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Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Travel Guide

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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.

An abundance of marine life and stellar diving spots also lure fishers and underwater aficionados.

Add in some stunningly scenic national parks and a range of thrilling outdoor adventures, and you have all the ingredients that make this region an all-around top spot to experience Costa Rica's charms. Although most tourists head here for the dry "high" season, it's even more beautiful—and cheaper, cooler, and less crowded—in the "green" or low season, April to December.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Beaches White sand, black sand; palm-fringed strands; beaches for swimming, partying, surfing, and sunbathing—the sheer variety of Guanacaste's beaches can't be beat.
  2. Big wind From December to May, the trade winds whip across northern Guanacaste with a velocity and consistency that make the Bahía Salinas a world-class windsurfing and kitesurfing destination.
  3. Endangered nature Guanacaste's varied national parks protect some of Central America's last remaining patches of tropical dry forest, a distinctive ecosystem where you might spot magpie jays or howler monkeys in the branches of a gumbo-limbo tree.
  4. Scuba diving Forget the pretty tropical fish. Sharks, rays, sea turtles, and moray eels are the large-scale attractions for divers here.
  5. Surfing Offshore winds, warm water, and hollow barrels make for epic waves at more than a dozen Guanacaste beaches.

When To Go

When to Go

High Season: Mid-December to April

This is the driest region of the country, with only 165 centimeters (65 inches) of average ann...

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