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.

Guanacaste has approximately 10,000 sq km and about 270,000 inhabitants.  One of the many faces of Guanacaste, is a very alive and natural one, is the nature paradise with shouting and roaring apes, around flatting hummingbirds, crocodiles in lagoons and, sea turtles, queues, iguanas and parrots, and many other pleasant experiences, like the beautiful unaffected dream beaches and 11 national Parks and protected areas.

Guanacaste is in the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and it has the best golf courses and marinas of the country. Guanacaste, with its capital Liberia, is the most northwesterly province of Costa Rica, and borders West to the Pacific Ocean. Over 30 beaches to explore extended along 62 miles (100 km) on the Pacific Coastal Line.

Guanacaste, located between 8 and 11 degrees northern latitude has only two seasons; the rainy (May - November) and the dry season (December - April).  According to the NASA, Costa Rica has the best climate of the world. The average temperature is 80°F and the annual rainfall is 59 - 79 inches. Due to its relatively dry climate through both seasons, Guanacaste has become the center of Costa Rican cattle breeding.

Guanacaste is a save region for travelers. The Control Risks Institute has evaluated that there it is a low risk as well as low danger (2007).

If you like romantic beaches, friendly people, and nature, visit Guanacaste. The progress of tourist development has not change the clocks in Guanacaste, they still run slow leaving plenty of time to experience the majestic beauty.

Long summer days and beautiful beaches are the two phrases that best define what Guanacaste is all about. A province for the active soul, Guanacaste draws visitors with its stunning shoreline, incredible bird watching, amazing horseback riding, excellent surfing and snorkeling, and wonderful mountain lake windsurfing. With so much to do, it’s easy to understand why so many people come to visit this lovely province.

Forming the eastern borders of Guanacaste, a chain of volcanoes stretch out to join the Cordillera de Guanacaste and the Cordillera de Tilarán. Offering some truly terrific hiking facilities, tourists can trek their way to the summit of a number of volcanoes, including Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park.  You can enjoy some really breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, pass 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 Río Tempisque. This river in turns nurtures the province before emptying itself into the Golfo de Nicoya.

The Northern Pacific and Peninsula Nicoya areas are located in the Province of Guanacaste. It is mainly famous for its beaches and is also called The Gold Coast of Costa Rica. This area includes the famous beaches of Conchal, Langosta, Flamingo, Tamarindo, and many more.

Aside from cattle ranches, the Northern Pacific Region has protected in National Parks semiactive volcanos, lakes, and one of the last tropical dry forests left in Central America.