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Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste, a province in the northwestern portion of Costa Rica, has a population of over 350,000 people and includes the communities of Liberia, Nicoya, Cañas, Santa Cruz, Juntas, Bagaces, and Tamarindo, among others. The province offers a mix of volcanos, rolling flatlands, plains, swampy wetlands, and coastal beach areas. Most of the ex-pats living in the area reside near the coast along the Pacific Ocean, and the waterfront areas tend to be popular with tourists also.

The combination of friendly locals, affordable living, and relaxed culture help make Guanacaste a desirable place to live and visit. The area tends to be drier than many other parts of Costa Rica, though there is a bit of a rainy season between May and October. Guanacaste features 65 beaches that range from small and secludedto large and bustling, and which offer a variety of relaxation and recreation opportunities. Spanish is the main language here, but some larger centres also have many English-speaking people.

Several highways run throughout the province, making travel from one community to the next fairly easy. The most common way to travel to the province is by flying into the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia.


Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Country: Costa Rica

  • Province: Guanacaste

  • Population: 354,154

  • Area: 10,141 km²


Lifestyle and Culture

There is a never-ending list of outdoor recreational activities in Guanacaste. Examples include biking, hiking, scuba diving, boating, swimming, fishing, surfing, snorkeling, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, playing sports, and kayaking. The area also offers many indoor recreational activities, such as yoga, Pilates, visiting museums, going to the gym, shopping, meeting friends at local bars, playing games at casinos, and relaxing at the spa.

Guanacaste’s national parks, including Parque Nacional Guanacaste, Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, Parque Nacional Diriá, Parque Nacional Palo Verde, and Parque Nacional Barra Honda are home to a wide variety of birds, animals, and insects, including butterflies, beetles, spiders, moths, bats, frogs, vultures, monkeys, and snakes, which are just a few examples. Many areas of the parks have walking trails through forested areas, as well as museums, park guides, and other amenities.


Entertainment and Tourism

Cattle farming has historically been a large economic contributor to the area, as there are plenty of small patches of forest and large pastures of grasses on which the cattle can feed. As worldwide demand for beef has dropped recently, cattle farming has been less dominant as an economic activity here, and some pastures are reverting back to their natural state or are becoming tree plantations. Other agricultural activities in the area include the production of sugar cane, cotton, and rice. Tourism is fast becoming the major industry in Guanacaste, particularly in the coastal communities.

Accommodations, restaurants and bars, shops, tourism outfitters, tourist attractions, and other service-based businesses have been growing significantly and attracting even more tourists to the area. With the influx of tourists has been an increase in the real estate and development/construction industries to help keep up with the demand for amenities, infrastructure, and rental properties. Many ex-pats here are retired, but some do work remotely for businesses or own businesses locally that they operate. Guanacaste’s unemployment rate tends to be higher than the country’s overall rate (8%), at around 10%.

Entertainment and Tourism

Districts & Neighborhoods

The northern section of Guanacaste includes communities such as La Cruz, Cuajiniquil, Guacalito, and Quebrada Grande. A large portion of this section is made up of national parks, as well as areas along Salinas Bay and the Gulf of Santa Elena. Highways 1 and 4 run through this section and connect it to other sections of the province, as well as to other communities in Costa Rica and in Nicaragua. Schools, shops, restaurants, hospitals, sports centres, residential areas, tourist attractions, accommodations, churches, and service providers can all be found here.

The central section of the province is made up of communities such as Liberia, Bagaces, Guayabo, Cañas, Campas de Oro, and Juntas. This section also has land designated as national parks and bio-reserves. The main bodies of water here are the Laguna de Arenal and the Colorado Gulf. The central section also features an airport, schools, shops, restaurants, service providers, churches, accommodations, museums, tourist attractions, sports complexes, hospitals, police stations, and residential areas.

The most populated section of Guanacaste, the southern section, includes mostly beach areas along the coastline, as well as forested and mountainous areas farther inland. A number of highways link the section’s communities to one another, as well as providing access to communities in other areas. Amenities and features in this section include a national park, restaurants, accommodations, tourist attractions, shops, service providers, casinos, tourist info centres, parks, churches, schools, small airports, shopping malls, community centres, sports complexes, golf courses, and medical centres.


Real Estate Market

Most of Guanacaste’s real estate options are located along the coast in the western portion of the province. Basic condo options in the province can be very affordable, with some starting at just $50,000, while newer units with more amenities have higher prices, usually ranging from around $80,000 to millions of dollars. Single-family homes are not as common as condos are in the province, but they too can be affordable, with some starting as low as $90,000 to $100,000 and going up from there.

Single-family homes normally have private yards, and those with higher prices sometimes include private pools as well. There are many investment property opportunities in Guanacaste, from single condo units to single-family homes to entire condo buildings. Commercial spaces in the form of office buildings, retail stores, and other property types can be found in the larger communities in the province. Vacant land ranges in price here, with some affordable lots available even in desirable areas.

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Most of the schooling options can be found along the coastal portion of the province, and include CRIA Secondary School, Costa Rica International Academy, Educarte, La Paz Community School, Guanacaste Waldorf School, Del Mar Academy, Lakeside International School, Escuela Playa Hermosa, Mareas Academy, Escuela El Coco, and Colegio Playas del Coco.

Post-secondary options in the province include Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, Ulicori Sede Santa Cruz Guanacaste, Boston College, Universidad Invenio, University of Georgia (Costa Rica campus), and Universidad San Jose.

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