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Top Things to do in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Group getting ready to Zip Line

Things To Do in Guanacaste Costa Rica – An Intro to Guanacaste

Guanacaste is one of the seven provinces of Costa Rica, and it is located in the North West Pacific. It features around 6,500 square miles of land in which mountains, lakes, beaches, rain forest, dry forests and more are found. Guanacaste also offers different microclimates, and it is the perfect location to experience the best things to do in Costa Rica.

There is an experience for all ages in Guanacaste, be it family, honeymooners, people seeking adventure, backpacking or solo travel. There are also ATV tours, Ziplining, and more.

To explore Costa Rica in depth, here are just a few of the things to do in Guanacaste Costa Rica:


Guanacaste has nine national parks ranging from volcanoes, to dry forest to marine parks, all who fall within national protected areas. There is an excellent opportunity for wildlife sightseeing, exploring waterfalls and volcanoes, taking a hike or just enjoying the view. Popular nature tours include animal sanctuaries, volcano hiking, hanging bridges, trail hiking and camping in national parks. And of course, just relaxing in a hammock oceanfront at one of the hundreds of beaches in Guanacaste.

Things to do in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Playa Matapalo, Guanacaste


There are few places in Costa Rica where people are as proud of their heritage as they are in Guanacaste. Their people honor and take pride in their traditions and celebrations. They are friendly, open people who don’t hesitate to offer a helping hand or just a warm smile. They take pride in their crops and “fincas”, farms where the family has probably been for decades.

Things to do in guanacaste costa rica

“Cafe Chorreado” the traditional way for Costaricans to brew the coffee.

Many tours in Guanacaste will take you to a nearby town and tour through their monuments and important locations, thus giving you a brief glimpse of history. Others will demonstrate the traditional ways in which they lived 100 years ago such as: how they brewed coffee, gathered sugar, making chocolate from cocoa plants, how they transported goods, and much more.


Of course, no Costa Rica vacation is ever fulfilled without a little adventure. Of the hundreds of things to do in Guanacaste Costa Rica, adventure activities are at the top of everyone’s list. Ranging from seeing animals, deep sea fishing trips, and stand-up paddling, to zip lining, Costa Rica animal sanctuaries, ATV Tours and more, Guanacaste has it all!  

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The most sough-out activity in Guanacaste: Zip Line

The top adventure everyone looks for is canopy or zip line. These two are different. A canopy tour is one where the platforms are in trees, and you ride from tree to tree. Zip lining is done from platform to platform. These platforms are on towers, mountain sides, or buildings. Whether you choose canopy or zip lining you are in for an adventure of a lifetime.

Visit Diamante Eco-Adventure Park

Located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica Diamante Eco Adventure Park offers a wide variety of experiences featuring one the best animal sanctuaries in the country, Costa Rica’s #1 zip line experience including a mile long – superman style line, a traditional house located in a botanical garden, a fun ATV tour and horseback riding tour. Best of all – oceanfront with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Contact your tour operator for more information or visit the website