North Pacific Coast Features

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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... 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 Peninsula... 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 beginning... 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 beguilingly... 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... Read more

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