GUANACASTE & NICOYA PENINSULA
National parks, dramatic scenery and secluded coastline.
The dry north is named after the guanacaste tree, which provides rare shade in this arid cattle ranching region.
Fortunately much of this dry forest is preserved in the national parks of Tenorio, Palo Verde and Santa Rosa where you can visit more geothermal wonders like the Rincón de la Vieja volcano. There are some truly secluded beaches in the far north near the Nicaraguan border that are well off the beaten track.
Along the coast of Nicoya Peninsula you can take your pick from bays and beaches with boutique hotels and villas to suit every budget and towns that vary from the sophisticated to local fishing villages. This is an ideal part for a self-drive holiday.
There’s lively nightlife or quiet secluded hideaways depending on your preference. It’s a wonderfully romantic area, ideal for a honeymoon or some rest and relaxation at the end of your Costa Rican journey.
One of the best places to learn to surf
When to go: All year round