Guanacaste is Costa Rica’s largest, most visited province. The region is mainly known for more than 100 Pacific beaches, and expansive savannahs, where herds of cattle and cowboys are frequently sighted. To the north, near the Nicaraguan border, Rincon de la Vieja National Park offers excellent volcano trekking, natural hot springs and popular canopy tours. Tamarindo is the Guanacaste’s most popular coastal town, although many small fishing villages are now booming with the construction of numerous hotels and resorts. Liberia International Airport is fast becoming the province’s main port of entry. Small airstrips in Tamarindo, Carrillo, Samara and Tambor also offer daily flights to and from San Jose.
Three to five nights
Best time to go:
Best time to visit is dry season (November-May), when days are clear and sunny and rain practically non-existent. Day temperatures average 85°F dropping into the 70s at night. Wet season is characterized by higher temperatures and humidity with clear mornings, and heavy downpours occurring mostly in the afternoons.
• Water sports: Swimming, surfing, snorkeling, diving, etc.
• Turtle Nesting Tours (October-February)
• Horseback Riding
• National Parks
• Canopy tours