The Northwestern province of Costa Rica is called Guanacaste, named for the tree that is native to this region of the country. Guanacaste is a big and beautiful area of Costa Rica, with gorgeous beaches, exotic wildlife, and plenty to do and see!
The Gold Coast
The beaches that line the Pacific shores of Guanacaste are some of the most beautiful in the world! With that in mind, there’s no wonder that the Guanacaste shoreline is often referred to as Costa Rica’s Gold Coast. There are several well-known vacation towns along the Gold Coast:
- Gulf of Papagayo
Each of these towns boasts stunning beaches, luxurious vacation rentals, condos, tours, and wildlife. If you’re planning on spending your Costa Rica vacation on the beach, or looking to purchase some beachfront property, then the Gold Coast is the place to be!
Liberia International Airport
Costa Rica’s second largest airport, the Liberia International Airport has made getting to your Guanacaste vacation destination even easier. The Liberia International Airport is located in Liberia, Costa Rica, smack-dab in the center of Guanacaste, saving many travelers the 4, 5, or even 6 hour drive from San Jose to their Guanacaste destinations.
As the Liberia Airport grows in popularity, many new airlines have begun adding flights to Guanacaste:
- American Airlines
- US Airways
- United Airlines
- Air Canada
- Northwest Airlines
- Jet Blue
- Air Berlin
- Sun County Airlines
- Taca Airlines
There is no shortage of things to see or do during your stay in Guanacaste. Most every area offers tours such as zipline canopy tours, horseback riding, nature hikes, ATV tours, and the like. The Guanacaste coastal area is also a well-known spot for both surfing and sportfishing. There are also a variety of National Parks in the region:
- Barra Honda National Park (This park features an amazing caving experience!)
- Santa Rosa National Park
- Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park
- Palo Verde National Park
- Leatherback Turtle Marine National Park
No matter where you go or what you do, Guanacaste, Costa Rica has something exciting in store for you!