Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Liberia

Mariajuana

There’s a great mellow vibe at this alfresco bar, tucked into a big tree-shaded yard at the end of a dead-end street. It’s part cafe and part gallery, with wind chimes in the air, African masks on the walls and a me…
Top Choice Waterfall in Bagaces

Llanos de Cortés

If you have time to visit only one waterfall in Costa Rica, make it Llanos de Cortés. Scramble down a short, steep trail to reach this spectacular 12m-high, 15m-wide waterfall, which you’ll be able to hear as soon a…
Park in Parque Nacional Palo Verde

Parque Nacional Palo Verde

At the head of the Golfo de Nicoya, the 184-sq-km Parque Nacional Palo Verde is a wetland sanctuary in Costa Rica’s driest province. The park’s shallow, permanent lagoons are focal points for wildlife, including the…
Fusion in Liberia

Café Liberia

This beautifully restored colonial-era building has heavy wooden furniture and frescoed ceilings, creating a romantic ambience for rich coffee and gourmet fare. Simple food is taken to new levels: ceviche (seafood m…
International in Liberia

El Meson Liberiano

A lovely historic hacienda, this ‘Liberia house’ is now one of the nicer restaurants in town, offering thoroughly modern presentations of pretty traditional food. The service is quite charming. But what makes this p…
Park in Sector Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Sector

Santa Rosa is the southern sector of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste. Some 30km of hiking trails weave through this tropical dry forest, offering fantastic vistas of the Cordillero Guanacaste and the Valle Naran…
Soda in Bahía Salinas

Plaza Copal

There’s a fantastic vibe at this outdoor soda, located on the road down to Copal. Hungry kitesurfers congregate here to get their fill before and after riding the wind. They can vouch for the home-cooked meals, whic…
Barbecue in Abangares

Bar-B-Q Tres Hermanas

Long before you get here, you’ll notice signs on the Interamericana advertising the best steakhouse in Guanacaste – Bar-B-Q Tres Hermanas. Believe the hype. This local landmark’s specialty is barbecue beef and pork …
International in Bijagua

Hummingbird Cafe

On the grounds of the Finca Verde Lodge, this family restaurant is a surprising change of pace from the Tico fare in town. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients, many of which are grown right here on the farm. Specia…
Museum in Sector Santa Rosa

La Casona

La Casona is the main edifice of the old Hacienda Santa Rosa. The battle of 1856 was fought around this building, and the military action is described with wonderful displays detailing (in English and Spanish) the o…