Guanacaste (North Pacific Coast)
We sometimes refer to our Pacific Northwest as the little California of Costa Rica. There are many beaches to enjoy in this very sunny region. It holds one of the last tropical-dry forests remaining on the planet. The coastline is still relatively unspoiled with great boutique accommodations in spite of a few large hotels. It is home to wild parrots, monkeys, sea turtles amongst lots of colorful flora and fauna. This part of Costa Rica also enjoys a very diverse terrain. It ranges from towering active volcanoes to lush sugarcane fields and from thick lagoons to unburdened beaches. This area encompasses 4 of Costa Rica’s most stunning national parks. These are the Guanacaste, the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the Santa Rosa and the Miravalles Volcano National Parks.
As stated above, there are still many spectacular secluded boutique accommodations. The best part, most people agree, are the bilingual guided adventures. Temperatures are warm, however, the natural wonders are abundant. The ocean water is at body temperature. Some of the most popular beaches are: Ocotal, Coco Beach, Tamarindo, Flamingo. As well as Nosara, Samara, Conchal, Brasilito, Langosta. There is an incredible number of well kept secrets as well. Here is a 90 second video on Guanacaste Adventures:
Some activities for your enjoyment in this area are:
Surf lessons, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and great sport fishing, great diving. Other include zip lines, volcanoes and hot springs with hot mud fumaroles, hiking. Additionally, you might enjoy nature watching at Palo Verde National park, floating at the Corobici river, a sunset sail and much more.
Weather: This is the sunniest part of Costa Rica. Even during our rainy or green season (May through November), sunshine prevails for up to 8 hours every day, and for at least 10 hours during the dry season.
Approximate driving distances to Guanacaste: From San Jose 4 to 5 hours, from Monteverde 4 hours, from Arenal 4 to 5 hours, from Manuel Antonio 5 to 6 hours, from Jaco 4 hours.