2 Days in Guanacaste: Delight in the luxury of our Guanacaste Hotel
Matapalo beach is located in the Guanacaste region, in north-eastern Costa Rica. In Matapalo beach you can enjoy all of the possibilities offered by its extraordinary location: unwind on its beautiful beaches, scuba dive or fish in the Pacific Ocean or discover its volcanic areas and nature sanctuaries. You can do all of this through the sophisticated, select and comprehensive tourism offered in a fragile environment which has significant ecological value.
Guanacaste is less tropical, humid and lush than the rest of the country. Its grassy plains and dry forests often evoke images of the African savanna. The interior is home to the plainsmen or sabaneros, who are the local cowboys. Driving their herds on horseback, they have become authentic pop culture figures.
We have a few suggestions so that you can get the most out of two days in the region.
Day 1: Enjoy the Best Beach in Costa Rica
After settling into your Riu Hotel, the first thing we recommend you do is unwind on the beach located right out front. You will see that the beach is a vast expanse of sand bathed in crystal clear waters where you can relax and forget about the stress of daily life. Your vacation is just getting started and a few hours on the beach will help you get settled. Think about practicing a water sport such as snorkeling, windsurfing or kayaking. You will find all you need to enjoy the sea close at hand. Twilight here is spectacular and perhaps you will want to enjoy the magical light until dinner time where you can delight in the delicacies of the gastronomy of RIU Hotels and its fun night time entertainment program.
However, if spending so many hours at the beach seems like too much, we recommend you spend the afternoon getting to know Liberia, the capital of the province of Guanacaste. It is a pretty colonial city where you can enjoy the classic adobe and wood buildings or explore calle Real and Central Park, where the city's residents gather.
Day 2: Visit Costa Rica's Nature Reserves
Now that you are familiar with the area closest to your accommodations, you will be interested in an excursion which will enable you to enjoy Costa Rica's incredible natural beauty. One of the most engaging is to Rincón de la Vieja National Park, where you can see the stark contrast between the volcanic area with its grayish tones and springs, lagoons and hot springs and the dense forests of lush green vegetation and wild fauna which surround it.
Another interesting option is to visit Santa Rosa National Park, located on the coat and famous for allowing you to visit Nancite beach, where various species of turtles, lay their eggs and Naranjo beach, home to the famous enchanted rocks or rocas hechiceras and a favorite spot of many surfers.