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...

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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...

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Top Reasons to Go

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

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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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