Guanacaste is located in the northwestern region of Costa Rica. The province borders Nicaragua to the north and the west boarders the Pacific Ocean. Guanacaste is home to many beaches including the calm waters of Playa Blanca. If you are into diving and water sports then Playa Hermosa is a good choice for you. Papagayo Peninsula is the where many of the luxury resorts and golf courses are located.
Things to Do
There are a variety of things to do while visiting Guanacaste. Some of the popular attractions include:
- Rio Celeste ( Tenorio Volcano National Park)
- Surfing, Windsurfing, or Kitesurfing
- Deep Sea Fishing
Guanacaste is home to many beautiful beaches along its coastline. Nosara Beach is a popular spot
known for its long sandy beach that is perfect for taking walks. Nosara Beach also has some decent surf good for all levels of surfing. There are plenty of shops along the beach to rent boards from and even take lessons. Check out the surf school for more information on lessons and rentals.
Another great beach is Playa Avellana. Here you can also surf and enjoy the waves or just lounge in the sun. If you get hungry there are many places to grab something to eat and some drinks. There is even a nature trail with a picturesque boardwalk.
Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano National Park
The Tenorio Volcano National Park is one of Costa Rica’s newest parks, created in 1995. If you are interested in hiking the trails in the park, plan on 4-5 hours. The Tenorio Volcano is the main attraction of the park and its top reached about 6,286 feet. With the lush rainforest surrounding you during the hikes you are bound to see many types of reptiles, monkeys, birds and felines.
The Rio Celeste is also located within the park and this waterfall has a vibrant blue shade due to mixing of the sulfur from the volcanic activity in the park. Visitors can also stop at some of the hot springs and take a dip.
Suring – Wind Surfing – Kit Surfing
If you have always wanted to take up surfing or maybe you are have some waves already under your belt, Guanacaste is a perfect location for surfers of all levels. One of the more popular locations for surfing is Tamarindo Beach. There are many surf shops open along the beach for lessons or board rentals depending on your skill level.
Tamarindo Beach is a surfer’s paradise because of the crystal clear waters and favorable wind conditions. The waves tend to be smooth and consistent here.
Scuba and Snorkeling
Getting in the water and seeing the marine life bustling around down below should definetly be on your list of things to do while visiting Guanacaste. On a typical trip, the clarity of the water allows you see 30-6o feet down. If you are taking a guided boat out there will usually be snorkelers and divers on the same boat. The snorkelers will remain on the surface while those scuba diving will just experience the marine life farther down. You are likely to see many brightly colored reef fish, stingrays, sea turtles, and octopus- just to name a few.
Deep Sea Fishing
Guanacaste is home to a variety of pelagic fish that are a thrill to catch. Mahi-mahi and Rooster fish are two of the more popular fish caught while fishing offshore. Fishing on the Pacific coast will also give you the opportunity to hook up to a Sailfish. These fish are fun to catch since they make many large jumps out of the water or “tail walk”. Ideal times to fish for marlin, sailfish or tuna is between April through September. Another popular fish caught off the coastline is wahoo. These offshore fishing days usually consist of trolling wahoo lures behind the boat in hope for getting tight on fish.