Guanacaste

Guanacaste

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With sun-splashed beaches and great Pacific surf, Costa Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste teems with visitors from around the globe. The region’s dry tropical climate encompasses a varied landscape. Popular white-sand beaches line the coast, and to the east, the Guanacaste Mountains feature fascinating national parks and caldera volcanoes. Travelers of every type can enjoy Guanacaste’s myriad of activities, and Liberia’s international airport (LIR) provides excellent regional access

Guanacaste’s hot, dry climate makes the region a popular escape for those suffering cold winter months in the northern latitudes. Its white-sand coast is often regarded as one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful, and the beaches offer many accommodations. Visitors to the region can take surf lessons and enjoy an active nightlife at the regional hub of Tamarindo; embark on an arduous volcano hike and explore refreshing waterfalls at Rincon de la Vieja National Park; or enjoy a day of relaxation and reading on the glamorous Playa Conchal. These activities are among many fantastic options in the Guanacaste area.

Guanacaste Province contains diverse geographical features. Separating the sandy coastal land from mountainous terrain along Guanacaste’s border, the Tempisque River flows from north to south and bisects the Province. In the Guanacaste Mountains to the east, a range of jagged peaks and volcanoes span 70 miles (113 km) northwest to southeast. These mountains house a collection of national parks: Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, Parque Nacional Guanacaste, and Parque Nacional Volcano Tenorio. The Tilaran Mountains enclose Guanacaste along the southeast. Beginning at the south end of Lake Arenal, the Tilaran Mountains extend toward the Pacific coast, leaving only a small bottleneck of coastal lowland. At this bottleneck, the Inter-American Highway runs north of Puntarenas and into Guanacaste. It provides seamless travel to most of Guanacaste’s attractions. Side roads from the Inter-American explore the tropical forest as it ascends into surrounding highlands. The forest gives refuge to exotic flora and fauna including an abundance of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and toucans.

Historically, Guanacaste has been estranged from the rest of Costa Rica. During early pre-Columbian times, the indigenous Chorotega dominated the province; this fact is reflected in the dark skin and round faces of many modern Guanacatecans. The province has also been the focus of much politicking; it was once annexed by Nicaragua. Although Costa Rica won the dispute and claimed the province, Guanacaste retains a distinct identity to this day.

The region is a huge hit with visitors in search of internationally famed beaches. As a result, many of its sleepy fishing towns have continued to undergo rapid transition. New resort developments extend south from the Gulf of Papagayo in a seemingly endless expanse of beachside accommodations. Some accommodations offer unrivaled luxury, and while such high-end development may seem paradoxical in the developing world, this has been the fate for much of Guanacaste’s coastline. The massive Gulf of Papagayo Project, for example, aims to develop 2,300 coastal acres (930 ha), and it has catalyzed construction of large resort complexes, hotels, condos, and exclusive villas from Culebra Bay to the beaches of Panama and Coco. With a huge influx of foreign residents and tourists, the wide-ranging affluence can at times bear more resemblance to Cancun than typical Costa Rica.

Country Costa Rica
Languages spokenSpanish
Currency usedDollars and Colones
Bahia del Sol

Bahia del Sol

Playa Potrero, Guanacaste
Price from $ 92
Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel The sunny and beautiful Potrero Beach, with its warm and calm waters More info
Capitan Suizo

Capitan Suizo

Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste
Price from $ 125
Capitan Suizo Hotel Capitán Suizo is an environmentally conscious and future oriented Beachfront Bou More info
Dreams Las Mareas

Dreams Las Mareas

Playa El Jobo, Guanacaste
Price from $ 136
Welcome to Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica We dreamt it – and it’s finally reality. Dreams Las Ma More info
Flamingo Resort

Flamingo Resort

Costa Rica, Guanacaste
Price from $ 280
The Flamingo Resort sits on Playa Flamingo, on the northwest coast of Costa Rica. This is an intimat More info
Hacienda Guachipelin

Hacienda Guachipelin

Rincón de la Vieja , Guanacaste
Price from $ 50
Hacienda Guachipelin Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin is located at the foot of the Rincon de la Vieja Vol More info
Hotel Canyon Lodge

Hotel Canyon Lodge

Rincon de la Vieja , Guanacaste
Price from $ 50
Hotel Canyon Lodge Surrounded by beautiful gardens just 8 kms from Liberia, we offer a different way More info
Hotel El Regalo

Hotel El Regalo

Nicoya, Guanacaste
Price from $ 80
Hotel el Regalo The hotel has an area of 7.5 hectares, large green area, area for events, two swimmi More info
Hotel Leyenda

Hotel Leyenda

Carrillo Beach, Guanacaste
Price from $ 52
Hotel Leyenda Visitors to Carrillo Beach will find a boulevard of palm trees extending to the edge o More info
Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

Playa Islita, Guanacaste
Price from $ 135
Hotel Punta Islita At Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica’s best experiences are enjoyed in feel-go More info
Hotel Río Perdido

Hotel Río Perdido

Bagaces, Guanacaste
Price from $ 105
Rio Perdido Hotel Development in Rio Perdido has been designated within an area that will sum up to More info
Jardin del Eden

Jardin del Eden

Tamarindo, Guanacaste
Price from $ 88
Jardin del Eden Hotel THE EXCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN TAMARINDO DESIGNED FOR COUPLES AND ADULTS Jard More info

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