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GUANACASTE REGION

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When traveling through Guanacaste, most assuredly one aspect that will stay with you is the sun. It's almost as if the sun is closer to you here. It bathes everyting with a golden hue and gilds the surrounding landscape. Great expanses of golden grasses sway elegantly in the wind while stunted, gnarled Guanacaste Trees dot the low hills. The landscape is both dramatic and memorable for any visitor traversing the larguest region of Costa Rica.

The Guancaste region is bordered by two mountain ranges. The Cordillera de Tilarán and the Cordillera de Guanacaste provide splendid craggy backdrops to some of the country's most beautiful countryside. The perfect time to visit Guancaste is, luckily enough, year around. No matter if you visit during the dry season or during the wet season, both provide spectacular adventages.

The dry season affords the serious sun lover with plenty of tanning time, while the wet season brings the trees into bloom with explosions of colors and fragances. The rolling hills become carpeted in brilliant green.
Know for its cattle ranches, travelers will see many homes surounded by green pastures and grazing cows. Many of these are have been handed down the generations of Guanacaste natives.
This area is also rich in sights to see. There are a number of places to visit that lend themselves perfectly to visitors.

If you enjoy snorkeling and some time in the sun, head Bahía Culebra, This small bay is found just north of the town of El Coco. There are a number of beutiful beaches just waiting to be explored.

Local tour operators offer snorkeling trips, sunset sails and fishing trips for the avid angler.

There are also several towns worth visiting if you are behind the wheel and are looking for a place to spend a few days. The towns of Sámara and Nosara proffer hotels to fit every budget as well as fabulous beaches. While a few of the beaches are found up and down the coast. Playa Barrigona is one such beach and offers something not many beaches do solitude!. Its white sand and bleached driftwood will draw you in and keep you there, if only for the day.

When in search for these idyllic spots, pack a cooler with refreshments and snacks and make a day of it!.
Those interested in seeing once in a lifetime events head for Playa Ostional. This beach is the landing spot for the olive ridley turtle, or "lora", as it is called by the locals. If you are visiting the area any time from July through December, you'll find yourself entranced by the hundreds of turtles that make their ponderous way up on to the beach. The best way to see this spectacular natural event is with a guide. There are several in the area and most of the hotels will be able to steer you in the right direction as to where to find them.


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BARRA HONDA NATIONAL PARK
GUANACASTE NATIONAL PARK
MARINO LAS BAULAS NATIONAL PARK
PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK
RINCON DEL LA VIEJA NATIONAL PARK
SANTA ROSA NATIONAL PARK
CURU NATURAL REFUGE
OSTIONAL NATURAL REFUGE
CAÑO NEGRO NATURAL REFUGE
GUAYABO-NEGRITOS-PAJAROS BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
LOMAS DE BARBUDAL BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
CABO BLANCO BIOLOGICAL RESERVE


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GUANCASTE REGION SURF


 


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