Things to Do in Guanacaste

The Costa Rica Gold Coast is Calling

Guanacaste is a land of golden beaches, sun-drenched coastline, and tropical dry forest. A land where cowboys still ride over open plains and acres roll by without a building in sight. 
While the pristine beaches, outstanding surf, and beautiful and national parks get the glory, there’s something else that makes Guanacaste a mecca for travelers - convenience. The province has its own international airport which makes it easy to reach.
From the oceanfront resorts of the Papagayo Peninsula to the dry forests of the Rincón de la Vieja and the languid streets of Liberia, the province is rich in options for tourists, no matter what you want to do.

So Many Choices for Guanacaste Tours!

When considering activities to fill up your vacation, there are many options to choose from in Guanacaste. With tons of beaches offering onshore and offshore adventures plus a vast inland area, Guanacaste has it all. 
To narrow things down for you, it's worth considering the following questions:
  • Want to be in or on the water? There are plenty of opportunities along the Guanacaste's coast for world class surfing and learning to surf. Costa Rica is a surfing paradise and Guanacaste, particularly around Tamarindo, is the center of that paradise. If you're looking to get underneath the waves instead of on them, then consider a diving trip to the region. Don't have your PADI certification? No problem, you can get it in Guanacaste! For those not wanting to get on the diving gear, then snorkeling is also a great way to enjoy the tropical waters along the Guanacaste coast. If you seek some inshore or offshore sport fishing fun, Guanacaste is perfect. Another way to enjoy the water is to take a catamaran tour – a morning, afternoon, or evening cruise for snorkeling and sunsets is a wonderful way to experience the Guanacaste coast. 
  • Wanting to try some inland activities? Guanacaste offers a range of inland adventures from zip lining, hiking, and horseback riding in the Rincon de la Vieja to exploring the wetlands of Palo Verde, and more.

FAQs About Things to Do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica


What should you not miss in Guanacaste?

People come to Guanacaste primarily for the beaches, so these are unmissable. Whether you're seeking to surf, swim, or relax, there's a beach for you. If you're in Guanacaste and don't spend time on the beach, you haven't come to Guanacaste. 


What is Guanacaste known for?

Can we chat about the beaches again? That's really what Guanacaste is known for, that and the glorious sunny weather. It's also the place in Costa Rica with most of the larger resorts and all-inclusive hotels


What sorts of tourist activities are available in Guanacaste?

Pretty much everything is available in Guanacaste. Beach activities like surfing and snorkeling, ocean activities like sailing and diving. Not to mention the fishing. And then there's horseback riding, hiking, and national parks to explore, too. 


How many days do you need in Guanacaste?

You could spend your whole Costa Rica vacation here, and plenty do. But we suggest you mix it up and check out other parts of Costa Rica, too. Contact us for advice on which other parts you need to see!
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