Things to do in Guanacaste


Written by Peter Conrad

Guanacaste Costa Rica vacation packages are one of highly recommended in this province, especially for those who are looking for a relaxing time and some adventure activities. This area has many natural and unparalleled attractions that are worth to visit with your family, friends, couple or alone why not?

Here can be found some of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica, but it is not only about sand and sea; if you like adventure and if you are looking for authentic experiences, we have another recommendation for you.

When you visit Costa Rica for some unparalleled vacations, you need to discover the Barra Honda National Park. If you have heard about the authentic caverns in the country and those interesting natural formations, this is the right place indeed. It will offer you a very nice experience to add to your adventure memories.

Where is Barra Honda Guanacaste located in Costa Rica?

This magical place is located in the Guanacaste province, 22 kilometers from Nicoya downtown and belongs to the Tempisque Conservation area. There are different options to get there during your Costa Rica family holiday including rented car if you do not mind driving during your vacation or private transportation to be more comfortable and relaxed.

The driving distance from San Jose to Barra Honda National Park is of four hours approximately. Another way to get there is to take an internal flight to the Liberia International Airport which is closer, and then drive from there to Nicoya, or to one of the small domestic airstrips in located in Samara or Nosara.

A little bit more about Guanacaste

In the North Pacific you have most of the famous beaches of the country and, with this, the possibility of taking some of the most popular water activities such as stand up paddling, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, and of course, well as surfing. In fact, some of the beaches such as Tamarindo are recognized as surfing beaches.

There are also some of the best beach front properties and top all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica because it is the driest spot in this tropical country. The weather in Guanacaste is less humid than in other areas, it has a lower annual rainfall and in general is perfect to travel all year round. Additionally, it has national parks for those who want nature encounters and wildlife spotting, for example taking a tour in the Palo Verde National Park, or hiking in Rincon de la Vieja… or simply know about the culture, maybe on a visit to the Santa Rosa National Park.

The Barra Honda National Park

The main attractions at Barra Honda are its caves, sculpted by the water in the mountains. This place is a great destination for adventurous travellers, with over 40 limestone caves with different difficulty levels, but you must consider some of them are not apt for expeditions.

One of the caves goes over 700 feet below ground level, and in order to enter the caves, you will need permission from the park rangers, special equipment and a trained guide. Inside the caves at Barra Honda National Park, you will see bat colonies, which use to dwell in the dark and small caves. Besides, visitors will see impressive stalactites and stalagmites inside the caves; its stunning landscapes will be part of an unforgettable trip.

If you are looking to explore the tropical dry forest in the North Pacific, at this place there are several trails across the protected area, providing the chance of sightseeing of wildlife, especially birds due to the closeness to Tempisque River, an excellent opportunity to enjoy great ecotourism tours in Costa Rica.

For those looking an adventure vacation, there is a camping site near the ranger station but you must bring the necessary equipment. It is highly recommended to visit the caves during the dry season months, from December to April because the rainy season usually floods the caves, making them inaccessible.

It is possible to visit this interesting site as a one-day family friendly Costa Rica tour by making a stop on route when going to and from some of the beautiful beach hotels of the area. There is a quiet and nice hotel nearby, a perfect option for a family trip which is called Rancho Humo but you can also find some beach hotels near Barra Honda in Guanacaste such as Punta Islita or Nammbu in Carrillo Beach.

Remember that there are many different touristy spots you must discover during your vacations and our expert travel designers are waiting to hear from you. Contact us and let us help you planning the trip of your lifetime, including Barra Honda Guanacaste National Park or some of the other jewels we have to offer!


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