Guanacaste offers a wide range of possibilities to enjoy costa rica tourism filled with adventure. Anything you can imagine, from fishing to canopying, can be found in this wonderful place. Some of these activities include:
- Surf. Guanacaste has the correct blends of tropical temperatures, warm waters and good breeze for excellent surfing all year round. The Green Season is the best time for the biggest of waves. Scroll down for more…
- Scuba Diving. Scuba diving in Costa Rica is a quite different experience in comparison with other traditional destinations. Divers can encounter numerous living organisms, colorful residents of the water that make it an underwater paradise. Scroll down for more…
- Boat rides. Boats are available for rental in different localities: Playas del Coco, Tamarindo, Ocotal, Potrero, Brasilito and at some halfway points.
- Walks. If you want to go for a nice walk, you have several places to choose from in Guanacaste. Places such as the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa Rosa National Parks are wonderful. Santa Rosa has several miles of beaches (Naranjo and Nancite), where the Green sea turtles ” Lora” lay their eggs. These turtles are well known all around the world for their massive nesting; which occurs during the months of August to October. Playa Grande is also great for walks, while turtles are nesting in February.
- Bird watching. Guayabo National Park, Negritos National Parks and the Island of the Pájaros (Birds) are important small islands that offer protection and a resting place for many migratory birds. However; in most of the parks you will be able to observe a great variety of native birds from Guanacaste. The most suitable places for bird watching are Palo Verde, Island Bolaños and Tenorio.
- Kayaking. Since the pacific tides are quite predictable during the dry season, many of the hotels in the area offer the necessary equipment for kayaking. Costa Rica kayaking is some of the best in the world. The best spots for this sport are Playa Real, Junquillal, Samara, Nosara and the Coco. Kayaking may also be practiced in some streams such as Tamarindo.
- Spelunking or caving. Experienced spelunkers will enjoy Barra Honda National Park. With assistance of expert guides and special equipment, it is possible to go down inside the limestone caves and wonder through the stalactites, stalagmites and fanciful shapes.
- Tirolesa or canopy. You may zip through the treetops while observing the most beautiful natural landscapes and feel the wind next to you. There are many places to let you enjoy this original adventure from Costa Rica. There is also bunge jumping!!!!
Costa Rica Tourism for Surfing
Guanacaste is a well-developed destination for Costa Rica surfing offering up waves suitable for beginners to advanced surfers. Its perfect blends of tropical temperatures, warm waters and good breeze have created prime conditions for practicing this sport all year round. The rainy season is the best time for the biggest waves. Among the most famous areas for surfing are the “surfing spots” of Tamarindo, Roca Bruja “Witch’s Rock” in the Santa Rosa National Park and “Ollie’s Point” in Protero. Following is some more information on each:
- Witch’s Rock. The best part of Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point is that not only offer the best surf breaks and excellent waves, but also you need not to be an expert to enjoy its attraction. These are reserved sites since they are only accessible by boat. Witch’s Rock extends to both sides of the river, creating a dream point, while Potrero Grande, best known as Ollie’s Point is a world-renowned destination and you may say surfing here is heroic.
- Playa Grande is a well-exposed beach break, just on the north side of Tamarindo. This spot is consistent and draws crowds because its different breaks to satisfy every taste. If wind is not blowing and the tides rise up, Playa Grande offers a really fun show.
- Playa Avellanas has several breaks just in front of the beach and a river called Little Hawaii. The edge of the river may be a good break when the waves rise up. There are also some peaks south of the edge.
- Playa Negra is south of Avellanas, well know for its reef break. Usually bigger that other spots in Tamarindo, Playa Negra offers waves of anthologyotros spot.
Costa Rica Tourism for Scuba Diving
Scuba diving in Costa Rica is a quite different experience in comparison with other traditional destinations, because divers can encounter numerous living organisms, colorful residents of the water that make it a underwater paradise. On the Pacific Ocean there is a stunning amount of life that could not be found elsewhere. Visibility for scuba diving ranges from 30 to 100 percent and the average water temperature is of 80º F.
The coastal waters of Guanacaste offer a spectacular diversity, from a tiny and fluorescent damsel to a giant manta. For any experienced diver and marine life lovers, this area offers the opportunity to swim side to side with different species of sharks including ballena, toro and others. The underwater paradise is full of cliffs, canyons and tunnels visited by some of the most daring divers of the World.
Costa Rica Tourism Season:
The best months for diving is between May and October or the Green Season. However diving is grea all year around.
Recommended beach sites for scuba diving include Hermosa, Coco, Danta and Pan de Azucar, Conchal, Blanca and Virador, Ocotal, Potrero, Nacascolo and Junquillal. Also the Islands Murcielagos and Santa Catalina.