NORTHERN PACIFIC: Tamarindo & Guanacaste
Boasting some of the country’s finest beaches and most beautiful scenery, the northern Pacific is a long-favoured destination of those travelling to Costa Rica. Playa Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo and Playa Conchal are popular among sun-worshipers and surfers alike; while city-lovers can visit the charming towns of Liberia and Nicoya; and anyone hoping to explore the great outdoors or wildlife watch can choose from a selection national parks. There’s something for everyone on a Costa Rica tour.
Exquisite beaches and incredible surfing, Tamarindo is a popular port of call when people travel to Costa Rica. As one of the most developed beach towns on the peninsula, Tamarindo boasts a host of hotels, restaurants and bars, making it the perfect destination for comfortable relaxation. Gentle breaks make it ideal for beginners learning how to surf, while beautiful jungle-fringed sandy beaches ensure enjoyable beach relaxation. Although Tamarindo is more than just gorgeous beaches and holiday homes, with Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste National Park for a nature tour. Las Baulas was created in 1995 to protect the nesting grounds of the critically endangered leatherback turtles, which come ashore from Nov. to Feb. with night tours available.
Despite its popularity, Playa Tamarindo is by no means the only gorgeous beach in Costa Rica; Playa Conchal – named after the myriad of shells that wash ashore – is a tropical paradise ideal for snorkelling, while Playa Flamingo possesses an unrivalled beauty in its sugar-white sands, sparkling blue seas and scenic swaying palm trees.
However Guanacaste’s beauty is not all natural, with the quaint towns of Liberia and Nicoya offering travellers the chance to experience Tico cowboy culture alongside colonial charisma in these charming villages. Known colloquially as the “Ciudad Blanca” – white city – Liberia is a pretty city of whitewashed colonial houses and Tico character. While Nicoya boasts a gorgeous central park, the white Parroquis San Blas church, and cascading bougainvillea, making it a picture-perfect location for some photography.
When you travel Costa Rica, you have a host of national parks to choose from, with Guanacaste National Park, Palo Verde National Park, Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve and Barra Honda National Park, there is plenty of pristine jungle and emerald savannah to explore.