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Guanacaste & Costa Rica  

Guanacaste on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is the second largest province in the country although it has the lowest population density and one of the main travel destination in Costa Rica.
It borders on the North with Nicaragua, on the East with the province of Alajuela, to the South with Puntarenas and to the West with the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Liberia city.
Guanacaste's geography is a mix of plains and mountainous terrain along the Guanacaste Mountain Range and some higher altitudes in the Nicoya Peninsula.


Guanacaste's great economic potential is based on tourism and real estate development due to its beautiful beaches and ideal warm climate. Costa Rica's second international airport, Daniel Oduber International Airport, is strategically located only minutes away from Liberia and from the main coastal development clusters.  At the present time Guanacaste is experiencing an intense tourist and real estate boom and has the highest rate of development of all Central America.

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Guanacaste boasts many of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches.  Among the best known are the beaches of the Gulf of Papagayo such as Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, Playas del Coco, and Playa Panama.  Other outstanding beaches are Playa Conchal, Playa Grande de Tamarindo, Flamingo, Avellanas, Samara, Nosara, and Carrillo, to name a few.  activities_400

It also has beautiful parks such as Guanacaste National Park, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Palo Verde National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Tenorio Volcano National Park and, also, several wildlife reserves and protected areas.


Among the activities you can enjoy when travel to Guanacaste these are the most outstanding:
World-class diving, surfing or sport fishing, canopy tours, thermal waters, rafting, visits to butterfly farms, orchid nurseries, snake farms, frog breeding grounds or zoos, four wheel ATV tours, jet ski tours or sailing, and a lot more.

There are a large number accommodations ranging from simple "cabinas" (cabins) to luxurious hotels and vacation housing developments for every taste. There are also a great number of bars, restaurants, four golf courses, a couple of luxury marinas, souvenir shops, casinos, spas, and shopping centers available.


Costa Rican Traditions: In Guanacaste you can partake of and enjoy many Costa Rican traditions such as the music of the "marimba", folkloric dances, typical food and the cowboy culture.  Some of the most famous "fiestas" of the province of Guanacaste are the Popular Fiestas in Santa Cruz in January and tose of Playas del Coco in February as well as the Civic Fiestas of Liberia in February and July.  At these events you can enjoy the dances, games, food, and sports typical of the region.

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Health: Costa Rica has one of the most efficient and best developed medical care services in Central America given by both social security and private providers.  There is ample coverage on a nation-wide basis and there are ambulance and pharmacy services in practically every corner of the country.

The country has one of the lowest rates of infant mortality in Latin America and has a life expectancy of 76 years on average between males and females. At this time the country is not at risk of any tropical diseases and so neither vaccinations nor any other types of precautions are required.
Food: Food in Costa Rica is tasty, abundant and very safe.  The country is totally agricultural and has quite a varied cuisine that includes beef and seafood as well as many tropical vegetables and fruits.  There is an ample gastronomic variety ranging from typical food to a large assortment of international gourmet cuisines.

Water: Potable water is totally safe all over Costa Rica and can be consumed without any fear.  In addition bottled water is available for sale in all the supermarkets of the country.


There is ample public transportation coverage although it isn't always rapid or comfortable transportation. 
There is ample public transportation coverage although it isn't always rapid or comfortable transportation.  There are private shuttle services all around the country and a good network of domestic flights.  When taking a taxi, it is good to agree on a price at the onset of your trip, as the use of a meter is not mandatory.

Telephone and postal service: You can dial direct from Costa Rica to practically every country in the world.  You can make international calls and send and receive faxes from most hotels.  The postal service is relatively efficient and you can find a post office in almost all the cities and towns in the country.

Internet: All the urban areas have broad band and internet cafes.

Some say that Guanacaste has one of the best climates in the world, with a dry season from November to early May and a moderate rainy season from mid-May to October.

One thing that often ruins many a vacation in tropical areas is the  non-stop rain.  But Guanacaste is free of these party poopers.  The sun, guaranteed for 6 months of the year, makes this a most desirable beach destination.  But the most interesting aspect of the climate in Guanacaste is what takes place during the wet season it does not rain constantly as in other tropical areas. Rain falls for short periods of time with sunny hours in between.

It's normal during the rainy season to have sunny clear mornings and some sporadic rains during the afternoon and evening.  The exception is October when the rains last at least 3 or 4 hours a day.

During the dry season the practically guaranteed weather forecast is sunny mornings and afternoons, incredible sunsets and a night sky bursting with stars.

The average temperature of the region is 82°F with a maximum of 100°F on the plains or the coast during April and a minimum of 63°F in some mountain areas during January and February.  Humidity oscillates between 60% and 65% during the dry season and between 80% and 85% in the rainy season.  That is, not so rainy, not very hot nor very humid either.  In the end the climate in Guanacaste is... Pura Vida!!

Restaurants collect an additional surcharge of 23% on all bills that break down as follows:  13% sales tax and 10% service charge.  Both are mandatory under Costa Rican law.  The 10% surcharge wa
moneys at first considered as a tip for the waiter but in many cases this tax constitutes the salary for the staff.  For this reason it is customary to leave an extra tip if you receive good service.  Tour guides are also customarily tipped as long as they do a good job and their service meets your expectations.
Almost 50 years ago Costa Rica abolished its army and it has endured as the most stable democracy in Central America.  This is a very safe country with a peaceful environment and very hospitable towards its visitors.  It is not at all dangerous commuting to the different attractions.  One can safely walk and wander around towns and cities.  This is one of the reasons why Costa Rica has enjoyed to this date a good reputation and acceptance as a tourist destination.

Nevertheless it's always good to take reasonable precautions.  For this reason we recommend that you not wear flashy jewelry, keep your belongings with you and in sight, leave your car in parking areas with a guard and never leave your luggage or valuables in the vehicle.
Most hotels have safety deposit boxes available in the rooms or in reception.

The official currency of Costa Rica is the colon.  United States dollars in cash or travelers checks can be cashed in most hotels and banks.  The exchange rate in the hotels and at the banks is often the same, although sometimes there is a minor difference.  You can pay at all hotels in US dollars or with credit cards.  It is usual to receive your change in local currency, not in dollars.  Most commercial establishments take credit cards.

Electrical current is 110 volts all over the country.  Electrical outlets are made with 2 plain terminals and in most hotels some 220 volts connections are available.

Costa Rica is an excellent place to purchase handicrafts in wood, ceramics and copies of pre-Columbian art. Souvenir shops are found in all tourist locations.

   Guanacaste and Costa Rica Tourist Information Centre 

Here you'll find several guides and articles full of information.
We hope this help you to deeply enjoy Costa Rica and specially Guanacaste, the tourist gem of the country.


 A nice brief and tips for your visit to Guanacaste’s National Parks. 



Tens of Tours & Activities to do.

Marine, terrestrial, aerial, family, adventures...



Scuba diving in Guanacaste. 

Click here to see a menu with several articles about diving in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.




A nice gallery about Guanacaste, from great  Costa Rican and foreign photographers.


Trustful Maps of Costa Rica , Guanacaste, Liberia City, Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Tamarindo and Playa Potrero.  

Guanacaste Beaches Guide
List, pictures and map of Guanacaste's most recommended beaches. 



Costa Rica Hotels Guide Available services, rates, pictures and links to recommended hotels all arround the country.  


Tourist Telephone Directory with the main services you’ll need during your staying. 



Yuuummi !

Restaurant guide.



Guanacaste transportation Guide
All the options to move from, to or in Guanacaste. 

If you are planning a visit to Costa Rica, these articles could be very useful. 

The Pura Vida dictionary:

A glossary of Costarican words and expressions. 

Or click in this link to see the second part of this Costa Rican dictionary.

      19 reasons to choose Costa Rica for your next destination.

    Guanacaste, one of 5 Blue Zones in the world...

Living a longer and happier life...
    Rincon de la Vieja Volcano... A mountain of adventure!!!


  Enjoying Guanacaste!!!
Horizontally, hanging, sitting down, vertically or however you want... 


That other world,

...The deep.
My first inmersion story


  Blue River Resort
Discovering the hidden side of  Rincón de la Vieja volcano.



Guanacaste's House of Surf 


  Rancho Humo Ecological Preserve: Rescuing and Sharing Nature.

Guanacaste now have a 
World Class Marina.



Guanacaste's Top spots: 

 Each one with its own charm and fun. 

...And you can make them all in a few days!




Golf around the Gulf. 

 In Guanacaste, there are 4 gorgeuos golf courses awaiting you.  


Africa Mia zoo, 100 acres of Africa
in the middle of Guanacaste...


Rio Celeste at Tenorio Volcano...

Where the sky flows down the mountains




The amazing caves at  Barra Honda.

Walking under Guanacaste's skin...

Sea turttles watching guide.   
 Birds watching guide.



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