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3 Types of 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.

If you would like to go fishing or surfing on your Costa Rica vacation contact us by clicking here

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!

Things to do in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste CR

Things to do in Playa Hermosa (in the rain)


Now that green season 2017 is in full swing afternoon clouds and showers are the norm. While many brave souls aren’t afraid to take a dip in the ocean while it is raining (the usual excuse is “I’m already wet”) others prefer to stay dry and take in some indoor activities yet many tourists are hard pressed to find things to do in Playa Hermosa CR when the sun isn’t shining.

Hang out in your hotel room… Scratch that, sounds lame…

What about a great lunch or dinner and a movie?

Few travelers know that there is a REAL movie theater in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste! In the Hermosa Heights community there is a cinema that plays brand new movies the same day they come out in the USA or Canada. In fact this is the only movie theater in the Gulf of Papagayo area.

restaurant in playa hermosa guanacasteEven better is the fact that they have showing in English with Spanish subtitles and vice versa!

After the show make sure to check out the Sandbar Restaurant right next door to the theater. They pretty much always have something going on whether it is live music, big screen sports, Wednesday karaoke and everyday happy hour from 4-6pm!

The Sandbar Playa Hermosa menu is a mix between Costa Rican typical food and American casual cuisine like steak and chicken specialties.

You can View the Sandbar menu on their website by clicking here

Guanacaste fishing in the papagayo gulf roosterfish

[VIDEO] The Roosterfish, an Exciting Guanacaste Fishing Experience


When looking to do some Guanacaste fishing or Papagayo sportfishing one of the great fights that any fish can provide is the famed Roosterfish. The roosterfish, is a top level Guanacaste sportfishing catch and it can be found in the higher temperature seas of the Eastern Pacific from Baja California to Peru. It is recognized by its mohawk like dorsal fin, seven long spines that stand straight up when the fish is excited.

Some of our favorite spots to land a big Roosterfish when fishing in Guanacaste is Fishing the Papagayo Gulf and the Catalina Islands. Although one can sometimes even land a Roosterfish while Playas del Coco fishing right on the islands in front of the beach it is more common to find these creatures to the north or south of our home base in Playas del Coco.

Roosterfish can reach more than five feet long and more than 50 kilos. The average is around 9 kilos.

The Roosterfish is a fun and exciting catch however it is not viewed as a decent eating fish so it is best to catch and release. The meat is oily and quite firm and fishy in taste. Watch the video below to see this fish in action.


Looking for a place to stay during your next Guanacaste Fishing trip?


First of all happy Independence day to all of our friends from the USA!

Second we are proud to announce that we are now the exclusive providers of Guanacaste sportfishing for guests who stay at the Casa Blanca Hotel in Ocotal! This Hotel is great and just a few minutes walk to the calm, not crowded and gorgeous Ocotal beach.

Right now through september is hands down the best time for Fishing in Northern Pacific Costa Rican waters. Everything is in season. So if you are looking to do some Papagayo sportfishing and Guanacaste Fishing in general, including the Catalina Islands don’t forget to book with us and stay at Casa Blanca in Ocotal.

Happy Fishing to all!

You can View Casa Blancas Facebook page by clicking here

Awesome day with an awesome family!


Awesome day with an awesome family! Left out of Playa Hermosa this morning with these clients who are frequent visitors to the Playas del Coco/ Playa Hermosa area, but this is the first time they have gone on the water with us. They had a great time and we hope to be seeing them again!
Our final Guanacaste Sportfishing tally for the day…
8 Red Snapper, 1, Mackerel and 1 Permit (also known as a Pampano fish :))
Wind conditions were excellent, only a slight breeze! That was great as we had a little one on board.
Captain: Jose
Mate: Eduardo
Boat: Pampano

Seasons Hotel on a half day tour


Today, 2 gentlemen from the 4 Seasons Hotel on a half day tour. Wind was subtle in the morning but picked up mid morning (30-50km).
That did not stop us from getting them their Catch of the Day!
Captain: Jose
Mate: Eduardo
Boat: Pampano



Winds are picking up (35-50km) but that did not stop us! Our Pampano forged through the wind and waves to let our clients trophy 8 bonitas, 2 Rooster Fish (yes, caught and released) 2 Dorados (pictured with our show off Captain Jose) and 1 mackerel.
Everyone on board was kind of hands on and busy due to the wind and noone wanted to get their cameras out for the same reason, but show off Captain managed to get his picture taken 😉

Great panga


How about a day on the great panga? Restroom, fresh water, shaded area, cushioned seating, snorkeling equipment, fishing gear and all the trimmings!
We also include lunch, snacks, fresh fruit, water, juices, sodas, and beer.
Your catch is cleaned and filleted on board for you to take back to your family for dinner!
Remember we also offer surfing trips to Witchs Rock and Ollie Point, snorkeling at several of the best beaches in the area, private Sunset Cruises or just cruising around the bay. We cater to special requests and will go out of our way to make this the best trip you have ever had!
Shown: Pampano
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Please contact us if you have any questions!

40lb Rooster Fish


Repeat clients are always our favorites! Here we go again with our friends who were lucky to have mild winds (20-30km) and sunny skies.
Today’s Guanacaste Sportfishing catch of the day was a whopping 40lb Rooster Fish!! These are respectfully observed as a protected species in these waters which classifies them as a mandatory catch and release.
We got the picture for posterity and reassurance that this would NOT be just another Big Fish Story!!
‘Tis the time of year for big game fish so come and get yours!

Family out of Playa Hermosa


A beautiful family out of Playa Hermosa allowed us to take them to a BBQ on the beach. Winds were down and we had a great time with our visitors the monkeys who managed to get some of our fruit and we stumbled upon a turtle nest hatching so our guests got a chance of a lifetime and were able to release them!!
Come join us to get in the action! Reserve today!!