Discovering Guanacaste: Costa Rica's Gem of Natural Beauty

Imagine golden beaches with crystal-clear waters stretching as far as the eye can see, lush tropical forests teeming with exotic wildlife, and adventures waiting around every corner—that’s Guanacaste, Costa Rica for you!

Guanacaste is a beach lover's dream come true!

Along its Pacific Ocean coastline, you’ll find over 643 kilometers (about 400 miles) of pristine, sun-kissed sandy beaches that are perfect for those seeking incredible Pacific surf. This stretch of coastline is a paradise for holidaymakers, offering a plethora of options to bask in the sun and enjoy the coastal wonders of Costa Rica. These beaches cater to various preferences, from superb surfing spots to tranquil stretches perfect for relaxation and sunbathing. It’s indeed a haven for beach enthusiasts seeking the perfect seaside escape in Costa Rica.

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A taste of some of Guanacaste's beaches!
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How many days in Guanacaste?

Visitors often wonder how many days are ideal to soak in Guanacaste’s beauty. Well, here’s the scoop: Plan for a minimum of five days to savor the best this stunning province has to offer. If you have a week to 10 days up your sleeve, you’ll have plenty of time to revel in the beaches and delve into exploring the rest of this captivating region.

Is it worth going to Guanacaste?

Absolutely worth it! If you’re a fan of unspoiled beaches, incredible wildlife, warm and welcoming locals, picturesque mountains, and the thrill of exploring volcanoes, Guanacaste is your ultimate tropical paradise. It’s a haven for all those seeking natural beauty and unforgettable experiences!

Travel Tip(s)

Guanacaste follows the GMT -6 time zone. The currency used is the Costa Rican Colón, abbreviated as “₡” and denoted as CRC. The main airport serving Guanacaste is the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) located in Liberia. It’s your gateway to this stunning province’s adventures!

Speaking Spanish?

While Spanish is the predominant language in Guanacaste, you can usually find some English speakers in areas that cater to tourists, especially in hotels, tourist attractions, and larger towns. However, in more remote or rural areas, you might encounter fewer English speakers. It’s always a good idea to have some basic Spanish phrases handy to help with communication, but generally, in tourist-friendly spots, you should be able to find people who can assist you in English.

Managing Mosquitoes: Essential Tips for Guanacaste Summers!

During the summer in Guanacaste, mosquitoes can be a bit of a hassle. It’s a good idea to come prepared with ample mosquito repellent. Don’t forget to spray some on your clothes too, as they can sneak through thin materials. Usually, these critters are less active during the midday when the sun is blazing, but they do love warm weather, so as temperatures rise, so might their numbers. Staying equipped with repellents can help keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay while you enjoy your time outdoors.

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the mosquito forecast before your trip, just so you’re prepared!

Proper Toilet Paper Disposal: A Key Tip for Guanacaste Visitors!

In Guanacaste, like the rest of Costa Rica, the way toilet paper is used might be a bit different than what you’re used to. Many systems here, whether septic or composting, can’t handle large amounts of toilet paper. That’s why you’ll come across bins specifically for toilet paper disposal throughout the country. It’s a way to ensure these systems stay in good shape without getting clogged up. Just something to keep in mind while you’re exploring this beautiful province!

Travel Savvy: Navigating Public Holidays in Costa Rica!

For holidaymakers planning a trip to Costa Rica, it’s helpful to know that public holidays, or “feriados” in Spanish, might impact your travel plans. On these days, popular tourist spots might be busier, and some businesses or attractions could have altered hours or even be closed. Planning ahead and considering these public holidays when scheduling activities can help ensure a smoother and more enjoyable vacation experience.

Adventure in Guanacaste

Zipline through the forest canopy, go horseback riding along the coast, or snorkel in vibrant coral reefs. There’s an adventure for every thrill-seeker!

Things to do in Tamarindo

Explore the Coastal Charm of Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Playa Flamingo is a beautiful beach located on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It’s known for its stunning white sand, clear blue waters, and picturesque sunsets. Playa Flamingo is situated between the towns of Brasilito and Potrero and is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of the town of Tamarindo. This beach is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and enjoying the relaxing coastal atmosphere.

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Guanacaste Day (public holiday) celebrations

Guanacaste Day

If you’re anywhere in Costa Rica on July 25, don’t expect all the public services and shops to be open. The day is celebrated as a major public holiday, namely Guanacaste Day in remembrance of Tamarindo becoming part of Costa Rica.

Costa Ricans are not only proud of their heritage but also proudly Costa Rican. The phrase “de la patria por nuestra voluntad” – “Costa Rican by choice.” will no doubt pop up from time to time. Especially on July 25, when Guanacaste Day is usually celebrated with traditional folk dancing, music, fireworks, and parades. 

Things to do in Liberia

Explore diverse ecosystems, from dry forests to volcanic landscapes.

Do you want adventure and accommodation without having to commute?

If yes, then Hacienda Guachipelin is your answer. Scroll further down to accommodation in Liberia, where we share all there is to know about this popular destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. It’s also a hit amongst families and groups!

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

The Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a protected area managed by the Costa Rican government, renowned for its volcanic features, including hot springs, mud pots, fumaroles, and diverse flora and fauna. It’s a large and natural reserve offering hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and volcanic experiences.

Vida Aventura Nature Park

Vida Aventura Nature Park is a privately owned adventure park approximately 21 kilometers from the center of Liberia. It’s a fantastic spot for anyone seeking a break and a connection with nature. The park offers various activities like ziplining, horseback riding, hot springs, and more, providing visitors with adventurous and recreational experiences within a controlled and organized setting.

Travel Tip(s)

It’s essential to clarify which Playa Hermosa beach you are referring to, as Costa Rica has several beaches with the same name in different regions. Especially when it comes to making online reservations! 

  • One well-known Playa Hermosa is located in the Guanacaste province, near the town of Liberia. This Playa Hermosa is situated on the Pacific Coast and is known for its beautiful sandy shores and calm waters. It’s approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of Liberia and is easily accessible by road.
  • Another popular Playa Hermosa is found in the Puntarenas province, specifically on the central Pacific coast near Jacó. This Playa Hermosa is known for its surfing conditions and is situated approximately 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of Jacó.
Travel Tip(s)

Scan for seasonal deals before booking your stay.

If you have a bar fridge in your hotel room, check with reception whether the content is on the house, or pay as you use.

Best places to stay at, in Guanacaste

In the vicinity of Tamarindo

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa is a perfect retreat for families or couples seeking a relaxed getaway or honeymoon.

For beach enthusiasts like myself, this resort hits the mark with its fantastic location. Plus, staying here gives you access to the Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club, complete with a convenient shuttle service.

Aside from its idyllic setting and breathtaking sunrise views, the resort warmly welcomes families.

If you’re passionate about golf, don’t forget to bring along your clubs for an unforgettable golfing experience during your stay! The nearby Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course stands out as one of the most exquisite and impeccably maintained courses in the region, making it an essential destination for passionate golfers.

If you’re seeking breathtaking golfing experiences, explore our post on “The Most Beautiful Golf Courses In The World” to discover gems like the Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course.

Perfectly located!

The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa is located in Hacienda Pinilla, which is in the general vicinity of Tamarindo. Playa Mansita is the beachfront area within the Hacienda Pinilla development, where the JW Marriott is situated.

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JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, in Pinilla
Travel Tip(s)

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Hacienda Guachipelin Volcano Ranch Hotel & Hot Springs

Adventure and Accommodation

Hacienda Guachipelin is a hotel and adventure center located near Rincon de la Vieja National Park. It’s situated very close to the national park, offering easy access to the park’s attractions and natural wonders.

The hacienda is nestled amidst beautiful natural surroundings, including volcanic landscapes, lush forests, and diverse wildlife. It’s known for providing visitors with an immersive experience of the region’s natural beauty and adventure activities.

At Hacienda Guachipelin, you can enjoy various outdoor adventures such as ziplining through the canopy, horseback riding trails that lead to waterfalls, mountain biking, and natural hot springs where you can relax after a day of exploration.

Moreover, the hacienda offers comfortable accommodations, ranging from rooms to rustic cabins, giving guests a chance to unwind and connect with nature in a serene environment. With its proximity to Rincon de la Vieja National Park and its array of outdoor activities, Hacienda Guachipelin is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

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