Guanacaste Province the Jewel of Costa Rica
The province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica is one of the main reasons many tourists visit the country every year, it’s also the reason many choose to stay, how much do you know about Guanacaste?
Here are some important facts about Guanacaste you’ll find interesting and are important to know if you are visiting soon or moving here:
1. Chorotegas were the first inhabitants of Guanacaste, and they are also responsible for this province’s rich culture, its music, food and traditions.
2. It’s the fifth province of Costa Rica and the second in size, it borders Nicaragua on the North, the province of Alajuela on the East, Puntarenas on the South and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Despite being the second biggest province it has the least amount of population, close to 354,154 people and is divided in 11 counties and 47 districts. LIBERIA is the capital city.
3. The Conservation Area of Guanacaste includes 163,000 hectares of protected wildlife areas, it includes four of the five main tropic ecosystems: marine, dry forest, cloud forest and rain forest; home to 335,000 land species which represents 2.6% of the world’s biodiversity (more than the land species existent in the north of Mexico, the USA and Canada together); it was declared Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO in 1999 including the Santa Rosa National Park and Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
4. There are several volcanos that are part of the Guanacaste mountain range, which separates this province from Alajuela the volcanos are: Arenal, Orosí, Rincón de la Vieja, Miravalles, and Tenorio
5. Nicoya in Guanacaste is what is known as a “Blue Zone” (an area where people live longer); according to National Geographic research are more than twice as likely than Americans to reach a healthy age 90.
6. There are two seasons: The Green Season, May 15 to November 15 where some 60 to 100 inches of rain can be expected. The Dry Season, November 15-May 15, where no rain will fall and temperatures can climb to 100 but with little humidity.
7. This is the number one tourist destination given it’s natural resources. The international airport in Liberia which opened in 2003 is always expanding it’s facilities to accommodate the influx of over 2 million tourists annually.