Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Why Guanacaste?

Nicknamed the “golden coast”, the region of Guanacaste is the place to go for an idyllic Costa Rican vacation. It’s brimming with a spectacular range of biodiversity, from tropical beaches and volcanoes to waterfalls tucked deep into the rainforest. It truly has a range of contrasts in scenery and atmosphere, which provides a paradise for every type of traveler. You could stay near the beaches to indulge in sunbathing and luxurious resort amenities, or retreat to the rainforest to surround yourself with lush greenery, volcanoes, and hot springs.

No matter where you decide to stay, activities abound including horseback riding, sailing, snorkeling, zip lining, cloud forest excursions, and so much more. Plus, you’ll want to taste test the famous local coffee! Guanacaste is a special destination that caters to romantic holidays, family beach getaways, group adventures, and luxurious vacations for all.

Top 5 Beaches

Conchal Beach

Flamingo Beach

Tamarindo Beach

Del Coco Beach

Grande Beach

Exciting Adventures

Mt. Arenal Volcano Hiking

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Activities

Horseback Riding

Zip Lining

Hot Springs




Waterfall/Cliff Jumping


Sport Fishing

Top 5 Resorts

Margaritaville Beach Resort (Flamingo Beach)

Jardin Del Eden Boutique Hotel (Tamarindo Beach; Adults Only)

Reserva Conchal (Conchal Beach)

The Springs Resort & Spa (La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano)

The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort (San Carlos/Arenal Volcano)

Must-Try Food & Drink

Galle Pinto



Arroz Con Leche

Local Coffee

Local Beer

Guaro Sour

A Quick Language Lesson

Buenos Días - Good Morning

Buenas Tardes - Good Afternoon

Buenas Noches – Good Night

Por Favor - Please

Gracías - Thank You

De Nada - You’re Welcome

Practical Info

The closest airport for Guanacaste is the Liberia/Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). It is located just north of the popular beach and resort areas. Depending on where you are staying, it should be around 30 minutes to an hour and a half from the airport. If you are staying just outside Guanacaste near Mount Arenal, the drive from the airport will be around two and a half hours. Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) is also an option, but transport from its location to different regions in and around Guanacaste could take between three to five hours.

Renting a car in Costa Rica is not efficient or cost-effective. Private and shuttle transportation are the most common options because they are more comfortable, less stressful, and will likely be the best for your wallet. Plus, many resorts and tour operators offer affordable transportation options.

In regards to currency, Costa Rican colones are the standard, but USD is accepted in many places. It’s wise to carry both, as any change you receive will be in colones. Credit cards are also widely accepted and ATMs can be accessed at local banks (most close between 10pm-5am).


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