Costa Rica is a lush
tropical rain forest paradise thatís perfect on any budget. Lavish resort luxury or a low budget beach
bungalow can be found here along the sea.
Itís often much cheaper to go on vacation to Costa Rica than the U.S. or
Europe. You will find great low-cost
restaurants with the best food and cheap drinks. Shopping is even cheaper than dining as the cost of living is much lower in Costa Rica compared to
the United States and Europe.
fantastic beaches and resorts, Costa Rica is a hot-spot for eco-tourism. Nearly one fourth of Costa Rica is covered by
national parks & forests. Itís rated
one of the best places in the world to Canopy Zip-line and you can enjoy
white-water rafting the same day, all while taking in the spectacular rain
forest, and exotic wildlife. Outfitters
specialized in this area can guide you to the best places (Donít wander is the
Jungle). You can arrange for hiking
& biking adventures, as well as an assortment of aquatic activities like
diving and fishing.
Costa Rica boasts coastlines on both the
Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Your
major resorts in Costa Rica are located along the Golfo de Papagayo in Guanacaste, a Costa
Rican province thatís located in the northwestern part of the country along the
Pacific Ocean just south of Nicaragua. The
Guanacaste province covers an area of nearly 4,000 square miles and is the most
sparsely populated province in all of Costa Rica. The province acquired its
name from the Guanacaste tree which is also referred to as the ear pod tree and
is the national tree of Costa Rica. The Guanacaste area is less tropical, humid
and exuberant than the rest of the country.
Its plains and dry forests can sometimes remind one of the African
savannah landscape. The province is very rich in geography and has spectacular
mountains and volcanoes. On the east end of the province, a group of green
swathed volcanoes act as a bind and form the cordillera de Guanacaste and cordillera
de Tilaran. These steep and beautiful mountains have tumbling rivers which
flow down to the flatlands and form a vast plain.
The province consists of very beautiful pristine
beaches along with its chain of lovely volcanoes, which make it a very
favorable tourist destination. The province definitely has a variety of outdoor
activities like hiking, golf, bird-watching, boating, cultural activities,
snorkeling, sea kayaking, diving, horseback riding, surfing, sport-fishing, and
many more activities that have not been mentioned. Tourists are also attracted
by the wide variety of wildlife and exotic plants which are quite fascinating
and can be seen in the national parks. The national parks which are found in the
province of Guanacaste harbor different species of animals and ancient caves
plus other exciting features which will definitely excite you when you go and
visit them. They include:
Honda National Park: This national park has a lot to offer to tourists and
features caves which are very old and are made of limestone. This makes it a
very ideal place to visit if you are interested caves.
National Wildlife Refuge: This is also a wildlife conservancy found in the
province. It is a privately owned nature reserve that is perfect for bird
watching and wildlife watching as well.
Baulas National Marine Park: This marine park is a very unique park that
features the pacific oceans largest turtle colony. This will definitely be a
once in a lifetime experience for you, a highly recommended activity.
de la Vieja National Park: This national park is located around 15 miles east
of the capital of Guanacaste which is Liberia. This park carries with it an
abundance of wildlife, waterfalls that are to-die-for, and volcanoes which are
National Park: This is also a very interesting place to visit. It is located
about just northeast of the province Turrialba and is a very good place
especially for picnics. The purpose of this park was to spread environmental
awareness to the locals of Costa Rica and the province of Guanacaste in
of the easiest ways to get to Guanacaste is to fly into the Daniel Oduber
International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, the Provincial capital. Also close to
the resort area is the Santa Cruz, Costa Rica, Guanacaste
Airport (SZC). Taxis are pretty cheap and when you have a
city official taxi, thatís the fastest, cheapest, and safest way of
transportation. Getting around by bus is
the slowest manner of transportation but youíll find it to be scenic and cheap
to get around locally. You can of course
rent a car to drive as long as you have a valid driverís license plus a
passport. Usually you are required to
get rental insurance. The roads are not
the best to drive in some places. If you
are willing to spend a bit to save time, you could fly domestically on small
aircraft and hop to different points in the country and cut your time of travel
by road quite a bit. This is a popular
way of local travel among tourists who really want to see different parts of
the small country.
whenís the best time to go to Costa Rica?
There are really only 2 seasons in Costa Rica: Dry and Wet. Costa Rica is only 10 degrees north from the
equator, making the climate hot mostly all year round. The months from mid-November through the end
of April are typically the dry months, and the high tourist season. The climate in the Guanacaste province of
Costa Rica is unique. This is because the province gets less rain and
consistent heat during the tourist season. This dry heat is a major tourist attraction
especially during the North American and European winter. The remainder of the year is typically your
rainy low-tourism season. Between May
and October, the climate that is experienced in this province is showers daily
with moderate temperatures. Still a
great place to visit in the off season to experience it right after a shower.
Not only is the province renowned for
its great weather, beached, hotels and resorts but the restaurants in the area that
serve great food are plenty. The provincial capital of Guanacaste is referred
to as Liberia and here you will find a host of world class restaurants as well
as fine casual dining that is simply outstanding food. Most big towns along the coast also host very
good restaurants for any budget. This is because fresh seafood is plentiful and
quite popular in Guanacaste with most restaurants having menus on seafood. Areas like the Golfo de Papagayo, Tamarindo,
Playa Samara and Playa Nosara, all have very good restaurants around the beach
area. Hotels and resorts usually play
host to most of the good 5-star restaurants in the province. Just ask the locals what is good and you will
get great recommendations.
province of Guanacaste has a host of luxurious five and four star resorts which
are perfect for guests who want to have the full hospitality experience that
one will surely remember. Some good 4
and 5 star accommodations we recommend include:
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica: The
5-Star Four Seasons spills down a lush coastal hillside
to an isthmus of golden sand along the beautiful Papagayo Peninsula. Four
Seasons creates an ambience of simple luxury in this pristine natural setting.
With two unspoiled beaches, an indigenous spa, fine dining, championship golf,
and other luxurious amenities, the Four Seasons offers 5-Star pampering.
Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal: The 5-Star Westin Playa Conchal is a
fabulous all-inclusive resort offering the best in food and service. This
extraordinary destination rises from Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches and
sprawls the large resort property where ivory beaches and lush forests
meet detailed service. The resort offers
a world-class destination spa, fine dining, premium beverages, championship
golf, tennis, pools, and a tranquil sandy beach.
Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa: The Reserve Conchal is a 5-Star beach and
championship golf resort which offers a vacation experience that is second to
none. Its location between the tropical green and seasonal dry forests
overlooking the ocean creates a beautiful view that will leave you begging for
more. Guest accommodations include
five-star-luxury residences and villas boasting beautiful contemporary colonial
architecture and sweeping views of the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II golf
course and the Pacific Ocean.
Marriott JW Guanacaste Resort and Spa:
This 5-Star resort has 310 luxurious guestrooms and is fast becoming one of the
most recognized and magnificent resorts in Latin America. Its rich authentic
Costa Rican environment offers a serene atmosphere that will ensure you get the
best feeling of relaxation while receiving the best service. The resort offers spectacular pools, fine
dining, a world-class spa, a pristine beach as well as other guest amenities
Papagayo Costa Rica Resort and Spa: This awesome all-inclusive 4-Star resort is
located in a secluded bay on the Pacific Ocean at the pristine gulf of Papagayo
in Guanacaste. It offers a vacation that is all inclusive and is guaranteed to
be very memorable especially for honeymooners.
Immersed in the lush vegetation and designed in harmony with its backdrop, this
All-inclusive Hilton resort offers an oasis of peaceful seclusion.
RIU Guanacaste: The 4-Star RIU is a
grand all-inclusive resort & Spa at beautiful Matapalo Beach, on the Pacific
Ocean. The resort has 701 guestrooms,
sports bar, pools, swim-up bar, fitness center, and plenty of aquatic
activities for guests. The RIU is a
great family resort as well as couples, and groups resort. The RIU Guanacaste resort offers the maximum
in luxury, comfort, dining & drinks for you to experience your best moments
of fun and pleasure. The RIU is great
value with plenty of activities and fun.
also find other great resorts like the Melia Resort, Barcelo Resort, Hotel La
Posada Hacienda Pinilla, and the Hotel Punta Islita Beach Resort. Online travel booking to Costa Rica is easy
and there are many Costa Rica vacation package deals that are easily
affordable. Costa Rica is simply one of
those stunning places that needs to be admired now. So, if you have plans to go on vacation soon
and want to get a great value outside the United States or Europe, there are
many vacation package deals that are perfect for visiting Costa Rica. This tropical paradise is the place to
unwind, and you can get great deals.