Guanacaste Destination Guide


Why Guanacaste, Costa Rica

This region’s main economic activities include farming, fruit growing, and sustainable tourism. Its inhabitants are reputed for knowing how to celebrate in style. One of their most favorite pastimes is Tico-style bullfights, in which the bull always goes free unharmed.

Welcome to one of the surf capitals of the world: Guanacaste! Surfers from all over the globe travel to this region seeking for the perfect wave. Guanacaste has the sunniest climate in all Costa Rica, and is a preferred vacation destination for its famous beaches. Many different species of wildlife are protected in Guanacaste’s private shelters and national parks.

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10 Reasons to Visit Guanacaste

1) Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo is well-known as a beautiful beach dotted by an amazing mangrove ecosystem. Surfers from all over come to enjoy Tamarindo's great waves.

2) Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

This national park is full of adventure and it offers a variety of options such as hiking trails, zip lining, horseback riding, hot springs, and peaceful lodges.

3) Beach Resorts

Guanacaste is the most developed region tourism wise and features paradisiac beach resorts and golf courses. With such a wide range of accommodations, there are great hotel options here for everyone.

4) Scuba Diving

Monkey Head is one the favorite diving sites in Costa Rica. It is named after the rock formation that emerges from the surface and that resembles a monkey head.Its waters swarm with several species of rays such as the spotted eagle rays; a highlight of the activity are the humpback whales.

5) Birdwatching

Costa Rica has become a world-class destination for birding enthusiasts, and the tropical dryland forests of Guanacaste offer a unique and diverse mix of avian migrants for the delight of birdwatchers.

6) Sport Fishing

Costa Rica has some of the best sport fishing in the world. Guanacaste’s waters, in the Pacific are rich in sailfish, marlin, dorado, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, roosterfish, snapper, and more.

7) Kitesurfing

Bahia Salinas, Playa Copal, and Bolaños Bay are all together the favorite kitesurfing spots in Costa Rica. Wind conditions on shore and ideal for the sport from November to May, with stronger winds from December through March.

8) Turtle Nesting

The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and Nancite Beach in Santa Rosa National Park are two of the most important nesting sites worldwide of the Olive Ridley turtle.They nest throughout the year, though on many beaches the nesting is mainly concentrated from July to November.

9) Weddings

Take your wedding to the next level in the tropical paradise of Guanacaste. The weather is hands-down the best in Costa Rica, and with tons of beaches to choose from, you could even have a private wedding on your own secluded beach.

10) Cuisine

The cuisine of Guanacaste, like in most other Latin American countries, is an impressive mix of Spanish, indigenous, and African flavors. The staple that is always ubiquitous in typical Guanacaste cuisine is corn; you’ll find it in tortillas, empanadas, tamales, bread, and even as a drink.