Costa Rica’s Northern Pacific region, encompassing the province of Guanacaste and part of Puntarenas, is both a favorite winter escape for thousands of tourists from North America and Europe, and home to expats who decided to buy real estate in Costa Rica, letting them combine Pacific Ocean beach resort living with a modern, tropical lifestyle. The gateway to the Northern Pacific is Liberia, capital of Guanacaste and site of Costa Rica’s second international airport, the daily landing spot for most major US and international carriers, along with a host of charter airways.
From Liberia, it is an easy 25-40 minute journey overland to the popular beaches and beach resorts of Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, Playas del Coco, Junquillal, Brasilito, Potrero, Papagayo and Hermosa, and a bit further to the equally popular Samara, Nosara, Carillo and Guanamar. All are known for their beachfront and ocean view villas and homes for sale, and for their popular vacation rentals for tourists.The weather from December through June is a delight: warm, sunny days, seldom humid, and cool refreshing nights.
Costa Rica’s Northern Pacific offers calm, sandy beaches; watersports, including world-class sportfishing; golf; unique national parks such as the active Rincón de la Vieja volcano, Santa Rosa and Palo Verde forests; snorkeling and scuba diving at the Bat and Catalina islands; hotel accommodation from upscale to modest; vacation villas; fine dining and superb local hospitality. There is also adventure surfing at Witches Rock and Ollie’s Point, exciting zip-line and white water rafting tours, and much, much more.
The provincial town of Nicoya is one of first colonial settlements in Central America, and boasts one of the oldest churches in all the Americas. The Nicoya area is also the cradle of much of Costa Rica’s unique culture, distinctive food, and national dances and music.The Northern Pacific’s wonderful dry weather most of the year, sandy beaches, ease of access, and modern amenities make it a magnet for permanent and part-time residents from abroad.
Many owners offer their houses and villas for seasonal vacation rentals. They and many others have chosen the many oceanfront and ocean view communities, from modest to very upscale, near schools, banking, modern supermarkets and restaurants, as their new home in Costa Rica.