Costa Rica Travel to Guanacaste
Guanacaste is a province located on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, on the border with Nicaragua. Unlike other Costa Rica travel destinations which are characterized by sometimes intense humidity, destinations in Guanacaste are valued for their dry heat. The dry season extends from November to April, making this an ideal Costa Rica vacation spot for travelers looking to escape cold northern hemisphere winters. A new international airport in the city of Liberia has eased access to this region. Top destinations in Guanacaste include the beaches at Coco and Tamarindo and the Nicoya Peninsula, where travelers will find sun-drenched beaches and abundant nature.
In contrast to the rain forest environment found in much of Costa Rica, Guanacaste hosts a tropical dry forest that endures drought conditions in the dry season and hosts flora and fauna specially adapted to these conditions. Among the unique species found here are howler monkeys and black iguanas. Travelers can find eco-lodges with an emphasis on conservation and tours that will provide information about the forest denizens as well as adventure excursions.
As mentioned, the Liberia airport has opened up access to Guanacaste. Previously, travelers had to travel 5 hours from San Jose by road over rutted and unpaved roads. Now, several cities in the U.S. and Canada have direct flights to Liberia, and from there the beach destinations are easily reachable.
The weather and the beautiful beaches are certainly the main draws that make Guanacaste a top Costa Rica travel destination. The most popular beaches are those at Tamarindo and Coco, while there are also countless smaller beaches in the surrounding area. In particular, the region hosts some of world class surfing spots, such as that at Playa Negra, which can accommodate all skill levels. At Tamarindo, in addition to beaches, travelers can also explore the lagoons and surrounding rain forests and the sunrises and sunsets are the stuff that postcard pictures are made of. Tamarindo is also a mecca for sport fishing, and in particular, fishing for marlin, sailfish, and tuna.
Guanacaste also has some excellent national parks where travelers can embark of tours and excursions. North of Tamarindo is Marino Laus Baulas National Park, an important nesting site for the giant leatherback sea turtle. Visitors can arrange for night tours to attempt to see nesting turtles. At Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, visitors will be able to trek around the volcano and observe wildlife. Top golf resorts in the area include the Four Seasons Costa Rica on the Papagayo Peninsula, Reserva Conchal, and Hacienda Pinilla.