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Guanacaste

Beautiful beaches, fascinating national parks and a variety of activities, including world-class fishing and diving, awaits visitors to this largest province of Costa Rica.

Traveling from the Central Valley to Guanacaste is an almost surreal experience. The steep and winding roads gradually become flatter and straighter, and the lush, humid plant-life becomes sparser and drier. The mountains that before hemmed you in on both sides now become relegated to the distant horizon, replaced by vast, open lowlands (“bajura”)

There are the tropical and humid premontane transition forests that characterize the Santa Rosa National Park with it’s extensive savannas and Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Before arriving at it’s exciting fumaroles – known as “Las Pailas” – you can walk through thousands of trees, and contemplate a huge diversity of birds and butterflies as well as lush vegetation. Fascinating mud cones of different sizes and shapes continually bubble before your eyes.

 

Originally part of Nicaragua, Nicoya region was annexed to Costa Rica by popular vote on July 25,1824 and although it is very much a part of the country, it is distinctive not only in its terrain, but also in its culture.

 

The perfect time to visit Guanacaste is, luckily enough, year-round. The dry season affords the serious sun worshipper with plenty of tanning time, while the “green season” brings the trees into bloom with explosions of color and fragrances.

 

 

The beaches along Guanacaste’s shore – Hermosa, El Coco, Flamingo, Tamarindo, and Nosara are some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. With a drier, more arid climate than other parts of the country, this area offers a wealth of water sports; surfing, world-class sportfishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc.

 

 

 

 

On some parts of the coast there are beaches where Leatherback and other Sea Turtles come to lay their eggs.
Pacific Olive Ridley/ March-October – Santa Rosa, Nosara
Leatherback/ October-March- Flamingo, Playa Grande, Tamarindo Pacific Green/ July- December – Santa Rosa.

 

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