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Diving in Matapalo 40 minutes from Colinas del Sol

Guanacaste is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers alike. As one of the most popular provinces in Costa Rica, Guanacaste has gained a name for itself as a tropical paradise with a pristine shoreline, beautiful mountain ranges and a number of volcanoes. Visitors are drawn to the long summer days, active culture and unparalleled wildlife. Located in the far northwest corner of Costa Rica, Guanacaste’s geographical features are diverse and exotic. Santa Rosa National Park is home to rare dry tropical forest, surfing sites and some 250 bird species.

The North Pacific Coast of Guanacaste, Costa Rica is known for its unforgettable beautiful beaches of white, gold, gray, black and even pink sand. Guanacaste Costa Rica beaches are preferred vacation destinations, having the sunniest climate in all of Costa Rica.

The area is always surprising and interesting. You can find bustling beach towns with thriving commerce like Flamingo and Tamarindo, contrasted with exotic deserted beaches where you can get lost in wild nature, like Pan de Azucar, Prieta and Calzón de Pobre.

Surfing: Stretching 125 miles along Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, Guanacaste is a surfing hotspot. The beaches are blessed with a tropical climate, and the breakers are no stranger to beginner and expert shredders. Whether you’re looking for a remote getaway or a crowd favorite, this area has truly top-tier waves. There are many surf schools in Guanacaste, so if you haven’t tried it out yet head on over to one.

Snuba: No diving certification needed! Snuba is a form of surface-supplied diving in which an underwater breathing system developed by Snuba International is used. The word Snuba is a portmanteau of “snorkel” and “scuba”. The swimmer uses swimfins, a diving mask, weights, and diving regulator as in scuba diving. The air, however, instead of coming from tanks strapped to the diver’s back, comes through a long hose from tanks on pontoon rafts on the surface.

Sport Fishing: Playa Tamarindo offers fishermen one of the top locations for deep sea fishing in Costa Rica and all of Central America. The highly active and easy to reach fishing grounds offer great year-round action with Wahoo, Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, Marlin, Roosterfish, Snapper, Grouper and more.

For a surfing adventure in the Guanacaste region, the cities of Tamarindo, Playa Naranjo, Playa Negra and Playa Nosara are some great places to visit, while if you are into snorkeling and diving, Playas del Coco, Playa Ocotal and Playa Guiones are the best. With so much to see and do, it is of little surprise that Guanacaste is now fast becoming Costa Rica’s hottest tourist destination.

Surfing at Ollie's Point
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Surfing at Ollie’s Point