Costa Rica Regions and Destinations Map
Southern Zone Trogon Lodge

Southern Zone

Quetzal in the southern ZoneWhy Visit?

Costa Rica’s Southern Zone is where you’ll find the tallest mountains, pristine cloud forest areas, and a virtually unexplored paradise. Find a large variety of birds and just an endless array of biodiversity.  


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Mirador Cartago

Central Valley

Why Visit?

Cartago Costa RicaCosta Rica’s Central Valley is home to the capital of San José and the Juan Santamaría International Airport. Steeped in History & Culture, many people use the capital as the jumping off point for their vacations.


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Arenal Volcano

Northern Zone

National Parks of Costa RicaWhy Visit? 

Costa Rica’s Northern Zone is home to the country’s most famous Volcano and Cloud Forest Areas.

You will be amazed at the wildlife and all the biodiversity.


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Drake Bay

Osa Peninsula

Jaguar of Costa RicaWhy Visit?

The Osa Peninsula is truly an unexplored paradise and a must see for nature lovers. If you are looking to get off the beaten path and explore – this is the spot for you.


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Guanacaste

Guanacaste

Costa Rica BeachesWhy Visit? 

Guanacaste is home to Costa Rica’s most popular beach destinations and all-inclusive resorts. If you are looking for a beach vacation, this is your destination for sun, sand, and surf.


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Mal Pais Surfing

Nicoya Peninsula

Beachfront HotelsWhy Visit?

The Nicoya Peninsula is still largely undeveloped and home to some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. Known for it’s laid back surfer vibe and boutique beach resorts.


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Los Altos Pool

Central Pacific

Manuel Antonio National ParkWhy Visit?

Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast is home to some of the closest beaches from the capital of San José, which are easily accessible from the highway.


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Tortuguero Canals

Caribbean

Costa Rica's CaribbeanWhy Visit?

Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is a rich cultural area offering a laid back tropical atmosphere. Experience what Tico Time truly is on this Afro-Caribbean influenced area. 


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Granada Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Granada Nicaragua Why Visit?

Nicaragua is a unique country full of culture and historical parts. You can see a lot of the old part of the colonial age including the cobblestone streets and old forts. 


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Bocas del Toro

Panama

Panama CanalWhy Visit?

Panama is a totally different level of destination. It has so much to offer. You can experience history and modern architecture all in one in Panama City with skyscrapers and the old part of the city. 


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Guanacaste Costa Rica

The Province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica - Amazing Beaches & More!

In Guanacaste, the flora and fauna and authentic culture are not only magical but also add a lot historical and scientific interest. Guanacaste is sun, sea, and sand, surfing, and swimming; there is no better way to sum things up. Be prepared for the best beaches Costa Rica has the offer when you come here. When you visit, check out the Gulf of Papagayo for great whale watching or even Tamarindo for great surfing waves. Also swim at Playa Conchal, Playa Grande or Playa Flamingo. You will be glad you did.


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Sun, Sea, and Sand, Surfing, and Swimming

Guanacaste Costa Rica located on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and it shares a border with Nicaragua. It has become this country’s top destination. Also, now with the opening of the Daniel Oduber International Airport, you will be able to fly directly to the beaches which are very convenient! You will love to come here because some of the most incredible Beaches of Costa Rica found in this area! There is, however, a lot more to this province than lazing on a beach. It is home to some incredible National Parks. Some of the which is  Rincon de la Vieja, Arenal, Monteverde, and Santa Rosa. Indeed, it is cattle country and the little towns come complete with their cowboys, rodeos, and herds of cows that are seen just about everywhere in this fascinating province.

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Pristine beaches, gorgeous sunsets, and national parks, also known for being a great destination for birding. Also, for spotting many exotic mammals. Flora and fauna are mesmerizing. Indeed, the name Guanacaste comes from the native word quahnacaztlan. The name of the native Guanacaste tree that is also the national tree of Costa Rica. Something exciting for everyone here, whether you are coming with your family, are single, in Honeymoon or getting married. There is an endless list of things to do Guanacaste Costa Rica with a myriad of activities. For example, horseback riding, sailing, surfing, sport fishing, hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling, scuba diving and more here in Costa Rica! Added to these exciting activities you will find that the culture of Guanacaste will win you over as its inhabitants are the friendliest of the country!

Number One Destination In Costa Rica

Guanacaste Costa Rica has now become the number one destination of Costa Rica. It's extraordinary diversity, great climate, idealistic pristine beaches, surf, tours, and beauty will guarantee you a successful holiday in the sun. With the opening of the new airport in Liberia, you can now access fast and also stress-free. To its Eastern borders are a chain of volcanoes joining the Tilaran Mountain and the Cordillera. These are ground for adventurous hiking and discoveries that you are going to love. Land of beaches, glorious sunsets, dry forests and volcanoes, this area is truly the number one destination of Costa Rica. Reminiscent of the days when it was part of Nicaragua, its atmosphere is unique. This area decided to join Costa Rica on July 25th, 1824. As a conclusion,  everyone, all Ticos, and foreigners celebrate this historical event with fiestas civics, music and dance!

Guanacaste Costa Rica Costa Rica’s Sunniest Side

One of the seven Costa Rican provinces has a lengthy irregular coastline along the Pacific Ocean and a dry tropical climate which has made it an ideal destination for beach lovers, Costa Rica’s finest all inclusive resorts, and five-star hotels. The mountain range and tall hills adorn a copious amount of beaches, some in their pristine state, others have been developed to serve an ever-increasing number of tourists. The area's dry tropical climate has been home to its indigenous people for centuries, the Chorotegas.

In fact, this area was the most populated area of Guanacaste Costa Rica when the Spanish Conquistadors arrived. Five centuries later their folklore, colors and songs deeply embedded in everything considered from here. Now the world is rediscovering Guanacaste’s beauty in her colonial towns, volcanoes, rivers, beaches, wildlife, and people.  A volcanic mountain range divides the province of Guanacaste from the rest of Costa Rica. There are many places of interest in this region, like the majestic Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and National Park were great wildlife and penetrating scenery can be found. A rafting day down the slopes of the Tenorio Volcano can also be considered, as well as the day of windsurfing in Arenal Lake.

So much to do at the amazing destinations of Guanacaste. 


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playa grande pink sunset

1 Grande Beach

Famous amongst surfers and others looking for a more nature-based adventure. Playa Grande has seen growth as more luxury homes and condos erect in the area.

Bahia Salinas View

2 Bahia Salinas

Bahia Salinas is famous for the miles of spectacular unpopulated beaches! Since this area's still largely undeveloped, you can avoid the crowds.

Tamarindo Beach

3 Tamarindo

The area is known for it's spectacular beach resorts just steps away from the sand and surf.

Parque Central in Liberia

4 Liberia

Liberia is the unofficial "capital of Guanacaste" and home to the international airport. The city is at a cultural crossroads between it's agricultural roots and traditional "cowboy culture" with the influx of tourists and visitors to the area over the last few years.

flamingo beach costa rica

5 Flamingo Beach

The Flamingo is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, framed by the deep blue Pacific Ocean and lush mountain foliage, and is the perfect destination for travelers seeking an enchanting escape.

Rincon de la vieja Volcano

6 Rincon de la Vieja

This natural wonder is a nature lover’s paradise and makes an excellent day trip from the beaches of Tamarindo, Conchal and other destinations in the Gulf of Papagayo.

Playa-Conchal-Sunset

7 Conchal Beach

Playa Conchal is one of the perfect Beach of Costa Rica and it is one you must see for yourself! Almost too good to be true, is a just like out of a brochure, only better!

Playa Hermosa

8 Hermosa Beach in Guanacaste

It is perfect for beach and nature lovers, and while it has seen a bit of development over this last decade, this beach is still pristine and untouched and is never too crowded either. This is the perfect destination for a typical and memorable Costa Rican vacation.

Playa Ocotal View

9 Ocotal Beach

It is heaven on Earth for lovers of the sea, and is wonderful for swimming, whale watching, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Its calm emerald green waters and volcanic black sand are reminiscent of a lost little paradise, under the ever-present tropical sun of Guanacaste.

Playa Potrero Costa Rica sunset

10 Potrero Beach

Playa Potrero is one of the most tranquil and serene Beaches of Costa Rica, it is the ideal spot to relax and really enjoy the seaside, enjoy seafood, and a holiday in the sun.

Playa Langosta

11 Langosta Beach

Playa Langosta has easy access to all of the fantastic tours and adventures available in the dynamic Guanacaste area!

Junquillal Beach Map

12 Junquillal Beach

Junquillal Beach is the perfect place to escape the humdrum and chaos of the city life, to be submerged by nature, sun and sea.

Palo Verde National Park Anteater

13 Palo Verde

Palo Verde National Park is the Ultimate bird sanctuary and wildlife refuge. Watch a variety of species of birds in the marshes of this magical area. It is surrounded by many other parks and refuges and is a must see while in Costa Rica.

Barra-Honda-Organ

14 Barra Honda

The Barra Honda National Park is located in the Nicoya Peninsula. There are many different caves to explore and amazing stalagmites and stalactites to see. There are limestone monuments that were only discovered in the last twenty years but are already more than seventy million years old.

Surf

15 Avellanas Beach

Its main attraction is surfing as its breaks attract many avid surfers from all over the world. Waves can reach 18 feet high and the local refer to Avellanas as the Little Hawaii for this very reason.

Playa Negra Guanacaste

16 Negra Beach

Playa Negra is a perfect destination for a family vacation or honeymoon.  So what are you waiting for?

Playa Panama Costa Rica

17 Playa Panama

Panama Beach in Guanacaste is great for swimming and snorkeling and for taking long strolls on the beach.

Playas del coco sunset

18 Coco Beach

For most part of the year, the waves at Coco beach are not very strong and are perfect for swimming, even for young children.

Santa Rosa National Park view

19 Santa Rosa

The Santa Rosa National Park was originally founded as a way of conserving a site with historical significance for the Costa Rican people. Along the way it became so much more- providing a protected area to explore and appreciate the unique beauty and diversity of this area.

Accommodations

 

Guanacaste Hotels

Hotels in Guanacaste

There are many Hotels in Guanacaste this includes cabins and villas. Whatever your taste or pocket, you will find your dream place. You can go from the extravagant all-inclusive to the basic cabins, passing through the intimate boutique hotel or the hidden paradise on a deserted beach, the choice is simply unbelievable. The efforts and dedication to improving the level of customer service mean that today, your stay will exceed your wildest expectations! This region, for example, is home to the Four Seasons. One of the most luxurious and exclusive hotels of the world. 

Activities  

Guanacaste Tours

Guanacaste Tours

This province in the Pacific Northwest of Costa Rica and is commonly referred to as the “golden coast” as it houses some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and has the best weather with year-round sunshine. With everything from beaches to volcanoes to national parks, there is an extensive list of things to enjoy while vacationing. Visitors who come here always have things to do!

Horseback riding Costa Rica Guanacaste

Horseback Riding

Try out some of the famed horseback riding tours in Guanacaste. Ride your horse along the beachside just like you in the movies. Really it couldn’t get better. 

Catamaran Manuel Antonio

Catamaran Cruise

The scenery here is beautiful, especially during the dry season and you can take it all in on a catamaran. Catamaran cruises are the best way to spend a day out in the water, visit beaches unreachable by foot and do some snorkeling or kayaking.

Whale Watching Costa Rica

Whale Watching

Also, the only place in the world where you see Humpback whales nearly all year round. It’s common to see many whales including pilot whales and humpback whales out in the Gulf of Papagayo, Bahia Panama, and Marino Las Baulas. Along with whales, dolphin sightings are very common as well.

Sport Fishing in Costa Rica

Fishing

Whether you are deep sea sports fishing or river angling. Those looking for a day out on the boat and a bit of a thrill will enjoy fishing. There are plenty of billfish ready for a tough fight, or you can catch your dinner!

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