Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 2,328 vacation rentals near Guanacaste. From 776 condos to 765 houses, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.