The dry northwest region famous for its sweeping beaches and cattle ranches. A beach lover’s paradise.
Guanacaste is a province of Costa Rica located in the northwestern part of the country, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It borders Nicaragua to the north. As this region is covered by dry tropical forest, this makes it quite popular among tourists looking to escape the humidity found in the rest of the country
Guanacaste is famous for its spectacular beaches, many of which are world famous for surfing. Sport fishing, snorkeling and diving are also popular water activities as well as turtle watching at certain times of the year.
Forming the eastern borders of Guanacaste is a chain of volcanoes that stretch out to join the Cordillera de Guanacaste and Cordillera de Tilaran mountain ranges. Offering some truly terrific hiking facilities, tourists can trek their way to the summit of a number of volcanoes, including Rincon de la Vieja, enjoying some really breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Passing through lovely lush dense forests, which play host to a fabulous array of exotic plant and wildlife, many rare and endangered animals and birds live here including jaguars and tapirs. From these mountains also flow various rivers that roll down to form an alluvial plain drained by the Rio Tempisque. This river in turns nurtures the province before emptying itself into the Gulf of Nicoya.
The capital of Guanacaste is Liberia which is also home to Costa Rica’s other international airport, an increasingly important entry point for visitors. About one hour from Liberia lies Palo Verde National Park, a wet land area bordering the Tempisque River and home to an enormous number of migratory birds, crocodiles and monkeys. Palo Verde sustains one of the highest concentrations of water birds in the Americas.