Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

Guanacaste OaxGuanacaste enjoys generous and warm weather, unique culture, known for cattle ranching production, and spectacular beaches. It is the driest region of Costa Rica, especially the coastal areas. Became part of Costa Rica in 1824; until then, it had remained an independent province. This territory certainly has a very important natural and cultural richness, for Costa Rica’s economy.

Guanacaste is well known for its beautiful beaches and sunny days, which is exactly what visitors find along its coastline. With an abundance of hotels, resorts, cabins, and restaurants as well as the many Guanacaste Tours and adventures that you can perform from all the beaches. Some are luxury ones, others more modest, but they all guarantee that guests have the perfect option for each budget. Panama Beach, in the north area of the province, is one of the good options for tourism. A quiet place with white sand and easy waters invites you to enjoy a care-free weekend.

Papagayo GulfSome of the world’s best resorts are found on the beaches of Guanacaste as Fours Seasons Costa Rica, Andaz Papagayo o Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, located at the Papagayo Gulf. As well you can find resorts like Secrets Papagayo, Riu Guanacaste Hotels, Mangroove Resort, or Villas Sol. More south you can find the Occidental Tamarindo or The Marriott Reserva Conchal.

Playas del Coco features as one of the most popular spots, here you can find all kinds of facilities and you can find everything very easy as the center of the town is small. Another good point is that it’s located within 25 minutes’ drive from Liberia Airport. As well in Playas del Coco, you can find a great number of places to stay from private condominiums to hotels and beach homes. Its beach is very gentle and nice for swimming and relaxing.

Very close to Playas del Coco you will find Ocotal, a small black sand beach but with many vacation homes with spectacular views on the hills. Ten-minutes out of Coco you will reach Playa Hermosa, as its names mean this beautiful gold sand beach offers you fantastic calm waters for swimming and relaxing. Here you can also find many vacation homes and beach resorts.

Guanacaste AccommodationSome kilometers south without having to travel much you can reach Flamingo Beach, an ideal place for those preferring a mix of luxury and a quiet atmosphere, during the low tide this beach offers you perfect warm and calm waters to swim and relax. As well its white-sand beach is perfect for a hike. Beach-front resorts and vacation homes are also available in this area. Flamingo Beach is located in what is called the gold coast as it was one of the first places in Guanacaste with luxury hotels and a marine.

Just 10 minutes drive from Flamingo we will reach Playa Conchal, a beautiful white-sand beach (shells dust), with extraordinary turquoise waters, perfect for swimming. Its crystalline waters are perfect to enjoy some snorkeling from the beach. Here you can find the Marriott Reserva Conchal, the only All-Inclusive Resort in the area. 

Playa Grande is located further south, and along with Las Baulas National Park, it is a sanctuary for the leatherback turtles arriving to spawn in its coasts each year. As well Playa Grande is worldwide recognized for its waves perfect to practice surfing. It’s for this reason that many surfers come to stay in this wild and natural area.

Tamarindo Surf LessonsTamarindo Beach offers a blend of beaches and mangroves; seabirds and iguanas, making it a paradise and perfect spot for those wishing to live in harmony with nature. Famous for its perfect waves Tamarindo is the perfect spot for professionals and for those who want to learn the art of riding waves. As well the town offers a wide variety of stores and souvenirs, a big number of beachfront restaurants are also present in the area. 

Going south of Tamarindo we can find beaches such as Junquillal, Playa, Negra, and Avellanas, all of them also well known for their waves and surfing spots. These areas are more remote with less access to facilities. The Ostional Wildlife Refuge is located within the most famous beaches of Guanacaste, this is due to the nesting of olive ridley turtles, which arrive in thousands to lay their eggs. Observing the birth of the baby turtles is also another show of nature.

Nosara is located within minutes from Ostional and this place offers a variety of resorts, from beach houses to yoga retreats, which have made Nosara even more famous. In addition, its waves attract visitors from all over the world, and its nature makes the perfect combination to visit Nosara. The area is difficult to access during the rainy season so we recommend the use of a 4×4 SUV to visit this area.

Then we will find Playa Samara and its 4km long beach with warm and very calm waters since in front there is a reef extension that causes the waves to be less. It is perfect for families although there are not many fast access facilities in the area. However, it is a perfect destination to visit for a few days.

Next to Samara is the beautiful Playa Carrillo, with its extensive line of palm trees and perfect waters to relax and take a dip in the ocean. From here you can find more beaches such as Punta Islita, Camaronal, Coyote, Bejuco until you reach the Nicoya Peninsula where you will find places like Montezuma or Santa Teresa,

White Faced MonkeyGuanacaste also offers you a variety of National Parks where you will discover abundant wildlife and exuberant vegetation. Santa Rosa National Park is located to the north of the province. It is one of the last remains of the tropical dry forest in the world, counting with a remarkable biological inventory. As well here you will find La Casona, the place where Costarican’s defeat the country in 1856 against the Filibuster invaders. Santa Rosa is also home to Playa Naranjo where you will find the renowned surf break of Witch’s Rock.

At the Guanacaste Mountain Range, we found the Tenorio Volcano, here you can take the hike to the famous Rio Celeste Waterfall, and hike through the tropical rainforest of the park. At the Miravalles Volcano, you will be able to hike by an active crater and relax on natural hot springs.

The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano offers to the tourist offers the tourist a huge variety of things to see. The most relevant of course is the activity present in the massif, here you can see boiling waters and mud, sulfur lakes, steam, waterfalls and much more. Also in the park, you can observe a great variety of wildlife such as white-faced, howlers and spiders monkeys, toucans, tapirs, coatis among others. 

Red MacawsAnother great place to visit is the Palo Verde National Park, where you will observe a great number of bird species as well you can see howler and white-faced monkeys, American crocodiles, iguanas, bats, lizards, and much more. 

With a mixture of tropical forests, warm beaches, extended plains, and an impressive volcanic range; Guanacaste is the place to explore. This is just a glimpse of what this beautiful province offers you, in addition to its friendly and great-hearted people, a culture rich in traditions, and unique gastronomy that makes the perfect complement to not miss out on visiting Guanacaste.


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Tours From Guanacaste

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Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

Alajuela is the second more extended province of Costa Rica. Here we found the main entrance to Costa Rica, the Juan Santamaria International airport. The province is located 20km out of the capital, San Jose. Its territory spreads to the north, reaching the boundary with Nicaragua. Alajuela was founded in 1782 and gave birth to such famous historical characters as Juan Santamaría. He is the national hero that burned down the “Meson de Rivas” in 1856 during the battle against filibusters.

This province has an enviable natural richness. Its uneven topography includes the rainforest and exuberant plains to the north. Visitors have a choice of the two most impressive, active volcanoes of the country. You can visit the Arenal volcano, in the City of San Carlos and enjoy some of the hot springs parks as well.  Also, the province enjoys the Poás Volcano, at the Central Volcanic Mountain Range.

Poás volcano is one of the most splendid volcanoes in Costa Rica, for its beautiful landscape. Around it, you may appreciate different habitats, from the cloud forest to areas of scarce vegetation, where species have become adapted to emissions of gas and the climatic factor characteristic of a volcano. The volcano also enjoys one of the largest craters in the world.

The Arenal Volcano, with its conic silhouette, offers you amazing landscapes and lots of nature and wildlife. This volcano used to be one of the most active in the world. Many of the hotels offer a panoramic view of the volcano and its evening show. As well in the area, you can find different activities for all the family as zipline, rafting, or hanging bridges.

Alajuela Province offers you amazing nature and places to relax. Coffee tours, waterfalls and wildlife gardens, and adventures are part of the local offer.


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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Puntarenas is the largest province of Costa Rica, with an area of 11.276 Km2. Its main attraction is its Pacific coastline, extending over more than 500 miles down to the Panamanian border. This vast province offers a variety of beaches, national parks, and natural reserves. It is a transition area between the dry tropical lands of Guanacaste and the green forests of the Central Pacific.

The port of Caldera and the city of Puntarenas, receive hundreds of tourists daily, from countless cruise ships. Some of these ships are traveling with the Panama Canal as a destination, which allows passengers to explore Costa Rica’s inland, only to meet their cruise ship some days later at the port of Limon, in the Caribbean.

Carara Biological Reserve constitutes one of the best showcases of the natural heritage of Puntarenas. This reserve includes an extension of 11.600 acres of forests and mangroves. Today, only some portions of the reserve are available to tourists, but professional guides, who are allowed to explore some restricted areas, may be hired.

Manuel Antonio National Park is another of the destinations of the province of Puntarenas. With its impressive white sand beaches, blue waters of the Pacific, and hundreds of hectares of rainforest, this park is one of the smallest in Costa Rica, but at the same time, one of the most highly visited. Manuel Antonio is one of the few places in Costa Rica where the spider monkey still lives. Within the park, you may also find over 100 species of mammals and an equal number of bird types. 

More south you will find the amazing area of Bahia Ballena and Uvita. Famous for its whale tale formed of sand and which you can observe and walk by during low tide. The long beach its nature and wildlife it’s simply amazing. 

Also belonging to Puntarenas, another feature is the Corcovado National Park. Located south, and constituting the habitat of 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity. You will find the Tarcoles River, where you can observe hundreds of American crocodiles.

Good food especially seafood- as well as the well-known carnivals held each summer, and the warmth of its people, are some of the nice surprises expecting tourists visiting this province.


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Heredia Province, Costa Rica

Heredia enjoys a territory of 2.656 km2 and a population of 80.000 persons. It’s Costa Rica’s smallest province, a town appreciated for its colonial heritage and traditional architecture.

At the communities of Barva and Santo Domingo, you can be appreciated a great number of colonial houses. The city of Heredia, best known as ‘City of the Flowers’, was founded in 1706, by the initiative of 150 families living there. You still find an important number of coffee plantations, where you can perform guided visits with tourists. It can be delightful to enjoy the captivating process of harvesting, drying, and roasting of coffee beans.

Among the natural wonders of the province of Heredia, we find Barva volcano. It’s a formidable extinct volcano located at the west part of Braulio Carrillo National Park, which rises 2.906 meters above sea level. The vegetation surrounding this sleeping giant is astonishing; an ideal place for bird watching, especially for those who dream with the magnificent Quetzal.

On the other hand, Braulio Carrillo National Park represents the greatest natural richness near the Central Valley. A tropical rainforest home to hundreds of plant and animal species

The dense vegetation of the park safeguards many water eyes, waterfalls, and rivers, used as tap water. Sarapiqui River is another of the attractions of the province. This imposing river travels through dense vegetation, where birds and wildlife are abundant. The river has an ideal current for those who enjoy the rapids, with a moderate degree of difficulty.

Heredia Central Mountain Range characterizes by vast forest extensions and a fair climate. Many people choose these green and fresh sites to establish themselves, to live far away from the city crowds.


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Cartago Province, Costa Rica

Cartago was the capital of Costa Rica until 1823 when this title was transferred to the city of San Jose. It is a relatively small province, with barely 3.124 km/2 and almost 35 000 inhabitants. It is perhaps Costa Rica’s most important area in matters of colonial art.

The best example is the temple of Orosi, dating back to 1743, a historical jewel that was witness to the birth of a nation. Cartago has a humid, tropical climate. In Cartago, we find two mountain ranges: the Central is where we find the Irazú and Turrialba volcanoes. The Talamanca mountain range is the other great mountain formation of the province. The imposing Cerro Chirripo, the highest point in Costa Rica, is located here, at 3.600 meters above sea level. Cartago is a land of traditions and religiosity.

In the north, we find the national monument of Guayabo, located on the outskirts of the town of Turrialba. Here visitors may admire the enigmatic constructions, dating back to Precolombian times. It’s one of the largest archeological areas discovered in the country. Mounds, bridges, plazas, and highways, as well as an aqueduct that is still working, are some of the remains of ancient cultures.

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Angels Basilica at the center of the city of Cartago is the most important religious activity of Costa Rica. Celebrated each August 2nd, here attend millions of people from all around the country. Nevertheless, the main attraction of Cartago could be the Irazú volcano. This is a splendid giant which still remains active, whose five craters gather thousands of tourists yearly.

Irazu Volcano is the highest altitude in the country, 3.432 meters. Several rivers nurturing the basins of others, like Chirripo, Reventazon, Sarapiqui, and Grande de Tarcoles are born here.


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San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Cartago Province

Cartago Province, Costa Rica

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Heredia

Heredia Province, Costa Rica

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Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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Alajuela, Costa Rica

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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is a bustling city, busy and with traffic, like any other around the globe. If your flight arrives at Juan Santamaria Airport, San Jose becomes the first entrance to Costa Rica. From here you can start your trip and stay one or two in the city and learn a little more. San Jose, the country’s capital and most highly populated province. Located in the Central Valley, it extends to the northeast, crossing the impressive volcanoes of the Central Mountain Range. Which includes national parks, forest reserves, and fertile lands, with an abundance of coffee plantations

Founded in the first half of the eighteenth century, San Jose is nowadays a city where visitors of the entire world converge; a metropolis full of interesting places, faces, and colors reflecting the history of a population. Despite the fact that there are still beautiful colonial buildings, not many are still standing today since it gave way to new buildings. However, there are places like the National Theater, Inaugurated in 1897,  that is a must if you have the possibility to stay here.

At night in San Jose, you can find a wide variety of gastronomic offers, from gourmet places to sodas with typical dishes. You will find cuisine from all corners of the world in this small city. Discover the National Museum. Gold and Jade Museums where you will learn about our history. From San Jose, you can also take one of the one day tours. Enjoy white water rafting, Tortuga Island cruise, or visit the Póas Volcano or the Irazu.

Our recommendation would be to spend the first night in San Jose or two and either take a city tour or one of our daily expeditions. Also depending on your departure flight, you will have to spend your last day in San Jose. You have the chance as well or flying out from the Liberia Airport in Guanacaste.


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San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is a bustling city, busy and with traffic, like any other around the globe. If your flight arrives ...
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Cartago Province

Cartago Province, Costa Rica

Cartago was the capital of Costa Rica until 1823 when this title was transferred to the city of San Jose ...
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Heredia Province, Costa Rica

Heredia enjoys a territory of 2.656 km2 and a population of 80.000 persons. It's Costa Rica's smallest province, a town ...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

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