Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Travel Guide
Plan Your Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Vacation
Reliably sunny, dry weather brings planeloads of sun-starved Northerners to the North Pacific area of Costa Rica every winter, and a windswept coastline makes Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula popular with surfers eager to relive the legendary "Endless Summer" of the sport's early years.
A wide range of lodging options awaits you here, so choose wisely. If your goal is to take leisurely swims and lounge... read more
Seafood and fresh fish are tops here, followed by fast food—pizza, tacos, BBQ—to satisfy the hordes of hungry surfers... read more
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Beaches: White sand, black sand; palm-fringed strands; beaches for swimming, partying, surfing, and sunbathing—the sheer... Read more
One of the best wildlife- and bird-watching parks in the country, Palo Verde extends over 198 square km (76 square miles) of dry deciduous... Read more
Rincón de la Vieja National Park is Costa Rica's mini-Yellowstone, with volcanic hot springs and bubbling mud pools, refreshing... Read more
Renowned for its wildlife, Santa Rosa National Park, part of the larger Guanacaste Conservation Area, protects the largest swath of extant... Read more
On the mainland, sweeping plains bordered by volcanoes hold remnants of Central America's tropical dry forest. On the Pacific-edged Nicoya... Read more
Guanacaste, Costa Rica's "Wild West," looks different from the rest of Costa Rica. It was originally covered in dry tropical forests, but... Read more
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