Cowboys

Skilful and self-reliant, Guanacaste’s cowboys – or sabaneros – encapsulate the history of Costa Rica’s vibrant rural communities.

Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja

The beautiful landscapes of Volcán Rincón de la Vieja encompass terrains varying from rock-strewn savannah to patches of tropical dry forest, culminating in the blasted-out vistas of the volcano crater itself.

Parque Nacional Santa Rosa

Costa Rica’s oldest national park, and also one of its most popular, with good trails, great surfing and plenty of turtle-spotting opportunities.

Leatherback turtles

Playa Grande is the annual destination for hundreds of leatherback turtles, the largest of the four species of marine turtle that lay their eggs along Costa Rica’s shores.

Fiestas

Lively community fiestas celebrate Guanacaste’s livestock heritage with bullfights, rodeos, processions and traditional dancing.

Playa Sámara

One of the Pacific Coast’s finest beaches, with excellent swimming, spectacular sunsets and good waves for beginner surfers.

Parque Nacional Barra Honda

Explore subterranean, limestone caves filled with eerie formations, stalagmites and stalactites.

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A Rough Guide to spotting wildlife in Costa Rica

A Rough Guide to spotting wildlife in Costa Rica

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