Guanacaste is one of the seven provinces of Costa Rica and has a size of about 10.000 m2. With around 270,000 inhabitants, living in several cantons, Guanacaste has many faces and gives a completely different attitude towards life that strangers might not understand or comprehend immediately.
Guanacaste is one of the many faces of Costa Rica. It is a very natural and original one. The pure life mainly expresses itself through the untouched nature: crying howler monkeys, tiny hummingbirds, dangerous crocodiles or lazy iguanas. Not to mention the turtles, snakes and numerous colorful toucans and parrots. Beaches like Playa Barrigona or the beauty of ten national parks are some other good reasons for a vacation in Costa Rica.
With its capital Liberia, Guanacaste is the most northwestern province of Costa Rica. It is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean, which has a coastline of about 635 miles. The touristic areas of this region are more or less developed. Here, you can experience another facet of Guanacaste. If you visit, for example, Tamarindo (evil tongues call it "Tamagringo"), you can see a classic model of tourism development. This place has changed tremendously over the years.
Due to a building boom, the real estate market has almost exploded. The landscape is dominated by "Condominios". Furthermore, one can find numerous North American luxury hotel facilities there. In 2006, there was the biggest boom in real estate investments ever in Guanacaste. The number of building permits increased by 133% compared to 2005.
If you like to go out and you want to get to know the Costa Rican nightlife, Tamarindo, however, will be the place to be. There are numerous nightclubs, bars and pubs, were there are different parties and events.