Guanacaste

An overview of this beautiful province north of Costa Rica .

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Beautiful beaches, fascinating national parks and a variety of activities, including fishing and world class diving, await for you in Guanacaste, the largest province of Costa Rica, with an area larger than 625 square miles.
 
Traveling from the central valley to Guanacaste is almost a surreal experience. Gradually the steep, winding roads become straight, flat roads.
The green leafy, humid and moist life gives way to the dry tropical forest…and the mountains get lost in the horizon, replaced by vast savannas traveling west to meet sea and nearly 200 km of coastline bathed by the Pacific Ocean.

 

Miravalles Volcano

Miravalles Volcano

Miravalles Volcano is the highest volcano in the Guanacaste mountain range and is also a protected area that houses humid rainforest, moorland, montane forest and tropical dry forest, as well as a wide variety of wildlife.
Miravalles is also the energetic engine of Guanacaste, thanks to the use of its geothermal energy for the production of electricity. In this area, you will find several thermal pools and you can also visit fountains where the volcanic mud emerges to the surface.

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Santa Cruz and Palo Verde

Santa Cruz and Palo Verde

Santa Cruz, a city full of culture and traditions is the epicenter of folklore in Costa Rica. Pre-Columbian history, music, dance, cuisine and colorful festivals are some of the manifestations that visitors can enjoy in Santa Cruz. 
The town of Guaitil near Santa Cruz, is the cradle of the Chorotega ceramic you see in every corner of the country.

 

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Nicoya and surroundings

Nicoya and surroundings

Nicoya is a large peninsula that houses the entire southern part of Guanacaste and is also the name of the city with more evidence of pre-Columbian Chorotega culture. Nicoya means "country with water on both sides" in Nahuatl language. 
In the town of Nicoya, you can also find tourist hubs to visit the southern beaches of Guanacaste, tour the coffee plantations or venture into the magnificent caverns of Barra Honda. Various holidays that combine folklore and religion are other attractions tourists can enjoy in this area.

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Tilaran and Nuevo Arenal

Tilaran and Nuevo Arenal

Tilarán and Nuevo Arenal Among the evergreen zones of Guanacaste, we have the area of Tilarán and Nuevo Arenal, where the characteristic dry season of Guanacaste is barely perceived.
This area, traditionally devoted to livestock, was for decades only a crossing point between Guanacaste and the Arenal volcano.
Today, however, it has become a tourist destination with its own personality, developing services and attractions as adventure centers and wildlife watching in the surrounding forests or windsurfing, parasailing, boat tours, fishing and other water activities in the waters of lake Arenal.

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Papagayo Peninsula

Papagayo Peninsula

The Papagayo Peninsula is a strip of whimsical offshore geology that emerges from the center of the Gulf of Papagayo. It houses in its shores, tens of pristine beaches, breathtaking landscapes and lush tropical vegetation. Caves, cliffs, forests and mangroves complement its rich coastal landscape.
Those natural virtues, combined with its proximity to the International Airport (LIR) and the presence of beautiful hotels and luxury villas, have made Papagayo one of the tourism stars and a recurring destination for international celebrities who find luxury, relaxation and total privacy.

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Samara and Nosara

Samara and Nosara

Sámara and Nosara Postcard-picture beaches with clear sand and abundant palm trees characterize the tourist belt of Ostional, Samara, Nosara, Carrillo and Guiones, on the south coast of Guanacaste. The beautiful bay of Samara houses coral reefs and calm waters, while Guiones is the favorite beach for surfers.
Ostional is the largest nesting area for the olive ridley turtle in Costa Rica and also a wildlife world famous refuge.
Originally a destination for adventurous tourists, the area has been differentiated towards an "organic tourism", where yoga, meditation centers and naturist kitchen are taking place among the surf schools, bed and breakfasts and restaurants on the beach.

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Liberia and Surrounding Areas

Liberia and Surrounding Areas

Liberia is the capital of the province of Guanacaste, and a valuable cultural treasure of Costa Rica. A must-see place for tourists interested in local culture, because they can learn about the rich colonial history and discover the colors and flavors of traditional life in Guanacaste.

The oldest residential buildings in the city, which still stand today, date back to the mid-nineteenth century, and consist of single level homes made of mud and adobe, with clay tile roofs. Its architectural line shows a clear colonial Nicaraguan origin and influence, as many of these homes were built by master builders of the neighboring country. Many houses had a central courtyard, which served to organize the internal spaces: kitchen, bedrooms and troja or maize deposit.

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Tamarindo and surroundings

Tamarindo and surroundings

Tamarindo is a long beach of golden sand and long, powerful waves.
It is also a fun town that revolves around surfing, where surfers, local families and many "tourists who stayed to live" have shaped a village with colorful and lively roads. 
“Tama” offers excellent hotels and services, as well as a very active nightlife, which has made it the center of action for night owls from nearby coastal communities as Flamingo, Conchal, Potrero or Brasilito.

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Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

Despite its quaint name, it has a commanding presence. This national park and volcano is also a dry, premontane tropical rainforest.

 The Rincón de la Vieja volcano massif is located in the watershed dividing the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. It is the source of 32 rivers, including Colorado, Ahogados, Pénjamo, Blanco, Azul and Azufroso, plus 16 intermittent streams. These river basins provide water to the city of Liberia, and some are also tributaries of the Tempisque river basin, the country's largest.

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Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco is a coastal community located 20 minutes from the international airport. It is recognized as the epicenter of diving in Costa Rica.

It is also the largest town in the Gulf of Papagayo and, together with Panama, Hermosa and Ocotal beaches, make up the largest chain of tourist, residential and hotel services on the north coast of Guanacaste.
In addition to diving, the area is famous for the quality of its sports fishing, beautiful beaches with calm waters, a less rainy weather and a vibrant nightlife.

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La Cruz and Santa Rosa National Park

La Cruz and Santa Rosa National Park

La Cruz is the northernmost city of Guanacaste, not far from the border with Nicaragua. Its southeast boundary is the watershed divide of the Guanacaste volcanic range, where Orosí volcano is located.

 About 70% of its economically active population works in livestock farming, agriculture and fishing. Its greatest development stemmed from the opening of the Inter-American highway. Additionally, thriving tourism as in the rest of the region has generously favored the population of this area, as many work in business and commerce; others have turned their homes into small hotels or "sodas" (cafeterias).

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Tenorio Volcano

Tenorio Volcano

Tenorio Volcano and Celeste River This volcano and national park protect a large area of premontane, rain and cloud forests.
Among the attractions of the area, the famous Celeste River reigns with its stunning turquoise waters and a beautiful sky-colored waterfall.
Chosen among the 10 most beautiful rivers in the world, Celeste River and Tenorio National Park are a perfect choice for nature lovers and wildlife viewing.
You can also enjoy hot springs and rustic hotels, strongly based on sustainability. The park is of high biological importance, it protects a vast area of primary forests and protects several endangered species such as agoutis, tapirs and pumas.

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Buceo

Buceo

Bucear en Costa Rica es un experiencia diferente en comparación con otros destinos tradicionales, por la vasta cantidad de plankton y otros organismos vivientes encontrados en sus aguas marinas. En el Océano Pacífico hay una asombrosa cantidad de vida que no encontrará en ningún otro lugar del mundo. La visibilidad va desde un 30% hasta el 100% y la temperatura de las aguas es de 80F˚ promedio.
Las aguas costeras del noroeste de Guanacaste ofrecen una espectacular diversidad, desde una pequeña y fluorescente damisela hasta una manta gigante.

 

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Surf

Surf

Guanacaste es un excelente destino de surf, con reconocimiento internacional. Sus temperaturas tropicales, aguas cálidas y buenas brisas hacen de sus playas lugares con condiciones perfectas para este deporte durante todo el año, siendo los mejores meses durante la temporada de lluvia que es cuando se forman las olas más grandes.  Ofrece opciones para principiantes y experimentados.
Entre las playas más famosas está Tamarindo, sus “surf spots” son de renombre mundial, lo mismo que Roca Bruja "Witch's Rock", en el Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, y Potrero, más conocida como "Ollie's Point".

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Pesca Deportiva

Pesca Deportiva

Guanacaste es un excelente destino para la pesca deportiva.
Sus aguas cálidas son propicias para una gran cantidad de fauna marina.
Playa Flamingo, por ejemplo, es el más importante centro de pesca deportiva en el Pacífico Norte pero los botes también salen cerca de playas del Coco, Tamarindo, Ocotal, Potrero, Brasilito y algunos puntos intermedios.

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Playas de Guanacaste

Playas de Guanacaste

 

En Guanacaste hay mar, sol y arenas para todos los gustos.
A lo largo de su costa, Guanacaste ostenta las playas más hermosas de Costa Rica. Playas vírgenes rodeadas de bosques y fauna silvestre, se alternan con esporádicos poblados costeros o modernos hoteles de playa.  
 
Condiciones para disfrutar no solo del sol y de un baño en las aguas del mar, sino también de pesca deportiva, buceo, surf, esquí acuático, kayak y mucho más.

 

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Canopy tours

Canopy tours

Los viajeros de aventura pueden encontrar en Guanacaste decenas de opciones para tours de canopy, los cuales permiten a los turistas deslizarse sobre las copas de los árboles, junto a una cascada, sobre un río o por el medio de cañones en la montaña.  Varias reservas biológicas cuentan también con plataformas en las copas de grandes árboles en las que la gente es izada.
Una reserva privada incluso tiene una pequeña habitación de hotel construida en la copa de un árbol, para aquellos que quieran pasar una noche en las alturas.

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One of the biggest advantages of Guanacaste vocational destination is its abundance of sunny days: More than 200 days of sunshine guaranteed each year.

That is why Guanacaste + beach + sun are 3 words that get along so well. Below, a view of the climate in the province for the next 10 days.

 

Forecast for Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  temperature°CPrecipitationWindHumidity
 06:58     18:51Today
13:000.0 mm 27 km/h45%
15:000.0 mm 26 km/h47%
17:000.0 mm 22 km/h53%
19:000.0 mm 17 km/h67%
21:000.0 mm 19 km/h69%
23:000.0 mm 20 km/h72%
 06:57     18:51Tomorrow
01:000.0 mm 15 km/h73%
03:000.0 mm 10 km/h75%
05:000.0 mm 12 km/h75%
07:000.0 mm 14 km/h74%
09:000.0 mm 21 km/h60%
11:000.0 mm 18 km/h47%
13:000.6 mm 17 km/h43%
15:000.2 mm 17 km/h45%
17:000.6 mm 18 km/h48%
19:000.0 mm 14 km/h63%
21:000.0 mm 12 km/h73%
23:000.0 mm 10 km/h74%
 06:57     18:51Monday 26.02.2018
01:000.0 mm 12 km/h75%
03:000.0 mm 10 km/h77%
05:000.0 mm 9 km/h78%
07:000.0 mm 8 km/h78%
09:000.0 mm 17 km/h61%
11:000.0 mm 19 km/h48%
13:000.0 mm 20 km/h42%
15:000.0 mm 19 km/h42%
17:000.2 mm 23 km/h51%
19:000.0 mm 19 km/h62%
21:000.0 mm 22 km/h67%
23:000.0 mm 20 km/h69%
 06:56     18:51Tuesday 27.02.2018
01:000.0 mm 12 km/h71%
13:000.0 mm 25 km/h39%
19:000.0 mm 27 km/h58%
 06:56     18:51Wednesday 28.02.2018
01:000.0 mm 20 km/h70%
07:000.0 mm 9 km/h79%
13:000.0 mm 20 km/h42%
19:000.0 mm 22 km/h58%
 06:55     18:51Thursday 01.03.2018
01:000.0 mm 15 km/h70%
07:000.0 mm 17 km/h73%
13:000.0 mm 16 km/h34%
19:000.0 mm 4 km/h55%
 06:55     18:51Friday 02.03.2018
01:000.0 mm 9 km/h73%
07:000.0 mm 9 km/h75%
13:000.0 mm 15 km/h31%
19:000.0 mm 15 km/h57%
 06:54     18:51Saturday 03.03.2018
01:000.0 mm 8 km/h65%
07:000.0 mm 10 km/h62%
13:000.0 mm 18 km/h26%
19:000.0 mm 22 km/h49%
 06:54     18:51Sunday 04.03.2018
01:000.0 mm 13 km/h62%
07:000.0 mm 4 km/h69%
13:000.0 mm 14 km/h27%
19:000.0 mm 19 km/h48%
 06:53     18:52Monday 05.03.2018
01:000.0 mm 13 km/h54%
07:000.0 mm 6 km/h66%
13:000.0 mm 17 km/h36%
19:000.0 mm 19 km/h60%

Sea, sun and sand for everyone.

Along the coast, Guanacaste boasts the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. Virgin beaches surrounded by forests and wildlife, alternate with sporadic modern coastal villages or beach hotels.

Conditions to enjoy not only the sun and a swim in the ocean, but also to enjoy diving, surfing, water skiing, kayaking, fishing among many other options.

Beaches in the North of Guanacaste

 Playas en zona costera del Cantón de La Cruz:

1. PLAYA PUERTO SOLEY: Se ubica en Bahía Salinas. De suaves arenas y olas moderadas es muy popular para el disfrute de las puestas de sol. En ella se puede practicar pesca deportiva y desde ahí se puede observar la Isla Bolaños que es un santuario de aves.

2. PLAYA COYOTERA: Es un lugar muy apetecido para el windsurf y desde ella se puede ir en bote o kayak hasta la Isla Bolaños que queda muy cerca. Es ideal para caminatas, la cabalgata y andar en bicicleta de montaña.

3. PLAYA RAJADA: El paisaje es ideal para tomar fotografías y hacer caminatas. Bajo muchos árboles se puede descansar y disfrutar de las olas calmas del mar. Se localiza 8 km al oeste de Puerto Soley. Casi todo el camino está lastreado.

4. PLAYA NUBES: Es una playa de poca pendiente y arenas blancuzcas, protegida por promontorios que le proporcionan un oleaje suave. Es una playa virgen de gran riqueza en flora y fauna terrestre y marina. Su belleza natural la complementa su manglar y el estero. Ideal para baño, pesca deportiva, buceo, camping y fotografía.

5. PLAYA CUAJINIQUIL: Es una playa de arenas grises. Es un asentamiento de pescadores, rodeada totalmente por el manglar del Río Cuajiniquil, presenta vegetación litoral intercalada con vivienda privada. En su fauna se destacan dos grupos de animales: los peces, y las aves. Se puede realizar en ella pesca deportiva.

6. PLAYA NABOS: Es una playa de arenas blancas y suave oleaje. Ofrece un gratísimo escenario natural, tanto terrestre como marino ya que es aún playa virgen, por lo que no ofrece ningún tipo de servicio.

 

Costa Rica is worldwide known for its efforts to protect the biodiversity of flora and fauna on its territory. More than 25% of the territory of Costa Rica consists of national parks and protected areas. A good part of them are in Guanacaste.


Barra Honda National Park

Barra Honda National Park will surprise adventure and natural beauty lovers. Its network of limestone caverns is decorated with rock formations, thanks to the action of water on calcium carbonate. Although only one of the 19 explored caves is open to the public, it is more than enough to find a unique treasure. Descend over 20 meters to start discovering an unforgettable underground world that will leave you with your mouth open. It is also a special place to walk through the dry forest and be charmed by the beauty of the natural scenarios you can enjoy from their viewpoints.

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