The sunny northwest Guanacaste Province features many of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches, picturesque volcanoes and diverse habitats. The province’s eastern border is marked by windswept volcanic peaks above steaming vents at Rincón de la Vieja, Miravalles and Tenorio National Parks. Downslope rise lush green forests which merge into hot lowland tropical dry forests at Santa Rosa and Palo Verde National Parks. Palo Verde wetlands, the Tempisque River, tidal mangrove forests and estuaries host abundant wildlife. At the coast offshore; surfers, sport fishermen, divers and snorkelers find much to enjoy here, while onshore the warm beaches are great for relaxing. Guanacaste also has its own distinct culture, traditions and food.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest in the Tilaran Mountains of northwest Costa Rica is one of the world’s premiere destinations for naturalists. A cloud forest is an especially beautiful and rare type of rain forest created by frequent mists from low-lying clouds. This cool and moist environment is characterized by massive trees covered by thick “carpets” of small plants. Much of the resident wildlife is endemic to these habitats. In addition to forest hikes, visitors can enjoy many other area attractions including horseback riding; dining in numerous restaurants; live frog and butterfly exhibits; bird watching; crafts and gift shopping; “zip line” tours and bridge walks in forest canopies; a visit to a native orchid garden and more.