

District Population
Carmona 2,451
Santa Rita 1,438
Zapotal 1,242
San Pablo 2,268
Porvenir 763
Bejuco 3,291


The canton was established by law on October 9, 1961.

On September 5, 2012, Nandayure was struck by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake, destroying houses in the canton.[3][4]


  1. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. ^ Estadísticas Vitales 2013 - INEC
  3. ^ "M7.6 - 12km ENE of Hojancha, Costa Rica". United States Geological Survey. September 5, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Mata Blanco, Alonso (September 6, 2012). "Sismo Destruyó Viviendas en Varios Cantones de Guanacaste y Alajuela" [Earthquake Destroyed Homes in Several Cantons of Guanacaste and Alajuela]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved October 3, 2012. 

Coordinates: 10°00′N 85°15′W / 10.000°N 85.250°W / 10.000; -85.250