When you travel across the North Pacific Coast in Guanacaste, you will find many interesting places spread all over this wonderful province. Everything from Costa Rica volcanoes in the central divide, the Arenal lake, the cloud forest in Monteverde, very close to Guanacaste, to amazing beaches facing the Pacific Ocean, and Wildlife Reserves and National Parks. There are many Costa Rica tourist attractions in Guanacaste, so I recommend putting it on your list of things to do in Costa Rica.
If you are planning a Costa Rica eco tour, visit the Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge. It is very close to Liberia, Guanacasteâ€™s main city. The trip from there is around 20 miles long using the Interamerican Highway that takes you to the Santa Rosa National Park, which is neighbor to Junquillal Bay.
Junquillal Bay is a quiet place, a protected area of dry forest typical of Guanacaste and the coast mangroves along the shoreline. The weather in this part of Guanacaste is great during most of the year, since there isnâ€™t a rainy season as in the rest of the country. You will have sporadic showers during certain months, but the climate is dry for the most part of the year.
The Refuge is a great location for Costa Rica birding tours, due to the variety of species of birds that live in the coast, like brown pelicans, egrets, eagles and parrots, among others. Several species of turtles also come to the park to lay off their eggs, like the leather back turtle, green turtles and others, and you will also see many reptiles and mammals. As for activities that you can practice, there’s snorkeling, swimming, boat rides, hiking through the trails, picnic areas and camping. There are services such as telephone, rest rooms and others, and you can relax and spot the Central Divide volcanoes from the beautiful white-sanded beach.
One of the most popular places in the North Pacific Coast of Guanacaste is the Gold Coast line. It encompasses many of the most beautiful beaches, like Tamarindo, Langosta and Avellana. If you look for places to visit in Costa Rica, you should consider the Pacific Coast.
Recently I’ve been to some of these wonderful beaches, some of them located in the Nicoya Peninsula, like Montezuma, Mal Pais and Santa Teresa, and other in the northern part of the coast, like El Coco, Panama beach and the Gulf of Papagayo. One of this amazings places is Junquillal, 12 miles south from Tamarindo.
Junquillal is a remote spot, a quiet beach which is usually uncrowded, perfect for hiding from the cities and the burgeoning tourism of other beaches. As in the rest of the western beaches, sunsets are spectacular, with the added plus of quietness. Junquillal is a great destination if you are planning a Costa Rica honeymoon trip. It is a small, two-mile long beach, having a few Costa Rica hotels and restaurants.
That’s not all to Junquillal, and if you are in a Costa Rica surfing trip, consider to include it in your list of places to visit. The swells are strong and there are several surfing spots. I wouldn’t recommend it for swimming due to that, but surfers will feel right away at home in Junquillal.
Other attractions in Junquillal are the estuary and the wildlife in the dry forests that surround the beach. You can horseback ride, hike or bike. Camping outdoors is possible if you feel adventurous, and other activities are deep sea fishing and snorkeling.
Junquillal is near the Marino Las Baulas Refuge, nest to the Leatherback turtle, which I recommend visiting, especially if you plan a Costa Rica family tour. You can also visit the neighbor beaches, like Playa Negra and Avellana, which offer a great surfing experience. I recommend using a four-wheel drive vehicle, and going there in dry season months, from December to April.
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