Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Top Experiences

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Guanacaste: More Texan than Tropical

Guanacaste, Costa Rica's "Wild West," looks different from the rest of Costa Rica. It was originally covered in dry tropical forests, but beginning...


Semana Santa

Don't underestimate how completely Costa Rica shuts down for Holy Week, the week preceding Easter. Cities become ghost towns—San José turns...


Top Reasons to Go

Beaches: White sand, black sand, palm-fringed strands, beaches for swimming, partying, surfing, and sunbathing—the sheer variety of Guanacaste...


Guanacaste National Park

The 325-square-km (125-square-mile) Parque Nacional Guanacaste, bordering the east side of the Pan-American Highway 30 km (18 miles) north of...


Getting Oriented

Guanacaste Province—a vast swath of land in northwestern Costa Rica—is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the looming Cordillera...


Costa Rica for Cruise Passengers

Wildlife and hiking. Monteverde, a cloud-forest preserve, is home to the resplendent quetzal; nearby Carara National Park has easy trails,...


Cruising to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica

This area of the Pacific coast has two large cruise ship ports of call and a few smaller ones. Puntarenas, the country’s original Pacific port...


Eco-Lodges in Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula

On the mainland, sweeping plains bordered by volcanoes hold remnants of Central America's tropical dry forest. On the Pacific-edged Nicoya Peninsula...

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