Guanacaste is the Costa Rican north-western province that is bordered by the Pacific
Ocean and the Gulf of Nicoya. Its coastline is filled with white-sand beaches, bays,
islands, and inlets that guarantee hours of fun on the water, including the Lazy Lizard Catamaran. It is also home
to fun-filled inland activities and vibrant beachside towns with a lively restaurant
and bar scene! With so much to do, Lazy Lizard would like to show you 5 Top
Activities in Guanacaste that you can enjoy during your stay!
Guanacaste is located on the Nicoya Peninsula with a stunning coast, winding rivers,
vast savannas, and abundant agricultural farmland. While it is best known for its
beaches, it also has many cultural riches, including its cowboy heritage, music,
gastronomy, and traditions that have been adopted as Costa Rican. It is a land of
contrasts and sunny skies and has fast become Costa Rica´s most popular tourist
This is sightseeing at its best! The Lazy Lizard Sailing
experience will take you around the beautiful Guanacaste coast on a spacious
and exciting catamaran. Enjoy the sunny, blue skies as your seasoned Captain and
crew take you to deserted beaches, around headlands, and will stop for you to enjoy
a refreshing swim and some fun snorkeling.
Lazy Lizard Sailing has morning and sunset tours,
so you decide which time of the day best suits you. Each tour lasts about 4 hours
and includes lots of opportunities to sit back and relax while enjoying the views,
water, snacks, and drinks aboard.
Tamarindo is a very popular beach destination. Photo Credit Megan Joyner
Guanacaste coast is lined with popular beaches for surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and
sunbaking. With over 400 miles of coastline, Guanacaste´s beaches vary in length,
sand color, accessibility, development, and wildlife visitors. Many are only
reachable by boat, too, so it is the perfect place to go beach-hopping and visit
many of the beautiful beaches that line the Guanacaste coast.
Many of the Guanacaste beaches have great surf waves whether you are an amateur or a
professional board-rider. Try out Tamarindo, Guiones, Avellanas, or Grande Beaches
for some great surfing opportunities. For the avid open-water swimmers, Lazy Lizard
Sailing recommends Flamingo, Hermosa, Langosta, and Carrillo Beaches for a relaxing
swim in the sea.
c. Visit Tamarindo
The surfing town of Tamarindo could well be Guanacaste´s most famous beachside town.
Sitting on the beautiful Tamarindo Beach, the town is popular with surfers,
beach-goers, foodies, and night-lifers. This is a fun town and is full of
opportunities for a vacation filled with water activities, lively bars and
restaurants, and a trendy beach vibe with surfers, sun-worshippers, and
Tamarindo Beach is a long beach with such great waves that it hosts several
international surf competitions. It is also a fantastic swimming beach with some fun
tidal pools and beautiful sunsets. Thanks to its central location, it is a wonderful
base camp to explore other really great beaches nearby, including Langosta,
Flamingo, Conchal, and Grande, where the Leatherback Sea Turtles come to lay their
eggs from November through to April.
Tamarindo is also just south of the Flamingo
Marina, where the Lazy Lizard Sailing Tour begins and ends its morning and
sunset catamaran tours!
Check out the beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula! They are beautiful
d. Go to see a volcano
The northern border of Guanacaste is home to the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range,
which is conformed of extinct, dormant, and live volcanoes that have become a top
activity to visit during your stay in Guanacaste. The Rincon de la Vieja, Miravalles
and Tenorio Volcanos are 3 of Costa Rica´s 7 active volcanos. Their slopes are full
of adventure in nature activities that invite thrill seekers to enjoy during their
visit to the higher altitudes.
Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is the most visited of the three Guanacaste volcanoes. Its
crater and upper slopes are protected within the national park of the same name with
many trails. While walking through the forest, observe boiling mud pools, fumaroles,
and mini-geysers. There are lots of wildlife-watching opportunities too.
Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is also where some adventure
and wellness centers are located. Ziplining, rappelling, river tubing, hot
springs, mud baths, horseback riding, and hiking trails are just some of the
thrill-filled experiences you can have on the volcano!
Birdlife galore at Palo Verde! Photo credit: TicoTimes
e. Wildlife Watching at Palo Verde
While you might not want to take yourself away from the beautiful Guanacaste beaches,
wildlife watching at Palo
Verde is worth it. This 2-hour boat trip along the Tempisque River is a
jungle safari, Costa Rican style, where animal viewing is plentiful and exciting.
Boat through mangrove forests and marshy lagoons are the nesting grounds for Central
America's largest concentration of waterfowl and shorebirds. They are also permanent
and temporary resting areas for over 300 bird species, including the jabirus stork,
scarlet macaws, spoonbills, and the keel-billed toucan.
The Palo Verde Boat tour is also a fantastic opportunity to observe crocodiles,
howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, bats, and many more animals. The tour is also a
fabulous opportunity to see the Guanacaste countryside, the farmland, rural towns,
and smiling locals.
Guanacaste is full of great one-day activities to enjoy. Whether you enjoy the
mountains, the ocean, or the rivers, there is a tour or two you can do and
experience the wonders of this amazing destination. Lazy Lizard Sailing looks forward to
being part of your Guanacaste one-day tour adventure too!