Guanacaste National Park is one of the most diverse places in Costa Rica. One can start off walking in the dry forest of Santa Rosa National Park and end in the heavily saturated rainforests of Cacao volcano. Between the two, there are several unique climate zones and habitats.
Guanacaste National Park contains a variety of wildlife including capuchin and howler monkeys, white-tailed deer, snakes, variegated squirrels, long-tongued bats and collared peccaries. Birds are prominent in these forests as well. Species include white-throated magpie jays, orange-fronted parakeets, and crested caracara.
The entrance fee to Guanacaste National Park is 10USD and park facilities are available. It is highly recommended to use guide in the park.
Weather and packing list
The Northwest Pacific is one of the driest climates in Costa Rica. The beach areas have a fairly steady year round temperature with daytime highs averaging in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Night time lows are usually in the upper 70s. Precipitation varies through the year with the nicest weather between November and August.
Visitors should pack a bathing suit, towel, shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block, and insect repellent.
Fun Fact: Hiking is the main attraction of Guanacaste National Park due to the large range of elevations. Hikers should never go alone due to the large cat population.