North Pacific Coast Experiences


North Pacific Coast Features

  • Top Reasons to Go to the North Pacific Coast

    Beaches: White sand, black sand; palm-fringed strands; beaches for swimming, partying, surfing, and sunbathing—you can't beat Guanacaste's beaches... Read more

  • Palo Verde National Park

    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 forest,... Read more

  • Rincón de la Vieja National Park

    Rincón de la Vieja National Park is Costa Rica's mini-Yellowstone, with volcanic hot springs and bubbling mud pools, refreshing waterfalls, and... Read more

  • Santa Rosa National Park

    Renowned for its wildlife, Santa Rosa National Park protects the largest swath of extant lowland dry forest in Central America, about 91,000 acres. Dry is... Read more

  • Eco-Lodges in the North Pacific

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

  • 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... Read more

  • Guanacaste National Park

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

  • 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... Read more

  • Making a Difference

    National park or reserve entrance fees help support the preservation of Costa Rica's wildlife and places. You can also make your visit beneficial to... Read more


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