Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste

Tamarindo Beach is without a doubt the most famous beach in Costa Rica. What was once a peaceful coastal fishing town is now one of the top destinations for those visiting Costa Rica.

For some years now, Tamarindo has become the perfect destination for those seeking to learn to surf or for professional surfers who like the best waves. It is also a strategic point for those who want to learn Spanish and learn to surf at the same time. There are several Spanish schools with different durations in their courses where you can learn both Spanish and surf and get to know Costa Rica.

In addition to its waves and the extensive beach, approximately 2 km long, the area offers you incredible landscapes and places to sunbathe. It is located within the Baulas National Marine Park and is separated from Playa Grande by the Tamarindo or Rio Mata Palo estuary.

Tamarindo offers a vast range of hotels, with beachfront hotels, with ocean view, hostels or hotels of a good category at very affordable prices. In addition to a huge number of vacation homes and condos. Tamarindo Beach is 60 minutes from Liberia International Airport and from here you can visit other beaches located very close such as Conchal, Flamingo, Avellanas, or visit Playa Grande during the nesting season of the leatherback sea turtle.

The town offers a vast gastronomic offer, with variants from all over the world. Here you will find from an Argentine grill, Mediterranean restaurants, pizzerias, among others, in addition to the bars and restaurants located in front of the beach. From Tamarindo Beach, you can enjoy all the tours and adventures that Guanacaste offers you. Nearby are national parks such as the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Palo Verde, Rio Celeste Waterfall, and many others. Also in the area, you can enjoy activities such as horseback riding, ATVs, kayaks, paddle, surf lessons, and more.

The sunsets in Tamarindo are simply spectacular and will leave you breathless. We recommend taking a sunset cruise catamaran to discover the coast and its solitary beaches and the abundant marine life in the area. As you have seen in Tamarindo Beach you find the amenities of a city, banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, etc., in addition to its wide range of accommodation, activities, and restaurants, and what to say about its scenic beauty that makes Tamarindo an unmissable place on your trip to Costa Rica.

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Liberia International Airport (LIR), Guanacaste

Liberia International Airport, Guanacaste, Costa RicaLiberia International Airport is the second most important airport in the country. It is the main entrance for those traveling to the 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 Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste is one of the best terminals in Latin America and the Caribbean in quality of services to travelers according to the Airport Service Quality Awards. The Liberia International Airport received the award in the category of terminals with under 2 million passengers a year.  In the past, the airport was very basic, but the airport opened in 2012 with amazing buildings and services for all visitors. 

Liberia International Airport, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (3)Distance to the beaches: 

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 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, Carrillo, among others.  

Liberia International Airport, Guanacaste, Costa RicaWhy fly to Guanacaste: 

Without a doubt, if your vacation is going to be taken only on a beach in Guanacaste, your best option is to take your flight to Guanacaste. You will save the traffic and about 4 to 5 hours on the way from San Jose where the main airport of Costa Rica is located, the Juan Santamaria International Airport. 

This way you will be only minutes from your place after the landing. Although the air ticket can be cheaper when you fly to San Jose you have to take into account the distance and time in addition to the money you could spend on transport to the Guanacaste area. As well as places as Monteverde and Arenal have the same distance and driving time from Guanacaste and San Jose. 

Now if Guanacaste is not your destination and you are going to visit other places it is best to take your flight to the Juan Santamaria airport located in San Jose and closer to places like Manuel Antonio, Santa Teresa, San Jose, and the Caribbean.  


The following airlines fly to Liberia International Airport: 

  1. AeroMexico 
  2. Alaska Airlines 
  3. United Airlines 
  4. Southwest Airlines 
  5. American Airlines 
  6. Delta Airlines 
  7. Jet Blue Airway 
  8. KLM 
  9. Westjet 
  10. Sunwing 
  11. Air France 
  12. Sun Country Airlines 
  13. Air Canada 

These in addition to the local lines that fly between secondary airports.  

Transportation from the Liberia International Airport : 

Our recommendation is to have your transport booked from the Liberia International Airport before you arrived in the country. You can book your transfer with us to the following email info@papagayotours.com. Now if you come with nothing booked at the exit gates you will find many types of transport offering their services, mostly in minivans, who all operate with their respective permits. 

You will also find a Taxi service (Red or Orange Cabs), they are the only legal persons that can work inside the airport. However, this option may not be correct. Since they could raise the rate and charge you exaggerated prices. 

Buses from the airport are simply not an option. Regular buses start from 5.00 am until 9.00 pm each hour but you would have to take the bus that takes you to the city of Liberia and from there return to take another or more buses depending on your destination. 

Most Rent A Car agency is very close to the airport. If you booked a rental car you will likely find your representative in the luggage room or at the airport exit. They will take you to their offices where you can finish the paperwork. If you need help to reserve a car for your vacation write to us and we will gladly help you. 

Tours From Guanacaste

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Why Vacation in Guanacaste

Playa Hermosa, GuanacasteWhy Vacation in Guanacaste? Well, the answer is easy, as soon as you arrive in Guanacaste you can relax and put on your sandals and enjoy a swim in a warm ocean and transparent ocean waters. Take your towel and suntan lotion and sunbathe on white-sand beaches and fill them with sand. You will feel the ocean breeze on your face, discover new places and make new friends. During your vacation in Guanacaste, you will discover the meaning of Pura Vida, share our traditions and delicious food. You will always receive a smile, a handshake, a hug because that’s how we are, warm people willing to share the best we have.  

Guanacaste, Costa RicaAnother reason Why Vacation in Guanacaste is the abundant nature, tropical forests, multicolored flowers, and incredible fauna. Would you like to be near sloth bears, toucans, white-faced monkeys and observe thousands of local and migratory birds? If your answer is yes, well this is the perfect place. You will observe wildlife such as the majestic jaguar, ocelots and pumas, crocodiles, and more.  

You have wondered what it feels like to walk through an active volcano?. We take you to discover its fumaroles, boiling mud, sulfur lagoons, and steams. Enjoy a wonderful day hiking the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, its activity, flora, fauna, and waterfalls. We can’t forget about the majestic Rio Celeste waterfall and its blue light river.

Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore reason to Vacation in Guanacaste? Here you will find the best adventure parks in Costa Rica. Discover the forest canopy walking on suspension bridges and discover nature from a different point of view.  Slide through forests and river canyons while taking your adrenaline to the fullest with some of our zip lines tours. Take a horseback ride through the forest or slide down water slides.  Take a white water rafting or tubing trip and have a lot of fun and adrenaline with your friends. 

The abundant nature present in national parks and reserves and the various activities you can do in Guanacaste are undoubtedly its greatest attraction. You could observe jaguars, toucans, pumas, ocelots, sloths, monkeys, and much more. Guanacaste is rich in nature and wildlife but as well in adventures and fun!

Also, the Liberia International Airport, named as one of the bests in Latin America, is located just 25 minutes from places like Playas del Coco, Hermosa, and Ocotal. As well onlyPapagayo Gulf Guanacaste 30 minutes from resorts as Andaz Papagayo, Secrets, Planet Hollywood, or Four Seasons Costa Rica. If you choose to drive a little more, located one hour from the Liberia International Airport you will find places like Tamarindo Beach, a famous place for its beach and perfect waves for surfing, or Flamingo and Conchal, with its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters.  

Delicious cuisine, incredible beaches, friendly people, traditions, culture, and luxury accommodations. Plus national parks, activities, and unique flora and fauna make Guanacaste the perfect place for your vacation. As well this is the dream destination for your honeymoon or even your wedding.  Here you will find everything, but if there is some special travel request you have, just let us know and we will gladly help you create memorable moments with your loved ones. If you still need to know more about Why Vacation in Guanacaste, we prefer you to come and we will take you through a real Costa Rica experience. 

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Tours from Guanacaste

Guanacaste Beach Tours

There is no doubt that in Guanacaste you will find many of the best beaches in Costa Rica. For this reason, it is mandatory to take one of our Guanacaste Beach Tours.  The coast of Guanacaste is abundant in white sand beaches, warm and crystalline waters, and landscapes that will take your breath away.

Our Guanacaste Beach Tours offers you private transportation and boats, this way we can give you a customized experience, and at the same time, we care about your safety.  This way we give you the opportunity to change itineraries (if possible), make stops along the way, and enjoy the day at your own pace, without a rush.

All our Guanacaste Beach Tours depart from:

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, and Riu Guanacaste Hotels. We also leave from Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, and Four Seasons Costa Rica. We also leave from Secrets Papagayo, Villas Sol, Occidental Papagayo, El Mangroove Resort among others. You can also enjoy our tours from Tamarindo Beach, Flamingo, Playa Conchal, and Potrero.

Guanacaste Beach Tours

Our Guanacaste Beach Tours take you to visit some of the most recognized beaches in the area. You can take our Guanacaste Beach Tour and visit places like Tamarindo, Conchal, and Flamingo these last white sand beaches. 

You can also put yourself to the test and take our surf lessons on the famous Tamarindo beach. Enjoy two hours learning to ride waves with the best instructors. You can also choose to take an ocean tour by kayak and discover the wonderful view of the coast. 

Discovering the abundant marine life of the Pacific Ocean and visiting beaches accessible only by boat is a must during your vacation. We will take you to the best spots for snorkeling and visit beaches of extraordinary beauty. Now imagine a catamaran or sailboat watching the sunset surrounded by good vibes. Well, that is possible when you take our Catamaran or Sailboat morning or sunset tours. Relax and discover the incredible landscapes, caverns and enjoy paradise. 

If your thing is something more extreme and you are a professional surfer, we can take you to the famous Witch Rock located in the San Rosa National Park. Our Witch’s Rock Surf Trips leave early in the morning from Playas del Coco. These are just some of the examples you can find with our Guanacaste Ocean Tours. Now choose what adventure you want to enjoy and we will help you create an unforgettable moment. 

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Nicaragua Private Tour From Guanacaste

Nicaragua Private Tour from Guanacaste takes you to discover the Colonial City of Granada. As well as the active Masaya Volcano and its lava crater.  Take a horse carriage tour of Granada and its most important buildings. Enjoy a boat ride by the islets at Nicaragua Lake. Try delicious local food and have fun at la Calzada road. You will visit San Juan del Sur and much more, with more time and no schedules and only for your group.

Nicaragua Private Tour departs daily from:

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, Riu Guanacaste Hotels, Occidental Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo, and El Mangroove Resort. As well form the hotels in Peninsula Papagayo as Four Seasons Peninsula, Andaz Papagayo, and Planet Hollywood Guanacaste. We also depart from Tamarindo, Langosta, Flamingo, Conchal, Potrero, Playa Grande, Marriott Hotel, Liberia & Dreams Las Mareas.

  • Nicaragua Private Tour from Guanacaste

    Nicaragua Private Tour from Guanacaste gives you the opportunity to discover this amazing country with more time as this is a customized tour. After crossing the border you will be visiting the Great Lake of Nicaragua where you can take beautiful pictures of the largest island in a freshwater lake, Ometepe. Later we will take you to Las Catalina’s viewpoint, ac extinct crater, and from where you will have amazing views of Granada and the Lake.

    Nicaragua Private Tour continues to the majestic crater of Masaya Volcano. This volcano is fully active and gases emanating from the crater form an impressive cloud in the sky and when it is clear you can see the lava on the crater. Later you will visit the city of Masaya, where you will visit the handy-craft market where you can find excellent souvenirs, hammocks, leather shoes, purses, and more.

    Nicaragua Private Tour continues towards the colonial city of Granada. Here you will enjoy a horse carriage tour by the most important buildings. Enjoy visiting the Cathedral and La Merced church from where you can get amazing views. You will visit the cigar factory, the old train station, and the fortress and discover many colonial buildings and homes.

    For the last, the Nicaragua Private Tour takes you to Nicaragua Lake islets. With over 30 islands scattered on the shores of Lake Nicaragua; take a boat to take us on a tour of these beautiful islands. Taking the Nicaragua Private tour also gives you the opportunity of discovering the coastal town of San Juan Del Sur on the way back to the border. There you will visit the amazing lookout point from where to can see all the bay and the pacific ocean.

    On the private tour, the schedule and itinerary are open to changes.

  • Nicaragua Private Tour
    Playas del Coco, Ocotal, Hermosa, Riu Guanacaste Hotels, Secrets Papagayo,  Occidental Papagayo, Four Seasons Peninsula, Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood Guanacaste, El Mangroove Resort and Villas Sol.$220 p.p.
    Tamarindo Beach, Westin Conchal, Flamingo and Potrero$260 p.p.
    Dreams Las Mareas, Playa Grande & Marriott$260 p.p.
    • Private Tours operates with 4 people minimum.
    • Rates plus taxes.

  • Transportation, Guide, Border Taxes, Breakfast, Visit to Masaya Volcano, Souvenirs Market, Colonial City of Granada, Boat Tour, Visit to San Juan del Sur, Horse Carriage Tour.

  • What to bring: Light clothes, tennis shoes, passport, flight itinerary, cash in small bills, sweater, sunblock, bug repellent, sunglasses, and camera.

    If you are under medical prescription or have some important health problem please let us know to take care of any conditions that could put on risk your safety.

    For Reservations we need the following information:

    Full names, Passport numbers with expiration dates, and citizenship

    Passports need at least 6 months before expiring.

    Because of the migratory regulations, you need to bring a print copy or digital document of your flight itinerary.

    Without this document, you cant enter again in Costa Rica.

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About Costa Rica

About Costa Rica; a magic place in the middle of America’s; of all of the vacation destinations on the planet, Costa Rica is certainly one of the most exotic, as it offers unparalleled natural beauty, fiery volcanoes, misty cloud forests, thick jungle rain forests, and a wide range of national parks and Eco-tourism activities.

Costa Rica is a small country in Central America with an area of 51,100 km2, its isthmus position meant a biological and cultural bridge that allowed the gathering of forest and animal species, as well as cultures of North and South America. It has 10 wetlands that have been declared Ramsar Sites, 22 National Parks, and 10 Wildlife Refuges, Biological Reserves 12, 8 Forest Reserves, and 26 protected areas covering 25% of the national territory.

In addition, Costa Rica has over 1,000 miles of simply gorgeous white & black sand beaches, plenty of sunshine, and more than its share of world-class sports fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, honeymooners, and surfing venues.

The most popular natural attractions include some of the more exotic volcanoes in the world, including the Arenal Volcano, that almost-daily produces a spectacular show of lava, rock, and stream and also the hot springs; the active crater in the Poás Volcano, one of the biggest craters in the world. Enjoy also the tours to the stunning Irazú Volcano; Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve; the Osa Peninsula and the Corcovado National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park and the Caribbean flora and fauna of the Tortuguero National Park and the South Caribbean with its amazing beaches and the Manzanillo National Park and the amazing beaches and national parks of the Guanacaste province.

The single most-visited place in Costa Rica is the capital city of San Jose; it serves as the main entry point into the country, and its mixture of traditional Spanish architecture, museums, and theaters are the first-rate. Also is the Guanacaste Airport, located in the flatlands of Guanacaste, close to the most beautiful beaches in the north Pacific. Limon, on the Caribbean coastline, hosts cruise ships from around the world and some fabulous markets and shops along its seawall.

Of all of the countries in Central America, Costa Rica has historically been the friendliest and safest and we don´t have an army since was abolished in 1948.

  • People and Government

    The People (Ticos)

    What makes “Ticos” (Costa Ricans) so different?

    This is a common question. The answer lies in the country’s history and culture. Costa Rica has a mostly peaceful past. From the very beginning, Costa Ricans have been exposed to a little violence. During colonial times, it was one of the few parts of Latin America settled by people more interested in creating a pleasant place to live and start a family than in exploiting the indigenous people and their gold.

    Most “Ticos” are still as warm and friendly as their ancestors. Hospitality, respect, and friendship are enjoyed by visitors. Actually, we are the happiest country in the world!!!

    Where did the word “tico” come from?

    Costa Ricans often use the diminutive form of words to be more courteous or friendly. They use, however, “ico”, instead of the more common “-ito”. Although “-ico” is a correct form of the diminutive, it is rarely used in other Spanish-speaking countries. The word “momento” (moment) thus becomes “momentico” (a little moment) and even “momentitico” (a very brief moment). Hence, people from other countries started calling Costa Ricans “Ticos”.


    Costa Rica is a democratic republic. Under the 1949 constitution, all citizens are guaranteed equality before the law, the right to own property, the right of petition and assembly, freedom of speech, and the right of habeas corpus. The constitution also divides the government into independent executive, legislative and judicial branches. The executive branch is composed of the president, two vice presidents, and a cabinet.

    The legislature is the National Assembly, composed of 57 congress members elected by proportional representation. National elections are held every four years, on the first Sunday of February. Under a constitutional amendment enacted in 1969, a president may serve only one four-year term during his lifetime. Congress also are elected for four years and may serve a second term four years after the first ends.

  • Weather in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica is a tropical country, situated between 8° and 11° North latitude, fairly close to the equator. Although in the mountains above 2000 meters you get much cooler temperatures, the average annual temperature lies between 21.7°C (71°F) and 27°C (81°F).  The coolest months are from November through January and the warmest from March through May.

    San José, the capital, where over a third of the population lives, stands at approximately 1170 meters altitude and has a mean annual temperature of 20.6°C (69°F)

    The nation’s climate is classically divided into two major seasons: rainy and dry.

    The dry season runs from January through May and the rainy season from May to November and December.

    Weather in the Caribbean

    The rainy season: from mid to late April and continues through December and sometimes January. Major storms, “Atlantic Storms” between September and February, (rain continuously for several days); but rainy season day will begin clear with a few hours of sunshine that will give way to clouds and rain by the afternoon.

    Driest months of February and March might be almost entirely without rainfall. The best months are July and November, with a dry spell around August or September.

    Weather in the Pacific

    The rainy season begins in May and runs its course until November. Days often begin sunny and pleasant, with rains coming later in the day. Winds coming from the northeast are much reduced in intensity, and storms often come in from the Pacific Ocean in September and October.

    In the northern half of the country, the Pacific slope experiences an intense dry season, in which no rain may fall for several months. The forests of the North-West are to a large extent deciduous, letting their leaves fall in order to conserve water. Winds can be very strong, occasionally reaching speeds of 90 km/hr in the lowlands, although they average more around 20 km/hr.

    Weather in Central Valley

    A Pleasant dry season is matched by moderate temperatures for most of the year and a lower than average amount of rainfall. The southern half of the Pacific slope is much wetter than its northern counterpart, with a shorter dry season and longer and heavier afternoon rains in the wet season.


  • Local Transportation


    Driving in Costa Rica can be a challenge to the newcomer. Until travelers get used to the roads and local driving habits, it is best to avoid driving at night, especially outside the city, never leave anything of value in a parked car (even if it’s in the trunk and the car is locked), and always drive defensively. Hazards include pedestrians, animals on the road, huge potholes, pavement that suddenly ends, unlit vehicles, sudden fog in mountain areas, torrential rains, and reckless drivers.

    To explore Costa Rica in the most adventurous way and with the most freedom, an excellent alternative is to rent a car.

     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.

    Numerous other companies offer charter flights.

    Charter services with helicopters are also available.

    Red Taxis

    Costa Rican taxis are inexpensive, and most taxi drivers are honest, though of course 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. This is an inexpensive way to travel (costing about the U.S. $1-5 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.

  • Education in Costa Rica

    The education system in Costa Rica consists of three main levels. It is a duty of every citizen and an obligation to receive education; as such it is free and obligatory by law.

    Education in the Costa Rican Constitution:

    The literacy rate in Costa Rica is 96% (CIA World Fact Book, February 2007), one of the highest in Latin America, and both elementary and high schools are found throughout the country in practically every community. This literacy rate is based on “The percentage of people aged 15+ who can, with understanding, both read and write a short, simple statement related to their everyday life (UN Common Database (UNESCO)).”

    According to art. 78 of the Constitution:

    “Preschool education and general basic education are compulsory but not enforced. Though the system is said to be free, many cannot afford the required uniforms and rural schools have no books for students. The length of time daily spent in school is 3.5 hours since the school class schedule is divided into two sessions in order to accommodate the students. These levels and the diversified education level are, in the public system, free and supported by the Nation. Public expenditure in State education, including higher education, shall not be less than six percent (6%) per year of the gross domestic product, in accordance with the law, without detriment to the provisions of Articles 84 and 85 of this Constitution. The State shall facilitate the pursuit of higher studies by persons who lack monetary resources. The Ministry of Public Education, through the organization established by law, shall be in charge of awarding scholarships and assistance.”

    History of education in Costa Rica

    Since 1840, it was clearly expressed in the Constitution and by various presidents, such as Dr. José María Castro Madriz, that education was the means by which the democratic culture would be fostered, and that it was the duty of the state to provide those means.

    The greatest impulse was given under Mauro Fernandez, Minister of Education, in the years 1887 and 1888, in favor of free schooling. Fernandez continued the effort throughout the rest of that century.


    Divided into six-year grades: It covers all the basic knowledge in mathematics, social studies, language (Spanish), and science, as well as some minor topics as music, religion, physical health, and arts

    High School

    There are only a few schools in Costa Rica that go beyond the 12th grade. Those schools that finish in 11th grade receive a Costa Rican Bachelor Diploma accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. Schools that offer classes to the 12th-grade offer either the International Baccalaureate Diploma, accredited by the IBO in Geneva, Switzerland, or USA High School Diploma, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


    It depends on specialty; there are four public universities in Costa Rica and many private institutes and universities.

  • Costa Rica Provinces

    San Jose

    San Jose is the country’s most highly populated province. Located in the Central Plateau, it extends to the northeast, crossing the impressive mountains of the Central Mountain Range, which includes national parks, forest reserves, and fertile lands, with an abundance of coffee plantations.

    San Jose is the country’s most highly populated province. Located in the Central Plateau, it extends to the northeast, crossing the impressive mountains of the Central Mountain Range, which includes national parks, forest reserves, and fertile lands, with an abundance of coffee plantations.

    Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, is in the Central Valley. It’s an extended plain, guarded by majestic volcanoes and green hills, honoring the natural richness that exists throughout the national territory.

    Founded in the first half of the eighteenth century, San Jose is nowadays a city where visitors of the entire world converge; a metropolis full of interesting places, faces, and colors reflecting the history of a population.

    Its architecture is diverse, as may be the people walking its streets. In the north sector of the city, you can find the most refined samples of urban development of the early last century. There are many houses and buildings of European inspiration, built with a profound Costa Rican sense of style.

    Among the most representative places of the city, we can mention the National Theater, Costa Rica’s pride, and historically, house to some of the best artists, national as well as foreign. Inaugurated in 1897, a fruit of the determination of merchants, intellectuals, and politicians, who were able to identify the importance of an opera house could have, to present the best artistic productions in the world.

    Nonetheless, a list of world-class museums, parks, hotels, theaters, and historic buildings, are some other options to be discovered by the thousands of tourists visiting San Jose yearly.


    Also known as the Ancient Metropolis, Cartago was the capital of Costa Rica until 1823, when this title was transferred to the city of San Jose. It is a relatively small province, with barely 3.124 km2 and almost 35 000 inhabitants. It is perhaps Costa Rica’s most important area in matters of colonial art. The best example is the temple of Orosi, dating back to 1743, a historical jewel that was witness to the birth of a nation.

    Cartago has a humid, tropical climate. Its mountain system is made up of two mountain ranges: the Central is where we find the Irazú and Turrialba volcanoes. The Talamanca mountain range is the other great mountain formation of the province. The imposing Cerro Chirripo, the highest point in Costa Rica, is located here, at 3.600 meters above sea level.

    Cartago is a land of traditions and religiosity. To the north, we find the national monument of Guayabo, located on the outskirts of the town of Turrialba. In Guayabo, visitors may admire the enigmatic constructions, dating back to Pre-Colombian times. It’s one of the largest archaeological areas discovered in the country. Mounds, bridges, plazas, and highways, as well as an aqueduct that is still working, are some of the remains of ancient cultures.

    Pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Angels Basilica at the center of the city of Cartago- is the most important religious activity of Costa Rica. Celebrated each August 2nd, here attend millions of people from all around the country.

    Nevertheless, the main attraction of Cartago could be the Irazú volcano, a splendid giant which still remains active, whose five craters gather thousands of tourists yearly. It is the volcano found at the highest altitude in the country, 3.432 meters above sea level. Several rivers nurturing the basins of others, like Chirripo, Reventazón, Sarapiquí, and Grande de Tarcoles are born here.


    It is one of the most extended provinces of Costa Rica, is known as “The Land of Mangoes”. Its territory spreads to the north, reaching the boundary with Nicaragua. Alajuela was founded in 1782 and gave birth to such famous historical characters as Juan Santamaría, the national hero that burned down the “Meson de Rivas” in 1856.

    This province has an enviable natural richness. Its uneven topography includes the rainforest and exuberant plains to the north. Visitors have a choice of the two most impressive, active volcanoes of the country: Arenal volcano, in the City of San Carlos and the Poás Volcano, at the Central Volcanic Mountain Range. Poás volcano is one of the most splendid volcanoes in Costa Rica, for its beautiful landscape. Around it, you may appreciate different habitats, from the cloud forest to areas of scarce vegetation, where species have become adapted to emissions of gas and the climatic factor characteristic of a volcano.

    The Arenal volcano, on the other hand, with its beautiful conic silhouette, is one of the most active in the world. Its charm is enhanced at night when the color of its eruptions and Lava Rivers can be fully appreciated. Many of the hotels offer a panoramic view of the volcano and its evening show. During the last decades, Alajuela has become an obliged journey for those who love Costa Rica’s natural richness.


    With a territory of 2.656 km2 and a population of 75 000 inhabitants, Heredia is Costa Rica’s smallest province, a town appreciated for its colonial heritage and traditional architecture. A great number of adobe houses may be appreciated along with the communities of Barva and Santo Domingo. The city of Heredia, best known as ‘City of the Flowers’, was founded in 1706, pursuant to an initiative of some 150 families dwelling there.

    In Heredia, you still find an important number of coffee plantations, many of which have been adapted to perform guided visits with tourists. It can be delightful to enjoy the captivating process of harvesting, drying, and roasting of coffee beans.

    Among the natural wonders of the province of Heredia, we find Barva volcano, a formidable colossus located at the west part of Braulio Carrillo National Park, which rises 2.906 meters over sea level. The vegetation surrounding this sleeping giant is astonishing; an ideal place for bird watching, especially for those who dream with the magnificent quetzal.

    On the other hand, Braulio Carrillo National Park represents the greatest natural richness near the Central Valley. A tropical rainforest home to hundreds of plant and animal species The dense vegetation of the park safeguards many cascades and rivers, some of which are used in sports adventures. Sarapiquí River is another of the attractions of the province. This imposing river travels through dense vegetation, where birds are abundant and have an ideal current for those who enjoy the rapids, with a moderate degree of difficulty.

    The mountainous areas of Heredia, just before crossing the Central Mountain Range, are characterized by vast extensions of forest and a fair climate. Many people choose these green and fresh sites to establish themselves, to live far away from the city crowds.


    Known as the “Pearl of the Pacific”, Puntarenas is the largest province of Costa Rica, with an area of 11.276 Km2. Its main attraction is its Pacific coastline, extending over more than 500 miles down to the Panamanian border. This vast province offers a variety of beaches, national parks, and natural reserves of extraordinary ecological importance since it is a transition area between the dry tropical lands of Guanacaste and the green forests of the Central Pacific.

    The port of Caldera and the city of Puntarenas, receive hundreds of tourists daily, from countless cruise ships making shore on its coasts. Some of these ships are traveling with the Panama Canal as a destination, which allows passengers to explore Costa Rica’s inland, only to meet their cruise ship some days later at the port of Limon, in the Caribbean.

    Carara’s Biological Reserve constitutes one of the best showcases of the natural heritage of Puntarenas. This reserve includes an extension of 11.600 acres of forests and mangroves. Today, only some portions of the reserve are available to tourists, but professional guides, who are allowed to explore some restricted areas, may be hired.

    Manuel Antonio National Park is another of the destinations of the province of Puntarenas. With its impressive white sand beaches, blue waters of the Pacific, and hundreds of hectares of rainforest, this park is one of the smallest in Costa Rica, but at the same time, one of the most highly visited.

    Manuel Antonio is one of the few places in Costa Rica where the spider monkey still lives. Within the park, you may also find over 100 species of mammals and an equal number of bird types.

    Also belonging to Puntarenas, another feature is the Corcovado National Park -located south, and constituting the habitat of important endemic species such as the gold frog- as well as the Tarcoles River, whose margins are guarded by hundreds of American crocodiles. Good food especially seafood- as well as the well-known carnivals held each summer, and the warmth of its people, are some of the nice surprises expecting tourists visiting this province.


    Generous and warm province, Guanacaste is known for its cattle ranching production and spectacular beaches. It is the driest region of Costa Rica, especially the coastal areas. Became part of Costa Rica in 1824; until then, it had remained an independent province. This territory certainly has a very important natural and cultural richness, for Costa Rica’s economy. Some of the best beach hotels in the world are found on the beaches of Guanacaste.

    It is well known for its beaches and the sun, which is exactly what visitors find along its coastline, with an abundance of hotels, cabins, and restaurants. Some are luxury ones, others more modest, but they all guarantee that guests have the perfect option for each budget.

    Panama Beach, in the north area of the province, is one of the good options for tourism. A quiet place with white sand and easy waters, invite you to enjoy a carefree weekend. Coco’s Beach features as one of the most popular spots, due to its nightlife and a great number of visitors; and without having to travel much you can reach Flamingo Beach, an ideal place for those preferring a mix of good hotels and a quiet atmosphere.

    There are also Ocotal and Hermosa beaches, among the favorite of Guanacaste’s coast. Grande Beach is located further south, and along with Las Baulas National Park, it is a sanctuary for thousands of leatherback turtles arriving to spawn on its coasts each year.

    Tamarindo offers a blend of white-sand beaches and mangroves; seabirds and iguanas, making it a paradise and perfect spot for those wishing to live in harmony with nature. Many other beaches along the coast of Guanacaste will complete a matchless natural offer. Carrillo Beach, Ostional Beach, Manzanillo or Coyote, are some of those destinations giving the greatest province of Costa Rica its reputation.

    In Guanacaste you may enjoy delicious food, so characteristic of its people and that with the passage of time became authentic traditional Costa Rican dishes. Santa Rosa National Park is located to the north of the province. It is a jewel of the tropical dry forest, counting with a remarkable biological inventory.

    Likewise, embedded in the Guanacaste Mountain Range, are the Tenorio, Orosi, Miravalles, and Rincon de La Vieja volcanoes, the latter surrounded by the national park of the same name. Guanacaste is undoubtedly a privileged land. Possessing a mixture of forests dry and rainy, warm beaches, extended plains, and an impressive volcanic range; a natural world expecting to be explored.


    The Caribbean province is a natural paradise, formed by a combination of dense jungles, imposing mountains, and beaches. Limon has the highest percentage of protected land in Costa Rica, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Caribbean province is a natural paradise, formed by a combination of dense jungles, imposing mountains and dream beaches. Limon has the highest percentage of protected land in Costa Rica, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna. Its vegetation is exuberant, as are the cultures meeting throughout the province.

    The road to Limon from San Jose crosses the majestic Braulio Carrillo National Park. At this point begins a beautiful journey to the lowlands of the Caribbean. A significant change in temperature and landscape can be experienced.

    Perhaps the most exuberant region of Limon is Tortuguero National Park, in the north part of the province. A vast extension of protected land and the most important of the Atlantic coast of the American continent, for the spawning of the green turtle. The city of Limon is the point of arrival for visitors. It is a port, which is essential in Costa Rica’s economic life, and the greatest living example of the multicultural meeting experienced in this region throughout history.

    Traveling south, at an hour’s distance, we find Cahuita, a typical Caribbean villa. This town has become “a must” for tourists, for it represents the essence of a culture, and the beauty of Cahuita National Park, which protects an important expanse of coral reefs. The quiet waters in this spot are a plus for those lovers of snorkeling•. The underwater scenery is marvelous, with a wide chain of coral reefs, composed of different types of coral and occupied by an immense variety of tropical fish.

    Another important point in the Caribbean province is Puerto Viejo, barely 30 minutes from Cahuita. In this town, you can breathe profound respect for the cultural identity of its people. A combination of music, beaches, and food, so characteristic of the place, are the elements attracting thousands of tourists year by year.

    Along the coastal area, travelers find a good number of options for lodging. The vast majority of hotels and cabins are small and formed of traditional Bungalows, a very particular type of construction of the Caribbean. Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge is located just at the end of the coastline, almost at the border with Panama. This refuge protects almost 4500 hectares of beaches and sea, for the spawning of 4 species of turtles. In Manzanillo, you may rent kayaks and glide through the gentle mangroves in search of birds and reptiles characteristic of the area.

    The province of Limon possesses a unique culture in Costa Rica, a way of life that may be fully appreciated during the traditional carnivals held each year, an experience of rhythms, and euphoric and captivating colors.

Guanacaste Rentals

You will find in our listing luxury homes with modern amenities, oceanfront or ocean view houses, and villas. As well condominiums with two or three bedrooms and studios are part of the Guanacaste Rentals that we offer for a comfortable vacation. Come and enjoy without having to worry about anything. Our concierge service at Papagayo Tours will be always available for your needs.

Guanacaste Rentals

Guanacaste in addition to its natural beauty offers a great variety of Guanacaste Rentals. When you stay in our properties you really feel at home but in paradise and will make you relax all your senses. Enjoy surrounded by crystal clear waters, secluded beaches, adventure, and national parks.

All our Guanacaste Rentals properties have been carefully chosen to offer our customers the best experiences with the best amenities, very quiet locations and in places with 24-hour security. For your comfortable staying we offer services as a chef, cook, therapist on-site, yoga instructor, spa services. As well as private transportation with bilingual drivers, private yachts, babysitting and more.

Please let us know your travel needs and a special request for your vacations and we will take care of everything. Our exclusive properties are located in Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, Playa Panama, and Peninsula Papagayo. As well as in Tamarindo, Conchal, Tamarindo, Potrero & Playa Grande.


Things To Do in Guanacaste


Buena Vista Mega Combo Tour

Buena Vista Mega Combo Tour in Guanacaste is the best family adventure to enjoy, which includes the unique zip lines, the extraordinary hike by the Hanging Bridges, Natural Hot Springs, Horseback Riding, and more.

All our Guanacaste Tours depart from:

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, and Riu Guanacaste Hotels. We also leave from Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood Guanacaste, and Four Seasons Peninsula. As well as Secrets Papagayo, Villas Sol, Occidental Papagayo, El Mangroove Resort among others. You can also enjoy our tours from Tamarindo Beach, Flamingo, Playa Conchal, and Potrero. 

  • Buena Vista Mega Combo Tour, Guanacaste

    The drive takes you to the slopes of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the scenic beauty of the place increases as you approach the volcano, in addition to the landscapes of the farms and small towns you will pass by, they are authentic portraits of the real Guanacaste. You will enjoy of the amazing landscapes once you start driving up the mountain.

    Buena Vista Mega Combo Tour is the perfect adrenaline adventure all set next to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, enjoy the zip lines tour and its 10 cables and 11 platforms that will take you through the semi-humid tropical forest.

    Discover the diversity of flora and fauna while zip-lining through the forest, here you can see birds and howlers, spiders, and white-faced monkeys. Buena Vista Mega Combo Tour also includes the longest mountain water slide; 425 meters length of adrenaline right in the center of the jungle that can be enjoyed by all the family.

    As well you can enjoy here at the Hanging Bridges which will let you discover the amazing wildlife and nature of the forest and have impressive views of the surroundings. Enjoy horseback riding traveling by the forest, crossing rivers, and having amazing views of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the Pacific coast, and the wind mild fields.

    Finally, Buena Vista Mega Combo Tour takes you to relax in the natural hot springs pools located right in the middle of the tropical forest. Here you can try the different pools with therapeutic properties that will make you feel like new. Also, enjoy a volcanic mud bath with healing properties.

    Since the place is next to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, you will enjoy the landscapes of one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica. All of our Buena Vista Mega Combo Tour offer you private transportation, this way we can give you a customized experience, and at the same time, we care about your safety.  This way we give you the opportunity to change itineraries (if possible), make stops along the way, and enjoy the day at your own pace, without a rush.

  • Rates for Buena Vista Mega Combo Tour

    2 people4 people6+ people
    Playas del Coco, Ocotal, Hermosa, Riu Guanacaste Hotels,  Secrets Papagayo, Occidental Papagayo, El Mangroove and Villa del Sol$199 p.p$175 p.p$145 p.p
    Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, Four Seasons Costa Rica
    $199 p.p$175 p.p$145 p.p
    Tamarindo Beach, Flamingo, Westin Conchal, and Potrero$220 p.p$185 p.p$160 p.p
    • 2 people min. to operate the tour.
    • Special discounts for groups, please inquire.
    • Taxes are not included.

  • Includes Private Transportation, Zip Lines, Water Slide, Horseback Ride, Hanging Bridge, Hot Springs, and Lunch.

    What to bring: Tennis Shoes, Water shoes or strap sandals (for waterslide), Swimsuit, Sunblock, Bug repellent, Camera, change of clothes, and Towel.

    Departure: 7.00 am / Return: 4.00 pm approx.

    Duration: 8-9 hours approx.

    Hiking Level: Easy-Moderate

    Children age: 4 Years old min age to enjoy ziplines with a guide.

    Buena Vista Mega Combo Tour takes you by zip lines, rappelling, and hanging bridges, and you will hike a bit through the forest, the tour is not difficult but can be a challenge for some guests. As well if you don’t want to do the horseback riding we can change it and you will be driven to the hot springs on a tractor. 

    *Note: If you suffer from high or low-pressure problems, asthma, or any heart problem please let our guide know and bring your medication with you. As well if you have any knees, hip, and back problems that are difficult for you to hike, it is necessary that your info to us before taking the tour.

More Adventure Tours from Guanacaste

Borinquen Combo AdventureHacienda Guachipelin Adventure TourRio Perdido Hot Springs and Adventure Park
Tenorio River RaftingDiamante Eco-Adventure ParkPonderosa Safari and Adventure Park

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Guanacaste Beaches

Tours from Guanacaste by Papagayo ToursGuanacaste Beaches are simply amazing!. Along the Guanacaste coastline, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. With a variety of sandy colors for everyone, in Guanacaste, you can find white-sandy beaches, black volcanic sand, or brown sand beaches. Think about relaxing in the warm, crystalline, and calm waters of the pacific ocean. Certainly, you will enjoy discovering the beauty of our beaches, get ready to relax in some of the most beautiful places you ever visit!

With more than 700 km of coastline and white sand, Guanacaste hides incredible beaches to visit. The proximity to the Liberia Airport makes all the beaches and resorts easy and quick to access. As well you will be able to perform several activities and visit national parks like the famous Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Santa Rosa, or Palo Verde to name just a few. As well discover local culture and gastronomy that you can find on each of the little villages and beach towns. Each of the Guanacaste beaches encloses a singular beauty, discover the white sand, beaches, or the volcanic black sand beaches, even you can find pink sand in some places. 

Tours from Guanacaste by Papagayo ToursSome of the most renowned Guanacaste beaches are Playas del Coco, once a little fisherman village, today convert into a vibrating center for tourists and headquarter for those who want to travel around, same is Ocotal Beach located only 3km away from Coco. Playa Hermosa is located 10 km out of Playas del Coco, right on the Papagayo Gulf, here you will find a beautiful beach and many vacation homes.

Have you heard about Tamarindo Beach? Well, this is the center for surfing in Guanacaste, for professionals and beginners. The beach offers amazing waves, a long beach, and many beachfront restaurants and souvenirs. It is the favorite for young people looking for surf as well for families looking for the perfect summer.

Flamingo Beach, GuanacasteFlamingo Beach is a beautiful white-sand beach, around 2km of pure paradise. During the low tide, the ocean waters are converted into a natural pool perfect to enjoy and relax. There are some beachfront restaurants. Playa Grande is located within Las Baulas National Park, that’s why here you won’t see many beachfront properties or services.

This is a 4 km long beach visited mostly by professional surfers looking for bigger waves. Playa Conchal is renowned for its white sand made of shell dust product of erosion over the years. This is a beautiful paradise with turquoise, calm waters. There are no services in this area for what you have to bring whatever you need to stay around.

The ocean water is very calm and there is a lot of nature around. Some other Guanacaste Beaches located more south are Samara, Nosara, Punta Islita, Avellanas among others. Below you will find the most important beaches for us, considering accommodations, the beach, local activities, natural beauty, and safety, accessibility, and gastronomic offer.

Guanacaste Beaches 

Guanacaste Tours


Guanacaste Ocean Kayak Tour

Guanacaste Ocean Kayak Tour will take you to discover hidden beaches of incredible beauty, beautiful coastal landscapes and you will discover the wonderful marine life of the north pacific of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This tour starts at Flamingo beach which offers calm ocean waters to enjoy at full of this experience.

All our Guanacaste Tours depart from:

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, and Riu Guanacaste Hotels. We also leave from Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood Guanacaste, and Four Seasons Peninsula. As well as Secrets Papagayo, Villas Sol, Occidental Papagayo, El Mangroove Resort among others. You can also enjoy our tours from Tamarindo Beach, Flamingo, Westin Conchal, and Potrero. 

  • Guanacaste Ocean Kayak Tour

    After picking you up at your hotel we will take you to the beautiful bay where you will receive instructions from our guide. Guanacaste Ocean Kayak Tour gives you the chance to discover some of the local marine life while you challenge yourself paddling. For this tour, a good physical shape is required.

    Once in the water and ready to paddle the first thing you will observe is the spectacular view of the bay and the beaches from the ocean. Some of the sites you visit are pirates Bahia Beach Name of Jesus, Minas, and Punta Sabana where you can see sea caves of great beauty. These beaches are also important for the spawning of some species such as the olive ridley turtle and the black turtle.

    In addition, you will enjoy the incredible marine life of the area by snorkeling in two of the best spots in the area for this activity where you can observe multicolored species and sometimes turtles and stingrays. Guanacaste Ocean Kayak Tour is a great tour to discover the northern Pacific coast, its beaches, and its natural resources in a different and friendly way with the environment.

  • Rates Guanacaste Ocean Kayak Tour

     2 people4 people6+ people
    From Playas del Coco, Ocotal, Playa Hermosa, Riu Guanacaste Hotels, Secrets Papagayo, Occidental Papagayo, Villa Sol, and Mangroove Resort.$120 p.p$110 p.p$95 p.p
    From Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, and Potrero$85 p.p$75 p.p$65 p.p
    • 2 people min. to operate the tour.
    • Add $20 from Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, and Four Seasons Costa Rica
    • Special discounts for families and groups.

  • Includes Private transportation, Water, Fruits., Bilingual guide, Safety equipment.

    What to bring: Swimsuit, Hat, Sunblock, Towel, Water Camera, Sandals (we recommend strap sandals)

    Duration: 5 hours approx.

    Departure depends on the tide.

    Swimming is mandatory for this tour.

    Not recommendable for children under 10 years old.

More Guanacaste Beach & Ocean Tours

Guanacaste Catamaran CruiseTamarindo Surf LessonsGuanacaste Snorkeling Tour
Guanacaste Beach SafariGuanacaste Sailing ToursWitch's Rock Surf Trip

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