About Guanacaste

More than 400 miles of beautiful rocky coastline and white sandy beaches, looked over by mountainous valleys and lush rainforests with stunning waterfalls and volcanic thermal waters. What more could you want from the Province of Guanacaste and its resplendent natural beauty?

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About the Province of Guanacaste

Named after the Guanacaste Tree (also referred to as the Ear Pod Tree), the national tree of Costa Rica, Guanacaste has only just started thinking about tourism. But it doesn't show!

This area has a long history full of beef cattle ranchers and tree plantations…  it's really an agricultural area more than anything else. Sugar cane, cotton and rice remain big exports and prevents too much development within the province.

Other sections of Guanacaste Province are designated National Parks. There are, in fact, seven of them; the largest being Guanacaste, Santa Rosa and Rincón de la Vieja. Because of this, and the local agriculture, you'll find Guanacaste a quiet, peaceful and un-disrupted natural area.

However, if you're looking for the tourist hot spots, head to Papagayo, Conchal, Tamarindo, and El Coco. They're close to some of the most stunning beaches in the region!

What to do

Go surfing at Playa Avellana Beach near Tamarindo. Waves from the Pacific surf are big enough for experienced surfers, while guides are on-hand to teach beginners. Watch the top surfers while drinking cocktails at Lola's beachside bar and cafe.

Take a guided trek through the rainforest and along the beautiful light blue Celeste River in Tenorio Volcano National Park. The 7-km hike involves several uphill climbs but en route you'll encounter fascinating thermal springs and the gorgeous Rio Celeste Waterfall.

Visit Playa Conchal Beach, rated one of the top in Costa Rica (and there's plenty of competition). It gets its name from the fact the sand is comprised of crushed shells. The water here is stunning; changing from turquoise to green as you venture further out.

Catch a rodeo in Liberia. There's several throughout the year and a large event on July 25th when the province celebrates its independence from Nicaragua - it was over 200 years ago, but still a good reason for a party!

Top Guanacaste travel tips

The best time to visit is between November to April, when you're guaranteed very little rain.

There are daily flights direct to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia. The city is four hours’ drive from Puerto Rica's capital San Jose.

Local buses (many of which are former yellow US school buses) will pick up on main roads and other non-designated spots. Just let the driver know you want to get on.

Guanacaste is a little bit of paradise. It's a beautiful tropical location where you can hike, surf, watch wildlife and go sailing. You can even learn about the exotic flora and fauna of the wetlands and rainforests during your stay.

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