Northern Pacific Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica
Guanacaste is HOT! Not only the weather, but the real estate scene as well! . A province for the active soul, Guanacaste draws visitors with its stunning shoreline, incredible bird watching, amazing horseback riding, killer surfing, snorkeling, and windsurfing.. With so much to do, it's easy to understand why single travelers and families alike both choose to spend time in the North Pacific.
Forming the eastern borders of Guanacaste are a chain of volcanoes that stretch out to join the Cordillera de Guanacaste and Cordillera de Tilaran mountain ranges. The hiking in this area allows people to trek their way to the summit of a number of volcanoes, including Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Area, to enjoy fabulous views of the countryside. Passing through lovely lush dense forests, which play host to a fabulous array of exotic plant and wildlife, many rare and endangered animals and birds live here including jaguars and tapirs.
A region steep in culture, the name Guanacaste is derived from the word quahnacaztlan, which is a native word for the guanacaste tree. This tree is the national tree of Costa Rica.
This area has gained a lot of popularity in recent years due to the expansion of the Liberia airport. The airport has expanded it's arsenal of incoming flights and makes it easier for residents and tourists alike to arrive at ths part of the country. In years past, it was necessary to fly into San Jose's Juan Santamaria airport and either fly on a short flight, or drive several hours across the country. Most sites of this region are off the Pan-American Highway (Hwy. 1), which is scenic in its own right, moving northwest through Guanacaste and continuing almost to the Nicaraguan border.