Holidays in Costa Rica – 5 Reasons, why you should go to Guanacaste

You are planning a journey to Costa Rica but you haven’t decided yet where to go exactly? How about going to the Guanacaste region? A lot of sun, untouched countryside and an incredibly beautiful maritime province – what could you possibly want more for your holidays? Read on and see for yourselves why you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to go to Guanacaste.

1. The Weather
No matter if you are planning on going during rainy season or dry season, the weather in Guanacaste offers great climate conditions throughout the whole year, and the region along the Pacific coast is said to be one of the driest and sunniest areas of Costa Rica. So if you enjoy dry heat and temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius, Guanacaste is be the perfect destination for your journey. During dry season from December to April you can expect nothing but sun and the most beautiful summer days you can imagine. With a clear, blue sky and not even the hint of a cloud, but still a light breeze to refresh you every now and then, the weather during dry season is just marvellous and a perfect fit for all the sun worshippers among the Costa Rica travellers out there.

Of course the rainy season also has its advantages. During rainy season the whole region of Guanacaste blossoms out, and the forests aglow with lush shades of green, which are sprinkled with colourful dots that are the most beautiful tropical flowers you can imagine. And rainy season doesn’t mean at all that it is raining the whole time or that it even would be cold. Sure, there are a few hours of rain every now and then, but that doesn’t stop the sun from providing agreeable, warm temperatures of about 30 degrees Celsius. Especially in the morning the sun is shining as it does in the dry season. If you are into surfing you actually should even consider going to Costa Rica during rainy season, the waves are usually better during that time of the year.

What is certain, is that the weather in Guanacaste offers great holiday weather throughout the whole year, no matter if you prefer dry season, with a lot of sun. or rainy season, when the countryside blossoms out.

2. The beaches
The region of Guanacaste is located at the west coast of Costa Rica, and therefore runs along the Pacific. From Playa Pochotes in the north to Playa Bongo at the most southern corner of the state, Guanacaste offers incredibly versatile and fantastically beautiful Pacific beaches. Among them you can find bright, white sand beaches with crystal-clear turquoise water, as well as wild beaches, that aren’t maintained and left alone in their original, wild state. The region offers a lot of special places to discover – not only for sun lovers and worshippers, but also for adventurers, cause a lot of those beaches are only accessible after having conquered an unsurfaced, narrow road, that leads directly through the jungle. It doesn’t matter which beach you chose as your destination, an extensive sunbathing will be guaranteed, whether you choose to enjoy the sun at a deserted beach without a soul for miles, or at one of the popular tourist beaches such as Playa Samara, Playa Nosara or Playa Santa Teresa. Every option guarantees a great day in the sun of Guanacaste.

3. The culture
The culture of the Guanacaste Region is one of a kind and actually differs from the rest of Costa Rica. The province originally belonged to the neighbouring country of Nicaragua und was made part of Costa Rica later. The region was annexed July 25 1824 and since then, Guanacaste celebrates its independence from Nicaragua on this day. The culture of Guanacaste consists of a varied diversity in every aspect. Here you can sense a combination that is quite special, consisting of indigenous aspects, central American elements and the influence of the colonial conquerors from Spain and Africa. Those influences can be found in various fields, such as the cuisine, the art, the music, and of course, in the field of religion. So it doesn’t matter what field you prefer getting to know, while travelling through Guanacaste you definitely will gain a lot of new impressions of a unique culture and maybe even participate in it during festivities or while testing the local cuisine. No matter what you choose to do, the unique charm of Guanacaste will tantalize you.

4. The national parksColourful birds in Costa Rica
The thing that comes to most people’s mind while thinking about Costa Rica is the unique species richness that the small central Ame
rican state has to offer. The region of Guanacaste makes up the perfect home basis during your holidays, if you want to explore the impressive diversity of wildlife and plants. In Guanacaste there are a lot of national parks, that offer all the highlights and attractions of Costa Rica. Among them you can find the park Rincón de la Vieja, the Palo Verde national Park, the Santa Rosa national park and, of course, the national park of Guanacaste. Depending on what you are planning to do you can explore a lot of different landscapes. You want to see one of the active volcanoes of Costa Rica from up close? Then you should head to Rincón de la Vieja! Here you cannot only admire the volcano, but also see amazing waterfalls and wander through a beautiful and rich green rain forest. If you prefer observing colourful and rare birds, you should go to Palo Verde national park. There you can discover a lot of different bird species as well as iguanas and crocodiles. No matter which national park you choose as your destination – you certainly will see Costa Rica in its complete splendour.


5. Unique natural phenomena
Costa Rica doesn’t only offer beautiful landscapes, breathtakingly beautiful coast lines and a unique animal richness, but also functions as the scene of various spectacular natural occurrences, a lot of which combine the beautiful sceneries with rare animals. So with a bit of luck you can’t only observe rare animals, but actually see how dolphins swim in groups of 100, rays jumping out of the ocean or frigate birds in mating season. If you like the elegant and mysterious creatures of the ocean you should go to Isla Catalina between January and February. There you can see groups of up to 100 false killer wales swimming next to each other through the deep, blue sea. If you plan a Costa Rica trip between December and March it would definitely be worth it staying a few days at Junquillal or at the bay of Santa Elena, because that’s where you can see gigantic humpback whales nursing their young or showing them how to use their tail fin. Another thing to see in Santa Elena from December to February are groups of manta rays (up to 30 animals) jumping out of the Pacific. A natural spectacle, that is not only beautiful for everybody who is watching, but also a mystery to maritime biologists.
If you are more into the majestic creatures of the sky, you should head to Palo Verde national park. There you can observe a lot of different bird species, and between January and March you also get the chance to see migratory birds coming from north America. 
Isla Bolaños offers from December to January the opportunity of observing frigate birds while they are mating. An event you shouldn’t miss, if you have got the chance to see it. Of course these are only a few example of the natural highlights that expect you in Guanacaste. And they would be reason enough to go to the sunny region, but if you are there once, you will definitely see more than you expected.


There are more than enough reasons why you should choose Guanacaste as your holiday destination, so don’t hesitate to go to the sunny part of Costa Rica. If you are still looking for accommodation for your holidays in Guanacaste, you should give the Hotel Paraíso del Cocodrilo a shot. The hotel is located close to various beautiful beaches and makes up the perfect home basis for any excursions you plan to do in Guanacaste. No matter when you are coming to Guanacaste, the region is always worth a journey!


By E.F.

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