With more than 125 miles of powder-fine white sands, crystalline waters and crashing waves, Costa Rica’s northwestern coast is like one gigantic beach resort. Many of the beaches of Guanacaste are among the best in the country.
With the majestic peak of Arenal Volcano omnipresent and more than 7,000 acres of wild rainforest to explore, it’s hardly surprising that hiking in Arenal Volcano National Park ranks high on most travelers’ itineraries, offering dramatic views of the country’s most active volcano.
With its golden sands hemmed in by towering palm trees and azure waters, and the horizon framed by volcanic peaks and vast swaths of rainforest, Jaco paints a striking picture and it’s an idyllic spot to watch the sunset over Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.
With rugged volcanoes, white sand beaches and miles of uncharted rainforest, Costa Rica’s northwestern region offers ample opportunities for adventurous travelers both on and off the beaten track. From bird-spotting in the jungle to lounging on tropical beach or exploring some of Costa Rica’s most spectacular National Parks – here are a few of the top things to do in Guanacaste.
Just northeast of downtown San Jose, Barrio Amón offers a characterful alternative to the bleak office blocks of the center, with its striking colonial buildings, tranquil parklands and chic assortment of cafes, restaurants and bars.
With its central location and transport links to all of Costa Rica’s major sights, most travelers pass through San José at some point during their trip, and there’s a huge range of hotels, guesthouses and hostels to suit all budgets. Whether you’re studying Spanish in the capital, want to sample San Jose’s legendary nightlife or have just one day to take in the highlights; here are a few tips for where to stay in San Jose.