Visit Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Guanacaste is often referred to as the "sunshine state" of Costa Rica. Located in the northern region of Costa Rica and lined with beautiful beaches that look out over the Pacific Ocean, this region is one of the country's sunniest spots. Guanacaste is home to great surfing, a variety of animals, several national parks and even a few volcanoes. Guanacaste is a perfect destination for any traveler looking to visit this amazing country.
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Where to stay in Costa Rica
El Mangroove, Autograph Collection
A beachfront gem in Guanacaste, with a modern look, private touring and spectacular views of the Gulf of Papagayo from most rooms and the two restaurants.
Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo - a Concept by Hyatt
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 Costa Rica
Playa Conchal, Tamarindo, Playas del Coco, Playa Grande, Playa Avellanas and Papagayo. Pro tip - visit Avellanas for an off-the-beaten path beach that you will fall in love with.
Take a day trip to Arenal Volcano - famous for its hot springs and waterfall hikes. It's an easy day trip. Want something more laid back? Visit a coffee plantation to learn about one of Costa Rica's biggest exports: coffee beans!
Go ziplining ! So many places offer fun zipline opportunities.
Visit any of the national parks nearby your accommodations. There's lots of parks that you can visit depending on what you're hoping to see...turtles, monkeys, sloths, you name it!
Rent a catamaran for a sunset sail, book some surf lessons, jet skis, snorkeling, deep sea fishing and so much more.
Go golfing at one of the many beautiful golf courses.
Places to eat & drink in Costa Rica
When you visit Playa Avellanas, stop by Lola's for some delicious food and drinks right on the beach. Also look for Lolita, the free roaming pig — she's the official mascot of Lola's.
El Mercadito in Tamarindo is a fun market with lots of different options to choose from so it's sure to please everyone!
If you're visiting Playa Grande, stop at Taco Star for some delicious tacos. Grab coffee and cinnamon rolls from Guayoyo Coffee House at Playas del Coco. Get tapas and sip wine at Numu Taproom also at Playas del Coco.
Need to Know
Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Experience the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua.
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