things to do in guanacaste

3 Types of Things to do in Guanacaste

While on vacation to Costa Rica, and more specifically Northwest Costa Rica and the Guanacaste Province travelers often want to see a variety of different ecosystems and natural places. In this post we will talk about 3 types of things to do in Guanacaste Costa Rica.

Guanacaste Wildlife

First off is the Costa Rica wildlife, when in Guanacaste there are different terrains and altitude areas that lend to different animal life as well as plants insects… Tilaran for example is just a short ride from Canas yet going up in altitude and bear near Lake Arenal drastically changes the temperature and wind conditions lending itself to different species of both flora and fauna.wildlife in guanacaste costa rica

If we had to choose just one tour when staying in a beach town our pick would be Palo Verde. Palo Verde is a wildlife refuge along the Tempisque River, just a short drive from beach towns like Playas del Coco or Tamarindo.

Once you arrive at the river you will board a boat and roll along the banks of the Tempoisque seeing Crocodiles, many species of birds such as storks and heron, lizards of different varieties and even the famous white faced monkey that may even jump on your boat and say hello!

The diversity near the banks of this river is really amazing and for the price this is our pick for viewing Guanacaste Wildlife. Costour, a company that is based in Playas del Coco is a solid pick to take you to Palo Verde.

You can contact Costour by visiting their website here

Fishing and Ocean Activities

Having an expansive coastline makes Guanacaste a prime destination for fishing in Costa Rica as well as other water sports such as Scuba Diving, snorkeling and surfing.

The Papagayo gulf is home to some great surf spots like Witches Rock and Ollies point, both of which are not very crowded as ou have to take a boat to arrive there!

Papagayo fishing is also some of Guanacaste’s most sought after activities. Fishing charters in Costa Rica generally range from about $350 to as much as $1600 depending on where you go and how long the trip is.

Top sport fish in the area include Marlin, Sailfish, Roosterfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and Amberjack.

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Cultural Activities

The next activity takes us to a simpler way of life and with a familiar face… Costour.

Costour has created a Guanacaste Cultural Tour that is second to none and not regularly offered by many other agencies. Explore the sugarcane plantations, meet Chorotega pottery makers that have been perfecting their craft for generations and centuries and learn to cook an authentic Costa Rican tortilla from scratch. All topped off with a great meal of local fare and local ingredients.

To learn more about the Costa Rica cultural tour visit Costour’s website by clicking the Costour logo

In Conclusion

When on vacation in Costa Rica don’t forget to bring your sunscreen but also don’t forget that there is more to this great land than the beach. Marine life, mountain terrain, river creatures and rich cultural experiences await you at every turn!