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Guanacaste, on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, is the second largest province in the country although it has the lowest population density and it is one of the main travel destination in Costa Rica. It borders on the North with Nicaragua, on the East with the province of Alajuela, to the South with Puntarenas and to the West with the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Liberia.
Guanacaste's geography is a mix of plains and mountainous terrain along the Guanacaste Mountain Range and some higher altitudes on the Nicoya Peninsula.
Guanacaste's great economic potential is based on tourism and real estate development due to its beautiful beaches and ideal warm climate. Costa Rica's second international airport, Daniel Oduber International Airport, is strategically located only minutes away from Liberia and from the main coastal development clusters. At the present time Guanacaste is experiencing an intense tourism and real estate boom and has the highest rate of development of all Central America.
Guanacaste boasts many of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches. Among the best known are the beaches of the Gulf of Papagayo, such as Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, Playas del Coco, and Playa Panama. Other outstanding beaches are Playa Conchal, Playa Grande de Tamarindo, Flamingo, Avellanas, Samara, Nosara, and Carrillo, to name a few.
It also has beautiful parks, such as Guanacaste National Park, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Palo Verde National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Tenorio Volcano National Park and, also several wildlife reserves and protected areas.
Among the activities you can enjoy when traveling to Guanacaste, these are the most outstanding: World-class diving, surfing or sport fishing, canopy tours, thermal waters, rafting, visits to butterfly farms, orchid nurseries, snake farms, frog breeding grounds or zoos, four wheel ATV tours, jet ski tours or sailing, and a lot more.
There are a large number of accommodations ranging from simple "cabinas" (cabins) to luxurious hotels and vacation housing developments for every taste. There are also a great number of bars, restaurants, four golf courses, a couple of luxury marinas, souvenir shops, casinos, spas, and shopping centers available.
In Guanacaste you can partake of and enjoy many Costa Rican traditions such as, the music of the "marimba," folkloric dances, typical food, and the cowboy culture. Some of the most famous "fiestas" of the province of Guanacaste are the Popular Fiestas in Santa Cruz in January and those of Playas del Coco in February, as well as the Civic Fiestas of Liberia in February and July. At these events you can enjoy the dances, games, food, and sports typical of the region.
Health: Costa Rica has one of the most efficient and best developed medical care services in Central America given by both social security and private providers. There is ample coverage on a nation-wide basis and there are ambulance and pharmacy services in practically every corner of the country.
The propitious and healthy conditions offered by the area's sunny, year-round warm climate, pure air, home to the largest “Blue Zone” in the planet and short distances between the medical centers and the hotels/residential centers, make for ideal conditions for the recovery of patients and the enjoyment and comfort of their companions.
Food: Food in Costa Rica is tasty, abundant, and very safe. The country is totally agricultural and has quite a varied cuisine that includes beef and seafood, as well as many tropical vegetables and fruits. There is an ample gastronomic variety ranging from typical food to a large assortment of international gourmet cuisines.
Some say that Guanacaste has one of the best climates in the world, with a dry season from November to early May and a moderate rainy season from mid-May to October.
One thing that often ruins many a vacation in tropical areas is the non-stop rain. But Guanacaste is free of these party poopers. The sun, guaranteed for 6 months of the year, makes this a most desirable beach destination. But the most interesting aspect of the climate in Guanacaste is what takes place during the -wet season- it does not rain constantly as in other tropical areas. Rain falls for short periods of time with sunny hours in between.
The average temperature of the region is 82°F with a maximum of 100°F on the plains or the coast during April and a minimum of 63°F in some mountain areas during January and February. Humidity oscillates between 60% and 65% during the dry season and between 80% and 85% in the rainy season. That is, not so rainy, not very hot or very humid either. In the end, the climate in Guanacaste is... Pura Vida!!
Almost 50 years ago Costa Rica abolished its army and it has endured as the most stable democracy in Central America. This is a very safe country with a peaceful environment and very hospitable towards its visitors. It is not at all dangerous commuting to the different attractions. One can safely walk and wander around towns and cities. This is one of the reasons why Costa Rica has enjoyed to this date a good reputation and acceptance as a tourist destination.
Nevertheless it's always good to take reasonable precautions. For this reason we recommend that you not wear flashy jewelry, keep your belongings with you and in sight, leave your car in parking areas with a guard and never leave your luggage or valuables in the vehicle. Most hotels have safety deposit boxes available in the rooms or in reception.
The Costa Rica Tourist Police is a specialized police force responsible for ensuring the security and integrity of the people who travel for business, entertainment or recreation throughout the country and especially of those who visit us from other parts of the planet .
The official currency of Costa Rica is the colon. United States dollars in cash or travelers checks can be cashed in most hotels and banks. The exchange rate in the hotels and at the banks is often the same, although sometimes there is a minor difference. You can pay at all hotels in US dollars or with credit cards. It is usual to receive your change in local currency, not in dollars. Most commercial establishments take credit cards.
Costa Rica is an excellent place to purchase handicrafts in wood, ceramics and copies of pre-Columbian art. Souvenir shops are found in all tourist locations.
Electrical current is 110 volt all over the country. Electrical outlets are made with 2 plain terminals and in most hotels some 220 volt connections are available.
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