Ever since the Daniel Oduber International Airport opened in Liberia, the northern Pacific or Guanacaste Region, also known as the "Gold Coast" of Costa Rica, has literally exploded. The towns of Liberia and Nicoya have boomed in both tourism hubs and northern Costa Rican business centers. The beach areas (coming from the south) Playa Carrillo, Playa Nosara, Playa Samara and Playa Grande, have all benefited from the airport opening, but also the building of the bridge across the Tempisque River. Although these are probably the most remote beach areas to reach, they are still growing, adding hotels and restaurants to their already formidable selection.
The really stunning growth exists in the more northern beach areas, of Playas Junquillal, Playa Langosta, Playa Ocotal, Playa Ostional, Playa Potrero, Playa Conchal, Playa Brasilito, Playa Flamingo, and Sugar Beach. Many of the beach areas mentioned above are world renown as some of the finest surfing locations in Costa Rica. As a result of this, many of the hotels, particularly around Playa Langosta and Avellanas, cater to surfers, both young and on a budget, or older, with a taste for more comfortable surroundings. The cross section of travelers, has transformed this region into a wide cross section of lodging that is available to everyone.
Just because the beaches are so sought after in the Guanacaste Region, don't forget that there is an inland destination that should not be overlooked. The Rincon de la Vieja is a spectacular sight, with several world class hotels to make the traveler’s destination even more attractive. There are natural hot springs located on the hotels premises and there are other natural wonders, with less expensive lodging available in other, nearby locations. These are just a few of the tourist sites that are available in this region to delight you and make your vacation truly special and exciting.