Guanacaste: Travel Tips

With miles of white-sand beaches situated around lush tropical forests and national parks, it’s no wonder the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica is one of the country’s most visited areas for travelers in search of sand, sun and adventure. Bordered to the north by Nicaragua and to the west by the Pacific Ocean, visitors can choose from a multitude of activities, from trekking the famous Rincon Volcano, to ziplining, horseback riding, surfing and exploring the flora and fauna. November to April is considered the high season, when travelers can expect dry heat and very little rainfall.

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Getting To Guanacaste

If traveling to the Guanacaste region from the west coast, plan on leaving early in the morning, or taking a red-eye flight into Houston, Atlanta or Miami for a connection into Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) . Coming from New York, you can expect to connect in these cities as well. From Dallas, expect a 3.5 hour flight into LIR, while flights from Miami are about 3 hours.

Flight times

  • 3.0 hours from Miami
  • 2.5 hours from Houston
  • 8.0 hours from New York (with connection)
  • 9.0 hours from Los Angeles (with connection)

Staying In Guanacaste

The Guanacaste area draws visitors year-round thanks to its all-inclusive resorts and spas, beautiful beaches, and eco-adventure. A nature lover’s paradise, travelers can see howler monkeys, toucans, turtles and numerous species of wildlife in nearby national parks. Surfing, snorkeling and sailing is popular among adventurous travelers, as are treks to hidden waterfalls, hot springs, and the volcanoes at Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Things to do

  • Hiking: Travelers can witness Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity while hiking through the Guanacaste, Rincon de la Vieja or the Santa Rosa National Parks.
  • Ziplining: Thrill-seekers can get a unique view from above the tropical rainforest on one of the Guanacaste region’s canopy tours.
  • Surfing: The beaches along the Guanacaste area are world-renowned for their waves.
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Traveling In Guanacaste

Classic Vacations can arrange convenient and comfortable transfers at the time of booking. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel via private taxi or shared transfer.

While traveling in Costa Rica we recommend:

  • Private transfers at time of booking - Most private transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • A valid passport is required for entry into Costa Rica and return to the United States
  • Some countries may also require you to present a return airline ticket
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents


  • Costa Rican currency is called the colon, however U.S. currency is accepted nearly everywhere you go in Costa Rica.
  • Most major American and European credit cards are accepted throughout Costa Rica, however it is advisable to bring cash as well.
  • ATMs are available in resort areas, but are scarce in less populated regions.

Time Difference

  • Costa Rica is in the Central Time Zone.

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