Guanacaste

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Guanacaste Province

A generous and warm province, Guanacaste is known for its cattle ranches and spectacular beaches. It is the driest region of Costa Rica.

Guanacaste is well known for its beaches and the sun, which is exactly what visitors find along its coastline, with an abundance of hotels, cabins and restaurants. Some of the best beach hotels in the world are found on the beaches of Guanacaste, from luxury to boutique hotels.

  • Panama Beach, in the northern area of the province, is a quiet place with white sand and gentle surf, inviting care-free visits.
  • Coco Beach is one of the most popular spots, due to its nightlife and great number of visitors.
  • Flamingo Beach is an ideal place for those preferring a mix of good hotels and a quiet atmosphere. There are also Ocotal and Hermosa beaches, among the favorites of Guanacaste’s coast. Grande Beach is located further south, and along with Las Baulas National Park, is a sanctuary for thousands of leatherback turtles (baula) arriving to spawn in its coasts each year.
  • Tamarindo offers a blend of white-sand beaches and mangroves, sea birds and iguanas, making it a paradisial and perfect spot for those wishing to live in harmony with nature
  • Other beaches such as Ostional, Manzanillo and Coyote, are more destinations which give the greatest province of Costa Rica its reputation.

Santa Rosa National Park is located to the north of the province. It is a jewel of the tropical dry forest with a remarkable biological inventory.

Embedded in the Guanacaste Mountain Range are the Tenorio, Orosi, Miravalles, and Rincon de La Vieja volcanoes, the latter surrounded by the national park of the same name.

Guanacaste is undoubtedly a privileged land. Possessing a mixture of forests, warm beaches, extensive plains and an impressive volcanic range, it is a natural world waiting to be explored.

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