Things to do in Guanacaste

Guanacaste is on the border with Nicaragua in the north and Nicoya Peninsular in the south.  It has 200 kilometres of coastline and is often called the Gold Coast.  Guanacaste has a varied landscape, from dry flat plains to tropical dry forests and has a host of activities to suit everyone.  For those visitors that enjoy exploring, Guanacaste has much to offer.


Guanacaste attracts surfers from around the globe.  Tamarindo beach is one of the beaches recommended for beginners but there are many out there for beginners and those who have been catching waves all their lives.


With crystal clear waters and near perfect conditions all year round, scuba diving in Guanacaste is a must.  Coco Beach is often considered the best place to dive, with its beautiful beaches and exceptional array of marine life.

Canopy Tours and Horseriding

Canopy tours which take you through the forest and a monkey reserve, allow you to experience wild Guanacaste and everything it has to offer.  Explore the mountains and forests on horseback.

The Beach

There are so many beaches to choose from in Guanacaste.  Beaches with white, grey or golden sand and warm azure sea.  For those who enjoy partying, try Coco Beach (Playa del Coco), which is full of young people during the holidays and weekends.  For those who prefer some quiet reading on the beach, head for Ocatal.

National Parks

Guanacaste is home to one of Costa Rica’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  It comprises three national parks and protected areas.  There are hiking trails where visitors can explore the unexpected diverse terrain of the area – waterfalls, deep blue rivers, volcanoes, sea caves and much more.

Enjoy the wildlife.  Perhaps even spot a jaguar or watch the leatherback turtle eggs hatch and protect the hatchlings while they make their way to the sea.