Destination guide

Guanacaste is possibly the happiest place on Earth

Costa Rica has long been one of the most stable and prosperous nations in Central America and often rated in polls as the happiest place on earth. There are many draws to the country, but perhaps the most powerful is its rich biodiversity. The small country is home to more than 5% of the world's flora and fauna. Those in the know are making a beeline for Guanacaste, which encompasses a large portion of north-west Costa Rica. When you stay in a Guanacaste vacation rental, you won't be far from the smoky volcanoes, Pacific surf swells and lazy beach life.

Things to do

Cowboy spurs and Spanish churches in Guanacaste

While it's true that the biggest pull is the country's natural wonders, the province isn't short of cultural attractions either. When you stay in a Guanacaste vacation rental, you should consider popping into the Museo del Sabanero, which chronicles the history of Guanacaste and showcases memorabilia from the region's cowboy heritage. For a real slice of local life, swing by the village of San Vicente which is known for its ceramic artisans. La Ermita de Nuestro Senor de la Agonia is a charming, whitewashed church in the capital Liberia, which houses local artwork and antiques.


Lazy or Active, there's lots to do in Guanacaste

Locals will tell you that their beaches are the best in the country and few could disagree. When you tire of being a beach bum, there's much to keep you occupied. If you're lucky enough to score one of the Guanacaste vacation rentals that line up along the coast, you can head out for a romantic private catamaran cruise, glide down the mangrove channels on kayaks, or ride the waves. Alternatively, you can grab a pair of binoculars and head off in search of swinging monkeys and lazy iguanas. Away from the beach, try a trek up through Rincon de la Vieja National Park.


Guanacaste's bright skies

Guanacaste's balmy climate is undoubtedly one of the reasons that vacationers flock here in their droves. If you're looking to escape the cold winter weather back home, try to score a Guanacaste vacation rental and you could be basking under bright skies. That said, if you don't mind the odd afternoon shower, visit between May and October when the prices of rentals nosedive. When the sun comes out, you'll find a quiet spot on an empty beach to bury your feet in the sand and look out over the turquoise ocean.

Natural features

Guanacaste wildlife encounters

You could spend a lifetime spotting wildlife in Costa Rica and you still wouldn't come close to seeing it all. That said, when you stay in a Guanacaste vacation rental you have the opportunity for plenty of close wildlife encounters. If you take a ride down the Tempisque River, you won't have to look hard to see the monkeys swinging through the trees and the crocodiles lurking in the shallows. If you visit at the right time, you can watch the Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles haul themselves up the sand to lay their eggs.

Can I find a vacation rental around Guanacaste?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,761 vacation rentals near Guanacaste. From 982 Houses to 478 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Guanacaste for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Guanacaste?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Guanacaste. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Veintisiete de Abril: 833 vacation rentals
  • Tamarindo: 1,382 vacation rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 787 vacation rentals
  • Playa Flamingo: 1,151 vacation rentals
  • Nosara: 397 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Guanacaste! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Guanacaste?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Guanacaste:

  • Veintisiete de Abril: 833 rentals
  • Tamarindo: 1,382 rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 787 rentals
  • Playa Flamingo: 1,151 rentals
  • Nosara: 397 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Guanacaste?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Guanacaste are:

  • Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR): 909 vacation rentals
  • Codela Airport (CSC): 144 vacation rentals
  • Nosara Airport (NOB): 537 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Guanacaste?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Guanacaste. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Flamingo Beach: 1,271 rentals
  • Nosara Beach: 503 rentals
  • Ocotal Beach: 1,662 rentals
  • Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park: 37 rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 1,239 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Guanacaste listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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