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About Guanacaste

Guanacaste is perhaps the greatest cultural and natural richness province in Costa Rica. Located northeast of the country, the province preserves incredible natural treasures. Here you will find amazing beaches, active volcanoes, wetlands, caves, rivers, waterfalls, and many adventures and national parks. Discover the area’s unique wildlife; pumas, sloths, jaguars, frogs, monkeys, crocodiles, and thousands of birds is part of what you can find here. Take some of our Guanacaste Tours that can be performed from Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, and Papagayo Gulf Hotels. As well as from Tamarindo Beach, Flamingo Beach, Conchal, and Potrero beach. You can also enjoy Nicaragua Day Trips and discover this beautiful country full of history and colonial architecture.

The Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste is located only 25 minutes from the most important places for vacationing as the renowned beach towns of Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, and Playa Panama. As well as from hotels such as Andaz Papagayo, Four Seasons Peninsula, and Planet Hollywood Guanacaste. Within a 60 minutes drive, you will find beaches like Tamarindo, Conchal, Flamingo, Potrero, Pinilla, and Playa Grande. In addition, most coastal cities and towns enjoy the regular services that can be found in any city; banks, health services, ATMs, phone and internet services, restaurants, and nightlife.

Walk by active volcanoes, enjoy hot springs, and visit lush waterfalls perfect for swimming. For the most adventurous, take a white water rafting trip, or enjoy the zip lines, tubing, horseback riding, and river float trips. If you prefer the ocean, take a surf lesson or enjoy a snorkeling trip. Guanacaste also is perfect for those looking for something different. Sports Fishing is definitely one of the biggest attractions of the province. The fishing is extraordinary from Papagayo Gulf, Tamarindo, Nosara, Montezuma, and Santa Teresa. The species range from mahi-mahi, red snapper, marlin, roosterfish, sailfish, etc.

If you love scuba diving, the Gulf of Papagayo is the perfect area to stay and discover a great variety of marine life. The area has more than 20 diving spots in the Papagayo Gulf. As well as in the Catalina’s Islands located 45 minutes by boat from Playas del Coco or visit the magnificent Bat Islands during the bull sharks season. Guanacaste is the perfect place where you can find it all. A long coastline with white sandy beaches, excellent hotels, and resorts, vacation rentals, and an international airport. This includes friendly people, local cuisine, and perfect weather for your vacation.

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Guanacaste International Airport, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (5)Guanacaste International Airport is the second most important airport in the country. It is the main entrance for those traveling to Guanacaste province. The Daniel Oduber is the name of this airport and honors the former president who donated the land where it is located.  

The Guanacaste International Aiport (LIR) is one of the best terminals in Latin America and the Caribbean in terms of quality of services to travelers, according to the Airport Service Quality Awards. The Liberia International Airport received the award for terminals with under 2 million passengers annually. In the past, the airport was very basic, but the airport opened in 2012 with unique buildings and services for all visitors. 

If your destination is located in Guanacaste Province, this is the best option for you. It is situated in 25 minutes from resorts such as Andaz Papagayo, Four Seasons Costa Rica, Secretes and Occidental Papagayo, and Riu Hotels, among others. As well as near beaches such as Playas del Coco, Ocotal or Hermosa Beach. Driving south, and within a one-hour drive, you reach places such as Tamarindo Beach, Flamingo, Conchal, or Potrero.

These are the Airlines flying directly or connected to the Guanacaste Airport.

  • Air Transat
  • Alaska Airlines 
  • United Airlines 
  • Copa Airlines
  • Edelweiss
  • Southwest Airlines 
  • American Airlines  
  • Delta Airlines 
  • Jet Blue Airway 
  • KLM 
  • Westjet 
  • Sunwing 
  • Sun Country Airlines 
  • Air Canada 
  • TUI

The Guanacaste coast enjoys 125 miles of beautiful beaches, washed by the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Only 25 minutes from the Liberia International Airport, you can find heavenly destinations such as Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco (Coco Beach), Ocotal, and Playa Panama. Here you will find the Occidental Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo, Bosque del Mar, and El Mangroove Resort hotels, among others. Also, 30 minutes from the airport are the hotels of the Papagayo Peninsula, Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood Guanacaste, and the Four Seasons Costa Rica

60 minutes from Liberia International Airport have located beaches like Tamarindo Beach, famous for its nightlife and surfing. Playa Flamingo and Playa Conchal are famous for their white sands. And there is also Potrero Beach and Las Catalinas complex. A little further away are the beaches of Samara, Nosara, Avellanas, and Carrillo, among others.  

Driving

Driving in Guanacaste is relatively simple due to the fewer number of cars on the road and the signs to tourist destinations in the area. Even so, there are places a little difficult to find, but you can do it with the help of technology.

If you have a signal on your phone or rent one upon arrival, use Google Maps or Waze, they are a great help to guide you on your way. In addition, in Guanacaste and Costa Rica, there is a very good signal along the routes, so you will not have many interruptions, and you will be able to easily reach your destination.

You must consider that during the rainy season there are routes that can present access problems since the roads cross rivers that can overflow at any time due to the rains.

In Guanacaste it is very common for people to use motorcycles or bicycles to get around; we recommend you always be aware of this type of traffic, especially in the late afternoon and at night, since accidents often occur due to lack of lights, as well Be careful of livestock and wildlife that you might encounter on the road.

Now driving in Costa Rica can be somewhat adventurous for a tourist. If you come from San José you have several ways to take the route to Guanacaste, the easiest is to take route 27 and then take route 01 which will take you to Guanacaste; as of today, there are sections under construction, so we recommend driving with caution at night.

 

Internal Flights

Air travel is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to get around the country. The domestic airline offers daily scheduled Sansa, each one flying to 15 destinations in small propeller aircraft. Charter flights are also available.

Important Notes:

  • The maximum baggage allowance is 25 pounds per person.
  • Excess baggage will be additionally charged and subject to space or weight capacity.
  • Surfboards will also be charged extra.
  • Charter services with planes and helicopters are also available.

 

Red Taxis

Costa Rican taxis are inexpensive, and most taxi drivers are honest, though there are exceptions. By law, they should use a meter (maría) for trips around town, but many don’t. In this case, don’t take the taxi unless you negotiate a reasonable fare before leaving. Many try to charge a surcharge for waiting outside hotels: this is illegal, and you should refuse to pay.

 

Regular Buses

Costa Rica’s long-distance bus service radiates from different terminals in San José to towns all over the country. Some of the companies traveling to Guanacaste are:

  • Pulmitan de Liberia / Liberia, Playas Del Coco
  • Alfaro / Santa Cruz, Nicoya, Samara, Carrillo, Guiones, Nosara, Tamarindo
  • TIG / Flamingo / Tamarindo / Santa Cruz

 

This is an inexpensive way to travel (costing about the U.S. $5-$10 per trip), and buses will drop you at intermediate points on request. However, traveling by bus may mean you are limited to visiting only major centers, missing out on less-accessible parks, reserves, beaches, and Eco-tourism projects. Connections can be tricky, as private bus companies operate from different parts of town, and may involve a long walk or taxi ride.

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Guanacaste Tours
By Category

Nature Tours

Wildlife, Active Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Tropical Forests, Botanical Gardens.

Adventure Tours

Zip Lines, Rafting, Horseback Ride, Tubing, Rapelling, Atv's.

Ocean/Beach Tours

Snorkeling Trips, Witch's Rock Surf, Islas Murcielagos, Sunset Trips.

Arenal Volcano Tours

Volcano Hike, Fortuna Waterfall, Hot Springs, Botanical Gardens, Zip Lines, Hanging  Bridges, and more.

Monteverde Tours

Hanging Bridges, Coffee Tours, Cloud Forest Hike, Zip Lines, Hanging Bridges, Hummingbirds and more.

Cultural Tours

Coffee, Chocolate & Sugar Cane Tours, Colonial Cities, Traditions,  Gastronomy, Festivities, Rodeos, and more.

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