Activities in Guanacaste Costa Rica


Guanacaste Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with some of the top hotels, resorts, bars, casinos and nightclubs in Guanacaste’s “Gold Coast,” offers a rich variety of fun things to do on vacation.

Best beaches for tanning, swimming, surfing Costa Rica’s brightest, whitest sand blankets the beach at Flamingo, so it’s tops for tanning. The area’s safest beaches for swimming are Playas Brasilito, Surfside and Potrero.

Water and Beach Activities

Grande and nearby Tamarindo/Langosta are popular surfing spots, as well as Avellanas beach and Negra beach. Playa Naranjo, home of Witch Rock, is Costa Rica surfing at its best. 

Horseback riding on the beach or along trails is available.

Ride a river raft on the Coricibi, a bigger boat on the Tempisque River or Tamarindo Mangroves and Estuary cruises. Zip Line tours are also available.

Sunset and day cruises are also a nice option to enjoy the ocean. The Pacific Soul Catamaran is a great ocean getaway available for day or overnight trips.

Diving and Snorkeling

Scuba diving, snorkeling tours, and PADI courses. Go underwater for some of the top diving and snorkeling in Central America. A 60-80 foot dive at Catalina Island, directly off Flamingo, can yield visions of white-tipped sharks, giant manta rays, hammerhead sharks and sailfish. The diving is excellent any time of year. Several dive shops serve Tamarindo and Flamingo where you can find a full line of rental gear for water activities including great Scuba Diving.


Offshore billfishing is nearly a year-round. Inshore, you can hook up with Roosterfish for a real battle. April-November offers the best all around deep sea fishing in the area, though October is often too rainy for much action. Anglers usually raise the most billfish in July, when the yellowfin tuna catch also takes off. 

National Parks

Guanacaste boasts more National Parks than any other province in the country. From the Pacific coast are you can reach Guanacaste, Rincón de la Vieja, Palo Verde, Barra Honda, Santa Rosa National Parks, Arenal and Las Baulas National Marine Park. These parks offer a nature lovers paradise with hiking and wildlife viewing as part of the experience.


If you like to play golf, you have a choice of two golf courses in the immediate area.

The 18-hole Garra De León Championship Golf Course at the Westin Playa Conchal property is a magnificent 6,956 yard coastal golf course. The course was designed by legendary golf course architect and designer Robert Trent Jones II. Each hole was incorporated into the rhythm of the native tropical landscape and offering majestic vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

The golf course at Hacienda Pinilla is a a 7,300-yard, par 72 Mike Young golf course. Mike Young was responsible for designing some of the finest courses in the United States, South America, Israel and India.