Located on Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast, Guanacaste is home to many of the country’s most beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination not only for travelers from the United States and Canada, but also folks who live in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. Most beaches in Guanacaste welcome great waves for all levels of surfers, from beginners to experts, as well as some calm bays that are perfect for swimming.
The province’s main economic driver, agriculture, adds to the charm of the region, where you’ll still see men and boys traveling on horseback, herding cattle along the sides of roads with the help of dogs, or leading oxen yoked to a traditional cart. Guanacaste’s summer happily occurs at the same time as the weather takes a chilly dip in North America, with little rain and hot, sun-filled days.
It shares its name with the majestic Guanacaste tree, which grows to be enormous with an almost-white trunk that wrinkles like skin, and branches out over a huge area, but with millions of tiny leaves.
Guanacaste’s capital city is Liberia, where you’ll find Daniel Oduber International Airport. From there, many of the best beach destinations are little over an hour’s drive away.