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Guanacaste & Tamarindo Holidays

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GUANACASTE & TAMARINDO? TICK.

In the northwest corner of Costa Rica, the province of Guanacaste serves up sugar-white sands, turquoise waters and vibrant jungles. Holidays to Tamarindo and Guanacaste open up a world where secluded beaches sit beside lively towns, while the tropical parks are filled with wildlife and a variety of activities. Couples, families and adventurers alike will find paradise here, from Tamarindo Beach to the Papagayo Peninsula and beyond.

Diverse Guanacaste has something for everyone. Hot springs and mud pools bubble in the earth, while active volcanoes loom over green forests, golden forests and blue seas. You can explore by horse or quad-bike, and hike along trails to cascading waterfalls and rich jungles. Adventurers will love the canopy climbs and mile-long zip-lines, while nature-lovers can check out the wildlife parks and thriving dive sites. The stunning beaches and coves are ideal for those who want to swim or relax. And Tamarindo’s waves were made for surfing.

You can see all sorts of animals on your Guanacaste holiday. Look out for sleepy sloths, cheeky monkeys, and bright red macaws. And, if you plan your trip between October and February, you might be able to witness the arribada, when hundreds of sea turtles gather on Guanacaste’s beaches to nest. It’s one of the most mesmerising sights not just in Costa Rica, but anywhere in the world.

It’s easy to discover Guanacaste as part of an escorted tour of Costa Rica. Alternatively, if you want to travel independently, you can combine your stay in Guanacaste with a road trip from San José, and stop off in Monteverde on the way. However you want to explore, Guanacaste, Tamarindo and the Papagayo Peninsula serve up unforgettable adventures on the western edge of stunning Costa Rica. Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more.

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Guanacaste beaches

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Things to do in Tamarindo & Guanacaste

You’ll find loads of things to do on a holiday to Guanacaste. Brushed by the Pacific Ocean, this tropical province has beautiful beaches where you can swim, surf and sunbathe. And, if you can head inland, you’ll discover even more activities.

Ride the zip-lines at Diamante Eco Adventure Park. Visit Santa Rosa National Park or Palo Verde National Park to see some of Costa Rica’s famous wildlife, including sloths, monkeys, pumas, crocodiles and iguanas. Or get up close with the birds and the bees at Lomas de Barbudal.

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When you want to see some of Costa Rica’s natural wonders, you can marvel at the twin volcanoes of Orosi and Cacao in Guanacaste National. Step into Rincon de la Vieja to see boiling mud pools, hot springs, stunning waterfalls, and natural swimming pools. Take a tour to Playa Grande to see leatherback turtles laying eggs in the moonlight. And dive among rays, reef sharks and sea turtles at the Catalina Islands.

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Tamarindo

One of the most popular towns in the Guanacaste region, Tamarindo is a magnet for surfers. Hire a board and hit the waves or, if you’re a total beginner, book in for lessons. There are lots of other watersports on offer, too, so you can go canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding. Go on a dolphin-watching trip, or take a canopied boat safari down the Tamarindo Estuary to spot crocodiles, exotic birds, and howler monkeys.

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Back on dry land, you can ride a quad-bike along the beach, or ride through green pastures on horseback. In the evening, take a relaxing stroll along the golden sands, or watch the sunset from a laidback beach bar. After dark, Tamarindo’s bustling bars and night markets come to life. Prefer some peace and quiet? Go and watch sea turtles nesting at Baulas National Marine Park.

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Guanacaste beaches

Discover Costa Rica’s finest beaches on your holiday to Guanacaste and the Gulf of Papagayo. You can escape to the calm, blue waters of Ocotal, or take a kayak out on to the clear waters of palm-lined Potrero.

Enjoy a dip in the warm waters of Playa Hermosa as mountains rise above the shore behind. Travelling with the family? Children will love the sandy shores of Playas del Coco, the protective shade at Playa Panama, and the beginner’s surfing at Samara. Serious surfers, meanwhile, can get their thrills at Playa Grande and the “Little Hawaii” of Playa Avellanas.

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For something a little different, book your holiday for some time between October and February. You’ll be able to witness the mesmerising sight of hundreds of turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. They gather at Playa Ostional in the south, or Playa Real just north of Tamarindo.

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Best time to visit Tamarindo & Guanacaste

The mercury hovers between 26°C and 33°C throughout the year. So, whether you’re touring the diverse landscape or passing weeks at the beach, there’s no bad time to visit this northwest corner of Costa Rica.

Guanacaste is at its greenest from August to January so, if you’re eager to discover wildlife and nature, this is the best time to go. The rains make this part of the world lovely and lush – but Costa Rica’s tropical climate also means the downpours are brief, and blue skies soon return.

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If you’re going on holiday to Guanacaste to enjoy lazy beach days, you’ll prefer the first half of the year, when you can expect uninterrupted sun and temperatures up to 35°C. Keen surfers, meanwhile, will find the swell best between May and November.

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Things to do

Things to do in Tamarindo & Guanacaste

You’ll find loads of things to do on a holiday to Guanacaste. Brushed by the Pacific Ocean, this tropical province has beautiful beaches where you can swim, surf and sunbathe. And, if you can head inland, you’ll discover even more activities.

Ride the zip-lines at Diamante Eco Adventure Park. Visit Santa Rosa National Park or Palo Verde National Park to see some of Costa Rica’s famous wildlife, including sloths, monkeys, pumas, crocodiles and iguanas. Or get up close with the birds and the bees at Lomas de Barbudal.

Show More
Show Less

When you want to see some of Costa Rica’s natural wonders, you can marvel at the twin volcanoes of Orosi and Cacao in Guanacaste National. Step into Rincon de la Vieja to see boiling mud pools, hot springs, stunning waterfalls, and natural swimming pools. Take a tour to Playa Grande to see leatherback turtles laying eggs in the moonlight. And dive among rays, reef sharks and sea turtles at the Catalina Islands.

Show More
Show Less

Tamarindo

Tamarindo

One of the most popular towns in the Guanacaste region, Tamarindo is a magnet for surfers. Hire a board and hit the waves or, if you’re a total beginner, book in for lessons. There are lots of other watersports on offer, too, so you can go canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding. Go on a dolphin-watching trip, or take a canopied boat safari down the Tamarindo Estuary to spot crocodiles, exotic birds, and howler monkeys.

Show More
Show Less

Back on dry land, you can ride a quad-bike along the beach, or ride through green pastures on horseback. In the evening, take a relaxing stroll along the golden sands, or watch the sunset from a laidback beach bar. After dark, Tamarindo’s bustling bars and night markets come to life. Prefer some peace and quiet? Go and watch sea turtles nesting at Baulas National Marine Park.

Show More
Show Less

Guanacaste beaches

Guanacaste beaches

Discover Costa Rica’s finest beaches on your holiday to Guanacaste and the Gulf of Papagayo. You can escape to the calm, blue waters of Ocotal, or take a kayak out on to the clear waters of palm-lined Potrero.

Enjoy a dip in the warm waters of Playa Hermosa as mountains rise above the shore behind. Travelling with the family? Children will love the sandy shores of Playas del Coco, the protective shade at Playa Panama, and the beginner’s surfing at Samara. Serious surfers, meanwhile, can get their thrills at Playa Grande and the “Little Hawaii” of Playa Avellanas.

Show More
Show Less

For something a little different, book your holiday for some time between October and February. You’ll be able to witness the mesmerising sight of hundreds of turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. They gather at Playa Ostional in the south, or Playa Real just north of Tamarindo.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Tamarindo & Guanacaste

The mercury hovers between 26°C and 33°C throughout the year. So, whether you’re touring the diverse landscape or passing weeks at the beach, there’s no bad time to visit this northwest corner of Costa Rica.

Guanacaste is at its greenest from August to January so, if you’re eager to discover wildlife and nature, this is the best time to go. The rains make this part of the world lovely and lush – but Costa Rica’s tropical climate also means the downpours are brief, and blue skies soon return.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re going on holiday to Guanacaste to enjoy lazy beach days, you’ll prefer the first half of the year, when you can expect uninterrupted sun and temperatures up to 35°C. Keen surfers, meanwhile, will find the swell best between May and November.

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