Costa Rica

North Pacific

Costa Rica’s North Pacific Coast (the province of Guanacaste) features beautiful beaches, World-class surfing, Sportfishing, scuba diving and golf.  The North Pacific is semi-arid, so it has no rainforest.  From December – May most trees lose their leaves, it is brown, dusty and can be very windy.  The nearby Liberia International Airport prompted an explosion of growth in large resorts on the North Pacific Coast, particularly large All-Inclusive beachfront hotels.  Guanacaste is great for surfers, golfers, scuba divers and others who want to sit on a beach and “vegetate,” but it is isolated and time-consuming to access this area from other parts of Costa Rica.



  • Beaches
  • Surfing
  • Golf
  • Limited Scuba Diving


  • No rainforest
  • Dry, brown and dusty
  • Travel time



Some of Costa Rica’s best and most popular beaches are on the North Pacific Coast including Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal and Langosta. Most beaches offer great surfing but not great snorkeling or swimming.  Some beaches are isolated with very few people, others are more popular and crowded.


Resort Hotels

Several very large, expensive and luxurious resort hotels are found on the North Pacific Coast.  Most of the all-inclusive hotels in Costa Rica are in this area.  The Four Seasons, J.W. Marriott, Hilton and Riu all have large, highly luxurious hotels here, but they are very expensive and/or isolated. 


More InfoSurfing

Costa Rica’s North Pacific Coast offers some of the best surfing in the World. Tamarindo Beach, Witch’s Rock and many other famous beaches provide outstanding surfing opportunities year-round. Surf camps and more basic surfing instruction are available in Guanacaste. From beginners to advanced surfers, Guanacaste provides a wide variety of surfing options.


Guanacaste is home to World-class Sportfishing for sailfish, marlin, tuna, dorado and wahoo from June – November.  Boats of various sizes are available in Flamingo and Tamarindo.  Sportfishing is high quality but very expensive.


More InfoScuba Diving

The North Pacific Coast offers several offshore dive spots for intermediate – advanced divers.  Big fish and big schools of fish can be found here, but reduced visibility, strong surges and strong currents make diving here more challenging.  We recommend only intermediate to advanced divers here.

More InfoGolf

Three 18-hole Championship golf courses are on Costa Rica’s North Pacific Coast.  Designed by Arnold Palmer, Mike Young and Robert Trent Jones, Jr., all 3 are along the coast and take advantage of the perfect topography to make for beautiful and challenging golf.

More InfoCapitan Suizo DollarSignDollarSignDollarSign

Capitan Suizo is a member of the small, distinctive hotels of Costa Rica. Suitable for couples or families with standard rooms, bungalows and multi-bedroom suites to choose from. This beachfront hotel in Tamarindo is beautiful and well managed.

More InfoHotel El Velero DollarSignDollarSign

Hotel El Velero is a smaller, affordable beachfront option on Playa Hermosa. It does not have the amenities of a mega resort but is closer to the Liberia airport.

More InfoBarcelo Langosta DollarSignDollarSignDollarSign

Barcelo Langosta Resort is beachfront on Playa Tamarindo. This moderately priced all inclusive resort has many activites to choose from with babysitting available.

More InfoRiu Resort DollarSignDollarSignDollarSignDollarSign

The Riu Resort is one of the newest luxury mega resorts in Guanacaste. This all inclusive has many free activities and daily activity programs for children and adults. Adults can also indulge at night with the nightclub and casino.

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