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Playa Conchal Condo
3 BR / 3.5 BA / Sleeps 10 3 10 Min stay varies
Condo / 3 Bedrooms / Sleeps 10
3 bedrooms 3.5 bathrooms Sleeps 10
High Speed Internet • Dishwasher • Microwave
"The Condo exceeded our expectations. Beautiful rooms, beautiful view. Space to spread out for a family. The beach club was really up to date and the club for the condos was as nice as the Westin and less crowded.You do have to drive down to the beach,..."
- Alan Segal, Raleigh, NC
(1) Excellent (1 review)
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Playas del Coco Villa
5 BR / 6 BA / Sleeps 14 5 14 7 night min stay
Villa / 5 Bedrooms / Sleeps 14
5 bedrooms 6 bathrooms Sleeps 14
High Speed Internet • Dishwasher • Microwave
"The help we received from Jim and Kate, the house, Vianney's food, the excursions, the VIEWS from Sleepy Cove - our vacation at Sleepy Cove was just absolute heaven. Chico, Vianney, and Fred were all exceptional hosts - they truly made the trip..."
- Brooke Reardon, West Chester, PA USA
(15) Excellent (15 reviews)
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Tamarindo Villa
4 BR / 3.5 BA / Sleeps 8 4 8 Min stay varies
Villa / 4 Bedrooms / Sleeps 8
4 bedrooms 3.5 bathrooms Sleeps 8
High Speed Internet • Dishwasher • Microwave
"Great location for shopping, restaurants and the beach and beach activity. This is our 2nd time staying at this property and we just love it. Very clean, daily housekeeping and pool service, great house layout."
- Marylyn Caliendo, Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA
(6) Excellent (6 reviews)
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Nosara Home
4 BR / 3 BA / Sleeps 9 4 9 Min stay varies
Home / 4 Bedrooms / Sleeps 9
4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Sleeps 9
High Speed Internet • Microwave • Washer/Dryer
"We really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful home. We had two families, a total of seven people and it was just perfect for us. It was a short walk to the beach, via two different paths. There were a few restaurants within a short walk, but grocery..."
- Chanelle Zimmer, Bozeman, Montana, usa
(1) Excellent (1 review)
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Playa del Coco Condo
3 BR / 2.5 BA / Sleeps 6 3 6 5 night min stay
Condo / 3 Bedrooms / Sleeps 6
3 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms Sleeps 6
"Pacifico c408 condo is beautiful.We walked in and instantly felt at home in paradise. We loved sitting on the deck having coffee in the morning and beer/wine in the evening before heading out for a great meal in town. This place is beautifully decorated..."
- David Bennett, San francisco
(1) Excellent (1 review)
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Playa Junquillal Villa
5 BR / 5 BA / Sleeps 10 5 10 Min stay varies
Villa / 5 Bedrooms / Sleeps 10
5 bedrooms 5 bathrooms Sleeps 10
High Speed Internet • Dishwasher • Microwave
"Our family spent a week at Diosa Del Mar and it was truly amazing in every way. The home is off the beaten path and secluded, but yet we had access to anything we might have wanted..because of Patty our Concierge. (Who is the most welcoming, energetic,..."
- Terry Sauer, Billings, MT USA
(2) Excellent (2 reviews)
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About Guanacaste

From picture-perfect beaches to stunning rainforests to outdoor excursions, Guanacaste is a gem in northwest Costa Rica. Book your choice of Guanacaste vacation rentals inland or on the beach, and plan your ideal Costa Rica adventure.


In Guanacaste, you'll find warm, tropical weather year-round. Winter and early spring tend to be the hottest seasons in Guanacaste, where temperatures often reach 90 degrees. Since this is also the dry season, however, it's also the most popular time to visit Guanacaste and other parts of Costa Rica.

The rainy season in Costa Rica spans from May through November, but in Guanacaste, rain showers typically last just a few hours. If you opt to visit during the rainy season, consider July or August, when the rain tends to let up a little.

Areas within Guanacaste

Guanacaste’s 11 cities each have attractions for families to enjoy. Popular cities include Nicoya, Peninsula, Liberia, Papagayo Gulf, Tamarindo, and La Cruz. Guanacaste has more than 65 beaches, making it easy to find beachfront vacation rentals in Costa Rica. 

How to Get Around Guanacaste

To get to Guanacaste, land at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, only an hour away from the heart of Guanacaste, or fly into Juan Santamaria Airport, about four hours away from the area. Once you're in the region, keep it simple by relying on the local bus service or hiring a car and driver service. If you want the freedom to visit the beaches and parks on your own schedule, rent a car to travel from Guanacaste villas to area attractions.

Things to Do

With countless beaches to choose from, Guanacaste offers unparalleled relaxation. Visit the popular Playa Conchal for seashell gathering, sunbathing, and swimming. Relax with swimming, boating, and horseback riding at Samara Beach, a popular spot for expats. Escape the crowds at Playa Avellana, which offers warm water and great waves. Go to the secluded Playa Guiones for surfing, swimming, and sunset views.

Don't miss your chance to explore the rainforests and cloud forests of Guanacaste. Start with a trip to Santa Rosa National Park, which includes 120,000 acres of white sand beaches and tropical forests. Here you can see the famous Hacienda Santa Rosa monument, surf at Naranjo Beach, and spot both wildlife and waterfalls along scenic hiking trails.

Next, head to Tenorio Volcano National Park, which features stunning waterfalls, a cloud forest, and miles of hiking trails. To access some of the private craters and the more hidden areas of the park, consider hiring a guide for a tour on foot or on horseback. Finally, explore Palo Verde National Park. It’s Costa Rica’s most diverse and is home to wildlife, including monkeys and crocodiles. It’s a wonderful place for bird-watching, photography, and guided tours.

Add a hint of adventure to your trip with a surfing class, windsurfing lesson, or sightseeing tour. Companies like Pura Aventura offer ziplining, horseback riding, biking, and much more in some of the most scenic areas of Guanacaste.


February brings one of the year's best events to Guanacaste, as the Nicoya Rodeo and Fiesta Patronal comes to town. This festival includes bullfighting, rodeos, street fairs, live music, and local food, along with fireworks to top it all off.

In July, Día de Guanacaste is one of the region's biggest celebrations. This festival commemorates the day that Costa Rica annexed Guanacaste from Nicaragua in 1824 and features folk dancing, horse shows, bull fighting, and street parties.

Whether you're planning a relaxing trip to the beach or an adrenaline-fueled adventure, Guanacaste has it all. Stay at Guanacaste vacation rentals on the waterfront or in the rainforest, and enjoy a vacation you won't soon forget.