The northern part of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica plays one of the most important roles in the development of tourism in Costa Rica.
In the two provinces, Guanacaste and Punatarenas, you can find the biggest hotels in the country, the most popular beaches, and many visitors. A lot of this attractive zone constitutes the province of Guanacaste, which includes a large part of the Nicoya Peninsula.
The capital of Guanacaste, Liberia, has now an international airport, where the charter flights from all over the world land. Also from Europe.
But the northern Pacific does not only has beaches to offer: the volcanoes Orosi and the volcano Rincon de la Vieja belong to the realm of the North Pacific, and are completely unknown destinations for travelers
It has an area of approximately 10000 km ² and around 280,000 inhabitants, and over 1,000 km of coastline.
Life in Guanacaste is different than in the rest of Costa Rica, everything is quiet. This has to do, of course, with the ambient temperature.
The miles-long sandy beach of Playa Junquillal 3 borders 9 other beaches: Playa Junquillal 1 – Playa Junquillal 10.
You can go and make an hour-walk on pristine beaches, riding horses, or just relax and unwind on the beach.
The reserve is situated partly on the peninsula, but mostly, however, under the sea. Founded in 1963, this protected nature area offers rain forests on the ground, and a rich marine life in the 1800 hectares of protected water areas.
All this has made Playa el Carmen and Santa Teresa one of the best-known "secret getaways" for adventurers. The lively town with surf shops, cafes and restaurants, has not lost touch with its agricultural roots. Farmers ride through the streets, chickens run free, and life is calm and relaxed.
Barra Honda National Park is located in the north of Costa Rica, where the Nicoya Peninsula borders the mainland.
Unlike the volcanic rock in all of northern Costa Rica, is the "basin of Rio Tempisque" established on a foundation of limestone. Through millions of years of long erosion, the water has dug in the limestone numerous caves.