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In this region, the ancient native culture merges with the yelling of “viva la patria!” (hooray for the country!), in the battle for the defense of freedom, where the white-tailed deer runs freely through the dry tropical forest, and where the light of the Liberian moon serves as stage for lovers that declare their love with serenades.

This is one of the flattest territories of Costa Rica, with savannah plains, dry tropical forests and beaches of great beauty that contrast with impressive volcanoes.

You can witness amazing green sunsets during winter and golden sunsets during summer, when most part of the vegetation has dried up. It is also a very important cultural and historical place for ticos.

The Costa Rican culture in this zone has been strongly influenced by livestock breeding and working at estates, which is evident in the residents of Santa Cruz, Liberia and Cañas. They ride horses and celebrate traditional feasts with bulls and typical dances, along with marimbas, very representative instruments of Guanacaste.

Here you will find a very large territory of beaches that go from Punta Coyote to Playa Pochotes in Bahia Salinas (border with Nicaragua). It has an extension of more than 200 km of incredibly beautiful beaches, preferred by surfers from all around the world and by leatherback turtles.

In the north end of Costa Rica you will find Bahia Salinas with the beaches Pochote and Puerto Soley, full of vegetation and with very strong waves. In front of this coast you can see the Isla Bolaños.

In the same coastline there’s the Peninsula of Santa Elena, one of the oldest geological zones of Costa Rica, which is part of the Santa Rosa National Park. Here you will find Playa Blanca, which is U-shaped, and Playa Potrero Grande, with strong waves perfect for surfing. However, you can access this beach only by boat, there’s no access road.

In this protected zone you can also find Playa Nancite, which offers an impressive natural show, where more than 175 thousand sea turtles of four different species come here to lay their eggs. Playa Naranjo has the famous Roca Bruja (Witch’s Rock), one of the best spots of point breaks in Costa Rica from December to March.

Towards the south you will find the Gulf of Papagayo, a luxurious tourism development spot, with important hotel chains. The beaches of Nacascolo and Playa Panama are the main ones, but Playa Panama is the most common among visitors. There are also the neighboring beaches of Playas del Coco, Ocotal and Hermosa, the most popular in the country.

The west section of the Peninsula of Nicoya has undergone an impressive tourism development in these beaches: Flamingo, which has a marina; Conchal, with thousands of shells decorating its shores; Tamarindo, ideal for surfing and with a very active nightlife; and Langosta, where leatherback and ridley turtles lay their eggs.

More towards the south of the peninsula you will find the beaches of Ostional, which are part of the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, where ridley turtles lay their eggs from September to November. Nosara, Guiones and Samara have strong waves and exuberant vegetation, except for Samara. There are also Playa Bejuco, Playa Coyote and Playa Caletas, which are hard to access but have amazing sceneries.

Guanacaste is also home to the Santa Rosa National Park, which protects 38.674 land hectares and 78.000 marine hectares of a great biodiversity. It is also home to the famous and historic House of the Hacienda Santa Rosa, where a very important battle for Costa Rica and Central America took place. On March 20th, 1856, the Freebooters (American soldiers under the command of William Walker) were defeated and expelled, who tried to enslave the region of Central America.

Heading northeast you will find the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range, where the inactive Orosi Volcano (1.487 m) is found, and is part of the Guanacaste National Park. This protected zone, along with the Santa Rosa National Park, includes the most important reserve of the dry tropical forest in Central America.

The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is a very frequently visited active volcano, where you can see hot springs, volcanic mud boilers, a changing vegetation and more than 300 species of birds. It is part of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, which shelters more than 32 rivers, with hydrographic basins that supply the Rio Tempisque or form impressive waterfalls. Towards the south you will find the Miravalles Volcano and the Tenorio Volcano, which has been inactive for many centuries.

In this zone, the cities of Santa Cruz, Nicoya and Liberia are strategic spots from where you can access the different attractions these cities have, and where you can appreciate the cultural mix that has grown throughout the years.

In the North Pacific there are many protected areas, all of them easy to access. Some of these are: Isla Bolaños National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Rosa National Park, Guanacaste National Park, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Palo Verde National Park and Barra Honda National Park, among many others.

The weather here is usually warm and dry, since it is the driest region of the country. The dry seasons are well defined, with a dry season from December to March and a rainy season from April to November, with April and November as transition periods. 

The highest rainfall occurs during June, September and October. Any time of the year is perfect for visiting the North Pacific, where mornings are usually very sunny with clear skies. It sometimes rains during the afternoons.

The average temperature is 28°C from May to February, but it can rise almost 10°C more from February to April. This is the driest and hottest season in this region.

The region of the North Pacific is part of the Pacific slope, with its rivers flowing into this ocean. Just like the rest of the national territory, it has many rivers that have the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range as starting point and flow into the Pacific Ocean. Other rivers flow into the Gulf of Nicoya, like the Rio Tempisque, which is the fourth largest river in Costa Rica (136 km long). 

The relief is mainly flat, except for its main elevations, which are located in the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range. An example is the Tenorio Volcano, the highest peak with 2.028 meters above sea level. The hills of Nicoya are the second set of important elevations, located in the center of the Peninsula of Nicoya, with the Cerro Azul as their maximum height, with 1.018 m. The rest of the territory has slight slopes that end in the coastline.

Coco – Ocotal
Playas del Coco and Playa Ocotal are part of the Bay of Ocotal, which (...)
Hermosa - Panama Beach
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Nosara - Azul Beach
This coastal zone has protected areas of great biological importance, (...)
Papagayo is a natural scenery of an amazing and unforgettable beauty, (...)
Rincon de la Vieja
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Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is one of the most attractive cities in the entire region (...)
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Leatherback turtles arrive to the beaches Grande and Ventanas
Octuber 26, 2012

The leatherback turtle is the largest of sea turtles, reaching 2 meters in length and a weight of more than 600 kg
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Octuber 25, 2012

It has hot springs, waterfalls and beautiful panoramic views
Tourism in Beaches of Nosara is oriented to surf, yoga and health
Octuber 23, 2012

These beaches were awarded with the “Ecological Blue Flag”, which certifies high environmental and safety standards
Casona Santa Rosa continues with restoration
Octuber 22, 2012

The works will end by late 2012, and for the reopening there will be special activities
Escape to Coco Beach
Octuber 10, 2012

Diving and snorkeling are the most common sports in the zone. Here you can also enjoy canopy tours, sportfishing, golf, waterfalls and a great natural diversity.
Samara Beach, one of the safest beaches in the country
Octuber 05, 2012

In this beach, visitors can find a wide variety of exotic plants and animals, besides a beautiful picturesque island: Chora Island
A trip to the Celeste River
Octuber 04, 2012

Nature lovers must come to the Celeste River on their trip to Costa Rica, where they will relax in middle of hot springs and a great diversity of flora and fauna
Palo Verde National Park shelters wetlands of international importance
Octuber 03, 2012

Inside the park you can walk through trails, visit the view points of the hills Catalina and Guayacan, observe crocodiles, travel across the Tempisque River and a lot more. Discover this destination during your vacations in Costa Rica.
Bahia Culebra, one of the richest archaeological areas in Costa Rica
September 28, 2012

This destination declared of National Archaeological Interest in 1994 offers a great biodiversity, white sand beaches and endless adventures, where visitors take unforgettable memories of our country
Tourism destinations operate normally after earthquake in Nicoya
September 18, 2012

If you’re planning on visiting the country in the next few days, there’s no problem because the National Emergency Commission declared safety in the country