Why visit Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Some information on Guanacaste in Costa Rica.

Guanacaste is a giving and warm province, known for its wide fields with cattle, agriculture and breathtaking beaches. Guanacaste has a very dry climate, the driest in Costa Rica. Guanacaste is named after a tree.

As I mentioned in a previous article Guanacaste used to be part of Nicaragua before it became an independent province of Costa Rica in 1824. This province features lots of cultural richness and injects good capital for the economy of Costa Rica. The world’s best hotels, such as Four Seasons, Hilton, Marriot, RIU and much more have built their hotels along the beaches of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Most tourists visit this province for the sun and beaches, and they will find this with a wide selection of hotels, bars, restaurants etc. For each budget there is a room, modest to super high end.

One of the popular places is Playa de Coco with lots of nightlife, restaurants and shopping, and easy access to get to several nice beaches. Personally for me this is too focused on tourism, you lose the real Costa Rica feel.

A quiet place with nice beaches to enjoy a tranquil atmosphere is Panama Beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Definitely worth the visit.

The leatherback turtles are visitors of Guanacaste as well. There is a natural park designated for the turtles in Playa Grande, which is a sanctuary for thousand of leatherback turtles arriving to lay their eggs each year. A beautiful scenery you can enjoy in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Tamarindo is another very popular beach town in Costa Rica, which a wide beach, mangroves and lots of hotels, restaurants and residential communities.

Lots of other beaches not mentioned before such us Samara, Coyote, Papagayo etc are also worth the visit and help to keep the reputation of Guanacaste high on the list of Costa Rica.

Talking about the food, you can enjoy delicious typical dishes, such as rice and beans, tortilla, BBQ, corn etc.  The locals are very friendly to assist you with anything you need.

Santa Rosa is a National Park located in Guanaste Costa Rica featuring beautiful sceneries with flora & fauna and tropical biodiversity. Costa Rica is a small country but count lots of volcanoes, also in Guanacaste there is a spectacular volcano, Rincon de la Vieja surrounded by the natural park where you can enjoy hot springs, waterfalls etc.

So, if you are coming to or are in Costa Rica give Guanacaste a visit with its beaches and natural jewels. Guanacaste has grown a lot in the last 10 years, also because they have an international airport in Liberia, Costa Rica.

Today Guanacaste celebrates in Costa Rica

Today is a holiday, the 25th of July  is the day of Guanacaste, it remembers the annexation of the province of Guanacaste to Costa Rica. This happened on the 25th of July  in 1824, before this Guanacaste was part of Nicaragua. The civilians of Guanacaste requested to be united to Costa Rica because Nicaragua was actively involved in several civil wars at that time. Don’t think Costa Rica took it from Nicaragua, the Nicaraguans requested this themselves. The annexation was approved by the Federation of Central America, so since July 25, 1824 Guanacaste is a province of Costa Rica.

The inhabitants of Guanacaste are very proud of being Costa Ricans, their slogan says “part of Costa Rica by our own choice” and this shows again the values of democracy in Costa Rica!

Today is the day of Guanacaste, but this day is celebrated nationwide and is considered a public holiday with lots of activities, parades, parties, events. Today being a public holiday don’t go to the bank or municipality, shops, etc because everything is closed. This show how important this day is for Costa Rica!

How do they celebrate this special day? Well a couple of typical cultural celebrations have parades, folk dances, bull riding, cattle shows and more. Similar to the festival of the Virgin Mary the parades here involve children running through the park or village wearing masks and dressing up as clowns or other personages.

The streets and parks of Guanacaste fill up with stands and typical Costa Rican food like tamales, corn, rice and chicken,  and tortillas. It is a celebration for all ages, for the adults there are concerts, dances, BBQ’s etc also part of the celebration.

Guanacaste is the northwest province of Costa Rica and the capital is Liberia or as the locals call it the white city, named after their large white church. Guanacaste is named after a large tree, which is very common in the province. Guanacaste’s mayor income source is agriculture and cattle although tourism is becoming very important as well. In Costa Rica there are only 2 international airports and 1 is located in Liberia, this helped Guanacaste to grow very fast. In Guanacaste there are beautiful beaches and several big hotel chains, such as Marriot, Hilton, Four Seasons, RIU, Sol Melia and more have established their hotel in this beautiful province of Costa Rica.