Guide to Costa Rica’s Fabulous Guanacaste Province
The Guanacaste Province encompasses the northwesterner corner of Costa Rica and is framed by the vertiginous Guanacaste mountains in the east and the stunning Pacific Ocean in the west. For many, this region is all about spectacular beaches, luxury coastal resorts and wicked surf. Although it can’t be denied that here you will discover one of the country’s most glorious stretches of coast, there’s a lot more to enjoy than just sun, sea and surf.
With its magnificent volcanoes, its remote rain forests brimming with wildlife, its sensational snorkeling and diving, not to mention its comprehensive array of resorts and eco-lodges, Guanacaste does a stellar job of offering a little of all the amazing things that make Costa Rica such a special and unique travel destination.
No matter which side of Costa Rica you’re after – the cultural, wilderness, wildlife, adventure or relaxing side – trust that you’ll find it in Guanacaste.
Home to the second-largest international airport in the country (Liberia) and stretching over an extensive portion of the country’s western half, Guanacaste is the ideal playground for families, honeymooners and solo adventurers alike.
The ease of access and sheer concentration of accommodation and activities make this a firm favorite destination for North Americans looking for a quick getaway, most especially in the dead of the northern winter. Guanacaste boasts an ideal warm and dry climate just about all year long and boasts more sunny days, on average, than all other regions. This region is certainly idyllic and utterly stunning and, combined with modern infrastructure and a host of fun activities, makes it a revered spot for tourist and expats alike. The Guanacaste is also one of the country’s most popular choice for 2018 destination weddings.
Loved by active visitors looking to hike, horseback ride, snorkel, zip line, SCUBA dive and kayak, Guanacaste also offers abundant chances for relaxation in what can only be described as some of the most breathtaking beaches in the whole country. Add to the mix a heady mix of all-inclusive resorts, excellent eco-lodges and gorgeous hotels, and it’s easy to see why Guanacaste is so popular.
That’s why Guanacaste, in a nutshell!
Highlights of the Guanacaste Province?
The beaches – There are very good reasons why Guanacaste is beloved among beachgoers the world over. When you’re home to such popular hubs like Tamarindo, Nosara, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Playa del Coco and Playa Grande, among so many more, you’ll certainly develop an international reputation for being THE premier beach destination in the country. Whilst the prominent regional beach hub of Tamarindo is perfect for both sunbathing lovers and surfers alike, most beaches in Guanacaste entice particular visitors, be they beginner or advanced surfers, families with small children, sun worshippers or snorkelers. Some are perfect for honeymooners looking for remoteness and privacy, whilst others are renowned for their vibrant crowds and loads of exhilarating experiences. If it’s startling tropical beaches framed by luscious forests that you’re after, then do hone in on this region when planning your Costa Rica adventure trip.
The national parks – Guanacaste is home to some of Costa Rica’s most prized national parks, including Las Baulas, Rincon de la Vieja, Santa Rosa and the homonymous Guanacaste NP. Combined, these priceless protected reserves cover the gamut of natural treasures for which the country is so renowned: from vertiginous active volcanoes to glorious beaches, turtle nesting sites and waterfalls, mountains, cloud forests and tropical rainforests, with all the splendid wildlife typically found in each unique ecosystem.
The Nicoya Peninsula – The northern portion of this striking mountainous peninsula belongs to Guanacaste (whilst the southern tip is in the Puntarenas Province) and offers adventure seekers excellent chances for zip lining, hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling and diving. A lesser developed corner of Costa Rica, the Nicoya Peninsula hides a vast array of waterfalls, wildlife refuges and a few very special eco-lodges immersed in resplendent wilderness. Come discover this hidden corner of Costa Rica and we’ll guarantee you’ll fall in love with the Nicoya Peninsula!
The wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets and comfort levels – From 5* luxury honeymoon resorts to rustic lodges seemingly lost in the heart of remote wilderness: Guanacaste has an accommodation choice to suit every traveler, which is inarguably part of its incredible appeal. No matter your budget or desire (private villa on the beach, perhaps?) you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in this province. From world-class golf courses to exceptional restaurants, great nightlife and fantastic shopping, Guanacaste offers the discerning traveler a modern, vibrant and very comprehensive experience whilst still offering oodles of Costa Rican authenticity.
Adventure sports and activities galore – More than anything else, Guanacaste offers the active traveler a host of active pursuits including surfing, sailing, ATV touring, sport fishing, horseback riding, snorkeling, diving and sooooo much more. For those who prefer to DO rather than just see, Guanacaste really is tailor-made and, because of the sheer choice in both destination and accommodation, this province suits honeymooners, families and those looking for a short and sweet adventure.
Guanacaste is one of Costa Rica’s most popular and rewarding destinations and arguably offers the greatest range of activities and accommodation choice in the entire country.
Want to know just how much fun you can have in Guanacaste? Then visit our adventure tours page and contact us for tailor-made itineraries in Guanacaste and everywhere else in Costa Rica, all designed to suit your budget and desires. At Costa Rica Rios, we bring you the very best of Costa Rica so all you have to do is pack your adventurous spirit and come along for the thrilling ride of a lifetime.