The Guanacaste Region

Diving, Luxury, Surfing, and Beautiful Beaches

Guanacaste Province is a popular destination for luxurious resorts, diving, deep sea fishing, and more!

The Liberia International Airport is located here.

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Map Of The Guanacaste Province

This area is the most accessible area from the Liberia International Airport.

It is also. a great spot to explore if you are planning to head up to Nicaragua after. 

The most popular tourist destination in this region are Tamarindo, Papagayo, and Playas del Coco.

Most people visit this area to enjoy the beaches, but there are several mountain towns that are perfect for adventure and quiet relaxation. 

Guanacaste Weather

The dry season and main tourism season in Costa Rica is from late December until late April. During this time of year you can expect crowds and higher prices in this area. 

This especially applies to the more popular beach town like Tamarindo, Papagayo, and Playas del Coco.

From May until August prices go down a bit, the crowds go home, and the weather turns somewhat rainy.

However, as far as weather goes, this tends to be one of the driest areas in the country. It is not unusual to have decent weather even after rainy season is in full swing in the rest of the country.

If the rain does roll in, you can expect afternoon rainstorms to last about one to two hours. 

From August until December prices usually get even lower. At this time of year, you are more likely to experience rainy days.

The temperature year-round is usually in the upper 80°F (around 30°C) during the day and dips to about  65° F (19°C) at night.

Year-round the sun rises between 5:15 and 5:45am and sets between 5:30 and 6:00pm. 

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Guanacaste Transportation

There are multiple transportation options to get to and around in the Guanacaste area.

We usually suggest renting a car because it will give you the most flexibility in getting around between locations and it will allow you to explore more on your own.

You can book your rental car with a 10% discount plus other great perks here. 

However, if you are planning on staying at a resort or plan to mostly take day tours with transportation included, it is most likely not necessary to rent a car. 

In this situation, you could opt for a private shuttle.

You can book your private shuttle with our favorite shuttle company here

Another great option if staying within an hour or so of the Liberia airport is to take a taxi. This is usually cheaper than a private shuttle and makes the most sense for a couple or small family.

You can save $10 with our favorite registered taxi family. 

If you are on a tight budget, the public bus is always an option. Here is the best place for the bus schedule.  

Fun Guanacaste Activities

All the Guanacaste Destinations

The most popular area for all inclusive resorts in the country. A beautiful beach area.

A busy town that is popular with expats. It’s a great place for fishing and diving.

A quiet beach area that is perfect for families. The water is calm enough to swim and there are several nearby activities.

Often considered the nicest white sand beach in the country, Flamingo is a popular town for nice resort stays.

If you are looking for plenty of action from surfing to ATV tours, Tamarindo is the place for you.

A peaceful surfing village with a relaxed vibe located south of Tamarindo.

This is the place to stay if you are looking for luxurious villas and a relaxed vibe close to the action of Tamarindo. 

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