I’m continuing with my Costa Rica travel adventure at Guanacaste. Now I’m heading to the south, after having visited a lot of places in the Northern Pacific, as part of my Costa Rica surfing trip. Some of the beautiful and popular places that I visited are Playas del Coco, Culebra Bay, Panama Beach, Hermosa, Tamarindo, and some awesome volcanoes such as the Rincon de la Vieja and Miravalles. Since Guanacaste is such a big province with so many places to know, I’m probably just half way through my trip here.
That’s why I’m traveling to the south, to the Nicoya Peninsula. The other half of the great Guanacaste beaches are here, and a few names that you should remember for you next Costa Rica group tour, are Montezuma, Mal Pais, Tambor and Santa Teresa. These are places that you must visit.
On my way to Nicoya, I stopped at another town called Santa Cruz (Holy Cross). Santa Cruz is the second most important city in Guanacaste, after Liberia, and it’s located 30 minutes south of the International Airport, making it a well-known destination for tourists looking forward to enjoy a pure Guanacaste experience. Consider adding Santa Cruz to you Costa Rica vacation packages the next time you come.
Santa Cruz is an historical city, with a rich tradition in culture, food, rodeos, bulls and parades. It is a vibrant city with a hot climate, and very close to a lot of wonderful beaches. In town, you will see dancing activities, hand craft art stores, and you will hear the "marimba", a traditional instrument played in the zone at parks and the bulls’ plaza.
If you are lucky enough to visit Santa Cruz during the holidays, as I did, you will taste a wide array of traditional food, besides the parades and other activities. Santa Cruz is known as the place to eat the true Guanacaste food, but it also has great restaurants serving all kinds of food, as well as Costa Rica Hotels and cabins.
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