Best Hotels & Things to Do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Tucked away in the mountains, the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica offers spectacular scenery, wildlife and even coastline beaches. It is the best of both worlds for those seeking adventure or wanting to relax and enjoy nature. From the time you land until the time you leave you will be immersed in the culture, outdoors and not to mention the amazing food.

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Where to stay in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica

All-inclusive jungle resort along El Jobo Beach with luxe rooms offering ocean views.

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

Luxe resort and spa near Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano.

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Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo

A beloved beach escape on 1,400 acres of the Papagayo Peninsula, with three beaches, a golf course and guided nature adventures.

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Things to do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Since Guanacaste is nestled on the coastline, thrill seekers can opt for adventure on a buggy tour. Costa Rica is home to national parks and volcanos for the nature seeker. Rincón de la Vieja is one of those national parks. There, you can go hiking, zip-line, horseback riding and even relax in hot springs.

Tamarindo is a town located in Guanacaste Province and also offers a host of things to do.

You can set sail on a catamaran and snorkel or watch the sunset while onboard. You can stay on land and enjoy ATV on the beach. Become one with wildlife by visiting a sloth sanctuary. Guanacaste provides a wide range of activities for the solo traveler, family fun, and any group looking for thrills.

Day Trips from Guanacaste

The PERFECT time to take a day trip would be when visiting Guanacaste. The region is close enough to travel to Nicaragua and who wouldn't want to visit TWO countries in ONE trip?!

A note from Tanail

The airport to visit Guanacaste is located in Liberia(LIB).

Places to eat & drink in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Food is one of the best components when traveling to a destination. Focusing on local spots, one of the best places to enjoy dinner with a view is Sentido Norte. Another spot with a view is Coco Loco, it's a great spot to grab drinks and food while soaking up the sun on the beach.

For fresh seafood options try Kimbute, La Casita del Marisco or Lola's, another location on the beach. The Shack offers chill vibes where you can enjoy a meal and drink while in a friendly atmosphere.

Some notable cafes in the region are Surf Box, La Bodega and Bohemia Cafe. They each bring a wide variety of breakfast servings and coffee you cannot get enough of!

Need to Know

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