The Gold Coast
Aptly named because of the billions of tourist development dollars, not to mention six months of rain free cloudless skies, Guanacaste is the premier destination in Costa Rica.
Long summer days and beautiful beaches are two phrases that best define what Guanacaste is all about. A province for the active soul, Guanacaste draws visitors with its stunning shorelines, incredible bird watching, amazing horseback riding, excellent surfing, boogie boarding, scuba diving, snorkeling and wonderful salt water fishing. With so much to do, it’s easy to understand why so many people come to visit this amazing province.
Forming the eastern borders of Guanacaste is a chain of volcanoes that stretch out to join the Cordillera de Guanacaste and Cordillera de Tilaran mountain ranges. Offering some terrific hiking facilities, tourists can trek their way to the summit of a number of volcanoes, including Rincon de la Vella Volcano, to enjoy some really breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
Passing through lovely lush dense forests, which play host to a fabulous array of exotic plant and wildlife, many rare and endangered animals and birds live here including jaguars and tapirs. From these mountains also flow various rivers that roll down to form an alluvial plain drained by the Rio Tempisque. This river in turns nurtures the province before emptying itself into the Golfo de Nicoya.
A region steep in culture, the name Guanacaste is derived from the word quahnacaztlan, which is a native word for the Guanacaste tree. This tree is the national tree of Costa Rica.
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