San Jose is the capital city of Costa Rica and by far the largest city in the country. Due to it's strategic geographical location in the center of the country, it is the ideal place to begin or end your exciting adventure. The city has a broad range of accommodations ranging from centrally located hotels, some with historic character, to modern suburban retreats surrounded by lush tropical gardens and swimming pools.
The province of Guanacaste covers most of the northwestern party of Costa Rica. This picturesque region opens a doorway to the romance and serenity of flat lands, green mountains, and rich foliage. Because of the unique climate, the region boasts a tremendous diversity of terrain from dense rain forests to airy deciduous forests, towering active volcanoes to lush sugarcane fields and thick lagoons to unburdened beaches.
The region has a wide variety of national parks and reserves with plenty of sightseeing tours. It is the ideal place for those who want to enjoy water sports such as surfing, fishing, snorkeling, or SCUBA diving. This area offers some of the best deep-sea diving and fishing in the world. Explore amazing savannas, horseback ride into the forest or just relax on the unspoiled beaches. Here is where you will find many luxurious all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica.
Guanacaste Featured Hotels
There is a certain atmosphere that permeates this mid-pacific region. It wraps itself around you and frees you from stress and troubles. The wildlife is abundant and you are very likely to spot scarlet macaws, toucans, and monkeys. This region holds countless attractive beaches and picturesque towns and villages. There are also several protected areas and national parks to visit. This area offers a variety of adventurous travel experiences like touring thru tropical foests and mangroves, horseback riding to tucked away waterfalls, kayaking thru rivers and estuaries and walks on the beach. Prepare yourself for a full itinerary of sights to behold!
The Quepos area is home to the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park. This park combines the rainforest with breaktaking white-sanded beaches. Manual Antonio has become a mecca for the jet set and Hollywood celebrities that come to enjoy the serenity of the place combined with an active nightlife that includes restaurants, bars and discotheques. The place has received plenty of coverage in travel magazines, which have listed is as one of the 10 most beautiful places in the world! From Manuel Antonio you can experience whitewater rafting, guided rainforest hikes, waterfall walks, horseback riding, snorkeling, canopy tours, and sport fishing.
Buena Vista Villas
Costa Rica's "Amazon" - A nature lover's haven
A melting pot of ethnic and cultural diversity, the Caribbean coast spreads out like a tropical patchwork quilt. Visiting the Caribbean is like entering an area where its inhabitants and culture will remind you of Jamica and other British colonized Caribbean islands. Rich in awe-inspiring jungle where many endangered species thrive, a great portion of this coast is protected in national parks. The best known is Tortuguero, which covers Costa Rica's eastern seaboard. There are plenty of rivers, lagoon, and canals that serve as a window thru which the visitor can admire the amazing flora and fauna, making it a wonderful experience for nature lovers. Along the coast, approximately 3000 green sea turtles come to shore each season between July and October to lay their eggs. Cayman, monkeys, sloths, toucans, manatees, jaguars and over 405 species of birds abound in the area.
Arenal Volcano is the smallest and most active volcano in Costa Rica. Long dormant, Arenal erupted in July of 1968 and has been constantly active since. Arenal puts on an unforgettable light and smoke show nearly every day. Nighttime viewing is the most spectacular, with glowing lava and mini-explosions lighting up the sky. The area is rich in natual attractions; experiencing thermo-mineral hot springs, waterfall hikes, horseback riding, birdwatching, canopy tours, biking and boat tours.
High on the Tilaran Mountain Range, Monteverde is one of the most fascinating destinations in Costa Rica. Monteverde is cool, verdant, and rich in biodiversity and a multitude of microclimates. Quaker families came from the US to settle here in 1951, choosing to live in harmony with their surroundings and the Costa rican families of nearby Santa Elena village. Later, their quest to preserve this area became an international consevation effort that today bears the fruit of the private nonprofit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a unique balance between conservation and tourism that covers more than 40 square miles. Guided hikes or maps for do-it-yourselfers give access to the well marked trails, waterfalls, rivers, and observation areas. No one should leave Monteverde without having at least tried seeing a "Quetzal", one of the most beautiful birds in the world. Monteverde also hosts the largest variety of butterfiles and moths world-wide.
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel