An environmental treasure, Guanacaste National Park is home to the country’s most diverse animal and bird populations. Its many ecosystems are welcoming for hikers or just a casual stroll. Photo safaris are must-do.

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.

Nearby Destinations

Playa del Coco60 km
Flamingo Beach127 km
Playa del Coco88 km
Liberia53 km
Playa Hermosa61 km


Latitude: N 10° 57' 19.08"
Longitude: W 85° 31' 23.52"

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