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Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Travel Guide

Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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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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Best Bets 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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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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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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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...

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Making a Difference

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

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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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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...

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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,...

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Santa Rosa National Park

Renowned for its wildlife, Santa Rosa National Park, part of the larger Guanacaste Conservation Area, protects the largest swath of extant lowland...

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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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