October 21, 2013

Rustic to Adventure: Activities in Guanacaste


The Guanacaste Region has undergone a large development boom but even so Costa Rica has preserved its rustic Wild West flavor in living and adventure in this modernized eco rich environment. The Province of Guanacaste, in Costa Rica’s Northwest province has several National Parks, tropical forests as well as secluded and populated beaches.

Inland the Guanacaste Tilaran mountain ranges cover over 100 kilometers. This mountain range house a variety of National Parks, each home to a volcano, so if you are looking for a hiking adventure you will be rewarded them with spectacular views and an array of habitats protecting thousands of species of flora and fauns. These and the Guanacaste Mountains contain a several active and dormant volcanoes. The tropical forests are home to large varieties of colorful birds and numerous other wildlife species.

Like water sports? Guanacaste has more than 600 miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean. The Guanacaste Gold Coast is world famous for amazing and unlimited beaches with perfect waves, warm waters and a lush, tropical eco-rich setting. A surfer’s haven for beginners to world class champions, you can enjoy the multitude of beach towns from Tamarindo offering discotheques, restaurants, shopping and wild parties to the bohemian towns and villages of the Nicoya with their rock’n surfer style beach parties.

Of course you have all the other adventure tours you expect in a tropical paradise such as big game sports fishing, horseback riding, golfing, windsurfing, bird watching, canopy touring, volcano tours and jungle treks are in abundance in Guanacaste.

The array of land and water based activities Guanacaste’s region provide you with fun, exciting and challenging activities whatever your taste or fitness level.


Guanacaste’s Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a 45-minute drive from Liberia, Guanacaste’s capital. Just north of there lies the famous, Guanacaste National Park renowned for hiking, exploration and bird-watching. You will unique habitats hiking these mountain ranges from dry forests to rain forest to cloud forests trekking along the volcanic with elevations ranging between 984 to 5,443 feet.

Accommodations in and around the parks tend to be rustic which only adds to the appeal and sense of adventure hikers tend to love.


Guanacaste’s coast delivers beaches for different surfer abilities – from beginner to advanced. Santa Rosa National Park, in North Guanacaste has Ollie’s Point that attracts the experienced and pro surfers. Tamarindo is perfect for beginner surfers, as well there are numerous surf instructors in this funky beach town to help you get started. Intermediate surfers get to choose from literally dozens (if not hundreds) of other beaches along the Guanacaste coast, such as Playa Nosara, playa Samara, Playa Junquillal and Santa Teresa.

Whitewater Rafting

Guanacaste is a fantastic destination for Whitewater rafting, with a number of rafting opportunities to choose from. An exciting place to go whitewater rafting is on the Rio Corobici near Cañas. As a Class I-II river, whitewater rafting on the Rio Corobici is perfect for people of all ages to enjoy. The whitewater rafting in this area is truly a world class experience. The scenery here is glorious and teems with wildlife. You can spot a number of rare birds living along the river as well as monkeys, iguanas and river otters.

Scuba Diving

Guanacaste has many great beaches with warm clear waters where scuba diving adventures presents a magnificent spectacle of underwater life. In Guanacaste many divers rave about Playas del Coco, home to the region’s largest concentration of dive shops where you can find remote dive sites along the coast, and swim beside dolphins, manta rays, turtles and even sharks. If you are not a diver, you can rent a mask and snorkel and explore the coves, cave all along the coast and see colorful fish and coral formations.

From rustic eco-lodges to exploring underwater caves on Guanacaste’s Gold coast, if you are looking for adventure you will find more than your share in this magical land.

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Don Halbert
Don Halbert is owner operator of and is proud to have this site join his already expansive network of Costa Rica related web sites. Known mostly for his Internet Marketing ability, Don Halbert is the #1 most in-demand online marketer in Costa Rica.


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