Guanacaste Travel Guide, Costa Rica


Map of Guanacaste

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Guanacaste Province

Before the arrival of the Spaniards, Guanacaste was Chorotega Indian territory. On July 25th, 1824 the Guanacaste people decided to be annexed to Costa Rica. This was a decision of free will and was made in its then principal cities, Nicoya and Santa Cruz. Later in 1836, the center of Guanacaste was declared the capital of the province, which received the name of Liberia in 1854. If you wish to learn more about Costa Rican history, Guanacaste is home of the Casona de Santa Rosa, one of the national monuments which bring great pride to the Costa Rican people. It is found in the national park of the same name.

The Guanacaste province is without a doubt the most traditional and typical Creole province in Costa Rica. It is common to find farmers herding cattle or to see their beautiful wives hand making tortillas and many of the traditional dishes of the region.

The vegetation of the region is very diversified, though it is important to note that Province's symbol and the country's national tree is the "Guanacaste Tree".
Population Population
This Province possesses the most dispersed population in all of Costa Rica, with an area of 10,000 square km and less tan 300,000 habitants. Its capital and most important commercial city is Liberia, though other big cities include Caņas and Nicoya.
Climate Climate
The Guanacaste Costa Rica climate is unique and truly a privilege for its visitors. Between the months of November and April, constant sunshine and minimal rainfall await. From May to October, the weather varies, allowing increased rainfall, in order to refresh and renew the vegetation of the region.
Tourism Tourism
The gorgeous beaches of Guanacaste attract a huge amount of visitors with different travel needs every year, making tourism the main economic activity of the province. In the recent years, large touristic complexes of all types have developed, to meet the needs and tastes of everyone. Guanacaste offers a variety of hotels and beach resorts in its most poplar areas such as: Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, Papagayo, Samara, Nosara, to mention a few.