Guanacaste's coast is definitely the beach paradise of the country. Here is a list of just a few of the best:
Playas del Coco
is probably the most popular beach and is located right in the heart of the action. Not a quiet setting but perfect for swimming and recreational activities.
, offers a quieter atmosphere yet is close to the hotel complex.
Playa Hermosa and Playa Ocotal
both have lovely gray sand and lovely swimming waters.
Part of the Las Baulas National Marine Park, Playa Grande
is popular with surfers and is a sanctuary for the giant leatherback turtles.
is a paradise for nature lovers. Its white-sand beaches and mangroves are surrounded by pink trumpet trees, tamarinds and coconut palms.
Guanacaste's climate and culture are unique among Costa Rican provinces. The province experiences little rain and consistent heat from November to April. From May to October, the climate consists of daily showers and moderate temperatures.
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The province of Guanacaste is located in the northwestern part of the country, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, to the north it borders Nicaragua. To the east is the Alajuela Province, and to the southeast is the Puntarenas Province. Liberia is the capital of the Guanacaste province in Costa Rica, over 35,000 people live in the city.
The province of Guanacaste was founded in 1769. It lost its title of an independent state when it was annexed to Costa Rica in 1824. Only one mentionable event really marks its history. In 1856 the American named William Walker attempted to invade the region, and was quickly pushed back by local farmers into Nicaragua. This event is commemorated by the Hacienda Santa Rosa, located in the Santa Rosa National Park.
Nature enthusiasts can choose from several national parks to discover the local plant and animal life, such as the white-tailed deer, and Congo and white-faced monkeys
. The parks include the Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, the Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and Parque Nacional Guanacaste. Bird watchers
should head for Palo Verde, Curu, Isla Bolanos and Tenorio areas.
There are majestic volcanoes
to see as well, all within the Guanacaste Mountain Range: the Tenorio, the Orosi, the Miravalles and the Rincon de La Vieja volcanoes.
The Lianos del Cortes Waterfalls
, just outside the town of Bagaces, stand several meters, creating a beautiful curtain that falls into a pool where visitors can enjoy a swim.
Unique to Here
Corn is truly the main staple in this part of Costa Rica, and it is also used to make several local beverages:
, a non-alcoholic made from corn flour with water.
In the Guanacaste province, the Chicha
is prepared by browning and grinding the corn, adding a fair amount of pallaston, brown sugar and ginger, then is allowed to ferment in earthenware vats for several days.
is a thick, hearty beverage made from corn that is allowed to ferment naturally, with sugar, ginger, water and ground cloves.