Guanacaste Province

At first glance, Guanacaste may seem like just some real estate tucked into Central America. However, discovering Guanacaste reveals so much more. I've spent substantial time in Costa Rica, including Guanacaste, and have yet to see everything this province has to offer. One must remember a critical point about Costa Rica: rather than trying to grasp Costa Rica, “LET COSTA RICA COME TO YOU.” This sentiment is particularly embodied in its northernmost province, Guanacaste, more than anywhere else, showcasing a lifestyle full of friendly and inviting people.

Most of Guanacaste was once part of Nicaragua. After a public vote in 1825, the people decided to join Costa Rica, and Liberia has remained the capital since being renamed in 1854. Guanacaste is a world-class playground, offering hundreds of beaches, volcanoes, mud baths, farmlands, and majestic ocean views. It is home to parks and reserves including the Santa Rosa National Park and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste World Heritage Site.

Local residents, renowned for their friendly demeanor, lead the way in enjoying a laid-back lifestyle, making living in Guanacaste a dream come true for everyone. The region has attracted settlers from around the world long before it became a tourist hotspot, drawing Europeans for 500 years and, more recently, North and South Americans. The favorable weather, particularly in the Papagayo area which receives the least amount of rain in the country, significantly contributes to the lifestyle. This climate has attracted hotel chains and resorts, bringing along various services, including multiple grocery stores, building centers, restaurants, salons, and service centers, providing everything one might expect in their home country.

Traveling around, you'll notice well-paved major roads, a great bus system, well-placed international airports, and ample places to bike. Named after the national tree, Guanacaste is rich in biodiversity, hosting over 250 bird species, a rare dry forest, unique flora and fauna, along with exotic animals including sloths, pumas, jaguars, and a plethora of monkeys. The weather in Guanacaste varies; most expats experience hotter, drier weather along the beaches and cooler, more rain in the mountain areas.

For explorers, Guanacaste is a treasure, whether you’re interested in discovering old churches or cars, dancing in Liberia, or taking a drive along the Pan-Am Highway leading from Guanacaste. Perhaps building a pirate ship on the beach is your desire—yes, I've seen it done—or restoring a car, painting, or renovating a condo or villa; it’s all feasible here. Labor is generally inexpensive, so that dream project or business can become a reality. Our beaches serve as excellent launch points for travelers, with condos and homes being popular among owners who like trading homes around the world. I can confidently say, if you're bored in Guanacaste, it’s your own fault.


From Theo

People come to Costa Rica for many reasons. It's interesting to find out why the people move here. What stands out so well in Guanacaste is why people choose to stay. I would be happy to speak to you more about this area and this country. Please take a minute and register for my newsletter and updates. Also look for my updates and videos about living at sea level here in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, C.R.

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