Costa Rica Activities & Beaches
Most of the Villas Caribe villas are located in the Province of Guanacaste. In its majestic, Guanacaste combines its folklore attractions, traditions and food that rescue the past of Costa Rica. Among its settlements, it is located the center of the Indian art Guaitil, historical national place where the stronger Indian tribe lived long time ago, also Liberia -the famous white city where in a strategic point the tourist can contact to different and beautiful beaches without comparison. Here are some recommended activities during your stay in Costa Rica.
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal): This 1,633 meter volcano has been rumbling and spewing since 1969. One of the top attractions in the country is reachable in a four wheel drive. Fantastic landscapes, flora and incredible views combine to capture the best of nature. Activities: Baldi Hot Springs, Tabacon Hot Springs, Venado Caves, Catarata La Fortuna (700 meter waterfall), and La Fortuna Canopy Tour.
Nicoya Peninsula: Places to go with Nicoya include: Barra Honda National Park – best known for its well-preserved limestone caves. Curu National Wildlife Refuge – privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching. Church of San Blas – Historical, located on the north side of central park. Cabo Blanco Absolut Reserve.
Liberia: The Provincial capital is located in the heart of the province. The city is spacious and gracious with its tree lined avenues, landscaped central park. The city also has many little shops, cafes and restaurants. The Church of la Ermita La Agonia houses the city museum that can boast a very interesting history in itself.
Turtle Watching: Everyone ought to see a turtle nesting. It is an impressive thing to see, the pilgrimage of a sea creature back to the land its ancestors left a hundred million years ago. Sea turtles have probably been nesting on the beaches of Costa Rica since time immemorial, but it's only been within the past 30 years or so that research has been publicized about it. People have been coming to Costa Rica for decades to help preserve these endangered animals, by tagging as well as assisting in other research.
There are only three nesting places in the world and Playa Grande is one of them. The National Marine Park Las Baulas of Guanacaste and the wildlife Refuge of Tamarindo located in Playa Grande, Guanacaste, is the nesting place of the leatherback turtle (dermochelys coriacea) known as the Baula turtle, being the most important in Costa Rica. The nesting season begins on October 20th and ends on February 15th, making Playa Grande one of Costa Rica's most popular tourist attractions.
Playa Grande: Las Baulas National Marine Park - This park supports the Pacific Ocean’s largest nesting colony of leatherback turtles.
Santa Rosa National Park: This park was established to protect the site of the Battle of Santa Rosa in 1856. The park reminds the whole country the jealousy of Costa Ricans before an invasion, that without organized army defended the sovereignty and peace the Costa Rica enjoy plentifully today.
Rincon de La Vieja National Park: This 35,000-acre national park centers around a volcano that last erupted in 1995.
Monkey Park: Animal rescue and refuge. Wildlife park.
Palo Verde National Park: The water system in this park sustains the largest population of waterfowl and wading birds in Central America.
Fusion Natural Spa: Playa Ocotal. Phone: 506-670-0914. Web: www.fusionnaturalspa.com Rincon de La Vieja National Park: National park.
Costa Rica is an absolute paradise in matters of beaches. The coastline has a length of over 1800 km with a never-ending variety of beaches for any possible taste. There are rocky and stony beaches, sandy beaches with white, gray, bluish black, tan, and pink colored sand. From Playa Avellanas to Playa Vuelta del Sur, and any name in between, from the Pacific to the Atlantic / Caribbean, Costa Rica offers an almost infinite number of beaches for tourist enjoyment. Come to surf, swim, snorkel, SCUBA dive, or just relax in the warm, tropical sun.
To list the beaches of Guanacaste would be endless, but it cannot leave mentioning the famous and crowded beaches of Sámara , Tamarindo, Conchal, Panamá and the unforgettable Coco Beach, which has reached fame and affection of the Costa Ricans that have and offer songs, poems in honour of them.
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones):
Playa Nosara is located southwest from the town of Nicoya and is accessed through the route that leads to Sámara. Joining Ostional and Guiones Beaches it constitutes the Osional National wildlife Preserve, whose ravines, rocky plateaus and coastal lowlands are drained mostly by the Nosara River.
Ocotal is the gate to the Gulf of Papagayo. It is a small beach of 700 mts. protected by hills and cliffs of sedimentary metamorphic rocks of 80 million years of age. Its clear sands mix with scarce rock formations and the dry forests of the hills. Together with Cirial Point to the west and La Flor Peak to the north, it is a site of outstanding scenic beauty where the shimmering sands are dotted with mounds of rocks, the hills covered with tropical dry forest and the jagged coastline forever battered by the pounding surf.
Playa Tamarindo: Tamarindo is a tourist beach with lots of hotels and activity for a mainly young crowd. The beach extends for two kms. between Punto San Francisco on the South and Matapalo River Estuary, exactly at the southern limit of Las Baulas Marine National Park. It is a place made up of large extensions of clear sand beaches. Surrounded by Savannah Oak-, Tamarindo and Coconut trees. Tamarindo has quite an infrastructure with a small grocery store, bank, bars, discos and little souvenir/surf shops. Its a good destination for anyone that wants to fish, surf, kayak, dive, snorkel or boat.
Located 2 kms from Playa Brasilito. Playa Brasilito and Conchal make up a unit separated by the rock headlands of Punta Conchal. Its name is derived that the sand is made up of millions of crushed shells that constitute a rare environment. along the 1,5 km long beach, manzanillo-, madero negro-, brasil-, and some ear trees can be observed. The beaches are drenched in sunshine, this being one of their most valued attractions. The sun shines between 11-12 hours a day during the dry season (December-April), heating the coastal system with an average maximum temperature of 96°F during March and April, and an average annual temperature of 80.6°F. Rainfall is around 1800 mm, but last only a short time, giving way to an exhausting drought where stretches of tawny terrain alternate with grassland and stands of mayflower, wild cotton, swollen-thorn acacia and some cacti.
Playa Panamá: Located in the well known Gulf of Papagayo. The beach is surrounded mainly by sarno, brazilwood, manchineel and mesquite. There is a small mangrove swamp in the Rocha estuary. The hills present patches of dry forest and some rocky strata where several cactaceous plants can be observed. In the sea waters that accompany the coastline of 2,5 km of extension, there is an abundance of fishes and different types of seabirds. The climate is hot and dry from November to April and hot and humid the rest of the year. The month with the greatest amount of rain are September and October.
Playa Coco (Coco Beach):
South of Hermosa, this beach has been a popular destination for Costa Ricans and tourists alike for many years. It has a paved road going right up to the beach, which makes for easy access. Weekends are generally boisterous and loud downtown Playa del Coco - head here if you're looking for something to do. The beach itself has dull volcanic gray sand (for white sand, sneak down to Ocotal). Coco isn't a surfer beach, but it is a port, which makes it very popular with divers and fishermen, who ship out from its anchorages, and surfers bound for Witch's Rock. The southern end houses a commercial fishing fleet and the north end is wealthier. Mid-July sees a very big celebration - the Virgin del Mar Festival.