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Costa Rica North Pacific

Spectacular beaches and some of the best surf in the country. This laid back region has something for everyone.

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North Pacific at a glance

Comparatively with other regions of Costa Rica this area enjoys some of the hottest and driest weather which is perfect for sun seekers who enjoy lazy days on beautiful beaches.

Enjoy the incredible spectacle of the turtle hatch where hundreds of leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs each year at Marino las Baulas National Park.

Surfers from all over the world visit this area looking for the perfect break.

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Experiences in the North Pacific

There is plenty to do and see in the North Pacific area from whale watching to going surfing there is something for everyone from the adventurous to the relaxing!
Watch out for whales and dolphins off the West coast of Costa Rica!

Pacific Ocean Whale Watching

Watch out for whales and dolphins off the West coast of Costa Rica!

General Information

The North Pacific region stretches from northwest Guanacaste to the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and includes popular destinations such as Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the Gulf of Papagayo, Tamarindo, Samara, Santa Teresa and Montezuma. The area is one of the most visited and has year round good weather. The region is considered as tropical dry forest and enjoy long sunny days.

Capital

San Jose

Population

354,154

Area

10.140,72 Km2

Language

Spanish

Currency

Costa Rican Colon or USD

Best time to visit

Dry Season: December - April. Green Season: May - November

Destinations in North Pacific

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Papagayo Gulf

If luxury is what you are after then look no further than the deluxe beach resort region of the Papagayo Gulf which is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the country.

  • Perfect for watersports enthusiasts with a large array of water based activities
  • The Gulf is being developed as a ultra modern resort town and the hotels offer very high standards.

Travel Facts

Learn more about flights, climate and geography for this destination.

The modern Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia (Code: LIR) mainly receives specific flights for tourists visiting Guanacaste, Monteverde and La Fortuna in the Northern reaches of the country. This comfortable airport connects with beautiful beaches in one of the largest and most important tourist areas in the country. Costa Rica has several local airports with two airlines that fly domestically: Aerobell Airlines and Sansa Airlines.

The Pacific region is characterized by a well-defined dry and rainy season.The dry season lasts from December to March. April is a transition month. The driest and hottest month is March.The Pacific region begins in the northwest and ends in the southeast, meaning that the dividing line changes from north to south.

The rainy season goes from May to October, with November being a month of transition.There is a relative decrease in the amount of rain during the months of July and August, which are termed veranillo, or “little summer”.These months are marked by an intensification of the trade winds.The rainiest month are September and October, mainly due to the influence of the cyclone systems, the monsoon winds from the equatorial Pacific Ocean, and the sea breezes.
The rains mainly occur during the afternoon and early evening.

Compared to other parts of Costa Rica, the climate along the North Pacific Coast is typically hot and dry.

Home to vast expanses of tropical dry forests that often line the beaches, this area plays host to an array of animals including many species of sea birds and monkeys.

North of Tamarindo is the Marino las Baulas National Park, where every year hundreds of leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

Although Costa Rica is a small territory, it holds about 5 percent of the earth’s biodiversity. Fortunately, this natural treasure is protected by the National System of Conservation Areas, preserving a total of 25 percent of the national territory.

Visitors can enjoy the country’s majestic volcanoes, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, tropical dry, wet, and rain forests, as well as exhilarating jungle landscapes, all without travelling long distances.

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