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Dive the Gulf



Papagayo Gulf offers an incredible range of marine life from tiny sea horses to big Manta Rays. Come into the ocean and discover the thousands of other species that call these waters home. If you are not a certified diver, you can take a quick morning course and go diving in the afternoon.


 Summer Salt : 2670 0308 P. del Coco

Deep Blue diving: 2670 1004 P. del Coco

Diving Safaris: 2672 1260 Playa Hermosa

Rich Coast Diving: 2670 0176 Coco/Hermosa 

Quad Adventure


Fill your soul with adrenaline and adventure riding an ATV into the countryside discovering secret trails...
Hightide:     2653 0108 / 2653 0640 Tamarindo


Volcano adventures

Rincon de la Vieja volcano and national park is an ideal destination for adventurers and nature lovers. Nestled within the park, Hacienda Guachipelin has developed a wide range of activities * with 2 very special canopy tours, that in addition to lines through the forest, include climbing, rappelling down waterfalls and platforms inside a canyon by a beautiful river. Add horseback rides, tubing down the river, hikes to the crater, hot springs, mud baths, spa, rural and cultural experiences and all the bountiful nature of Rincon de la Vieja Nat. Park and you get an unforgettable cocktail of adventure, relaxation, nature contact and rich experiences of the most authentic of Guanacaste.

Hacienda Guachipelin  2666 8075 / 2256 5693





Get away and take in the beautiful coastal panoramas. “Virgin-beach” tours and Sunset tours are two great options to try.

Choose your boat and go sailing. It’s always a great experience!!!


Kuna Vela:  8301 3030


 Discovering Guanacaste's art    
If you are an art lover, you must tour the largest art gallery in Guanacaste, specializing in local art of both established and emerging artists. Over 400 pieces of paintings and sculptures, ranging from abstracts, typical art, nature, surreal and lot more… all surrounded by beautiful gardens and a lovely atmosphere. New exhibits monthly and special events promoting culture and arts. Hidden Garden also hosts the only permanent exhibit of the gallery's artist-in-residence, Carlos Hiller, famous for his amazing underwater scenes.   
 Hidden Garden website     8386 6872 / 8386 6968 
5kms west from Liberia Airport (towards the beaches)
 Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Guanacaste from the top!

Can you imagine yourself admiring some of Guanacaste’s best attractions from the heights, in just few hours and with an entertaining guide/pilot just for you? Ultralight Tour lead us high to almost brush the peak of volcanoes and then very low to skim the waves exploding on the beach. If you want to see all Guanacaste in a short time, this is the best way to see it from border to border. They have several of these “ultra-light” airplanes, so it could also be an unforgettable group experience.


Flying-crocodile    2656 8048  / 8827 8858


Snorkeling in family.


Snorkeling is a great underwater alternative. Your kids will love it!

The ocean is full of beautiful creatures and rich experiences...


Almaco:8355 1948  Golfo de Papagayo

Arroyo Adventures: 2670 2153 G. de Papagayo

Golfing in paradise

Guanacaste gives a warm welcome to golfers. There are four challenging golf courses waiting for you!

Check out this article about golf in Guanacaste and the courses in the area.

Papagayo Golf: 2697 0169
Four Seasons:  2690 0000

Hacienda Pinilla:  2681 4500
Reserva Conchal:
2654 4123 

Hot springs and Nature 

A place to see some 50 varieties of butterflies, a complete tropical botanical garden, breathtaking views of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, and then submerge into the thermal water pools. Following that, put yourself in the hands of a masseuse in their beautiful Spa….   That is Blue River Resort, a new thermal center on the foothills of the Rincon de la Vieja, which only a few months after having opened its doors is already becoming a hot spot. A place full of beautiful details, where you can also enjoy horseback rides through the forest or a hike to a waterfall of blue water…


BLUE RIVER Resort (506)2206 5000  

World-Class Sport Fishing
The Pacific coastline yields breathtaking panoramic views of the Papagayo Gulf, Costa Rica. The plankton rich gulf is home to some of the best sport fishing in the world, and the close proximity to the continental shelf makes for a very short run time to the fishing grounds where you have the chance to get hooked up to a sailfish, marlin or other big game fish. If you prefer to trawl the coastline, expect to catch rooster fish, mahi mahi, tuna, and 15 other varieties of fish.
caste will electrify you!

(506) 8863 3927 / 8877 6315



Crazy for waves? Guanacaste will electrify you! Tamarindo is a surf town with waves for all skill levels.  Witches Rock and Ollie’s Point, near Playas del Coco are a great choice for the more skilled riders.


HighTide:  2653 0108 Tamarindo
CocoSeaSports:  2670 1514 P. del Coco   

Hanging on the trees

Hang and fly within the canopy of the rainforest while the monkeys observe you closely. Feel a soft adrenaline while discovering all the beauty of the surrounding jungle...


Congo Trail Canopy Tour: 2666 4422

Papagayo Floating & Canopy 2665 8458    




Ride a jet ski to fill your veins with adrenaline and then relax in a secluded beach...


CocoSeaSports:  2670 1514 P. del Coco

 Hightide:    2653 0108 / 2653 0640 Tamarindo

Biking the nature

Pedaling out in the great outdoors is good for the soul and puts you on the fast track to good health, while having fun.


Biking is really healthy and fun.

Throw yourself into adventure!



GuanaBikers 2665 2584 / 8371 2787  

Bike Arenal 2479 7150   

Whale Watching

Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to observe whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Over 25 species, or a third of all existing cetaceans can be sighted in these waters! Guanacaste has the longest season of humpback whales in the world as they migrate from both the north and the south to mate and breed. Summer-Salt offers a good three-hour whale and dolphin watching tour that can combine coastal and beach exploration, snorkeling, and sunset.


Summer Salt Whale Watching  : 2670 0308


Face to face with big cats...

Founded 40 years ago by Swiss conservationist Lilly Bodmer de Hagnauer, Las Pumas is a non-profit organization that takes in wild animals left orphaned, injured or without habitat. At present the shelter houses more than 22 species including big cats, monkeys, and birds. Find it 4.5km north of Cañas behind the Safaris Corobici office on the Pan American Highway.


Las Pumas Rescue Center 2669 6044


Bird watching & mangroves
In a tour down the Tempisque river you can observe a boundless variety of bird species, crocodiles, iguanas and monkeys. You will also have the option of visiting Isla de Pájaros (Bird Island). The flora and fauna in Palo Verde area is similar to that found in Barra Honda National Park where the geological features are 60 million years old and consist of blue and green limestone coral reef formations.  
Echo Tours: 8372 4160 / 2670 0690 Rancho Humo: 2698 1197 / 2233 2233



Approximately halfway between Liberia (14km southeast) and Bagaces (12km northwest) on the Interamericana highway heading towards San José is a turnoff onto an unpaved road that leads to the Llanos de Cortez waterfall.  


A piece of Africa here?

Can you imagine seeing zebras, giraffes and antelopes on your visit to Costa Rica? thanks to Africa Mia private reserve, you can spend a morning in Africa without leaving Guanacaste.

Africa Mía  2666 1111 - 11 km. South Liberia

Flowing down the canyon

Experience a fun ride down the rapids of the Colorado river canyon in a kayak. Skilled guides will take you down this scenic river for a tour of the area’s natural beauty, varied wildlife, impressive geological formations. Stop for snacks on a shady, secluded stretch of shore and go swimming or cliff jumping. The rapids are a mild Class II- III during the dry season and go up to a more exciting Class IV during the rainy season.


Cañon de la Vieja Rafting 2665 5912  

Hacienda Guachipelin  2666 8075 / 2256 5693  

Finally...just relaaaaaax.


After a day of intense activity, delight yourself with a relaxing spa treatment. It will not only be a gift for your body but also for your soul. After all…you deserve it!


Aguas de Hermosa: 2672 1386 P.Hermosa

Five Star SPA : 2670 0560 Playas del Coco

Blue River Spa:   2206 5000 Rincón de la Vieja

SPA Senses2670 2174 Playas del Coco

Ah!...and magical sunsets.

Don't forget to enjoy the beautiful sunsets of Guanacaste.

Rediscover one of nature’s most gorgeous spectacles; the sun go down, the sky become colorful and slowly...the stars come. 

In Guanacaste: Available every around 5 pm



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Tico Glossary Catalinas island 

Barra Honda Caves

Rincón de la Vieja

Diving in Guanacaste


Marina Papagayo Medical tourism

What does Pura Vida means? 

MAPS Ecology   Culture   

Hotels in Costa Rica Birds

watching guide MarineTurtles 

Playas del Coco NationalParks 

Transportation guide 

Humpback Whales 


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