Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Costa Rica is a tropical paradise located in the northwest corner of Costa Rica. Guanacaste is a diverse, unique province with an endless list of popular destinations to visit and jam-packed with exciting adventure tours. Guanacaste features rapid rivers, lush tropical forests, stunning landscapes, and gorgeous white-sand beaches. 

Guanacaste History  Chorotega Indians originally inhabited the area. Corobicies and Nahuas were also present in the area. When the Spanish came the area was actually part of the Nicaraguan territory. However, when independence from Spain game in the 1820’s, the inhabitants voted to be annexed with Costa Rica rather than Nicaragua. Now the capital is Liberia, which itself was once named the town of Guanacaste. Guanacaste’s namesake is an immense tree that has very unique fruit pods that look like human ears. Now the national tree of Costa Rica, the tree has become a very iconic symbol.

Guanacaste Climate  Guanacaste has a unique climate in comparison to the other provinces in Costa Rica. Intense dry heat with little rain from November to April has resulted in lots of tropical dry forest. This makes for great wildlife viewing and beach going which is why Guanacaste is one of the most popular tourist destinations. From June to October the climate gets progressively rainier with sporadic to daily afternoon showers. Guanacaste temperature stays between 80 and 90 degrees most of the year; throughout December – March temperatures occasionally reach 100 degrees.

Guanacaste Attractions


Playa Flamingo Flamingo Beach offers the perfect combination of world-renowned beauty and trendy attractions.  The beach’s finest sand alongside the perfect waves and breathtaking views are bound to astound you.  In this fashionable Costa Rican town you can find entertainment, fine and casual dining, a marina, hotels, shopping, a bank, pharmacy, beauty salons, spas, a car rental agency, and much more.  Savvy residents have developed Flamingo into a modern community equipped with popular water and land activities and services. It’s natural beauty makes for spectacular ATV adventures, whale watching and of course sunbathing.  Scuba diving and snorkeling journeys are unforgettably remarkable with the Catalina Islands close by.  Even the most advanced travelers are impressed by a simple boat ride along this magnificent coastline, Playa Flamingo.

Playas del Coco Guanacaste Costa Rica

Playas del Coco Playas del Coco is an older beach community in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and tourism is growing rapidly. The area is full of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. Playas del Coco is located 20 miles west of Liberia, Guanacaste’s capital city and home to the recently renovated Liberia International Airport. As the nearby airport develops, so does Playas del Coco. The community is a mix of locals and Canadian, American and European expats. You can find the best pizza at Andre’s Beach Bar, Louisiana Bar & Grill serves the best seafood, and the best sushi is at Sushi Playa; all three restaurants are located in the center of town with spectacular ocean views.  Scuba diving and fishing are the most popular adventures in Playa del Coco but there is lots to do and many nearby adventures to explore. Nearby Playa Hermosa and Playa Ocotal have grown in popularity.

Gulf of Papagayo Guanacaste Costa Rica

Gulf of Papagayo The Gulf of Papagayo, slightly north of Playa del Coco, has just recently been developed with several all-inclusive resorts and five-star hotels. The area is thriving and its biggest advantage is its location. Gulf of Papagayo’s proximity to Liberia International Airport is a major growth factor. It is also located close to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and National Parks, Santa Rose National Park and the Nicaragua boarder. Rincon de la Vieja Parks are full of hot springs, gorgeous blue lakes and breathtaking scenery. It is still an undiscovered gem of the northern Guanacaste region hosting one of the largest active volcanoes in the country. Santa Rose National Park is home to abundant green plants, wildlife and quiet beaches. As these beautiful National Parks grow in popularity so will the Gulf of Papagayo.

Tamarindo Guanacaste Costa Rica

Tamarindo Tamarindo is a stylish surfer’s paradise, frequented by foreigners from all over the world, just 20 minutes south of Playa Flamingo. This celebrated town is not only notorious for excellent surfing beaches but favored nightlife and entertainment as well. Tamarindo boarders the protected land of Las Baulas National Marine Park perfect for impressive nature walks, horseback riding, ATV adventures, mountain biking and so much more. Playa Tamarindo is a long beach with excellent waves where you can catch surfing lessons any day of the week. The center of town is hip and happening with tons of foot traffic surrounding an abundance of souvenir shops, restaurants, bars, lounges, and casinos. Tamarindo’s airstrip and daily bus service to and from San Jose make it the most accessible area along the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica.