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Laid-back beaches, soaring volcanoes, dense jungle forests, and incredible wildlife are just a few sights waiting for you in Guanacaste. Here you can spend the day hanging with sloths, macaws, and monkeys, white-water rafting the river, riding the hills on an ATV adventure, and still catch the breathtaking sunsets. Your vacation can be as action-packed or carefree as you wish. How you choose to explore Guanacaste is up to you.

Guanacaste Hotels

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayoimage
Dreams® Las Mareas Costa Rica - All-Inclusiveimage
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayoimage
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spaimage
Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, An Autograph Collection Resortimage
Secrets® Papagayo Costa Rica - All-Inclusiveimage
The Westin Reserva Conchal Golf Resort & Spa - All-Inclusiveimage
W Costa Rica - Reserva Conchalimage

More About Guanacaste


Stretching more than 400-miles along the Pacific Coast is the Guanacaste providence of Costa Rica. The beauty of this region lies in the landscape. Soaring mountain ranges, active volcanoes, coastal beaches, and national parks are just some of the area highlights worthy of exploring. Adding to the allure of Guanacaste is the considerable amount of dry weather that brings tourists to the region every winter.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as inoculations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Minors: If a minor (under 18) is traveling, please provide the appropriate travel documents for the trip. Review required documents here,

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: Departure tax is $29 per person, and may be paid in U.S. dollars, colones or with a credit card.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at

Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
  • December through February: 78° to 80° (Winter)
  • March through May: 82° to 82° (Spring)
  • June through August: 81° to 81° (Summer)
  • September through November: 80° to 79° (Autumn)

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: Colón

Currency Information: The Costa Rican currency is called colón. In all resort areas, U.S. dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Electricity: 110 volts, North America standard.

Time Zone: Central Standard Time. Costa Rica does not practice daylight savings time.

Local Language: Spanish

Transportation: Public transportation, rental cars and taxis are available. Gasoline is expensive in Costa Rica, so inquire about the fare before taking a taxi.

Top Experiences

  • Beaches : With more than 400-miles of coastline, there are beaches of every shape, size, and color ready to explore.

  • Wildlife : The region's national parks and sanctuaries feature local wildlife that will delight guests worldwide.

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Region: Guanacaste
Transfer Company: Destination Services
Telephone: 011-506-8446-44-67

Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, proceed though immigration, baggage claim and customs. After proceeding through baggage claim, continue through the door leading outside the airport. Once you've exited the airport, look for the Destination Services representative holding the Costco Travel sign. Destination Services will confirm the pickup location and time for your departure transfer. While in Costa Rica, should you have any questions or concerns, please call (506) 2668-0018 (during business hours), (506) 8917-2223, or (506) 8725-8922. Representative Uniform: Green or beige polo shirt with Destination Services logo.