Guanacaste is a province of Costa Rica that offers sustainable tourism while respecting the natural surroundings, with scuba diving, boating, and snorkeling excursions all abound in this beautiful coastal region. Adventure junkies must participate in water-related activities because the biodiversity here is well-preserved. You can also take paddleboarding or surfing lessons to start your journey into the ocean waters.
However, there is more to the place than the busy beaches. This is a guide to some of the underrated attractions of Guanacaste that you must see, let’s go!
Not enough is spoken about the “White City” of Liberia. The capital city of Guanacaste gets this title from the colonial architecture and the whitewashed walls. Apart from being the province’s economic center, there are ranches on the outskirts of the city one could visit. Liberia has churches, museums, and rich history, and during your stay, you will get a glimpse into the authentic life of a Tico. You must try the Copos (snow cones) and Jugo de Caña (sugar cane juice) from local vendors here.
Diamante Eco Adventure Park is one of the finest locations in the country where you can learn about the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. It is also popular for its Animal Sanctuary and the dual zip line which is the longest in the country. Home to a plethora of Costa Rican animals, the center aims to educate visitors about the importance of protecting wildlife.
Miravalles Volcano is a dormant volcano that has remained largely overlooked by flocks of tourists. Being the tallest volcano in the Guanacaste Mountain range, it produces enough thermal energy to make for a unique volcanic bath experience. You can also take a dip in the hot spring here. The best part, admission to the hot springs here is much more economical than at the well-known Arenal Volcano.
Untainted by commercialization, Playa Nosara is a beautiful and preserved beach on Guanacaste Coast that is suitable for both surfing and swimming. This town is all about the outdoor lifestyle with a great affinity towards yoga and surfing. The motto of the beach community is “No shoes, no shirt, Nosara”.
For beach bums who wish to relax by the waves but are bothered by crowds, Playa San Juanillo is the best spot! You can reach this local gem via a 20-mile dirt road, but the trip is worth the sweet solitude and a stunning viewpoint of the “Mirador Playa San Juanillo” where beaches meet.
For a quiet and peaceful trip to the beach, visit Playa Avellanas and Playa Negra in Guanacaste. Cross the bumpy dirt roads to get to these Costa Rican slices of paradise. You can also check out the nearby restaurants and a yoga retreat center.
Only a 20-minute-drive from The International Airport of Liberia is Playa Panama. It is a pristinely maintained beach that isn’t overtaken by excessive developments yet, retaining its authenticity. The beach offers a gorgeous skyline in addition to its calm waters ideal for swimming. You can also try paddle boarding, jet skiing, and other fun activities here.
Among other hidden gems are Playa Bonita and Playa Buena located just 4 km south of Panama beach. These white sand beaches have such bright turquoise waters, you will feel like you’ve entered a picture.
Next up is a local favorite Playa Zapotillal (Mina) with soft tan sand and clear waters. You must carry everything you need here (food, umbrellas, chair, etc.) since this is a no-frills, non-commercial beach. Be sure to collect your garbage, you don’t want the turtles choking on it.Lastly, if you have some time to spare before your Costa Rican journey ends, stop at the beautiful Hidden Garden Art Gallery located near the airport.