Costa Rica (Republic of Costa Rica) is a Central American country, with coastlines along the Caribbean Sea & the Pacific Ocean. Bordered by Nicaragua to the north, and Panama to the southeast, it is 51,060 square kilometers in size. The Pacific Coast has a culture of Ticos, or Costa Ricans, with a very rugged landscape. The Caribbean Coast has a Jamaican-influenced African culture, with a more lush landscape like the Caribbean islands. I traveled along the Pacific Coast, and stayed in the Guanacaste area, just south of Tamarindo. Surfing, fishing, and zip-lining are very popular, along with visiting the volcanoes and hot springs!
Hacienda Pinilla "Villa Tranquila" I stayed in the beautiful private home "Villa Tranquila" that sat along the 18th hole on the ranch property of Hacienda Pinilla. This beautiful gated area of Guanacaste has 4,500 acres to explore, private villas, three beaches, private beach club, golf course, and access to J. W. Marriott Guanacaste. The views around the property were so subtle, yet beautiful. I also enjoyed the leisure of relaxing poolside at the Marriott, along with indulging at their restaurants.
North Pacific Coast Beaches Most of the beaches along the North Pacific Coast were very desolate with an arid, rugged atmosphere. The darker golden sand would be kissed by it's emerald green waters, like those at Playa Mansita, Playa Bonita, Playa Langosta, Playa Tamarindo, Playa Robalo. Playa Avellanas (also called "Little Hawaii"), Playa Flamingo, Playa Mina, and Playa Brasilito! Then, there is Playa Conchal which was my favorite beach. It is known as the "Most Beautiful & Exotic Beach along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica", and I'd have to say, from what I have explored here, I definitely agree! What a neat place to explore!