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Costa Rica is Central America’s most popular tourist destination and Guanacaste, including the Nicoya Peninsula, has a wealth of attractions to draw visitors to the province. The climate is mainly dry-tropical, making a visit to Guanacaste an ideal destination to escape the humidity of the rest of the country. The province is blessed with natural beauty, a trip to Guanacaste will introduce travellers to dramatic volcanic landscape, rare dry-tropical forests and a number of world-class beaches.
- Hike or camp in Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park where you can see smoking fumaroles, boiling mud pools and other tell-tale signs of volcanic activity as well as a wealth of animal species.
- Experience life in the treetops by taking a canopy walk in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. There is also a hair-raising zipline for those in search of an adrenaline rush.
- Costa Rica has made a name for itself as a top surfing destination for novices and experts alike. Tamarindo Beach and Playa Negra are two of the Guanacaste’s top spots for catching waves.
- Costa Rica is well known to sport fishing enthusiasts. The popular Coco Beach is one of the cheapest and best place to organise sea fishing trips.
- Explore some of Costa Rica’s beautiful lesser-known beaches away from the usual spots frequented by the tourist hordes.
- For scuba enthusiasts, a diving trip to the Catalina islands should not be missed. Marine life that can be spotted there includes white tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays and manta rays
- It is now possible to fly to Liberia, Guanacaste’s capital, direct from many major US airports.
- High season is from mid-December to April. Temperatures are high but rainfall is at its lowest. During the wet season, May to October, rainfall is likely to compromise your plans.
- The best time to visit is probably November to mid-December when the weather is not too wet but the peak season crowds have still not arrived.
- The local currency is the Costa Rican Colon but US dollars are widely accepted, and ATMs are easy to find in most towns.