Sometimes it’s hard to see beyond the stunning sunsets. For most of us living in or visiting the greater Tamarindo and Playas del Coco areas, our days fall into place around the beach and it’s all beauty and warmth. It may suddenly occur to us that we seldom leave our own little places and patterns of life.
Guanacaste’s landscapes readily take you through prairies and farmland into extensive forests rimming the mountains. In between are clusters of houses and all manner of communities, including some of the oldest in Costa Rica. Much of what we call Tico is, historically, Guanacasteco … generations of families who lived here before and during the Spanish conquest, and still do today.
Venturing outside the major tourist towns and attractions offers a range of shopping options and delicious local cuisine that may surprise you, along with exposure to Costa Rica’s more traditional side. So grab a map or GPS, your trusty wheels and a spirit of adventure, and start exploring!